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RATINGS: 1941   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
A fine companion to end a meal or relax in front of the hearth with, this robust ale will cellar well for years. Brewed with ten varieties of malted barley this stout is extremely smooth, complex and rich in body. We recommend serving at cellar temperature. Sit back and enjoy its richness and complexity, you’re about to drink the ultimate winter warmer.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
smcolw (613) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 27, 2010
Dark beige head--perhaps the darkest one I’ve ever seen. Very thick. Leaves a coating of lace like a blanket on the glass. The liquor is nearly black. Lots of chalky cocoa to the nose. Dry, coffee flavors up front. Although it is potent at 10.5% abv, the alcohol warmth is missing--very deceptive. There’s a touch of cream to this beer. The body is extremely rich, like light cream. The carbonation is low so it is exaggerated. It’s too dry to be a dessert beer; it’s too rich to be a regular brew. But it is a special beer, worth seeking out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mathieuc (2484) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 27, 2015
Pours a very dark brown with a beige/light brown head that settles into a medium rim that leaves few lacing. Nose is of powdered cocoa, roasted malt. Taste is moderately sweet, roasty with some charred and almost ash-y flavors. Rich chocolate (milk) flavors, too. No alcohol in the taste. Body is medium-full, carbonation moderate. Sticky. Some warming alcohol. A really well crafted imperial stout, yum!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
alomtnez (236) - SPAIN - NOV 27, 2015
Tiny brownish head. Opaque dark mahogany colour. Aroma is very roasted malt. dark cocoa, coffee and dried dark fruits (prune). Very complex flavour, very roasted bitter, acid, black coffee, bitter finish and long acid bitter aftertaste. Creamy palate, very dry mouthful. No burnt nor charcoal taste but it is mostly a dry roasted beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
martin00sr (1809) - Haderslev, DENMARK - NOV 26, 2015
Oily, nearly black with thick tan head. Rich aroma of coffee, chocolate and licorice, dark fruit, some vanilla and hints of smoke. Thick and sticky mouthfeel. Flavour has cocoa and coffee, dark sugar, sour cherries and roasted bitterness. Stickyness and ABV well balanced by the lasting bitterness. Rock solid impy, sooo drinkable. And none of that fuken chili shit...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ByTheirLimpin (52) - New York, USA - NOV 26, 2015
Yikes. Heavy jet black from the bottle. Short head of creamy stout goodness. That’s a mouthful...God damn....round malty goodness...sweet and creamy to the finish....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tessic (983) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 17, 2015
This imp Stout poured a very deep black colour with a dark brown head. Very creamy looking with minimal bubbles and little lacing. Literally looks like used motor oil. Scents include gummy bears, coffee cocoa and caramel. First swig was smooth and very creamy with flavours of molasses, brown sugar, caramel and coffee. Finish is sweet and smooth with excellent roasted caramel lingering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
planky84 (2572) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2015
Bottle from Kris Wines, Holloway. Black pour with a tan head (soon goes). Aromas of coffee, dark chocolate and black cherry. Flavours of dark chocolate, light smoke, licorice and black treacle. Very smooth. Excellent stuff.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
witthatsbier (431) - glasgow, SCOTLAND - NOV 9, 2015
Bottle 35,5 cl from Cave Glasgow Pours black with thin coffee coloured head Nose is bit faint light grain bit smoke but not the beers best feature Taste is a big alcohol hit with dry bitter chocolate,coffee and a long dry bitter finish very nice beer with great body even when pouring beer it looks thick and viscous

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
emartell (306) - Zapopan, Jalisco, MEXICO - OCT 24, 2015
Aromas complejos. Destacan las notas a café, maltas tostadas, madera y licor. Su color es completamente negro, cuerpo redondo, carbonatacion baja, Corona de espuma media de baja retención. En boca es suave, cremosa, notas torrefactas y alcohólica. Al paladar es compleja, fuerte, alcohólica. Se perciben notas amaderadas, licorosas, chocolate y ligeramente café. En general es una buena cerveza, con alto sabor alcohólico, una gran gama de sabores entre los que destacan café, chocolate, licor. Bien equilibrada y muy completa.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brnandersen (2708) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 19, 2015
355 ml. bottle at Tryk Bar, Copenhagen. Pitch black with a thin, tanned head. Roasted aroma with dark mlats, coffee, caramel, chocolate, vinous, alcohol dense notes, liquorice, vanilla, herbal hops and dark, dried fruits. Taste is bitter-roasted. Full body with an oily texture and a soft carbonation. Finishes lasting dry and roasted with liquorice and a wiff of booze. Excellent, rich Stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sir__v (1284) - Lille, FRANCE - OCT 15, 2015
Bottle @ home from Kris Wines - Color: deep dark black beer with no carbonation and small brown head. Smell: high roasted malt nose, coffee, alcohol. Very intense and impressive. Taste: full body with oily sensation on mouth really nice palate. Good roasted malt taste, coffee and small caramel taste. Small marmite taste. Very nice coffee and alcohol with liquorice finish. Very deep body. Aftertaste: small resin with high roasted malt and coffee taste. Small alcohol finish. Good balance with astringent. Very amazing beer!

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