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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 3.92/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
gas4uguy (7) - Michigan, USA - NOV 26, 2013 does not count
Dark chocolate brown beer wonderful head and great distinctive chocolate aroma. A hint of bourbon-like taste, but the chocolate influence carries through. Tastes wonderful.

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
gruberm (329) - - NOV 26, 2013
Oaky chocolate and wine aromas. Very black and a dark caramel head. Creamy and bitter notes. A very tasty and interesting beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RespertFTW (520) - Michigan, USA - NOV 26, 2013
Can. Dark black with nice khaki head. Chocolate, malt and wood aroma. Smooth malty chocolate notes with nice body and palate. Excellent beer.

-- rated with beerbasher

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rumproasts (3204) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 12, 2013
Tap. Black with small head. Very rich malt. Smooth with chocolate. Amazing stout. One of the best I’ve ever had.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mittenator (1380) - Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2013
Draft at crunchy's. near black with a dark tan head. Malt, vanilla chocolate and slight bourbony aromas. Coffee, malty and chocolate. Super smooth.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
paintedmaple (436) - Fenton, Michigan, USA - SEP 23, 2014
On tap at Fenton Fire Hall...silky, black satin pour with a great mouthfeel. Lots going on in this beer...the usuals coffee, cocoa, and roasted malts, but some Belgian funk, sweet earth, and doughy yeast as well. Fantastic.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
alliance100 (779) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 5, 2013
16 oz can - pours jet black with deep brown head . Aromas of chocolate , faint dark fruit and mild roast . Delicious chocolate and fruit flavors . Mildly sweet finish . Very good ! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bigtaster (563) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 6, 2013
From can in a snifter. Pours black sticking to the sides of the glass, with big brown head. Dark cherries, chocolate, molasses. Mouth feel is exquisite, very smooth, pouring over the tongue and lingering. Very slight alcohol in the back of the throat, chocolate, anise, cocoa, medium roast, banana. Very enjoyable.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
flatmatt (1139) - Northville, Michigan, USA - FEB 12, 2014
On tap. Pours black with a light tan head. Really great aroma, soy and dark fruit, molasses, milk chocolate and malted milk ball. Flavors are similar, perhaps a bit more emphasis on the cocoa. Really tasty.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2778) - Michigan, USA - DEC 10, 2013
16 ounce can into tulip glass; no canning date, but was released recently. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger fairly dense dark brown head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, toffee, molasses, raisin, clove, pepper, light coffee, light banana, light char, and roasted/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity and balance of roasted malt and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, molasses, toffee, dark bread, clove, raisin, pear, light banana, light char, light pepper, and roasted/yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, molasses, toffee, dark bread, clove, raisin, light char, and roasted/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of roasted malt and yeast ester flavors; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian imperial stout. All around great complexity, balance, and robustness of roasted malt and moderate yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.


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