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RATINGS: 212   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hermod (4964) - Vantaa, FINLAND - JUL 25, 2015
650ml bottle @PBF X. Pours black with a thin espresso head. Licorice, strong roastedness, coffee and burnt notes. Flavor has cocoa, roastedness, tobacco notes, licorice, sweetness. Semisweet finish. Ok sipper but lacks something to make it stand out.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
omhper (21886) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUL 25, 2015
Bottled at Petalax Beer Festival. Black, beige head. Licorice and coffee up front. Sweet with full body and oily, rounded mouthfeel. Syrup, licorice and caramel. Black pepper and coffee. Somewhat metallic finish with peppery heat and long bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jackl (6101) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 10, 2015
Bottle @ BBN. Thanks to Fergus for sharing! Deep oily brown pour with a small tan head. Nose is pretty rustic. Plenty of cocoa and ash. Licorice and and dark charred coffee beans. Umami flavor. Some salted licorice and more espresso. Oily chocolate syrup and ash. Full and rich. Supple. Decent effort.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (14285) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2015
Bottle split in #Arch, LKS celebrator, thanks to Fergus 19/06/15. Extremely dark mahogany brown with a well appointed beige covering. Nose is cocoa powder, dark fruit rinds, light roast, coffee bean. Taste comprises earthy roast, bitter dark chocolate, coffee grinds, light spice, fruit cake underlay. Medium + body, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Decent enough impy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
GreatDane1632 (1124) - Alabama, USA - JUL 5, 2015
Rated based on notes taken 4 July 2012 -- I really liked this stout. Super dark deep and roasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (19649) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 28, 2015
19th June 2015
Bottleshare thanks to MrFrog. Opaque dark brown beer, good yellowish tan head. Palate is airy and semi dry, mild fine carbonation. Airy creamy dark malts, mildly sweet. Touches of roast and coffee. Dry spice precedes a dry finish. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mR_fr0g (6484) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 26, 2015
Bottle from kris wines. Shared at Leighton’s party. Aroma is really dirty earthy coffee, toasted coconut, berry, raspberry fruit, dark choccy gateaux. Flavour is choccy powder. Dark roast, milky choc. Berry. Dark black forest gateaux. Dark mahogany brown coloured pour with a thin tan head. Palate is full and smooth, creamy and rounded. Lingering earthy coffee. Roast good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (9998) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 19, 2015
Bottle thanks to Fergus. It pours darkest brown with a small tan head. The nose is rich, oily, dark chocolate, toasty action, varnish, spice, cake and some unami. The taste is smooth, bitter, earthy roast, cocoa, toffee, light alcohol, coffee, light spice, mild acidity and some alcohol warmth with a dry, toasty finish. Medium - full body, sticky mouth-feel and fine carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (15281) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 19, 2015
Bottle shared in London - thanks to Fergus. Pours clear, deep brown with a creamy tan head. The nose has some milk chocolate, mellow roast, old coffee. Medium sweet flavor with earthy bitterness, more chocomate, dried berries, burnt wood. Medium to full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Sugary finish, more burnt wood, milk chocolate. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markextrae (2490) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 26, 2015
shared bomber bottle, poured an dark black colour with a tanned head. nose of dark bitter roasted malts, dark chocolate, espresso, raisins, dark dried fruits, caramel sweetness, vanilla notice, licorice, long lasting bitter aftertaste, soy sauce, earth, kind of a herbal aftertaste. nice

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