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RATINGS: 2014   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


M82's rating

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
M82 (469) - Kansas, USA - JAN 25, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2013 1/25/13, 2013 batch one month since bottling
Rich dark notes, huge hoppy characteristics, vanilla, all on a massive smooth body; big bitter sweet balance; One of the best non-barrel-aged stouts I’ve had; Seriously powerful, seriously deep, seriously smooth.

11/30/12, 2011 bottle approaching two years
Looks bad as can be as usual. Pours like raw crude with a 1" dark cookie head. Nose presents loads of chocolate, coffee, and berries swinging between almonds and vinous characteristics. Taste follows on a thick creamy body. I do miss the hops compared to memories of fresh bottles, but the creamy smooth richness and heightened berry notes are very nice.

10/18/13, 2011 bottle approaching three years
Checking in on the 2011 vintage (year prior to yellow bottle code on neck) Pours as expected with mangled aroma of tart-woody-whoppers candy, which luckily subsides a bit, but generally sets the mid-tone over charred, smokey pork; flavors follow; this one seems to be hitting a valley of some sort with a slightly nullified feel, minimal dark chocolate and coffee with very little dark fruit, more apple, lightly colored wood, and char than anything; I think this one is moving into a significant transformation, hopefully heading somewhere deeper and more luxurious in the next couple years...



4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zlotta (1329) - Amstelveen, NETHERLANDS - MAY 23, 2016
0.355 l bottle from ’De Bierkoning’, bottled in November 2015. Pitch black with a medium large, creamy, almost stable, dark brown head. Sweetish, moderately roasty aroma of mocca, pralines, toasted nuts, vanilla, cocoa and hints of raisins. Sweet, rather roasty taste of mocca, pralines, cocoa, some licorice and vanilla, followed by a long, firm roasty-bitter, quite warming and burning finish. Full body, very creamy and viscid mouthfeel, soft carbonation. Massive beer, close to perfection. Very intense, great mouthfeel, satisfying and moreish finish. Hard to beat without barrel-aging.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MiP (15028) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAY 21, 2016
Draught, 10.5% at KØ16. Mild roasted aroma. Black colour. Small light brown head. The flavour is roasted and creamy with a good fruity hop note. Quite sweet with a very roasted finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
humpah (52) - FINLAND - MAY 14, 2016
0.355l bottle at home from Alko. Pours black colour with tan, thick head that takes some time to settle down. Aroma has dark malts coffee, some cocoa, moderate hoppiness. Thick body with strong taste, alcohol doesn’t get through much, quite bitter. Extremely nice Imperial Stout..

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vivek (1) - Chandler, Alabama, USA - MAY 14, 2016 does not count
Made of 10 diff barley. Smoth as silk. Complex and rich in body. A bit of rich for me. Will recommend but I will not buy for home.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bendrixian (1454) - Canadiana, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 9, 2016
Black as night pour with a huge brown head. Big and agressive aroma that delves I to Co. Ex higher alcohol notes and toasted roasted beans. Huge flavour profile with a wicked length and very complex. Just sit back and enjoy.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
zubblwump (25) - Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2016
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2016 Wow, this is a dark, dark beer...near black pour. Head is a dark tan, and thick. Smells is strong, sweet, dark, and roasted. Feels like syrup in the mouth. Taste is intense...sweet and bitter at the same time. The bitter is not unpleasant here, although I prefer a little less bitter. No unpleasant aftertaste like some stouts I’ve tried recently. This is one of the better ones.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oldrtybastrd (4888) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2016
Pours a nice black. Coffee/chocolate and little tobacco aroma. Flavor is awesome, rich and smooth, like roasted espresso loaded with dark bitter chocolate and kinda sweet. The alcohol is well hidden among the massive flavors.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CpyNPrnT (601) - Indiana, USA - MAY 5, 2016
Aroma of burnt malts, taste is burnt malts, moderate alcohol, would buy again-done at a tasting after my palate was wrecked.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sneakychi (74) - SWEDEN - MAY 3, 2016
Black with creamy , mocca-brown head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, hints of alcohol, hints of soy, licorice, good balance between the different elements. Medium bitterness and sweetness. Good stuff!

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
swhbh (3) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2016 does not count
Bottle (dated 12/2/15) poured into a snifter. Nice, light brown head that mostly dissipates, but sticks to the glass. Color is opaque black. Aroma is pleasant, classic imperial stout...nothing jumps out. Wow...it is thick, oily and rich. Taste of malt, chocolate, hints of caramel and other sweetness with a coffee bite. Amazing.


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