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RATINGS: 1669   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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4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
WoodersonMB (26) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, - FEB 2, 2013
Pretty much perfection. Chocolate, coffee and a hint of vanilla on the nose. Overwhelming chocolate, coffee and nuttiness when drinking. Holy crap, I think I’m in heaven.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pinkzambia (1461) - 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 (843) - 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 (1920) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 28, 2014
Pours black with the darkest head I’ve 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Salmoniform (567) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - AUG 26, 2014
Poured from bottle to glass. Opaque hue with creamy brown head that dissipated to a ring. Aroma is roast, chocolate, vanilla, cola, figs, soy, raisins. Mouthfeel is nice with a full body and zesty carbonation. Taste is sweet initially with a nice astringent following and an ethanol finish. Overall this is a great brew.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hoppopotomous (2) - youngstown, Ohio, USA - AUG 22, 2014 does not count
Just cracked one..I have bad allergies tonight and that aroma still comes through.this is a really good beer..I think its going to be my go to winter brew..I might even have to find a clone recipe and brew this myself..

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Franzen (317) - SWEDEN - AUG 22, 2014
Intense aroma with lots of dark syrup, caramel roastiness and dark fruits. Even more roadtiness in taste, burnt toast coffee and dark chocolate. Finish is long lasting with coffee bitterness and bit of liquorice. Texture is creamy and body is full. A perfect imperial stout

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dambor (34) - Berlin, GERMANY - AUG 22, 2014
Bottled. EXP: December 2014. Pours pitch black with a typical imperial stoutish head (creamy, dissapears fast). Aroma: a lot of coffee, roasted malt, raisins, some pleasant alcohol aroma, with a touch of vanilla. Taste: coffee, roasted malt with pleasant bitterness at the end and a warming alcohol feeling in the throat. Slight sourness on the tongue. Fantastic beer, however, I wish I had left it in the cellar for at least 6 more months. It would have definitely got more complex.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
MarkoNm (503) - Novo mesto, SLOVENIA - AUG 21, 2014
Pours a deep black color (engine oil) topped with a dark cream colored head. A plesant roasty aroma, some coffee and some notes of chocolate. The body is creamy, starts with nice little bitterness, followed by a strong roasty feel and lots of coffee notes. Would be very nice, if I liked the coffee notes.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dnicolaescu (738) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - AUG 11, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2014 BOTTLE 355ML. Look: pitch black like engine oil, big dark orange head. Aroma: very intense and complex, coffee, chocolate, roasty with a big malt backbone - dried fruit, berry liquor, some mild alcohol. Taste: rich, fruit liquor sweetness, moderate hop bitterness, roasted malt.


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