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RATINGS: 163   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


Fatehunter's rating

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fatehunter (1402) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - JAN 9, 2013
Picked this up at the tap house in Ashland. It came in a quart jar filled from the tap. I drank it the next day. Minimal head on a clearer brown body. Its a light color for a stout. It smells like oak and caramel. Rich. The taste is oaky and sweet with a touch of bitterness at the end. Smooth texture with minimal carbonation and a medium body. Pretty good and very drinkable for an imperial stout.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zvikar (3727) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - DEC 27, 2014
Bottle shared at a tasting at Tom Cs place. Pours black with a beige to brown head, aroma of chocolate, whiskey, liquorice, coffee, marmalade, flavor of chocolate, coffee, liquorice, whiskey and cognac, medium to full bodied. Nice

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mike_77 (3423) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - DEC 13, 2014
Black with a dark creamy head. Dark bitter almost burnt malts in the aroma. Burnt bitter taste but also a fresh hop bitterness.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (36036) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 1, 2014

Bottle 22fl.oz. @ [ Pre-Borefts Ratebeer Gathering ] @ ABCBeers, Korte Koediefstraat 5, The Hague, Netherlands 2511CE.

[ As Caldera Kettle Series Old Growth Imperial Stout ].
Clear dark black brown color with a large, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly to fully lasting, beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, chocolate, sweet malt. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, sweet malt, chocolate, roasted. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20140925]

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bpat2011 (12) - Oklahoma, USA - NOV 26, 2014
Bomber poured into oversized red wine glass. Aroma: candy, licorice, roasted malt Appearance: pours thick, pitch black. Long head retention slowly dissipates to a simple ring around the circumference of the glass. Taste: sweet, black licorice with a medium bitter finish. The dark roasted malt base provides a nice canvas for these other flavors. Palate: silky smooth. Full bodied. Overall, a pretty good beer, especially if you like black licorice. Personally, I'm not a big fan of licorice and I still liked this.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
caesar (5324) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - NOV 16, 2014
Bottle @ ZZT X, small sample, thanks all for sharing! Dark color, short head. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, licorice. Bit sweet, but mostly malty bitterness in taste. Good beer, but a bit one-dimensional on the roast and licorice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bierkoning (10563) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - NOV 16, 2014
Bottle @ ZZTX. Deep dark brown color. Malt, salt and licorice in the aroma Malty roasty, laurel, salt, in the flavor. Not too sweet, the laurel is dominant.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Benzai (8987) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - NOV 15, 2014
Bottle @ ZZT X shared by Caesar. Opaque pitch black color, average to medium sized brown head. Aroma is malts, roasted malts, liquorice. Taste malts, roasted malts, liquorice, bitter, chocolate. Medium body and carbonation. Nice! I like the big roastyness. Lovely.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrHangover (2766) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - NOV 15, 2014
Bottle @ ZZT X, courtesey of Caesar. Pours a pitch black beer with a small, quickly fading tanned head on top. Aroma of licorice, laurel, molasses. Flavor is very bitter, loads of coffee in there, aftertaste is bittersweet coffee. Nicely bitter flavors going on. Good stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ansjelaah (1509) - Westelbeers, NETHERLANDS - NOV 15, 2014
Bottle @zzt10 shared by Caesar. Black color with a small head. Smells and tastes roasty, chocolat, fruity

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dEnk (4052) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - NOV 15, 2014
Bottle @ ZZTX. Aroma is roast, liquorice, mocca, some caramel. Flavour is very roasty with big liquorice, mocca, coffee. A bit one-sided.


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