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RATINGS: 910   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 291   ABV: 9.7%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChainGangGuy (4714) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 18, 2012
Appearance: Pours out a dark brown body with thin slivers of garnet at the far edges and capped by a tall, light tan head.

Smell: Moderately chocolaty with a corresponding roastiness ahead of lesser, lighter notes smelling of fruit, spice, and toast.

Taste: A start of dark chocolate, soundly roasted coffee, and with some soft, sweetish caramel included. Small pinch of aniseed. Dark fruitiness of plums and smoked dates. Very slight chalkiness. Particularly subtle German hop character and bitterness. Late-breaking alcohol presence. Dry, roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Fairly smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: It’s nice. No, really, it’s nice. But, can I have the BIS instead??

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
annunz123 (947) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 19, 2012
Pours dark even by stout standards. Malt, coffee, and alcohol in the aroma. Malt and smoky roast in the flavor. Very creamy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (20241) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 2, 2012
bottle at home ... dark roast ... bubbly tan head ... soft light malt roast ... sweet roast ... dark malts ... little chocolate ... light dark roast ... soft bitterness ... light hint of yeast ... nice and easily drinkable

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pushkinwow (2486) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 15, 2012
12oz bottle from Dresden. Black with a mocha head. Dark molasses and chocolate along with some expresso combine for a very strong yet not intense aroma, some roasted malts are detectable. Medium to full body, moderate carbonation, underlying sweetness, can detect the alcohol although its still quite smooth, a slight bitterness is there on the palate, some fruitiness, chocolate, expresso and molasses carry through. An interesting and quite powerful beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlovakSniper (4714) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - APR 20, 2012
(Des bouteilles via des échanges avec Marheb et dresden) Une tête brune pâle spectaculairement indestructible. Une dentelle qui dessine un relief montagneux. Un superbe regard. Un nez qui ne cache jamais son allégeance à la Belgique. Une levure fruitée. Des pruneaux et des raisins. Une mélasse de dattes. Un côté rôti, des grains qui transpirent le chocolat. Une touche épicée : est-ce les grains ou les houblons? Des saveurs comme la suite logique des choses. Des malts et des houblons qui apportent douceur et amertume. Un alcool fortifié qui n’est jamais trop présent. Le retour attendu du travail de la levure fruitée. Je soupçonne aussi des houblons épicés. En bouche, une texture crémeuse. Un pétillement un tantinet trop élevé. Un corps tout de même confortable. Une finale qui se targue d’être puissante: la rencontre agréable de notes amères et de la chaleur inopinée d’un alcool insidieux.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (4127) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 29, 2012
Purchased at D&Q Mini Mart; Best by September 8, 2013; Sample May 2012
A steady pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces an almost four-finger thick, darkly brown stained, dark tan colored head. The beer is a concentrated chocolate brown color that shows opaque when held up to the light. The aroma smells slightly smoky, most definitely roasted, perhaps a touch savory, it has a cold espresso character to it, a subtle sweet plum fruitiness, some definite warm alcohol, and a richly toasted dark grain character that leans towards dark chocolate aromatics.

Smooth, yet still effervescently textured, the beer has a creaminess to the body that lightly coats the palate; certainly chewy though, but without being overly heavy. Deep, dark chocolate flavors intermingle with an expressive toasted / roasted whole grain character. The toasted and roasted notes linger for a long time in the finish and provide a touch of burnt bitterness, a hint of acrid character, and even some burnt derived acidity. Mixing with the rich chocolate flavors are notes of roasted raisins and figs, and perhaps a touch of clove; this last seems to come out more as the beer warms up. Deeply roasted flavors are more reminiscent of richly darkened, roasted malt than coffee; burnt, yet balanced by roasted malt richness / savoriness / not-quite-sweetness. Sort of makes me think of a malted, heavily dark chocolate laden, espresso boosted, ice-cream shake, but without all the sweetness or milk / cream flavors. Touches of alcohol mix with the turpene like spicy clove character in the finish and helps to add some bite to this brew. As the beer warms up the bitter, roasted malt character softens and more of the chocolate, smooth, richly malted notes come out.

While a bit atypical, I like that the body of this beer is a bit more viscous and rich than your typical, Belgian in origin, Belgian Stout; especially with such a huge roasted grain component, the residual body helps to temper and balance this brew. This definitely drinks like a meal, and is quite enjoyable if you are looking for a roast focused, chewy stout. It could have used a touch more of an expressive Belgian yeast character, but that can be a hard thing to balance in a stout, and I certainly don’t have any material complaints with this beer. In the end this is quite nice, and I am quite happy that I picked up a bottle of this to bring home.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kdm1984 (814) - Missouri, USA - JUN 14, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2012 Smell is coffee, alcohol, toffee, roasted richness. Flavor is similar - some Belgian yeast as well, like plums, which is to my liking as a Belgian fan. Pairs well with the small cake I am having now. Well balanced imperial stout - ABV well hidden also.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
scottw86 (1155) - Maryland, USA - JUN 20, 2012
Poured black with a huge light-tan stable head. Aroma has some alcohol with hops. Some dark fruity notes with raisins. Chocolate and caramel. Taste has lots of chocolate with some coffee. Toffee and brown sugar. Alcohol is better hidden than in the aroma. Aftertaste is a bit sweet with more chocolate and milk chocolate. Not bad!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
_angst_ (4342) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 9, 2012
355 ml bottle courtesy of Marsiblursi. Pours very dark brown, almost black, with a huge frothy and fluffy pale brown head that slowly dissipates while leaving lots of trace and lacing on the glass. Smell is sweet and fruity with toasted malts, prunes, raisins, vanilla fudge, alcohol, lemon zest, sweet dark bread, fruit cake, white wine, peppery wood, pears in brandy, fruity esters and hints of marzipan, cloves and white pepper. Taste is sweet, bitter, fruity and tiny metallic with heavily roasted malts, bitter chocolate, dark roast coffee, burnt caramel, prunes, raisins, resinous wood, overripe apples and pears, roasted nuts, alcohol, cloves, black pepper and hints of smoked chili, pipe tobacco and pine. Mouthfeel is smooth, tiny oily bitter, tiny boozy, slightly tart and medium bodied. Finish is sweet, bitter and fruity with roasted malts, plums, overripe grapes, pears, cloves, marzipan, wet soil, wood, dark bread and hints of pine. Interesting and quite good. Sort of a stout quadruple blend...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jndubbs (120) - Austin, Iowa, USA - JUL 11, 2012
Deep caramel expresso flavor. Dark pour with lots of head. Very smooth. Little to no aftertaste.

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