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RATINGS: 1733   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 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Doghair (264) - Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2014
Dark and viscous with a mocha colored foam. Aroma is dark roasted malt. Taste is intense dark roasted malt with a bitter chocolate finish. Almost smoky with a coffee essence. Heavy and creamy on the tongue. Absolutely outstanding.


4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
arrric423 (2) - - DEC 28, 2014 does not count
This may be the best stout I have ever had. Aroma is rich coffee and chocolate over some hoppy notes. Pours a super dense thick black with an inch of tan head on a moderately aggressive pour that reduced to a thin tan ring. Taste is similar to the nose with big bitter chocolate and coffee with a bitter hoppy finish. Mouth feel is velvety soft with low carbonation and some resinous oil on the finish. Impeccable.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lowenbrau (2247) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - DEC 28, 2014
Bottle@ London Craft Beer Festival 2014, The Oval, London. 17-08-2014.
Pours dark with nice quite tan head. Vanila, burnt caramel, roasty,liquorice aromas. Medium body, soft carbonation, viscous texture and mouthfeel. Taste is rich, cream, viscous, moderate bitterness, coffee, roasty, quite smooth and well balanced, Robust beer. Really enjoyable,

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Petkus331 (282) - Redford, Michigan, USA - DEC 27, 2014
Aroma of raspberries, dark chocolate, and a touch of coffee with leather. Dark brown, nearly opaque appearance, big caramel foam and lace. Tastes very sweet raspberry up front, followed by bitter chocolate. Palate is thick, a little oily, and a bit flat. Overall, very good, a little too sweet for a full pint.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
firstsip (508) - Michigan, USA - DEC 27, 2014
Bottle. Syrupy black pour with great tan head. Some nice lacing. Sweet malty nose. Syrupy body of sweet coffee bean tempered with roasty notes. ABV well-disguised here.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Furseth (1987) - Kungälv, SWEDEN - DEC 25, 2014
Bottolf: Black colour, big brown head. Aroma is dominated of lots of coffee, and caramelly, and dark choclate! Flavor had a a nice coffee, dark chcoalte and and a caramelly mouth feeling, some citrus and fruits! Medium to full body, medium to ling fruity dark choclate finish! Well done!!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pyobon (980) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 23, 2014
(Bottle) Very impressive looking beer - thick very dark brown almost black with mahogany head. Very enticing aroma - rich and complex - malty, roasted, coffee, hints of toffee and chocolate. Fantastic palate - smooth, creamy, slightly sticky - reminded me at one point of an Irish coffee. The carbonation is soft and velvety and gives a very creamy, but not cloying mouthfeel. Hard to believe it is a beer not a dessert. Taste matches the superlatives already used - very rich and complex. It’s rich with toasty malt at the start,and whilst there is some nice sweetness it is both restrained and well balanced. There’s dark coffee and just the right amount of alcohol burn. There seems to be some creamy tastes, but maybe that’s the texture confusing me. The finish steadily and subtly develops a big dark chocolate / coffee / black treacle bitterness that persists. Overall, a very impressive beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
teorn88 (3121) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2014
Backlog rating. 12oz bottle from Utobeer, London. It pours a dark brown colour with a small beige head. Aroma is sweet and roasty with coffee beans, vanilla, wood and dark chocolate. Taste is sweet with a some bitterness from the coffee roasted notes and some sweetness with notes of vanilla pod, toffee and dark chocolate. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, great RIS

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ReV2 (153) - Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2014
From Magnum Wines, Swindon. Pours jet black with a diminishing thin tan head, strong aroma of burnt malt & alcohol. Taste is chocolatey with vanilla, cherry and roasted caramel, velvety smoothness and bitter finish. Hubba-hubba.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
magpieken (71) - - DEC 18, 2014
355ml bottle. Pours black with a low, dense, deep tan head which settled to a light covering but left some nice lacing. Aroma of chicory, roasted malt, burnt wood, liquorice, prunes, soy sauce, dark chocolate and caramel. Medium sweetness and quite high bitterness. Full bodied, chewy but with a silky smooth, luscious texture. Low carbonation and a very long, burnt tar finish. Gentle warmth from the alcohol. A wonderfully complex drop and an excellent example of an imperial stout.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cfrancis (2516) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2014
Pours inky black with a frothy brown head that quickly disappears. Aroma is rich chocolate and roasted malts. Low pine hops and vanilla. Taste is silky smooth, roasted malts, loads of bitter dark chocolate and a great pine hop bitterness in the end. Great beer.


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