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RATINGS: 1090   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Everything but the kitchen sink…Great Western Premium Two Row, Wheat, Carvienne, Caramunich, 95-115, 135-165L Crystal Malts, Chocolate, Roasted and Black Barley and Pale Chocolate. We also add some Brown Sugar and some Dark Belgian Candi Sugar to boost the Original Gravity. The beer is hopped with East Kent Goldings, Mt. Hood, Liberty, and Challenger. It is unfiltered with an OG of 1.094 and 10.0% ABV. Proprietary Ale Yeast.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mette (224) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 4, 2009
sort farve med lyst brunt skum. Dufter af vanilie, choko og karamel. Smager af brændt kaffe, bitter chokolade og vanilie. Lang bitter eftersmag af choko og humle.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SpencerDB (223) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 15, 2009
Sampled at the ORF tasting thanks to whoever brought it! Poured really dark brown with a thin brown head. Aroma is like a gingerbread house made up of cinnamon, peppermint, candycane, and a little chocolate malt and mocha. The taste is really spicy and brings out the hop complexity. Alcohol is well hidden. Nice holiday brew for sharing... not sure I want to put one of these down by myself

4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dmalone102 (223) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 27, 2008
Very Good Imperial Stout. It is very smooth and easy to drink. APP- Appearance is not this beers strong suit. It is murky, very dark brown, with very little head. Aroma- Oak notes and roasty! Very good aroma. Taste- Roasted Malt, Chocolate and liqourice are very prominent. Hop bitterness is pronounced, but not overbearing. Palate- Very smooth for the style. Tannins and some dryness are present. Very good beer, worth buying.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
djtimeless (221) - Colorado, USA - JAN 20, 2008
Pours out black with brown head. Notes of Roasted coffee, chocolate, and dark fruit. Sweet with a littlle bite. Thick and complex The alcohol is present with slight bitter after taste.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hophead21112 (218) - Louisville, Colorado, USA - FEB 25, 2009
Bottle from Pettyjohns. Black pour with small tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate, coffee and vanilla. Smooth mouthfeel with roasted malt all the way through, decent bitterness, definitely some saltiness and slight alcohol at the end. I prefer a creamier head on my imp. stouts, lacking a little in appearance. Overall a pretty decent beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lukin013 (215) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 25, 2007
Bottle thanks to Crosling. Pours black with decent tan head. Was really looking forward to this beer but I wasn’t impressed. Aroma of roast and baking chocolate that is surprisingly bitter. Slightly perceptible flavors of wood, brown sugar and roastiness get over-powered by a big hop character and alcohol. I think this was probably a fresh bottle... perhaps it needs a couple years for the hops to settle down a bit. Maybe I’ll try to obtain another to age for a couple years and rerate.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anthony850 (210) - Andover, New Jersey, USA - MAR 28, 2014
In a bottle smooth with chocolate , fruity taste high alc. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
aenima (208) - Askim, SWEDEN - NOV 25, 2013
Wow! Heavy coffee aroma with roast. The taste is very balanced which is dominated with bitter coffee. I would have appreciate more chocolate flavour in this one.

2.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 7/20
kimjongill (207) - - DEC 9, 2012
From bottle. Light aroma of smoked malt. Great black pour with light brown head. The beer is very smoky, and not well balanced in my opinion. My brewing friend tasted this one alongside me and agreed. Overly smoky. No malt balance. Needs more of the flavor from the dark belgian candi sugar. Maybe a good beer to age for 3-5 years?

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gabbama (203) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2010
Pours pitch black with a fluffy light brown head. Nice roasted nose with lots of chocolate, dark fruit, and espresso as well as some alcohol. Great complex flavor of dark roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, and espresso with some dark fruit, vanilla, brown sugar, and hops. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel and a long dark-roasted finish round out this big, complex beer.


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