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RATINGS: 1832   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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Profanity (17) - Espoo, - APR 30, 2014
Pours a really thick black tar or activated sludge with mocca cream head, sticks nicely on the glass walls. So thick that it feels like a concentrate compared to normal water beers. Intense smell with smoky coffee. Has aromas of coffee, dark chocolate and smoke. A bit of sweetness and strong bitterness. Alcohol hiding somewhere in the back, making me feel good. Something reminds me of the wood heated sauna by the lake at my home place in Finland. Maybe similar birch smoke memories. Full bodied and complex experience, enjoyable and impressing. This really catches the essence of an well produced beer with no compromise. This isn’t my favourite compared to other imperial stouts I’ve tasted, maybe a bit too smoky to my taste. Anyway an awesome beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
laakus (47) - Nossebro, - MAR 27, 2015
Color is black with a small creamy looking brown head. Nose is some light tones of chocolate with tones of roasted malt and sweet plummylike aromas. Taste is like the senses of Nose, sweet malt and liquorice with only light tones of alcohol pushing through. Very well balanced and great creamy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yourilevesque (122) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 23, 2015
Cette bière aux riches arômes de malts rôtis, de réglisse noire et de café amer ne joue pas dans la délicatesse. La tête brun brûlé est sévère et le liquide danse dans le verre avec une lourdeur imposante. En bouche, le liquide est pesant, sirupeux, opaque, dense, liquoreux et tant la texture que les saveurs rappellent la mélasse. L’ensemble n’est cependant pas qu’un hommage à la démesure car le tout demeure complexe et très multi-dimentionnel: l’alcool et la banane se disputent l’avant-scène et s’entre-choquent malgré les fortes saveurs de malts rôtis et de mélasse qui gardent le rythme à la manière d’un chef d’orchestre. Le mouthfeel est sirupeux et intense. Longue en bouche, c’est une bière toute indiquée par une rude soirée d’hiver.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (6533) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 22, 2015
Bottle - Tons of roast, some anise and dark molasses. Inky jet black with a very nice rich brown head that doesn’t go away. Dark roast and some licorice with a rich dark chocolate. Very rich and quite nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Lele (196) - Padova, ITALY - MAR 22, 2015
ASPETTO: Nerissima, sembra petrolio, e scivola nel bicchiere come se fosse seta. Schiuma marrone, fine, abbastanza abbondante e non molto persistente. AROMA: cioccolato, cacao amaro, caffè. Quando la birra è fredda si avvertono sentori di olive in scatola!!! Lasciata riscaldare, ti senti avvolgere da un buon whisky. GUSTO: cacao amaro (ma non troppo), un po’ di cioccolato, caffè, una buona dose di liquirizia nonché anche un liquoroso avvertibile abbastanza bene. L’amaro viene fuori proprio nell’ultima parte del sorso e nel retrogusto. Corpo decisamente strutturato, dalla consistenza oleosa. Carbonizzazione abbastanza bassa. Birra veramente squisita, un capolavoro!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cunningham (5152) - Halden, NORWAY - MAR 22, 2015
Black engine oil liquid and a nice beige head. Ok lacing. Smooth aroma with coffee, chocolate, mild licorice and some alcohol. Soft smooth carbonation. Otherwise this would be undrinkable. But it felled over to flat a bit to soon. A bit over to the sweet side. Coffee, earthy, chocolate, herbal and some licorice in the flavor.
[Bottle from Systembolaget web order in Sweden]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsga (6446) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 22, 2015
Small dark brown body. Opaque black body. Earthy roasty chocolatey aroma with resiny soy sauce notes. Sweet roasty earthy soy sauce taste with cocoa and fruit notes. Full-bodied. Mild, soft, smooth mouthfeel. Dryish minty roasty chocolatey aftertaste with burnt grain and coffee notes. Lovely! Highly drinkable, full of flavour, and very vivid. (0.355l bottle, from Vinbudin Kringlan, Reykjavik.)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Padron4KM (611) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - MAR 22, 2015
12 oz bottle.
Dark oily black, thin tan head, spotty lace.
Complex aromas of molasses, sweet chocolate, coffee, vanilla, liquorice, smoke.
Flavor is equally complex. Milky chocolate, dark chocolate, cold coffee, liquorice, vanilla, molasses. 10% abv is well hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dojken (277) - - MAR 21, 2015
Flaska. Mums vilken fin o behaglig doft. Smaken krämig med fina chokladtoner o en fin avrundad beska med låååång smak. En riktig god imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jahe (78) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 21, 2015
Pours black from Bottle with a dark Brown head. Caramel chocolate roasted malt coffe. Espresso more chocolate well balanced bitterness some alcohol. Almost perfect imperial stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shark_Pants (349) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 21, 2015
Looks like I imagine dark matter would in my glass with a small mocha head that recedes to a soapy film. Consistency of motor oil swirling in the glass. Delicious aromas of rich dark chocolate, espresso, vanilla and licorice. Decadent taste of dark chocolate, coffee, charred meat, treacle and licorice. Thick, creamy and smooth mouthfeel which is probably the greatest strength of this excellent brew. Excellent.

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