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RATINGS: 166   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.


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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
davidajensen (206) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 30, 2012
Sticky and a little dry. The beer pours dark with a light brown head. The aroma is of wood and candy.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sarlacc83 (1014) - Oregon, USA - JAN 10, 2015
Bottle from Corvallis Brewing Supply. If my label is correct, this is the 2010 vintage. A: Pure black, mocha color head, lacing. N: Enormous cocoa, milk chocolate, molasses, and coffee in the nose. Licorice, char, and smoke. Hints of vanilla and rye bread. Leaves, earth, peppercorn, and pine show up from the hops. T: Bittersweet in equal proportions and both in large quantities. M: Medium-heavy body - not as heavy as I’d like (though it might be due to the age.) Oily, soft carbonation, alcohol is well-hidden. O: A pleasing IRS that reminds me of a non-blended Abyss. I think this would be pretty special with a touch more body and perhaps a little barrel.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse (6496) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JAN 3, 2015
(Bottle, Stockholm Beer Festival, 27 Sep 2014) Black colour with brief, foamy, beige head. Malty, roasted nose with notes of coffee, dark chocolate, liquorice and a touch of soy sauce. Malty, roasted taste with black coffee, cacao, dark bread, liquorice and a fairly dry finish with a generous coffee bitterness. Almost full body, quite dry. Tasty and well made imperial stout. Very nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KyotoLefty (6831) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 29, 2014
Bottle. Black with a lovely head. Aroma of chocolate, wood, coffee, licorice. Rich chocolate flavor, woody light and smooth. Very tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zvikar (3881) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - DEC 27, 2014
Bottle shared at a tasting at Tom C’s 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 (3482) - 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 (36424) - 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 (5403) - 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 (10649) - 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 (9143) - 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.


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