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RATINGS: 538   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   EST. CALORIES: 354   ABV: 11.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This velvety concoction excites your senses with bottomless roasted, earthy and vinous notes.


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
cmc619 (501) - California, USA - JAN 24, 2011
The first indication that this beer would contradict its name was the massive, dark brown head. The second was the huge scent of alcohol--interestingly, more like the smell of fine tequila than the typical whisky notes experienced in big beers. The third was the thick, or as the bottle described it, "vinous" mouthfeel, which really did emulate a red wine experience, in a fantastic way. The fourth was the distinctive, but not irritating (for once) vanilla flavor that worked so well on the palate. The only thing I’d call "tiny" about this beer was the bottle, which I wish had been twice as big! Awesome stuff. So very complex, and a must to drink again.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JAN 24, 2011
Serving: 750 ml. bottle from Peace Street Market (2009 bottle)
Aroma: The nose is powerful and full of chocolate and coffee notes with a slight Belgian twang.
Appearance: Pitch black with a large, foamy, dark tan head. Decent head retention, especially considering the ABV.
Flavor: Deep and dense yet surprisingly light on the tongue. There is lots of roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee along with a touch of Belgian yeast. This is how a Belgian stout should be done.
Palate: Medium to full bodied with a good bit of spritely carbonation leading to a long and satisfying finish. There is a little warmth from the alcohol on the back end, but it is well hidden.
Overall: I must say, this one is worth the hype and dare I say it, underrated!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JAN 22, 2011
750ml bottle. Rating #136. Pitch black with a thin brown head. Light sweet aroma, slight tang. Light chocolate and alcohol, pretty nice. (1460)

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nuplastikk (5071) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 18, 2011
Rating 1800. 750ml corked and caged bottle. Viscous black with a rusty brown-beige head. Wow. I was a little scared by the ABV, but this drinks just as smooth as most 9% Imperial Stouts, maybe with a little more residual heat. Surprisingly mellow cocoa aroma. Rich cocoa tones bring to mind all the heavy hitters in the world of IS. There are some exotic dark fruit tones, assumably the Belgian yeast. Sort of like an amped up Ellezoise Hercule Stout, maintains that level of quality too. Checking the recent rates, my feelings are confirmed, this beer is in prime shape right now. maybe having cooled a little. Mollases covered coffee, chocolate and rich pungent dark fruit,almost touching on Caribbean Stout. Awesome.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
freedivesurfer (13) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 16, 2011
750 ml. corked. Nose reminds of working with Oak. BIG. Roasty, Fluffy on the palate. Belgian influence. Chocolatey. Absolutely incredible. An evening with Tiny leaves me wanting more. Rarely after a 750ml do I want more. Great value, at $10 better than many $20 "Big Beers"

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 12, 2011
Nearly black, brown head. Roasted malt, ash, molasses, tobacco and rich yeasty esthers in the nose. Flavor is loaded with chocolate, coffee, ash, tobacco, molasses, yeast, and fruit. Nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmm635 (938) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2011
Poured midnight black with a thick, creamy, brown head. Aromas of roasted malts, dark chocolate, and espresso. Sweet malt flavor with some lingering bitterness. A little oaky flavor can be detected. Creamy and slick mouthfeel. Very tasty!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lowe1983 (1389) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2011
Pours a black color with a tan head. Aroma is of roasted malts, dark fruits, chocolate, and some molasses. Nice light mouth feel with roasted malts, chocolate, and some belgian yeast. Decent warming on the finish.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mrmekon (100) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 8, 2011
Pitch black, huge brown head with excellent persistence. Aroma of roast malt, very chocolatey, and raspberry. Extremely smooth roast malt flavor, sweet up front and bitter in back, intense chocolate the whole way, and woody oak character on the finish. Not much linger. Very full body, but not sticky, and moderate carbonation. Fantastic.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
douglas88 (7248) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 2, 2011
750 ml bottle shared by footbalm. Pours a totally black color with a medium brown head. A strong Belgian Ale nose; spicy and sweet malts, some light roast. The flavor is similar; dominated by spicy Belgian notes, ginger and rye, light chocolate and roast. Interesting.


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