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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.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ERB92 (472) - Bergen, NORWAY - FEB 15, 2015
Coffee, chocolate dried fruits, nuts, wood and a hint of leather in the aroma. Black with a brown head. Medium to heavy sweet and medium bitter. Full body with a average to soft carbonation. Overall a really nice Imperial Stout, rich in flavor and with some nicely warming alcohol in the back.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mfhennig (75) - - FEB 15, 2015
12 oz bottle pours a thick , oily, midnight black with a massive brown head. Aroma of coffee, cocoa and roasted malt. Terrific flavor, very smooth, no alcohol burn. Just a hint of bitterness in the finish -considering the IBU rating. This is probably the Imperial Stout by which all others will compared. An outstanding beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bluemooner (657) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - FEB 15, 2015
Pours black with a medium brown head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, and dark fruit. Flavor is roasted malt, milk chocolate, caramel, toffee, espresso, raisins, plums’ very rich with the alcohol mostly masked. Full body with soft carbonation. Amazing.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pacv27 (53) - - FEB 14, 2015
Creamy head that is milk chocolate in color and 2 fingers in depth. Beer is a pitch black color. The aroma is sweet milk and dark chocolates along with coffee. The taste is so complex!! I’m getting lots of chocolate and coffee with hints of molasses, leather, tobacco, dark fruits and vanilla. The mouthfeel is heavy and syrupy. Very smooth but leaves a stickyness in the mouth. Will definitely be buying a 6 pack of this when I get a chance.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ninecats (233) - Uddevalla, SWEDEN - FEB 13, 2015
Pitch black, brown quickly dissipating head with lots of lacings. Lovely smooth aroma of vanilla, roasted malt, honey, chocolate, hint of alcohol. Taste is packaged with roasted tones, coffee, slight bitter chocolate, oakiness and ends with a lingering slight rough roasted bitterness and some alcohol. Medium to full body, medium to soft carbo.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Clownoisseur (334) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - FEB 11, 2015
Bottle poured into snifter. Appears pitch black, minimal tan head that fades quickly. Little to no lacing. Aromas of big dark malt, anise, oak, vanilla, coffee...bitter chocolates. Taste follows the nose with a moderately heavy mouthfeel..silky velvet dark chocolate..vanilla..oak and anise. Hints of roasted nut, char and toast. Finishes with some bitter hop presence along with a chocolate coffee harmony. Very smooth and rich!

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
c1raider (47) - New York, USA - FEB 10, 2015
Excellent! Malty, vanilla, touch of sweet caramel, balanced, abv does have a little, the little head fades quickly. For such a big beer it drinks so easy. While nothing exciting its does the quintessential stout very well, would buy the next time I see it.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Brandon1989 (395) - Euless, Texas, USA - FEB 10, 2015
Pours a dark black with a nice three finger khaki head that retained throughout the beer and left plenty of lacing around the glass. The aroma sweet and full of dark roasted malts. I pick up chocolate, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, some mild faint woodiness, and faint hops. The taste is very similar to the aroma. The woodiness/oak is more prevalent in the taste then in the aroma. The chocolate is more bitter flavored as well. I would have never guessed this beer is over 10% as I am not picking up a whole bunch of alcohol. The mouthfeel is heavy but is is silky. This is truly a world class beer that every beer drinker should try.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
sinfull (970) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 9, 2015
Black like a tar, with thin brown head. A Symphony of coffee roasted malt and chocolate in aroma , with touch of dark fruits. Taste follows the aroma. Very smooth and rich brew , with warming finish.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
whitehotg8 (71) - Illinois, USA - FEB 9, 2015
Bottle into a snifter. Pours dark as night with a nice short dark-khaki colored head that just reaches the rim of the snifter. The nose on this one is all malt, cocoa, dark chocolate, licorice, dark brown sugar, coffee, slight spiciness. The palate is viscous; sweet, roasty and complex. The usual suspects are present; chocolate of all types, toffee, roasted nuts, pumpernickel bread licorice. This stout is truly fantastic, has everything you could want in one and more. Sock some away in your cellar or drink it fresh. either way you can not lose.


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