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RATINGS: 532   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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New recipe, new label, new year.


3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
swieca (113) - POLAND - DEC 24, 2014
Aromas of dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, roasted dark fruits, licorice. Dark with ruby reflexes and no head, only a ring. Some interesting sweetness in taste, mixed with roasty feeling, coffee and nice bitter finish. Medium body - expected a bit more. Oily texture, very soft carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SinH4 (678) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 22, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2014 Black color with small head. Looking good! Dark fruits, I think it’s like dry apricots rather than raisins or plums. Sweetness, roasted malts, and bitter chocolate. Super liquorice and well-balanced. Better than Port Brewing’s Santa’s Little Helper which I had just before. A very good one.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GJF (1323) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - DEC 21, 2014
Bottle at Lincoln Wine Bar. Beatiful dark pour. Rich aroma, deep, smooth flavors of chocolate and roast malt. I’d like another please.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (3164) - 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 (1171) - 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 (84) - 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 (1623) - 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 (298) - 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 (48) - 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 (279) - 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


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