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RATINGS: 460   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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New recipe, new label, new year.


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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
charule (1273) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 29, 2013
Bottle at Barrelhouse Flats. Poured black with tan head that fades. Aroma o roasted slight bourbon. Semi smooth smokey choc taste. Average.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (2830) - Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2014
12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 8/19/2014. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense dark brown head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, licorice, raisin, toast, dark bread, leather, tobacco, light smoke/char, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, dark fruit, and earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, licorice, raisin, toast, dark bread, leather, tobacco, light smoke/char, and roasted earthiness. Good amount of roast/char bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, licorice, raisin, toast, dark bread, leather, tobacco, light smoke/char, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt, dark fruits, and earthy hop notes; with a nice roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Russian imperial stout. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt, dark fruit, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leini (912) - SWEDEN - DEC 20, 2014
330ml bottle.Pitch black body with a medium tan head. Licorice, soy, dark rye bread, roasted malt and dark chocolate. Starts a bit sweet but finished dry. Warm but discrete alcohol presence. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jahe (39) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 20, 2014
Pours black from Bottle. Small Brown head. Ckocolate Coffe rostad malt. Taste of chocolate dark syrup, Coffe a little sweetness,

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bif (1559) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 19, 2014
Bottle. Pours a virtual black color with a small head and some lacing. Aroma of dark chocolate, malts, some dark fruit and bit of spice. Taste of dark chocolate, roasted malt and spice. Mild bitterness and a dry finish. Medium body, smooth with a nice bit of flair. Good beer fo the holiday season.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BBHansen (162) - Køge, DENMARK - DEC 19, 2014
bottle @ home. Appearance: pours black with ok off-white foamy head with some acing. aroma/taste: caramel, chocolate, coffee, espresso, wood and hints of citrus and floral notes. palette: medium carbonation, full body, some caramel sweetness, average bitterness, dry finish, long duration and an oily texture. Overall: nice tasteful stout that just lingers

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
andysando (46) - SWEDEN - DEC 19, 2014
Aroma: Loads of dark chocolate, roasted malts and a hint of liquorice. Taste: Dark bitter chocolate, dried fruits, raw liquorice. Superb! One of my absolute favorite Christmas beers!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Seffle (196) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - DEC 19, 2014
Bottle from SB. Pours a pitch black with a rather weak dark brown head. Aroma with a first impression of bad apples, then chocolate and coffee. Very complex palate with a hint of cloves and black pepper in espresso. Somewhat sour aftertaste which spoils it a bit. Otherwise lovely. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
badgerben (4502) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 17, 2014
Black color with a small head. Light chocolate aroma. High alcohol flavor. Light roast. A bit of soy character.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nische (898) - Saltsjö-Boo, SWEDEN - DEC 17, 2014
Pours a deep brown to black color with a light brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, toffee, light burnt chocolate. Flavor has a solid burnt roasted malt bitterness to it, light toffee. Medium body with a lingering roasted malts. Solid imperial stout.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fantti (731) - FINLAND - DEC 17, 2014
Kaatuu snifteriin sysimustana ja hyvin paksuna, tumma vaahto on noin sormen paksuinen jääden ohuena vanana lasin reunalle. Hyvin intensiivinen tuoksu tarjoaa vahvimmin kahvista paahdetta, lakritsia ja soijamaisuutta, kevyemmin löytyy makeahkoa suklaata ja puumaista humalaa. Alkuun tuoksu on jo lähes liian hyökkäävä, mutta siihen tottuu onneksi nopeasti. Maku jatkaa samaa intensiivistä linjaa, kahvin ollessa selvästi vahvin maku. Puumaisuutta ja soijaa on myös hyvin paljon, hennommin löytyy lakritsaa. Alkoholia ei ihan täysin ole saatu pidettyä piilossa. Suutuntuma on katkerahko, lämmittävä, muttei ihan niin täyteläinen kuin tämän kaltaisesta oluesta voisi toivoa. Todella tuhdin makuinen ja tuoksuinen IS, lähes liiankin agressiivinen verottaen nautittavuutta.


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