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RATINGS: 1650   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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sitzds (286) - - JAN 26, 2014
12oz bottle poured into stout goblet. Very dark brown to black liquid with light brown head that stands two fingers tall before settling to a sheen and leaving some patches of lace. Aroma is very roasty malts, unsweetened chocolate, espresso, dark fruit, molasses, and alcohol. Taste is initially sweet roasted malts, with cocoa and dark fruit followed by coffee (and maybe some hop) bitterness and fruity esters on the finish. Medium-full body, creamy and thick texture, soft carbonation, long bitter finish and warming alcohol sensation.


4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Moolesen (168) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 31, 2014
Bottle 35,5cl. First of all I didn’t think it was beer pouring out of the bottle, but oil or something else. Deep black with a dark brown head. Aroma of chocolate, tar and coffee. Extreme intense flavour of concentrated coffee (espresso), dark chocolate and a very long finish with a perfect bitterness to round of a fantastic beer. Absolute recommendable. A truly fantastic beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CarlJonas (211) - Linköping, SWEDEN - JUL 27, 2014
Black with a brown head that quickly dissipates. All the usual suspects are there on the nose, chocolate, coffee, dark molasses with hints of soy sauce, vanilla and liquorice. The taste is big and bitter-sweet throughout, but with bitterness winning on over time. Low carbonation but a body that just won’t quit. No surprises here (except perhaps for that tremendous body), but in this case that’s a good thing.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StevieT (547) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 27, 2014
From a bottle. Pours black with a creamy tan head, laces well, super truck with rich coffee flavours, chocolate aroma and bitterness. A great beer!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
whoisghost (35) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 26, 2014
Pours black with a light brown head - light and fluffy with sturdy lace. Dark berries on the nose with a little coffee and cocoa hint. Extremely well balanced flavours - slight licorice taste, a little burned coffee and some thick toffee; surprising little bit of bitterness at the end. Excellent mouth feel - coats well, nice density and a little carbonation to boot.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
RafeAU (19) - Kingston, AUSTRALIA - JUL 26, 2014
Pour pitch black. Intense, thick and luscious. Sweet finish despite 90 IBU. Really nice - it’s hard to imagine a better imperial stout. It’s almost too rich for me to drink a whole bottle myself.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
culchiem (2429) - Berlin, GERMANY - JUL 25, 2014
Bottle. Deep black with a thin tan head. Aroma is roast molasses. Flavour is burnt sugar, coffee, toasted malt, vanilla. Long dry burnt coffee finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ClubGonzo (3951) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 24, 2014
Bottle. Pitch black body, medium creamy off-white head. Nose is sweet licorice, chocolate, leather, mild brandy tones, hints of coffee and dark berries. Taste is licorice, leather, chocolate, coffee, hints of bitter herbs, burnt sugar, dark berries and muscovado sugars. Full, creamy body, soft to medium carbonation. Solid, classic American-style imperial stout from Founders.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ComradeK (993) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - JUL 23, 2014
355ml bottle. Pours an inky black, with a moderate tan head, which lasts well and leaves good lacing. Bittersweet dark chocolate, Turkish coffee and a nutty, savoury note make up the aroma. Herbal hops up front soon give way to rich, bittersweet dark chocolate, which is joined in the mid-palate by strong espresso. A nicely weighty finish offers meaty, saavoury flavours. A very nice imperial stout indeed.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Maris (969) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - JUL 23, 2014
From a 355ml bottle on 23/7/2014. Pours pretty much black with a small brown head. Has quite a big aroma featuring chocolate, caramel, coffee, roasted malt, molasses, licorice, vanilla and a hint of dark fruit. The flavour is huge and extremely complex, featuring sweet milk chocolate, caramel, cherries, soy and red grapes. While definitely on the sweet side, it also features a massive roasty, dark chocolate bitterness which balances things out nicely. There’s a definite touch of booze in it, but it’s still quite easy to drink for something so big. The palate borders on syrupy and the carbonation is moderate. A very good impy.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
avantdagare (133) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - JUL 19, 2014
4 finger brown head, black body. Nose: Prunes, dates, dark bitter chocolate, madeira, soy-sauce, ash, smoked notes and liquorice. Aroma: Dates, prunes, dark bitter chocolate, ash, grapefruit, resin, pine, coffee, soy-sauce, smoked notes, liquorice and espresso. Long, dry and bitter ending.


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