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RATINGS: 761   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (11079) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
drjay44 (2612) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IrishBoy (3824) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (6397) - 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.

   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - APR 2, 2011
Bottle, thanks to Phaleslu. Pours black with a creamy brown head. Aroma of spicy yeast, oak, chocolate, berries, some roast, the Belgian yeast is a little overwhelming. Taste again has way more Belgian yeast fruit and funkiness than I expected, a little too much. Interesting to try but I think it would be better without the Belgian yeast. The finish has some bitter chocolate. Smooth texture. It grows on me as it warms.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 20, 2011
small bottle at the Saucer Little Rock, pours thick black with a medium dark brown head. Aroma is heavy roast, smoke, charcoal. Flavor is big black and bitter, heavy roast, ash, light smoke, bitter cocoa. Nice and dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - MAY 13, 2011
12oz bottle. Pitch black pour with a thin bubbly brown head. Good carbonation. Aroma was sort of a let down. Nothing really stood out. Flavor was malty and chocolately with a little bit of booziness. A good beer but nothing out of the ordinary.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
temporrari (381) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 5, 2011
12 oz Bottle. Pour is awfully dark. No light coming through when held up to a lamp. Head is medium and tan, a little fluffy. Nice looking overall. I get a good amount of spiciness from the nose right away. A slower, deep inhale reveals some stout character. A little dark fruit, some roast. Sipping it, the carbonation is a little high in my opinion. I know itís got a Belgian yeast in there but, Iíd have toned it down a notch, personally. Itís more a stout than a Belgian. Itís pretty good though, the flavor is rather fruity. Long finish that coats the tongue, but the lively carbonation distracts. Itís good, it could be great.

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