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RATINGS: 1713   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, youíre about to drink the ultimate winter warmer.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hopsclation (89) - Chicago, - MAY 19, 2013
The alcohol is hidden so well its tastes like a standard stout, and if it was a regular stout it would be the best one on the market. It has the cigar bite of old rasputin and the dark chocolate coffee tongue coating of the breakfast stout. If you like subtle balanced imperial stouts, this might be the best one out there.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElCapitan22 (107) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2014
Colored like molases, this beer smells of caramel, vanilla, and booze. Has good lacing, but no head retention....mostly due to the alcohol though. Tastes of lots of fresh chocolate and high alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Scouser (254) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2014
Pours black with on a little brown lacing and no head. Caramel, vanilla, etoh aroma. Chocolate, chocolate oh and a bit of etoh then more chocolate. What a good winter beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shoulderbroken (2151) - Tokyo, JAPAN - NOV 16, 2014
Bottle at Craftheads. Nice aroma, bit peppery, roast, booze, spice. Good stuff. Taste is good too. Thick, oaty, toasty, dark, chocolate, lightly bitter. Big body, booze. Something umami.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
s_hartshorne (1602) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2014
Bottle thanks to sarkynortherner Black great dark coffee head. Aroma is coffee dark fruits. Taste is great sweet lactose choc coffee dark fruits good roasted dark malts lots of alchol warmth. Great body oily mouthfeel. Very very good this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
suurjuust (1141) - ESTONIA - NOV 11, 2014
Dark brown to black beer, dark brown head with filmy retention. Nose is roasty, coffee, dark chocolate, dried fruit in the background. The flavor begins semi-sweet with dried fruit, coffee and caramel, then develops into a bitter hardroasted finish with lots of coffee, dry notes, alcohol and roasty bitterness. Very long aftertaste with roast, coffee, chocolate and warm alcohol. Thick and massive istout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Abio (1628) - Waasland, BELGIUM - NOV 11, 2014
Pitch black in the glass. Small but good holding head. Good roasted malts. For some maybe to much of the roasted taste, but i like it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
flying_pig (984) - SCOTLAND - NOV 11, 2014
355ml Bottle from Good Spirits Co., Glasgow (£4.00):
Strong with lots of coffee & roasted notes, strong chocolate too with some sweetness & a little alcohol. A big beer but the alcohol isnít overpowering & some dark fruits, smoky notes & sugars come through as well.
Pitch, opaque black with a still body & topped with a chocolate coloured head thatís creamy & bigger than expected given the abv.
Strong again with big chocolate flavours & a smokey taste with some coffee. Touches of alcohol come through as well & a milky chocolate taste. Darker fruits appears towards the end with some strong malts & roasted flavours with some sweetness at the end.
Huge at 10.5% but incredibly easy to drink with most of the alcohol hidden. Silky smooth & full bodied with tonnes of flavour & almost no carbonation making it seem quite ceamy & boozy. A warming finish that is quite sweet too.

Another amazing Fonders beer, Iím disappointed I didnít grab more when I had the chance. Maybe not as good as their Breakfast Stout but still an excellent beer & a must try.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gamin (107) - - NOV 7, 2014
Poured deep black with a thickness to it. Some butter and roast in the flavor with very little bitterness. Doesn't taste overly boozy but coats the mouth. It's actually pretty balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wyzzywyz22 (1996) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - NOV 4, 2014
Bottle, Ship in a Bottle, West Kirby. Pitch black pour with a tight lingering tan head. Roasted malt, coffee, milk chocolate, dark fruit and cocoa in the beak. Plenty more roasted character and choc jammed into the flavour. Slight ashy notes with some hop bitterness lurking in the shadows. Rich and smooth this warmed up very nicely. Alcohol skilfully suppressed. A cracking Impy straight out of the top drawer and a well worthy import.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
hippiemusic (45) - Florida, USA - NOV 2, 2014
Wow pours very dark in color, with a dark head. As the description states, drink this one as a winter warmer at room temperature. Be careful has a bite.

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