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RATINGS: 447   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   EST. CALORIES: 354   ABV: 11.8%
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This velvety concoction excites your senses with bottomless roasted, earthy and vinous notes.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rocbyter (1858) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - JAN 30, 2014
Strong sweet fruit malt aroma. Black color with a medium Brown head. Moderate sweet flavor throughout with the middle and finish developing a bitter taste.

3.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cory (238) - , California, USA - JAN 29, 2014
Bottle. Aroma of red wine, dark chocolate, dark roasted malts. Great beer, Belgian yeast does not have a major play in the overall experience. Great beer but I’m pretty sure everyone already knows that.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gmb5127 (229) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2014
Smells a little like dark fruit. Has a roasty dark fruit taste. A little watery for an imperial, but not bad.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2203) - Michigan, USA - JAN 24, 2014
750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 6/21/2013. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, raisin, plum, coffee, light char, toast, clove, pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and fruity/spicy yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, raisin, plum, dark bread, coffee, toast, clove, pepper, herbal, and roasted/yeast earthiness. Light yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, raisin, prune, light coffee, dark bread, toast, light pepper, clove, and roasted/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/roasted malt and yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a great Belgian Imperial stout. All around great complexity and balance of big dark/roasted malt and moderate fruity/spicy yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UDBeernut (1477) - Near Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 19, 2014
bottle from daniel79, thanks bruh. pours motor oil black, high viscosity. tan head that lingers slightly. nose of chocolate, roasted malt, clove. taste adds a vinous nature. booze is not so subtle and warming. mid day nap time.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JStax (2601) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2014
750 ml corked and caged bottle poured into a brandy snifter. Pours an inky black with a thin khaki colored head of foam that dissipates quickly. The aroma has notes of roasted coffee, licorice, and a bit of pepper. The taste is ashy and sweet, kind of like warm raisins or prunes. There’s notes of leather lingering on the tongue as well. Thick mouthfeel with light carbonation. The taste lingers on the tongue long after the swallow. The alcohol is covered very well in this beer. It’s only noticed a few moments after the swallow.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maekchu (1762) - Hirakata, JAPAN - JAN 5, 2014
Bomber. Winey chocolate initial, with some big fumes. Black with a thin tan head. Light pleasant chocolate and some berries in the initial / candi sugar-like notes in mid, along with a phenolic note / finish is fairly minimal for a big beer like this. Medium body. Okay. Tasty and pleasant.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KyotoLefty (5895) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 4, 2014
Bottle. Black, middling head goes right to no lace. chocolate, Belgian yeast, some phenols, berries, cocoa and berry flavor, spicy yeast, quite tangy, orange, cherry. Tangy and chocolaty. Lightly fizzy body. A bit too thin. Some minerals. A bit similar to mineral water.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Miked1687 (606) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2013 Bottle to glass. Near black pour with a thin Brown head. Nose is interesting; sweet roasted malt, grape skins, some chocolatey coffee. Taste is bittersweet chocolate, dark malt body, coffee, and some dark fruit all packed into an extremely smooth mouth feel.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
esox (969) - Oulu, FINLAND - DEC 24, 2013
Bottled. Pitch black, oily pour. Dark head disappers completely. Intense, syrupy malt aroma, unmalted and charred barley, liquorice, vanilla, loads of figs and fermented berries. Dark molasses, dark carndy syrup and a hint of earthiness. Heavy, medium sweet maltiness, alcohol, fig juices, earthy bitterness. Creamy, rhummy aftertaste with a strong hint of cocoa is something to remember. Full bodied, oily and softly carbonated texture. Not overwhelmingly complex for an IS. Well (almost too) balanced.


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