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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 3.65/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 303   ABV: 10.1%
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A complex black stout brewed with Belgian candy sugar. Delicate chocolate aromatics cascade into coffee, dark fruit and vanilla flavors.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pete4999 (1073) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 13, 2014
Bottle, part of the mixed pack. Found this in the back of the fridge. Not too bad....chocolate, vanilla, some of the traditional Belgian-American spices that breweries seem to love these days. Nice looking pour with a big full tan head. Doesnít taste like a 10% beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (12328) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 11, 2014
Draft at Churchkey. Pretty much black, brown head. Aroma of cocoa and vanilla. Taste is rick dark and roasty. Tasty.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluejacket74 (1341) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - AUG 31, 2014
12 ounce bottle, best before May stamped on the label. What year, I ím not exactly sure because the stamping on the bottle is smudged so I canít tell when this was bottled. Iím guessing 2013 since thatís when the label is dated. Served in a Great Lakes Brewing chalice, the beer pours dark brown/black with a half inch tan head. Both the head retention and lacing are good. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like roasted and burnt/charred malt, chocolate, vanilla and coffee. Taste is similar to the aroma, but thereís also some dark fruit and a bit of anise noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís slick and syrupy with low/moderate carbonation. I liked this brew, but I thought it was more regular stout than Belgian-stout like. With that being said, I think itís worth trying since itís still good and tasty.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Drake (8617) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 13, 2014
Draft at Churchkey, 5/23/14. Pours a hazy dark brown color with a thin tan head. Fair head retention. Aroma of rich chocolate, coffee, roast, vanilla, leather, mild hops. The taste is roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruits, vanilla, mild hops. Medium-full bodied, good balance, low carbonation, slight lingering bitterness. Very nice.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MarkSachon (604) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 24, 2014
12 oz bottle. Pours like tar with all the associated dark flavors of molasses and dark sugar. Some coffee notes and spice. Who would think the Belgians could inspire a stout?

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SetauketBrewer (48) - New York, USA - JUL 23, 2014
Solid black pour with a very thin tan head that dissipates very quickly. Deep roasted coffee notes in aroma, little bit of bread underneath. Coffee most prevalent in the sip too, like iced espresso. Slight tang from the Belgian yeast, but its mostly overpowered by the roasted malts. Great mouth feel, slightly thick with nice effervescence across the tongue to break it up

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zach8270 (3502) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUL 10, 2014
(bottle - 12 oz) Dark brown pour with a tan head. Big roasted malt and chocolate coffee aroma. Flavor is bitter coffee and roasted malts at the start with a light chocolate middle. Bitter and lingering coffee finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jrodooo5 (1036) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUL 9, 2014
Hmm, wasnít expecting an imperial stout based on the label. Itís kind of hit & miss. The initial black pour is incredible but the mocha head fades just a bit too fast. The aroma actually gets better as it warms - quite roasty w/ some excellent coffee notes standing out. The taste is definitely of the imperial variety - chocolate & coffee w/ some nice bitterness in the end. The body is a hair thin for the style but overall this is a nice stout!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KyotoLefty (6571) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 4, 2014
Bottle from Hegedorns. Big chocolate nose, spice, licorice, lots of soy sauce umami. Huge malt flavor, chocolate and spice, fruit, soy, orange, grapes. Mellow and smooth. lovely stuff. Great balance of big flavors.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AskForJenny (1020) - Ontario, New York, USA - MAY 19, 2014
12 oz - Roasted notes, busy, busy palate, really nice. Hops present, but didnít overshadow the stout.


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