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RATINGS: 1537   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, 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 (220) - 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NikkTwist (1387) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2014
Draft at Moriartys. Poured black as sin with a deep brown head. Slight lace. Not much aroma. Big ashy dark chocolate caramels flavors. Burnt pecans in molasses. Truffles (of both the chocolate and mushroom variety.) Charcoal grill. Greek coffee. Celery hearts. Plum pudding. Vinyl jacket with cigarette burn holes. Strong flammable bite, though still finishes much smoother than most 10.5 ABV brews do. Not as full bodied as the Breakfast Stouts but a nice huge dark spike for stouts in general.

4.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hanoi (296) - - APR 16, 2014
Nose is brown sugar, treacle a little vanilla. Taste, is brown sugar, treacle, leading to dark fruits, then a little smoke, rich chocolate espresso and oak in the finish. Mouthfeel is velvet. An outstanding imperial stout, though the nose was a little muted.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
HopfenWeisse (884) - - APR 16, 2014
Pitch black color with beautiful brown head that dissappears quite quickly. Aroma is strong chocolate, fruity, roasted. Flavor is roasted, coffee, bitter, alcohol. Heavy stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
allmyvinyl (2164) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 14, 2014
355ml bottle from Appellation Wines. Deep dark brown, red tinge, long-lasting brown head. Aromas of burnt sugar and liquorice, coffee, something fruity too. Tobacco and leather later. Taste is roasty bitter, molasses sweet. Rich and beguiling.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ciaranc (706) - Dublin, IRELAND - APR 13, 2014
330ml bottle from Redmonds. Thick, viscous black pour, big rich tan head, doesnt last. Gorgeous milk chocolate, light coffee nose, Flavour is intense bitter, roasted coffee, heavy dark belgian chocolate, smokey notes. Thick, rich almost chewy mouthfeel, minimal carbonation. Finish is long and warming. Amazing.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kingstoni (1334) - FINLAND - APR 12, 2014
Bottle. Deep brown color with a thin brown head. Aroma of licorice, vanilla, oak and roasted malt. Flavors are peat, roasted malt and coffee. Oily feel.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ration (1900) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 12, 2014
120414. Bottle at saunailta, Tampere. Pours black with a nice brown head. Aroma licorice, chocolate, nuts. Oily texture. Smooth body. Awesome all the way. Not Bad.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
freiksenet (81) - - APR 12, 2014
A: Pitch black, creamy cocoa colored head. S: Chocolate, coffee, vanilla. T: Starts soft, with malt, liquorice, dark chocolate. Some hop bitterness. Ends bitter, with booze and warmth. M: Silky and creamy. O: Beer chocolate cake.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
leischka (1) - - APR 11, 2014 does not count
Bottle. Pitch black color, thin shortlasting head, strong aroma, a bit smoky, bitterness in taste, rich body, creamy

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mile (2730) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 10, 2014
Bottle. Very dark brown almost black, small to average and mostly diminishing dark brown head. Moderate to full, malty and sweetish aroma, roasted malt - light burnt malt, some coffee and salty licorice, light hoppyness Body is full, malty and sweetish flavor, roasted malt and light licorice, light alcohol. Finish is average to long, malty and sweetish, roasted malt - light burnt malt, light coffee and salty licorice, light hoppyness and alcohol. Nice roasted and full bodied IS. Unfortunately too sweet for me - could use more bitterness to balance the sweetness.


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