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RATINGS: 1841   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09   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.


4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
nearbeer (3968) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sonicdescent (384) - Donora, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2009
Founders needs to come here already. Another winner. Pours a deep black, aroma is of your typical RIS, not necessarily a bad thing. Flavor is where this one is set apart with coffee and some other flavors I can’t identify. Full bodied. I really like this one.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (9967) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 14, 2009
12 ounce bottle shared by cdumler. Thanks! Aroma is roasted malts, smoke and coffee. Taste is roasted malts, smoke, tobacco, espresso, leafy hops. Full bodied.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CelticBrew (907) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - FEB 14, 2009
Pours completely black, forming a one finger brownish foamy head. Aroma of milk chocolates, roasted malts, hops, and toffee tones. Flavour was of much of the same, rather smooth, hops have a lovely character in this beer, chocolates and coffee balance out this tremendous brew. Alcohol is well hidden, this beer is to be cherished. Bought at Priscella’s in MHC.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2009
I’m surprised I haven’t seen available in more Illinois stores. Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma of chocolate and coffee. Good malt flavor, just a touch of hops and coffee, and a lot of chocolate. Incredibly smooth. Good stuff.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jrmac (330) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 14, 2009
Undeniably smooth. The bottle says 90 IBU’s, but I find it hard to believe. The aroma is roast coffee, a hint of chocolate, and a little fruit. The flavor is pretty much the same. I can’t believe how smooth this puppy is. Highly recommend.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (10035) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 13, 2009
Bottle from BrewCzar. Pours a midnight black with a very, very small brown head that forms around the edges of the glass. The first thing that hits me is the roasted malt and chocolate mix. It has a nice dose of smoke and fruit as well. The flavor is chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, and has some perfect and I mean PERFECT balance due to the smart use of hops. This beer was good from the first sip to the last. Nice.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SHANER4 (483) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 12, 2009
12 oz. bottle - Poured ink black with thin brown head. Aroma - smokey, chocolate, toasted malt and coffee. Very rich smelling almost like leather and chocolate mix. Flavor - roasted dark chocolate covered almonds minus the sweetness. Very nice on tongue with a little smoke taste. Palate - medium to heavy mouthfeel with average carbonation. Slightly dry and bitter finish. Overall - Damn good stout that is easy to drink and high ABV. is well hidden. Has coffee bitter aftertaste.


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