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RATINGS: 2061   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...



3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nurmis (387) - Oulu, FINLAND - SEP 19, 2016
355ml bottle. Pours pitch black without head. Liquorice, chocolate, coffee, brown sugar and some herbal hops. Thick mouthfeel. Great.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KoNrRiI (1216) - Århus, DENMARK - SEP 17, 2016

0.355 bottle.
A tar black color with a small, truly brown head of poor retention. Aroma of spices, dark malts, licorice, and quite a bit of cognac. Taste of dark malts, cognac, wood, some roast, and a bit of molasses - bittersweet. A full body, a creamy texture if there ever was one, and a flat carbonation. Finish is long and introduces vanilla into the mix. Overall the beer is splendid; the finish does get a bit tart, but the whole experience is marvelous nonetheless.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Villyzzz (45) - Espoo, FINLAND - SEP 17, 2016
Bottle at pub. Pours oily black with small copper head. Aroma has strong coffee and licorice with hints of cinnamon and herbs. Taste has coffee, smoke, sour and cocoa. Dry roasted coffee in the end with long finish. Quite carbonated. Top notch imperial stout.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cristobal37 (795) - Budapest, HUNGARY - SEP 13, 2016
Chai tea comes to mind bergamot cinnamon, really good. Some liquorice otherwise really gentle and exemplary imperial stout. Really fantastic, sticky, kinda dry, just bomb. Thanks @lore!!!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Lore (2169) - Budapest, HUNGARY - SEP 10, 2016
Deep dark brown colour, minimal creamy brown head; aroma of chocolate, coffee, some herbal notes and dried cherry. Taste of dark chocolate, some liqueur, caramel, maybe tangerine, syrupy notes and minimal herbs. Very dense, very smooth very perfect!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kapusil (1179) - Budapest, HUNGARY - SEP 10, 2016
0.355l bottle courtesy of Lore. Pitch black body, thick brown head. Aroma of chocolate, nutmeg, cloves, coffee, rum, figs and plums. Taste of chocolate, coffee, cloves, vanilla, dates, orange peel and grapefruit. Thick and creamy. Amazing beer.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
beern (36) - Alabama, USA - SEP 9, 2016
Pours black with a two finger brown head. Tastes rich and smooth and of malt, milk chocolate and cocoa with a bitter, dry finish!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
peponi (1466) - Hannover, GERMANY - SEP 9, 2016
Aroma: roasted dark malts, bitter chocolate, rum, ashy. Appearance: jet black and brown head. Taste: medium herbal bitterness, warming alcohol, roasted dark malts, dried fruits, burnt malt, bitter chocolate, coffee, quite dry. Palate: full body and medium carbonation, roasted finish. Overall: It is a great RIS, so complex and tasty.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pilsnertest (57) - SWEDEN - SEP 9, 2016
Bottle @ home. Pours black and almost no head. Taste is burnt wood, liquorice, burnt coffee, black pepper and hints of red wine. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tricksta_p (3530) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - SEP 6, 2016
Bottle at home. It is not often I comment on appearance, but I gotta say this looks like a work of art with its ink black pour and thick brown head. Aroma is strong roasted malt, rich chewy malt, liquorice, coffee, cocoa, dark chocolate, touch of vanilla, slight hint of dark fruits. Flavour is medium sweet and above moderate roasty bitter. Body is quite full and wonderfully thick. Amazing Imperial Stout, almost need to chew it.


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