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RATINGS: 889   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 (4600) - 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 (942) - 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 (18514) - 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 (2345) - 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 (4135) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
CanIHave4Beers (3676) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAR 17, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2010 Pours a deep brown almost black with a huge tan semi loose head and plenty of lace. The aroma is fruity but somewhat soapy with some spicy hops and some phenolics, this smells nothing like an imperial stout, which kind of intrigues me. The flavor is plenty bitter and fruity with some plum and earthiness, a mild roastyness, some banana and plenty of bitterness. A very original take on the style, but not quite as successful (in my opinion) as the Boulevard Imperial Stout from the Smokestack reserve series.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
travita (4571) - Frisco, Texas, USA - MAR 20, 2010
Dark, black in color, tan colored head. The smell is roasty, chocolate, malts, coffee, and toasty. The taste is slightly dried fruits, chocolate, malts, coffee, roast, and toast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (6286) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 22, 2010
bottle, dark brown to black color with tan foam, roast coffee and chocolate aroma, flavors of roast coffee, nuts, cocoa, wish the finish had been a little tighter

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (6905) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 29, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2015 Bottle (BB 12/22/2016). Head is initially average sized, frothy, brown, mostly lasting. Body is black (non-opaque, flashlight tested), bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately to heavily malty (chocolate, roasted grain), with notes of vanilla, alcohol. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, velvety/creamy/watery texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. This has gotten a bit simpler and more tart over the past several years...no longer a 4+ brew, but it’s still pretty decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beaver (1507) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 9, 2010
750ml bottle, batch 2010-1 best by 01/13. Pours a dark brown-black with a huge creamy tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is roasted chocolate, dark fruits, some smoke, some wood and some sherry like alcohol with a bit of a cardboardy finish.

The flavor is roasted chocolate, sweet sugary dark fruits, and vinous alcohol, with a cardboardy bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, an interesting beer with lots going on. I didn’t really care for the blend of everything though and there were some off notes.

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