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RATINGS: 1638   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BMan1113VR (7813) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 25, 2009
2004 bottle thanks to brentfreesh, shared with ilovedarkbeer. Pours, thick and black with a creamy, very dark brown head that stays forever. Good lace. Aroma is a amazing, chocolate, boozy, floral, chewy caramel, vanilla, cinnamon rolls, molasses. Taste is ashy with chocolate, alcohol, brown sugar and a bit bitter on the finish. Milky and mouthcoating with light bubbles.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ilovedarkbeer (2220) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 25, 2009
Bottle thanks to BMan113VR. Pours a deep black color with a some brownish in it. Reddish brown head that is lacy and medium sized. Nose : vinegar, chocolate fudge, booze, molasses Taste: vanilla, booze, meaty, smoky, Mouthfeel is thick and velvety.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KAF (448) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - FEB 24, 2009
Dark rich pour with a small tan head that dissipates quickly. Appearance is oily. Strong coffee front on the nose followed immediately by soft chocolate. Silky body feel in the mouth. Strong bitter finish. Very strong chocolate flavors and roasted malts in the flavor. I wish it was sweet but there is no sweetness at all.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Goblincat (381) - Westland, Michigan, USA - FEB 22, 2009
Pours black with a thin brownish-tan head. Roasted coffee and chocolate aroma. Very smooth, with creamy chocolate and roasted malt. Very nice and masks the alcohol very well.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
waolsen (1352) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - FEB 22, 2009
bottle. thanks joe. black pour with moderate tan bubbled head. roasted malts, coffee, light chocolate in aroma. rich chocolate, caramel sugar, roasted malts, coffee bean. nicely balanced, alcohol warming, dry finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2009
Bottle courtesy of Gillard. Pours a dark brown to black with reddish highlights and a thin tan head. Aroma is roasted and malty with notes of coffee, chocolate, ripe dark fruit, molasses, and hints of tobacco and roasted nuts. Flavor is roasted and malty with floral hops, ripe dark fruit, chocolate, coffee, licorice, and hints of honey and caramel. Generally medium to full body with a pleasing roasted malty finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GMUcrew7 (576) - Mason, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2009
Pours thick, jet black color with a thick, oily dark tan head. Nice coffee heavy aroma, oak and vanilla also present. Very complex array of flavors, espresso, tobacco, chocolate with a nice hop balance. Velvety smooth body, roasted and dry. Excellent beer.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
nearbeer (3584) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 17, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2009 12 oz. Pitch with a small, lasting oil slick of fine bubbles. Aroma is espresso, light caramel, cocoa and char. Tastes of espresso, prickly mesquite/hickory char, caramel, chocolate, orange, light whiskey, vanilla, cured tobacco, oats and more. Heavy body is super smooth, tongue-tingly and roasty-dry. Dangerous.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 17, 2009
12oz bottle thanks to vwcraig. Dark black with an especially dark brown head. Smells like roasty thick stout goodness. It tastes like your standard regular imperial stout. This was good but nothing really jumped out at me to make this beer special. Oh well. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 02-17-2009 21:40:29

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 17, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2009 Black pour with a thick, dense, creamy, oily brown head that fades into an everlasting film of bubbles and a frothy lace. Aroma has dark chocolate and licorice. Flavor is full bodied but understated, dry, led by licorice and horehound, with a little bit of dark fruit in there, and then a chocolate finish. Highly viscous and smooth palate, one could be forgiven for spooning it out of the glass.


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