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RATINGS: 1675   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08   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.


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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
M82 (285) - 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 Iíve 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...



4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BitchPls (552) - FINLAND - SEP 16, 2014
Pitch fucking black and a thin dark beige head. Chocolate and liquorice on the nose. Full body. Very smooth and soft, like silk. Starts by being sweet but slowly turns bitter and roasted still keeping a perfect balance. This is excellent. A master class beer.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
teemoney (60) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 13, 2014
Poured from bottle into snifter. Black/ dark brown pour with short brown quickly diminishing head. Heavy roasted malt and chocolate aromas. Taste has chocolate, roasted and sweet malts, and a slightly bitter coffee finish. Medium body, with creamy feel. Really solid imperial stout, especially for a "regular" beer. Pretty good flavor, well balanced, keeps well.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bursprak (590) - Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 6, 2014
Bottle. Pitch black oily pour with a few millimeters of a beautiful beige head. Lots of dark chocolates and ground coffee, some vanilla fudge and light soy. Light char and even more chocolate in the finish. Wonderful and very well balanced!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
orangesol (853) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 4, 2014
Served on nitro-tap at Alís of Hampden into a nonic pint.

A - Pours used motor oil black with a small film of khaki colored head, dissipating down to a spotty film, leaving thin rings of lacing down the glass.

S - Lots of flavor going on in this one but mostly coffee, chocolate, dark roasted malt, booze, and a tiny bit of vanilla. Not too over the top like others, just a solid Imperial Stout.

T - Lots of rich dark roasted coffee mixes well with the dark roasted malt and dulled chocolaty sweetness. The booze comes thru more and more as it begins to come to room temperature. Finish is very roasty with tons of it lingering long after the finish. Not too bad.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Lots of heavy roast in both the feel and the finish. Good overall balance but the booze crept in toward the end.

D - Pretty good. I enjoyed this one but the roast began to wear me down over the course of the glass. Still a very nice beer. Glad I finally got to try it.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JefVerstraete (1287) - BELGIUM - SEP 2, 2014
Bottle from timderoeck. Many thanks! Oily syrupy texture. Pitch black colour, dark brown creamy foam. Soft carbonation. Very complex aroma of roasted malts, coffee and dark chocolate, also dark fruit and berries. Perfect in balance: sweet and malty and also bitter and roasty. This is a fantastic imperial stout!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sjohnh (163) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2014
Deep and dark. As close to black as it gets, with a chocolate brown head that dissipates fairly quickly. Oily thick, balanced with a light carbonation. Malt and dark fruit aroma. Flavours are all in the sub-woofer bass end of the spectrum - spicy dark berries as in a Shiraz; bitter bark chocolate; heavy roasted malts; espresso coffee, dark soy sauce. Unyielding, like a black hole, with nothing lighter like milk or vanilla to take the edge off.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pinkzambia (1474) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 29, 2014
Bottle: jet black with a yellow brown head. Aroma of chocolate, malts, a little coffee. Sweet coffee flavors, burnt malts. Syrupy feel with a bitter aftertaste. Extremely tasty- full of flavor and a BIG beer.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
VT (1413) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 28, 2014
355 ml bottle. Pours black with a thick, creamy, resilient dark brown head. Aroma is roasty, coffeeish. Flavor is dark chocolate, coffee, roasted hazelnut, toast, chocolate milk. Finish is coffeeish bitterness, dark chocolate. Lingering roast and bitterness. Strong body, velvety, oily, soft mouthfeel. Weak carbonation.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MikeKeller (848) - Kemi, FINLAND - AUG 28, 2014
Bottle from Systembolaget. Black beer with a beige, bubbly head. Very nice aroma has dark chocolate, licorice, coffee and roasted malts. Really big flavour has roasted malts, licorice, vanilla and chocolate. Mouthfeel is oily, very soft and smooth. As good as an Imp gets?

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Davros (1939) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 28, 2014
Pours black with the darkest head Iíve ever seen. Nose shows rich chocolate/cocoa and roasted malt with a hint of booze and smoke alongside a sweet chocolate liqueur note. More dark chocolate as a flavour before transitioning to heavy dry roast and cocoa alongside some solvent-like booze. Nice creamy carbonation.


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