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RATINGS: 428   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 43   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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This thick, rich ale was brewed with plenty of caramel and roasted malts, and subtly spiced with American Chinook and Willamette hops. It boasts flavors of chocolate and coffee, along with raisins and dried fruit soaked in sherry. We’ve accentuated the natural smokiness of the brew by adding a small amount of beechwood-smoked malt and aging the brew in an oak whiskey barrel, which also adds notes of oak and vanilla.


Nsanders' rating

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nsanders (662) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - SEP 9, 2010
Dark black, completely opaque. Coffee colored head. Strong coffee-like aroma with light maltiness. Bitter taste. Lightly syrupy thickness.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
penstemon (198) - Nevada, USA - MAR 14, 2015
Bottled 11/27/12. Pours inky black with a tan head. Aroma is booze soaked raisins, candied orange peel, a bit of cola, molasses, some spice, and lots of roastiness. Taste is raisin, roasty, dried fig, burnt sugar, caramel, slight sweetness, and medium bitterness. Med-full body, very smooth, maybe a touch too much residual sweetness. I prefer an imp stout to finish drier. Overall very good though.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mfhennig (98) - McHenry County, Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2015
12 0z bottle poured to a tulip. Black with a small tan head. Notes of cocoa, dark fruit and a hint of coffee. Slight sweetness and black cherry flavor. Very smooth and drinkable, a slightly bitter finish. I think it’s a nice stout to start with.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
CousinBrenden (110) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 10, 2015
Tons of flavor of plum toffee coffee and aroma to match. Sit by fire and enjoy. Bottle conditioned so lively carbonation and wonderful presence!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chinchill (2668) - South Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2014
12 oz 2013 bottle. Aroma: rich and complex with a solid base of dark malts and hints of oak, dark fruits, Flavor: rich and complex with plenty of dark malts and hints of oak,dark chocolate; black coffee, whisky, smoke, raisins and other dark fruits, While very good, the flavor doesn’t live up to the promise of the excellent aroma. Feel: full, very smooth body with appropriate light carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
crajun (1046) - , Texas, USA - DEC 15, 2014
bomber dated 11/1/11 - must have rec’d in trade... aroma had many different things - roast, vanilla, wood, dark chocolate. pour was a perfect - 5 - darrrrk. Taste was solid - subdued version of aromas - nothing standing out, balanced. palate was a 4 - heavy but not as thick as I like. good, not great stout - but easy to drink.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (8675) - Illinois, USA - OCT 21, 2014
355ml bottle. 2013 vintage aged at the dristro, purchased at Walgreens for 9.39 a 4pk. It has a large head and its a beautiful looking stout. The head is massive, maybe form extra time inthe bottle and more yeast farts, it isa nice tan color and recedes slowly. Luckily it has aged well, it smells like bread, cocoa, peat, port wine, cinamon, coffee. Flavor is acidic coffee, dark fruits, port wine, scotch, some earthy/herbal hops, spiced bitter finish. Bit of metal, otherwise a ncie impy stout.

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Homer321 (2498) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - OCT 8, 2014
Bottle from trade. Nose is sweet, tobacco, chocolate, a hint of smoke. Pretty intense pour is pitch black with minimal brown head. Tastes lightly tart initially with a light acidic note. A bit of coffee in the flavor, medium mouthfeel. No barrel flavor in the taste, no oak, no vanilla. I think the tartness takes away from the flavor. Very burnt tasting. Not a fan.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (6578) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 5, 2014
i thought this beer was surprsingly well done. a little on the hoppy side, which was nice, with some decadent roasted chocolate and coffee in the flavor and aroma. dangerously smooth, and easy drinking for an IRS. Only 8%, but full flavored and bodied."

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
EricTeusink (704) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 6, 2014
Pours nearly black with thin brown head. Fantastic coffee and earth scent leads to disappointing flavor. Thin bodied and flat. Draft - Closed for Business - Charleston, SC

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Iphonephan (4007) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JUL 30, 2014
From a 4 oz taster at the brewery. Nitro pour, black with a thick tan head. Smoky nose. Flavors of chicory and licorice. Smooth creamy mouthfeel. Smooth roasty finish.


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