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RATINGS: 923   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrChopin (4303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 26, 2010
Dark brown, creamy bubbly beige head. Chocolate, ethanol, lightly green, well balanced nose. Flavor is a bit decadent, brownie chocolate and with considerable hop bitterness through the finish. Chalky end, more cake and brownie.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bluejacket74 (1832) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2010
750 ml bottle, Batch 2010-1. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with a couple inch frothy tan head. Head retention is pretty good, with a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is dark fruit, roasted malt, molasses, chocolate and some smoke. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like roasted and burnt/charred malt, dark chocolate, coffee, smoke, and a bit of milk chocolate and dark fruit. There’s also a nice lingering bitter roasty finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s a bit syrupy and coating, but also seems a bit thin as well. Good carbonation. Drinkability is OK, it’s certainly not hard to drink at all. I think this is a decent enough overall brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
natejgood (481) - Bozeman, Montana, USA - DEC 23, 2010
Pours dark with a thick brown head. The aroma is rich and malty with lots of roasty smells with coffee and chocolate. This beer has a sweet dark chocolate flavor with malt and molasses. Though the flavor is somewhat sweet, this beer has enough bitterness to balance the sweetness nicely. This is a high alcohol beer and it tastes like it a bit. This is a solid dark winter stout.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2011
12oz bottle. Black pour with a finger of tan head. Dark fruit and molasses aromas - taste is quite nice. Roasted malts and bitter chocolate, a bit of fruitiness. Another good entry in Boulevard’s Smokestack series.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6625) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 8, 2011
Bottle:   Black, large finely bubbled head, dark beige in color, lacing is fairly nice.   Lots of cocoa and darker chocolate on the nose.   A little roasty, with some strong apple skin on the back.   Roasty, a little astringent, noticeable alcohol, with a little cocoa/chocolate on the backside.   Apple skin and roasted malts linger.   Body isnt as big as I would have hoped.   Wished it was a bit richer overall.   Certainly dark, stouty, but not all that big.   Very minor raisin or dark pitted fruit on the backside.   This one definitely needs more malt to counteract the little bit of astringency I get on the backside.   Otherwise its not bad.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChainGangGuy (4803) - 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??

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
annunz123 (948) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (21612) - 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

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pushkinwow (2570) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlovakSniper (5091) - 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.


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