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RATINGS: 673   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
New recipe, new label, new year.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IloveIPAs81 (59) - - DEC 25, 2015
Bottle pours dark, with quite a bit of carbonation taste was not as I was expecting from what I read. Think I'll have to give it another try as it tasted nothing as the reviews.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lightbias (435) - USA - DEC 24, 2015
I’m not usually a fan of "everyone is doing it", but the label just reeks of "do it now". It’s Christmas Eve. Let’s do it. - The pour into the snifter is rich and oily, thick and burnt umber in color. The foam, soft and porous, fades gracefully into the beer leaving a deep, milk chocolate ring skirting the inside of the glass. Wispy islets drift lazily in circles, no barrier to the aroma, flush with chocolate, dark roasted coffee and overripe black plums. Hints of vanilla toy with the chocolate as I bring the glass to my lips. The flavor teems with old leather, smoky ash, milk chocolate and coffee, the beer edgy and bitter; the harshness that could be forceful just isn’t. The only real burn or bite is deep in my throat, after the swallow. Completely drinkable, tasty and comfortable, but the body falls apart with any degree of warmth. This has a very full body, but is heavy and oily and although it’s flavorful with the buzz of the carbonation, as soon as it’s too warm, there’s no real fun in it anymore. The finish is nice, but the end of the bottle, if not enjoyed with some urgency, is disappointing. - Christmas Eve starts out with a bang, buts ends with a fizzle...or no fizzle. Depending on how you look at it.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StilleStorm (1304) - Stavanger, NORWAY - DEC 24, 2015
DAA; Bottle 355ml, from Vinmonopolet. Pours moderate to large, black with a frothy creamy, lasting and lacing tan head. Nose is moderate to heavy, roasted malt, coffee, moderate chocolate and light liqorice. Taste is heavy chocolale sweet and moderate bitter with a lasting roasted, dark chocolate, coffee finish. Body is medium to full, texture is is oily to thick, carbonation is soft. Merry Christmas.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mister_Li (636) - GERMANY - DEC 24, 2015
Dunkelbraun mit durchschnittlicher brauner Schaumkrone. Röstmalze, Karamell, dunkle Schokolade, leicht süßlich bis bitter.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
haukur (1588) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - DEC 24, 2015
Deep dark brown with no head. Aroma is molasses, dark chocolate, hint of mocha. Roasty malty finish with almost complete lack of carbonation. Still very nice though.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beersiveknown (4820) - NORTHERN IRELAND - DEC 24, 2015
bottle at home from wine rack
deep brown-black with fluffy beige head. roasted barley, slightly vegetal (radish?) aromas on the nose. thick and luxuriant, lactose sweetness, full bodied, chocolate, toasty, warming

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sjohnh (640) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2015
Dark, very little head. Full body. Lots of caramel malt, alcohol strength and slightly nutty backdrop.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
willisread (1896) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 23, 2015
Bottle from Tanakaya. Pours a deep brown to black with ruby highlights at the edges and 1-finger brown head that dissipates fairly quickly. Chocolate, cacao nibs, cranberry, red wine, coffee and dark fruit all over the nose..some vanilla as well. Roasted flavors on the palate with some bitterness. Lots of dark cacao and roasted malt on the finish. A big and bold beer with lots of complex flavors. Very nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fellebag (1303) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 22, 2015
Bottle 12fl.oz. Brown head diminishing. Opaque color. Aroma is berries, leather, chocolate, hint of licorice. Taste is very sweet of leather, berries.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mrjaxson (439) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 21, 2015
A surprisingly light weight imperial stout that caught me off guard with its nimbleness. It’s delicious in a low-key way, with nice hints of chocolate and vanilla in the aroma. Marginally dry and sweet on the finish. Enjoyed on tap.


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