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RATINGS: 1886   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, youíre about to drink the ultimate winter warmer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - MAR 30, 2006
Initially there is an aroma of plums and raisins. The aroma of coffee and chocolate come to then dominate, yet the aroma remains subtle. The color is a deep black with a tan head. At first there is a flavor of fruit and chocolate that gives way to a more roasted taste. The aftertaste of the roasted malt grows in intensity for several seconds on the palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lethe (177) - New York, USA - MAR 30, 2006
Deep, murky imperial pour presents an inky black mass that offers a nose of sweet fruit, roast, chocolate and a faint smoke. Palate is heavy, heavy, heavy. Flavor follows the palate with a certain density that weighs upon you. Chocolate, molasses, and toffee all sound notes within a cream mixture that is dominating in terms of flavor. Impact is strong and rich for this brew. Not a predictable imperial, but a rich, creative one nonetheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAR 28, 2006
Pours as black as anything else Iíve ever poured, looks more like oil than beer. The head is thin and dark tan to brown. This stuff really clings to the side of the glass too, nearly a 5 for appearance. The aroma isnít overpowering, but it is very nice, chocolate and alcohol after the pour, with some swirling the roast becomes evident. After letting it warm in my hand some a raisiny alcohol tone starts to shine through. The palate is really some kind of wonderful, sticky and yet slippery (like something coagulating, in a good way!). Thick like heavy cream in the mouth--they really donít get better than this. The flavor is hit-you-over-the-head intense. First you get the roastiness, itís strong and impossible to ignore, though it is balanced by the alcohol so well that it isnít overwhelming. Theres some sweet lactic tastes and touches of coffee flavors. A lingering charcoal roastiness is balanced by some floral hop notes in the after taste. I really canít believe this is 12% ABV, but with a good big beer, I guess you never notice ABVís.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tcruicks (282) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAR 28, 2006
Pours thick and dark with almost no head, but whats there is a super dark brown. Can smell chocolatey alcohol and a little bit of malt along and a bit sweet. Flavour is extremely roasty, start to finish, and a very bitter chocolate, alcohol. Beyond that, there are some creamy vanilla and woody flavours. The palate is great- thich, smooth. A great beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
murrayswine (101) - Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2006
It pours a dark motor oil, with a dark brown head. Iím going to quote Battlekow, "It doesnt make sense to have this beer if itís not a regular rotational offering" I agree, Breakfast Stout is 2 times as good, but itís offered the same amount of the time. Granted this beer is awsome, full of chocolate, coffee, and caramel malts. But itís tepid in comparison and there is no dark fruits at all. For what it is, itís damn good, just not marketed properly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LePoopie (151) - Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 21, 2006
Thanks to Chuck for the sample. Has a nice roasty malt aroma. Very dark, pours almost like motor oil. Has a nice roasty flavor, quite enjoyable. Thick body, with good carbonation. Overall, this is quite good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MIBRomeo (2569) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 21, 2006
black pour w/ a full thick brown head and some great lacing. Big roast aroma touches of hop hints of tobacco hints of alcohol, light coffee. Palate is full well coated and lightly creamy. Flavor is full and roasty some chocolates a light bitterness that lingers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jaymobrown (1723) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2006
Poured a super thick like used motor oil. Bitter roasted coffee nose. Fairly good. A slightly metallic, bitter flavor. Not much in the way of malts, but a little bit roasted. Nicely smooth palate. Perhaps the best thing going for it. Sip it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kidwiththehair (45) - Girdwood, Alaska, USA - MAR 19, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2006 Nice representation of good michigan stouts. Body is a dark black color (bordering on a very dark brown), with a nice dark tan head, almost looks like the foam you would get off a thick milk shake. Aroma has a stong coffee sent, with some hints of vanillia and nuts. This beer is a tad bitter at first taste but has a nice cream/malty flavour, with hints of chocolate. This beer leaves a very slight mocha flavour, which brings me back every time.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 16, 2006
Bottle courtesy of Styles, thanks! Another pitch black impy from MI- Dark, dark opaque black, with a good initial froth of mocha head, receeding down to a thin ring, lots of lacing too. Bloody insane aroma, like, itís really huge. Anise, dark rum, dark chocolate, bourbon, raisins, burnt molasses, tobacco. It goes on and on. And the body is big too. A punch of roasted coffee beans, with huge boozey dark chocolate. Burnt brown sugars, and throw in a touch of hops bitterness. Though itís big, itís 12% seems closer to maybe 8%. Itís still a sipper, and one of the best Iíve ever had. A ramped up version of the breakfast stout, minus the crazy booze of the Kentucky Bourbon. Incredible. Thanks so much Chris for another "stylin" brew!

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