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RATINGS: 1896   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alex_alkis (415) - SWEDEN - MAR 28, 2015
A fantastic imperial stout with heavy notes of chocolate and roasted malt both the aroma as in the taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Werckmeister (818) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - MAR 28, 2015
bottle shared by mmahut at RB Vienna March Tasting. Vintage 2009. black color, very slight and dark coffee colored head. big coffee smell, malty, liqueurish smell, dark fruits, malty sweetness. full body, coffee, chocolate, roastiness, bitter roastiness, liqueurish, dried fruits, very light smokiness, alcoholic, roasty bitter / chocolate / light alcoholic finish. quite good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MisoW (2272) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 28, 2015
Bottle at RateBeer Tasting Vienna March 2015 edition. Pours black color, beige head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, plums, red fruits. Taste is sweet, coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt, plums, warming alcohol.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gurthnar (2928) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 28, 2015
2009 bottle. Aroma rich roasted malts. Smell of black malts crushing and mashing in. Embraces the roasted character. Clear pitch colour, oily texture. Taste is also all-malt, lots of roasted flavpurs, lightly tart, but no astringency. Coffeeish roasted finish. Very good one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
laakus (57) - Nossebro, - MAR 27, 2015
Color is black with a small creamy looking brown head. Nose is some light tones of chocolate with tones of roasted malt and sweet plummylike aromas. Taste is like the senses of Nose, sweet malt and liquorice with only light tones of alcohol pushing through. Very well balanced and great creamy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yourilevesque (299) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 23, 2015
Cette bière aux riches arômes de malts rôtis, de réglisse noire et de café amer ne joue pas dans la délicatesse. La tête brun brûlé est sévère et le liquide danse dans le verre avec une lourdeur imposante. En bouche, le liquide est pesant, sirupeux, opaque, dense, liquoreux et tant la texture que les saveurs rappellent la mélasse. L’ensemble n’est cependant pas qu’un hommage à la démesure car le tout demeure complexe et très multi-dimentionnel: l’alcool et la banane se disputent l’avant-scène et s’entre-choquent malgré les fortes saveurs de malts rôtis et de mélasse qui gardent le rythme à la manière d’un chef d’orchestre. Le mouthfeel est sirupeux et intense. Longue en bouche, c’est une bière toute indiquée par une rude soirée d’hiver.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (7560) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 22, 2015
Bottle - Tons of roast, some anise and dark molasses. Inky jet black with a very nice rich brown head that doesn’t go away. Dark roast and some licorice with a rich dark chocolate. Very rich and quite nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Lele (236) - Padova, ITALY - MAR 22, 2015
ASPETTO: Nerissima, sembra petrolio, e scivola nel bicchiere come se fosse seta. Schiuma marrone, fine, abbastanza abbondante e non molto persistente. AROMA: cioccolato, cacao amaro, caffè. Quando la birra è fredda si avvertono sentori di olive in scatola!!! Lasciata riscaldare, ti senti avvolgere da un buon whisky. GUSTO: cacao amaro (ma non troppo), un po’ di cioccolato, caffè, una buona dose di liquirizia nonché anche un liquoroso avvertibile abbastanza bene. L’amaro viene fuori proprio nell’ultima parte del sorso e nel retrogusto. Corpo decisamente strutturato, dalla consistenza oleosa. Carbonizzazione abbastanza bassa. Birra veramente squisita, un capolavoro!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cunningham (5452) - Halden, NORWAY - MAR 22, 2015
Black engine oil liquid and a nice beige head. Ok lacing. Smooth aroma with coffee, chocolate, mild licorice and some alcohol. Soft smooth carbonation. Otherwise this would be undrinkable. But it felled over to flat a bit to soon. A bit over to the sweet side. Coffee, earthy, chocolate, herbal and some licorice in the flavor.
[Bottle from Systembolaget web order in Sweden]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsga (6676) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 22, 2015
Small dark brown body. Opaque black body. Earthy roasty chocolatey aroma with resiny soy sauce notes. Sweet roasty earthy soy sauce taste with cocoa and fruit notes. Full-bodied. Mild, soft, smooth mouthfeel. Dryish minty roasty chocolatey aftertaste with burnt grain and coffee notes. Lovely! Highly drinkable, full of flavour, and very vivid. (0.355l bottle, from Vinbudin Kringlan, Reykjavik.)

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