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RATINGS: 1344   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Definitely not your Dad’s Wimpy 30 weight. An enormous & luscious dark ale that’s as opaque and dark as the most well used motor oils.


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3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
maltdog (618) - Colorado, USA - NOV 19, 2013
Bomber into tulip. Darkest brown; thick, poofy mocha head. Smells of dark chocolate, marzipan, leather, metal shavings, cherry and blackberry. Predominant dark ryebread and charred plum flavor… hugely roasty, bitter black malt, plasticy phenols and solventlike alohol. A bit one-dimensional. Where’s the oak? Creamy, sugary palate. Espresso finish. Why isn’t this called imperial stout? Totally off the mark for ASA. In pursuit of a super black, super alcohol beer, some quality was lost.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alengrin (1801) - BELGIUM - SEP 28, 2014
Californian provision ale with deep brownish beige, creamy, thin head and blackish colour with a wine-red hue which becomes visible only under bright light. Complex aroma of coffee, dry sherry, fondant, bitter chocolate, liquorice, whisky, pistachio nuts, vanilla, sweet paprika, banana, wood, orange peel. Candied fruits, banana and walnuts in the mouth, spicy notes (pepper, bayleaf), smooth and syrupy, thick mouthfeel, powdery too, finish complex with oaky tannins, assertive American citrussy hops, some cloying sweetness an warming, bourbon-like alcohol. Very rich and tasteful beer, somewhere between an old ale and an imperial porter.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MRodgers1982 (101) - USA - SEP 24, 2014
Kinda more of a imp stout, but not as roasty, but not as hoppy or red like a Double Bastard. Great brew but doesnt seem to fit in this go around. Really thick hence the name. Really good too.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Davros (1948) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 21, 2014
Pours black/very dark brown with a large tan head. Nose shows cocoa, toasty malt, figs and nutty malt. Flavours include more roast, sweet burnt toast, some pine and resin. Too highly carbonated.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
freretoc (716) - Besançon, FRANCE - SEP 21, 2014
Bue en bouteille de 37.5, couleur noire pétrole, pas de mousse ni d’effervescence, nez complexe sur le côté bois de chêne et la vanille, en bouche c’est ultra puissant, ça commence avec le café, puis le café au lait et ensuite gros côté grillé très noir

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheJester (1892) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 21, 2014
750 mL bottle. I’m assuming that this is mis-labelled here. It’s not an ASA. Or a barleywine, which is what the name led me to believe. Way too much dark/chocolate/black/roasted malt flavour. If I had to label it I’d say it’s a double black IPA. And a darn good one.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kevinsenn (1080) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 20, 2014
Bottle. Dark fruit aroma. Taste is roasty with dark fruit and vanilla. Viscous body. Very good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tightslice (203) - Redwood City, California, USA - SEP 20, 2014
On tap at Flavor in Half Moon Bay, CA. Pours a rich brown / black. Aroma is licorice, espresso. Taste is licorice, espresso, dry roasted malts with a clean dry finish. Will try again.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheDog (525) - Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 20, 2014
Bottle. Black colour and beige head. Aroma and taste of hard roasted malts, espresso, liquirice and a bit dark chocolate. Very silky smooth, warm and well balanced. This one is superb!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
YogiBeera (2475) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 29, 2014
Beautiful pitch bleach thick looking brew with a nice froth latte head on top. Milk chocolate bitter coffee bean nose. Silky thick , slightly bitter with a long slight numbing taste.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pivo (2566) - GERMANY - AUG 29, 2014
Looks like motor oil. Huge spongy head. Licorice sweetness with an espresso end. Massive beer. Leaves a very bitter roasted taste that lingers forever. Nice.


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