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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.


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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
M82 (393) - 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...



4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
oliodnb (522) - ITALY - JUN 29, 2015
355ml bottle. Pours black with a beautiful creamy brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, dark fruits, berries, ground coffee, soy sauce. Taste is very rich: roastiness, coffee, chocolate, some vanilla, light smoke, plums, berries, some booze. Smooth oily mouthfeel, full body, light carbonation. Excellent.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SkillsFactory (148) - ITALY - JUN 28, 2015
Nera, impenetrabile, schiuma color nocciola scuro non molto persistente. Aroma di melassa, vaniglia, caffè tostato, cacao amaro, liquirizia e frutti rossi. Al palato stesse caratteristiche, sul finale si alternano il cacao amaro ed il caffè in una coda molto lunga. Retrolfatto di cacao. Corpo pieno, non molto carbonata. Ottima Imperial Stout.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
likeatrainwreck (130) - Stockport, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUN 27, 2015
This is how an imperial stout should be... Thick, black, heavy... Coffee, burnt sugar, treacle, black chocolate. Warming and boozy. No fancy gimmicks, just a top class imperial Stout.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Torrefacto (892) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 18, 2015
Negro opaco con espuma beis. Aromas de cacao, frutos negros, licor. Cuerpo medio-alto, textura sedosa. Inicio dulce de fruta negra, melaza que acaba en un amargor achocolatado, licoroso y tostado intenso que equilibra bien.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BroadestTom (136) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2015
Aroma chocolate, coffee, roasty, alcohol, licorice, Appearanceblack, minimal head, tan foam, Taste medium sweetness, lightly bitter, Palate full body, thick feel, average carbonation, Overall great imperial stout that I would suggest to a friend

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Yorker (1543) - Herning, DENMARK - JUN 3, 2015
35 cl bottle @ home. Pours black with a tan head that leaves a little lacing. Aroma and flavour are chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, and liquorice - with a bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kita (1422) - Koper, SLOVENIA - MAY 31, 2015
Bottle, 0.355l. Pours pitch black color with thin totally diminishing light brown head and no lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, alcohol and candy sugar. Taste starts sweet rich and smooth malty with strong coffee note, follows by dried fruits’ acidity and whiskey note, mouthfeel is warming, while finish is moderate bitter. Full body, syrupy texture and soft carbonation in palate. Warm surprise for warm spring afternoon...

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackafholmes (658) - - MAY 30, 2015
Bottle from archer road beer stop, sheffield. Black with a tan head. Aroma of liquorice and treacle. Taste is rich and bitter with treacly sweetness. Thick as they come, like crude oil, lovely. Good good double good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cam_Dynamite (93) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 29, 2015
I find this one hard to rate. I’ve had it a few times and my opinion fluctuates wildly. Tonight I love it. Balanced flavours of vanilla, chocolate, roasted malts, slight bitterness, cocoa, coffee. Quality beer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DYCSoccer17 (3481) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 27, 2015
12oz bottle purchased at the beer cabin in plattsburgh. Aroma has some mineral and roast. Light anise. Opaque black body with a medium brown head. Starts with some burnt, ashed, malt flavor. Strong anise. Quite bitter. Way too much anise and bitterness in this to be enjoyable.


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