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RATINGS: 1640   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hockeybeerguy (1496) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - FEB 10, 2013
It pours a pitch black color and leaves the same color body with a one inch tan foamy head that rises a bit and drops gently to a centimeter’s worth of head. Lacing is foamy and ringy, lightly clingy. The smell has coffee, malts, dark chocolate and just a bit of licorice really slightly in the background, all combined nicely and coming through in a robust sort of way. The taste is sweet and bitter at different times to show a fantastic complexity between the coffee to the malts, chocolate, and licorice. The palate is medium and smooth. It leaves a bitter aftertaste and finish. It is very drinkable. Overall, this is an absolutely awesome beer for its style and for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pilsnerrogge (2453) - Finspång, SWEDEN - JUL 12, 2014
Pours jet black with a large, brown head.
Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, toffee, brown sugar, smoke and coffee.
Rich and thick mouthfeel. The taste is roasted malt, chocolate, brown sugar and ash leading to a warming alcohol finish.
A good example of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jado (490) - Camp Hill, AUSTRALIA - JUL 12, 2014
From 345 ml bottle. Pours a solid black (no highlights) with a soapy brown head that collapses to a cap. Aromas of black coffee, cocoa powder, roasted malt, anise, stewed fruit and raisins. Taste is soft fruit at fruit at first before a big coffee and roast bitterness that dominates the palate. Rich dark chocolate and coffee bean at the end before a fruity finish. Full, rich palate with a lingering sweet finish. Outstanding.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichardGretton (4221) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 8, 2014
Bottle. Black beer with a strong but soon disappearing head. The aroma is strongly bitter, roasted, and vinous. The flavour has plenty of coffee roasted bitterness and maltiness. Overall a nice beer with plenty of roastedness and coffee bitterness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wvhoran (77) - Tasmania, AUSTRALIA - JUL 7, 2014
Bottle from Cool Wine. Pitch black with a mean brown head. The aroma makes itself known from a distance--molasses, roast malt, liquorice, chocolate. In the flavour, a sweet palate is dominated by molasses and roast malt, a cocoa-like bitter chocolate, there is also an impression of cinnamon. A thick, full body, bitter finish. Showstopper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nicke80 (75) - Södertälje, SWEDEN - JUL 6, 2014
33cl bottle from systembolaget bs. Pours dark with little head. Sweet aroma with cocoa notes. sweet taste with cocoa and vanilla taste. Sweet after taste with cocoa notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scottishchris (160) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 5, 2014
Bottle from the hive. Pitch black, little fizzy dark tan head. Bitter coffee grounds on the nose, fruity undertones. Thickish mouth, roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. Nicely bitter, good finish. What a beer for the price!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
PelleCarlsson (5) - - JUL 3, 2014 does not count
En väldigt mörk öl med kraftigt skum. Härlig doft av kaffe och choklad. Bra balans mellan sötma och beska. Det jag kan invända mot är att det är lite för mycket smak. Men definitivt en öl som jag gärna dricker igen.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ingevara (786) - SWEDEN - JUL 1, 2014
Very dark, almost oily liquid. Dark thick foam. Smoky aroma, an - for a stout - unusual aggressive bitterness. Apparent alcohol level. A lot of bite, not so smooth. Not a favourite but quite drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stravale (2041) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - JUL 1, 2014
Bottle Drinkstore (020714) Pitch black, dirty tan head dissipates......nose of dark malts, some earthy roast, slight dark fruit underneath......taste of rich dark malts, some earthy roast, bit of charcoal, soft coffee grounds, alcohol bit noticeable, bitter plain dark chocolate malts, dark treacle..... palate full body, soft carb, fairly bitter. Finish has rich dark malts, some bitter earthy roast, oily residue..... Overall - Some rich dark malts in here... seems a tad rough and harsh to me though, perhaps better when cellered...BBE 12/11/2014

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mad_Ferret (627) - SWEDEN - JUL 1, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2014 Bottle @ home, 14/6-14.
App: Kolsvart och viskös, och de små bubblorna i ölet får kämpa sig upp för att endast lyckas bygga ett finger högt brunt skumlock som snart dör ut och endast lämnar en ring längs med ytan efter sig.
Aroma: Söt och intensivt rostad med massa espresso, svett trä, läder, melass, sötlakrits och hettande alkohol.
Taste: Söt och kraftigt rostad med stark träig espresso, melass och mörk choklad. Hög beska med drag av malört, lakrits och en splash alkohol i avslutet som sträcker sig långt i eftersmaken med beska barr och alkohol.
Palate: Stor maffig kropp med oljigt klibbig textur och en snygg mjukt frasig kolsyra som rullar över tungan och jämnar ut smakerna på ett elegant sätt.
Overall: Det är sött, aggressivt och lite alkoholhett. Men det är riktigt välgjort och på något sätt så lyckas de stora penseldragen skapa en sorts balans tillsammans. Det här blir säkert mycket bättre efter en 3-5 år, men redan nu är det ett imponerande öl. Riktigt bra!.

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