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RATINGS: 774   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.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jondsimmons89 (22) - Carol stream, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2012
The aroma of a heavily sugared coffee burst from this black hefty beer. Sweet notes of toffee are immediate and strong. The warm flavor of alcohol comes through more than i would expect with such a dark beer. The beer finishes smokey and full. A good stout that i would definately purchase again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chanokokoro (138) - Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2012 12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter Ar: Some roasted malt and a very light fruitiness. Frankly, much less aroma than I was expecting. Ap: Thick and bubbly light tan two finger head. The body is solidly black. T: Opens with sweet, roasted malts, transitons to a smooth lightly sweet light malt, finishes with a bit of roast malt, slight sweetness and fruit, and finally dry hoppy bitterness. P: A very high level of carbonation, and a much lighter body than I’d expect for an double/imperial stout. Alcohol is not distinguishable. Smooth but lacking in several areas. O: To be honest this stout was somewhat disappointing. For a double/imperial stout, its a bit too sweet without enough bitterness to balance it and lacks body, However, enjoyed the wonderfully dry finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 23, 2012
Originally reviewed: 2/24/11. Thanks to seedsofchaos (BA) for this bottle! 12oz bottle; best by: 7/9/11 printed on the side. I think this beer would age well far past that date, but no matter. Pours a very thick, dark black. A small half-finger mocha head rest atop. Retains fair enough, and leave some nice lacy sheeting on the glass. The nose carries some tart fruity aromas, that aren’t all that expected. I’d expect a bit more roasted quality, but I guess with the addition of the Belgian yeast, this takes on a more tart quality. Some light chocolate on the finish. Hefty body for this big stout, as expected. Light spritzy quality with a moderately-high carbonation presence. The yeast-y aspect comes through in the flavor, but not as strong as I thought it would, which is good. This then gets masked by a heavily roasted coffee flavor, and finishes bittersweet, with hints of fruit and toasted sugar. Decent stout, but I will echo some of the other reviewers and say that this really needs to be called a Belgian Stout. Thanks again, Derek!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Niko100 (2009) - Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2012
Dark brown/black color; Medium creamy body; Aroma of toasted sweet malt, molasses, chocolate, & some coffee; Flavor of roasted malt, caramel, dark chocolate, coffee, hops, and some dark fruit; Fairly well balanced; Different overall - not too bad.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 13, 2012
Bottle at home, from my Minneapolis Town Hall glass. Pours clear black, thin tan head, spotty lacing. Nose is soft, with citrus, toast, mandarin orange, lots of smoke... Flavours of smoke, tar, clean grapefruit finish. A nice beer, but it couldn’t keep up with the rest of the lineup.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boFNjackson (4140) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 14, 2012
Bottle @ The BeerMongers... Poured jet black with a bubbly, tan head. Nice retention. Thick, full mouthfeel. Lots of roast, coffee, dark chocolate and vanilla sweetness. Toasted grains, and a light almondy finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
msalm (59) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 21, 2012
Strong fig, brown sugar, and alcohol in the nose. A deep brown with a tan head. Initial sweetness disappears and leaves a pleasant bitterness.Great mouthfeel--lingers as new flavors emerge and coats the tongue and gums with a prickly dark chocolate. Overall, a very nice stout I’d be happy sharing with family and friends.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DialSquare (2683) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2013
Rating #1600: bottle from Greens in Atlanta. Near black pour with a medium tan head and good retention. Aroma is sweet roasty dark fruit. Tastes are chocolate malts, dough. nuts, coffee, spice, dark fruit, little smoky, yeast, espresso. Creamy but thin palate. Tinny finish. Interesting.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
csaso (1380) - Missouri, USA - APR 30, 2013
Bottle - fair sized tan color thick head, black color, sweet chocolatly malt aroma and flavor, fair hop balance, not really a stout person but this one is pretty good ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Botnik (142) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 15, 2010
750ml bottle. Pours very dark brown with a large tan head, some lacing. Taste of coffee, fruit, and faint molasses. I liked, but it was not outstanding.


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