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RATINGS: 116   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   EST. CALORIES: 327   ABV: 10.9%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A most unorthodox imperial stout brewed with malted rye and aggressively hopped with four U.S. varieties to develop a depth of character like no other. Notes of rye, treacle, chocolate and espresso are joined together to create a crescendo of flavor. Full-bodied and warming. With an ABV of 10.9%, you will be doing a Kalinka dance after drinking this.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yiannnos (1001) - , CYPRUS - APR 9, 2015
Shared. Black colour. Roasted malt aroma. Hoppy Chocolate coffee flavour, bitter finish

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NikkTwist (1870) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2015
Draft at Good Dog. Very dark brown pour with some beige foam. Burnt chocolate espresso. Treacle. Aroma is a bit off. Shoe polish. Cigarettes. Blood pudding. Surprisingly juicy for such dark flavors. Some dark red fruits are burrowed underneath. The rye adds some lasting spice to the finish. Medium-thick body. Silky mouthfeel. Not perfect but has enough fullness and darkness to it to be of note.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8351) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 29, 2015
My Bottom Line:
Cherries and roasted malts are awash in alcohol heat, while molasses and resinous hops take care of the rest of the flavor profile.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the brown-edged blackness.
-All flavors are cohesive.
-Alcohol sticks out too much in the flavor profile.
-The mouthfeel is lean and lacks comfort (for the style).

On tap at the brewery taproom.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
momordgz (223) - - MAR 26, 2015
Deep dark beet. Medium body, quite carbonataded. Excellent aroma and good taste but not extra tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (7156) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAR 20, 2015
Draft @ Hoppy Loft. Noire au col épais café au lait laissant un filament doré et huileux au verre. Arôme est malté caramel, grillé pointe de café avec un rétro assez houblonné. Palais ets malté, grillé, pointe amer des houblons en retrait et qui indique plus une Black IPA que un stout impérial. Le côté boozy se ressent, offrant une palette un peu douce en bouche. Malt au caractère cystal, choco. petite note de réglisse. Point intéressant pour l’usage, non dissimulé, des houblons amérisants dans cette bière.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PabloZab (265) - Wroclaw, POLAND - MAR 18, 2015
Czarny z brazowa piana, no sliczny po prostu. Aromat slodkawy, palony, zacheca do wziecia pierwszego lyka. Delikatnie gesty syrop pieknie piesci moje gardlo i rozgrzewa trzewia. Poezja po prostu. Slodkawy, delikatnie palony z delikatna kwaskowoscia na koncu. Alkohol swietnie ukryty. Przy swojej mocy i tresciwosci pije sie genialnie ale trzeba byc ostroznym.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Handypaul (296) - - MAR 14, 2015
Bottle. Pours black with a 2 finger brown creamy to frothy head that leaves some lacing. Aroma of molasses, dark malt and chocolate. Lightly sweet and medium bitter taste. soft carbo, oily texture, medium body and a medium bitter finish. Flavors of chocolate, dark burnt malt dominate. No prescence of alcohol.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alusmamuts (731) - LATVIA - MAR 13, 2015
Dark dark brown with medium beige head. Roasted malt and vanilla in aroma. Coffee, vanilla and maybe chocolate notes. Dry lasting bitterness follows.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
halfonit (1209) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 8, 2015
Pours black with a brownish head. Aroma is of malts, slight booze, roastiness, olives, and grain. Full bodied palate. Flavor is of malts, chocolate, big roasty/toastyness, and some smoke. Leaves a roasted malt finish. Good stuff right here.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IPAgutten79 (685) - Skui, NORWAY - MAR 3, 2015
Svart med lavt brunlig skum. Aroma av kaffe og mild lakris. Smaken er kaffe, noe sjokolade og mørk malt. Medium konsistens. Mild kaffebitterhet.


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