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RATINGS: 767   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 291   ABV: 9.7%
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Barley, wheat, rye and oats provide the foundation for this big stout. Layers of complex flavors slowly emerge from the glass: espresso, roasted fig, creme brulee. Belgian yeast provides a plum-like fruitiness, noble German hops reveal spicy, herbal notes, while the rich, velvety mouthfeel mellows to a dry, smoky finish. Such a robust beer stands well by itself, but also makes a wonderful end-note to any rich, indulgent meal. Discover the secret of combining this roasty ale to sweets, by pairing with dark chocolate or caramel, or even by pouring it over ice cream.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - MAR 16, 2010
bottle thanks to boomer0813. poured dark brown almost black with a tan colored head. aroma was dark roast, coffee, spices, and rye. flavor was much along the same lines, but with the addition of some dark fruits. body was almost medium with high carbonation. i was hoping this would be more along the lines of the previous imperial stout.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (11083) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAR 17, 2010
RBWG@RLRL-750ml bottle-pours a retaining light brown head and black color. Aroma is dark malt-roasty/molasses. Taste is dark malt-roasty/molasses, some earthy hops. Full body.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
drjay44 (2633) - Salida, Colorado, USA - APR 6, 2010
750 ml. bottle. Pours a huge mocha head of long duration, with some lacing, over a clear, almost opaque, reddish black (SRM 35) body....nose is coffee, chocolate, bit of cereal, hints of dried cherry, fig and raisin....taste initially is sweet with brown sugar, bit of molasses, then chocolate ending with a coffee bitterness and ongoing sweetness....mouth feel is thick, chewy, and very creamy, with the alcohol well hidden, carbonation, after the initial pour, is low. This is a middle of the road Imperial Stout. The many layers of aroma and flavor that many have are not here, and it is rather uni-dimensional in taste, with the sweet chocolate flavors dominating. It isnít bad, it is just not great. BJCP 7/2/14/5/7

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IrishBoy (3836) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 23, 2010
750ml bottle shared by iowaherkeye. Nose is light smoke, light chocolate, and coffee. Clear dark brown with a medium tan head. Flavor is light bitterness and chocolate.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (6430) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2010 750 ml bottle shared at DLD í10. Iím not sure which one this was. Andy brought one, rapebeer allegedly brought one, foppa78 might have had one with his crew- thanks to whoever poured this in my glass. Pours a nice dark opaque brown with a small tan head. Shawn is right in pointing out the Belgian yeast present in this- seems like it could qualify as a foreign stout and maybe not an imperial stout; maybe itís somewhere in between. It also hits the familiar notes for an imperial stout, with chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruits, and some herbal hops. But in a day where I tried some unbelievable ones, this one didnít stand out. Still a pretty good beer, though. Re-Rate, 12/15/10: Iíve had this a few more times now and each time I like it less. Itís just got this overwhelming Belgian yeast thing going on that detracts from any of the rich imperial stout notes that I normally like so much. Too much banana, yeast, plum, and muddled sweetness. Iíd take the Imperial Stout Boulevard used to brew any day of the week over this so-so Belgian stout.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ScottyP (425) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - MAY 8, 2010
Pours a dark brown with tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, licorice, dark fruit, booze. Taste is similar, very roasty, hops shine through in the finish. Solid offering from Boulevard

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2010
Bottle thanks to Butters. Dark, dark brown, black, thin tan head. Aroma is dark chocolate, black licorice, roasty, light berry. Taste is anise, papery roast, chocolate, coffee, kinda meh.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
swanmann (604) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 3, 2010
It poured like a frothy; creamy espresso, deep chocolate brown with plenty of tan foam, eventually settling with orange hues. I smell caramel with some candied sugar and faint floral hoppyness. Some coffee aromas come out with warming and even a bit of bourbon. Itís sweet with touch of smoke and nice espresso/ chocolate bitterness. I describe this as a straight forward Imperial Stout. Itís got just a bit of alcohol, with the usual suspects holding a Playerís Ball on the tongue. The finish lingers. CAUTION: High Gravity. Hehe. :P

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (8393) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 25, 2010
Bottle thanks to drfabulous. Trade with this guy. Heís awesome! Pours black with thinly retained tan head. Nose is roasted malts. Taste is roasted malts, sweet chocolate, light coffee and some herbal notes.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25085) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 21, 2010
Bottle 75 cl. Courtesy of wavers1. Pours black with a reddish hue and a dense and lacing beige head. Sweet aroma of dark fruits and some hard roasted malts. Medium body, hard roasted malts and dark fruits. Some malt bitterness, but lacks a little refinement to be truly great. 210810


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