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RATINGS: 476   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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A dark Belgian-style stout with notes of spice, coffee, chocolate & oak The 13th Hour Is The Witching Hour and a time when strange brews can occur With 13 ingredients, we combine the roasted chocolate and coffee notes of a stout with the complex spicy character of a Belgian-style ale aged in oak for a dark, robust, and bewitching brew.


malkyore's rating

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
malkyore (361) - - MAR 15, 2013
This is very very belgian! As far as imperial stouts go this is similar in flavor but thatís about it. Pours a very effervescent black. White head that fades fast. Aroma is belgian. Fruity with a lot of brown sugar and grape. Flavor is malty and sweet with a lot of sugarcane and a hint of coffee. Itís extremely carbonated which I was not expecting because the bottle says imperial stout... This is a great beer. A little more belgian than stout I think, but great nonetheless.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oldrtybastrd (4343) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2016
Lives up to its name...pours a dark almost pitch black with big brown fluffy head. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, and some smoke. Flavors of astringent chocolate, coffee, and tobacco.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Stuedmaster (344) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 6, 2016
This beer seems to be too many places at once and canít make up itís mind on what it is. 750 ml bottle, nice barrel shaped bottle. I have been really happy with the Sam Adams barrel series in the past but this is different. Aroma of bubblegum, caramel, bread, hay, spices,very strange for a stout. Has a candied, fruity flavor, not much roast or toast, strong alcohol presence, slight smoke, phenol character. There is a coffee and chocolate character but itís lost in the shuffle. More like a dark Belgian strong ale that is confused.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jtclockwork (12848) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 2, 2016
Bottle - pours dark brown tan head. Foamy - nose/taste of cocoa, dark fruit, coffee, oak and bubblegum - medium body.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
zacgillbanks (4028) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAR 23, 2016
Bottle from Trembling Madness, York. Inky black in colour with a thick head of white foam. It has a spicy, rich cherry, red berry and oak flavour followed by smooth chocolate, liquorice, vanilla and red fruit on the smooth finish. Excellent!

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rondphoto (3558) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - MAR 12, 2016
bottle at Fresh Thyme / Newport KY --- Aroma of malt and light spice. Clear dark mahogany brown, dark tan head, light lace strips. Taste is carbonated malt that is immediately accosted by Christmas spices. A smidgen of coffee and chocolate show in a short finish. Spice dominates this brew for me, leaving it unbalanced, like food that has too much seasoning.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmoreau (3421) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2016
Shared 25. 4 oz. bottle poured to snifters, showing a black/brown hue, with a presentable layer of light tan head foam, and spots & clingy spray of lacing. The nose was prune & fig, with cocoa, a touch of dark caramel sweetness, spices, and just a bit of coffee on the back. Medium+ bodied, with moderate carbonation, the taste was similar notes, adding an extra fruit note of dark grape skins, with a bit of tannic astringency to the finish. A pleasant blend of Stout notes, with a Quad-like nature.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadRobin (2661) - Silver Spring, Alabama, USA - JAN 25, 2016
Poured from 750ml bottle. Opaque, black-brown with a huge tan head and good lacing. Aroma of berries, dark fruit, menthol, yeast, chocolate, alcohol and a light spiciness. Taste of slightly sour berries, chocolate, dark fruit, menthol, coffee, yeast, alcohol, oak and roasted malt. Full/medium body and medium/low carbonization with a slightly slick mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
radio_nowhere (1329) - Maryland, USA - JAN 21, 2016
Cool shaped caged-corked bomber into snifter glass; opaque deep dark brown (black) color with tan head. Aroma notes of yeasty fruitiness, cherry, chocolate, vanilla, lightly vinous, roast and caramel. Taste adds coffee, molasses, chocolate nougat, dark fruits (prune heavy), some raisins, light oak and faint Belgian spices. Heavy-medium body, moderate carbonation, sticky, tad dry with lingering fruity roast finish. Interesting dark Belgian stout, need to know thereís a fruity-sour element going into it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wrlangin (96) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 12, 2016
I really enjoyed this beer. Good combination of fruit and chocolate. Well balanced. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wombat23 (329) - Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2016
Shared 25.4 oz. bottle. Pours dark brown with a beige, airy cola-like head. Aroma of chocolate, yeast, booze, dark fruit, and a bit of sourness. Tastes of Belgian yeast, mild chocolate, oak, a bit of booze, and a bit of dark fruit; no single flavor dominates. Finish is slightly tart. A complex beer, but unfortunately, the whole is considerably less than the sum of its individual components.


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