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RATINGS: 173   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
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Kettle Series. Brewed in late December of every year,this imperial stout ages for one whole year before its release.
Grist: Premium Two Row, Munich, Chocolate, Brown, Carafa Special, Crystal;
Spices: Brewers’ licorice;
Hops: Galena, Saaz;
Original gravity: 1.088;
Alcohol by volume: changed from 9% to 10.3% to 8.8%.
Release date: December 1.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25076) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2012
Bottle 65 cl. Courtesy of Doodler. Pours a clear black with a warm reddish hue and a small brownish head. Very sweet cocoa and vanilla aroma. Rich body, heavy roast, pruney, juicy, bitter chocolate, malty bitter finish. Quite a serious Imperial Stout. 221112

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
robforbes (2084) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - NOV 11, 2012
pours a opaque/dark brown with a large brown head, and very good lacing. smell is of bakers chocolate, milk chocolate, malt, and vanilla. taste is dry yet smooth, chocolate, licorice, vanilla, a roastiness, and malt. ends strong, smooth, and bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 20, 2012
Aroma of coacoa, roasted malt and vanilla. Pitch black pour with a medium brown head. Solid flavor of roasted malt, coacoa and vanilla with a bitter finish. The body is medium with a liquorous texture and soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (8746) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 7, 2012
Deep black pour with a thick tan head The nose is awesome. Heavy roast and a little bit of charred malt. Intense hoppiness but still pretty restrained. Soft and a little bit earthy. Chewy and delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (6964) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 30, 2012
Bottle from Healthy Spirits. Pours near black with a decent tan head and a chocolate aroma. There is a hearty chocolate and treacle flavor with a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oRos (1238) - sacramento, California, USA - SEP 30, 2012
Bottle from Marcus. Has a black color with brown head. Taste is chocolate and burnt malt. Great brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (10436) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 9, 2012
Bomber poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lasting brown head. Aromas of roastiness, earthiness, bitter chocolate, dark fruit and light licorice. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of roasted malt, bitter chocolate, earthiness and light vanilla with a smooth lingering bitter chocolate finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
garmonbozia (429) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - SEP 3, 2012
Bomber from Marina’s Market. Obviously dark color with a thick creamy tan head. Smell is molases and dried fruit, vanilla and bourbon. Wow taste is bitter and tons of smoke. Hints of the dried fruit and tobacco are present. Very dry, thick mouthfeel. The taste is orginally sweet, but turns to a dry bitter aftertaste. This is a heave ber for sure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgb9348 (4921) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - AUG 31, 2012
Super rich, almost fully opaque deep brown coloured body with a rich one centimetre tall deep brown head - very nice looking. Aroma of tons of roast, coffee, milk chocolate (40% cacao), a bunch of lactic notes and a hint of graham crackers. Full-bodied; Super dense mouthful of chocolate and coffee with a bunch of pit fruits, caramel and toffee. Aftertaste is quite potent with a bunch of earthiness, some nuts and a lot of darkly (think Starbucks) roasted coffee with perhaps even some peat or smoked notes. Overall, a seeming super potent and pungent flavoured and feeling beer with less alcohol (my bottle is 8.8%) than assumed. Definitely a nice Imperial Stout, but the large format bottle and the heavy feel make it quite the bear to drink. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Total Wine in Tustin, California on 06-December-2011 for US$9.99 sampled at home in Washington on 31-August-2012.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wheresyourball (521) - El Cajon, California, USA - AUG 24, 2012
22oz bottle poured into tulip glasses. Pours opaque black with small brown head. Smells like malt, molasses and chocolate. Taste follows the nose. Nice mouthfeel. Pretty good.

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