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RATINGS: 884   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
CanIHave4Beers (3622) - 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 (4532) - 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 (6266) - 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 (6838) - 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 (1488) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 17, 2010
Bottle from Cavie. Dark pour with a nice head. Aroma is sweet malts, roasted, chocolate, biscuit, spice, and alcohol. Taste is pepper, roasted, bitter cocoa, and a little coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SrSilliGose (3325) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - APR 25, 2010
bottle shared by rapebeer at DLD 2010. Thanks nick. A quaffable belgian stout with some cheese cltoh, doughy belgian yeast, and cocoa notes. Decent stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joshpiledean (316) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 28, 2010
Pours black, with a tan fluffy head. Aroma is dominated by malt, with caramel, coffee, chocolate, milk. Sweet aroma. Feels slightly flat on the tongue, somewhat light body for the style. I expected this to be more sweet from the aroma, but it is actually fairly hoppy. Finishes the same, with some hops lingering for a good while. Not bad, but I feel like it needs more of a malt backbone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GJF (1371) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - MAY 1, 2010
Very black pour; big dark brown head. Semi-sweet aroma with a bit of chocolate. A creamy beer, a bit of lactose to it. Lots of roastiness in the finish. This is very good, but it gets a bit syrupy to me as it goes. A very good stout, but not a great one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (8752) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 13, 2010
Pours deep brown/black with tan head, aroma is some spice, dark fruit, and sweet caramel. Taste up front is some spice from the hops and the rye, leading into a roasted, chocolate, and coffee middle with a fairly smoky finish. Pretty good!

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