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RATINGS: 515   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.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sebletitje (7156) - Enghien, BELGIUM - AUG 12, 2010
corked bottle. pours deep black, thick mocha head. aroma, bready as hell, malty an grainy, lots of roast and dark fruits; mostly figs, hints of Belgian yeast. aroma is boozy, wow, talk about warming abv. nice dark fruits presence, strong roast and malts, lingering hops bitetrness. Palate has mild notes of licorice quickly followed by a thick chocolate presence. Very robust, bitetr finish, a tad too fruity.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rags2rags (149) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 9, 2010
Bottle from Whole Foods, poured into snifter. Pours black with a persistent head that’s darker in color than expected. Strong aroma of burnt malts, chocolate, and dried fruit. Flavor is similar, though a combination of chocolate, coffee, and caramel dominate. Nice warming feeling from the alcohol would have been appreciated more if it weren’t hot outside. Buy one now while it’s available, then age until winter.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheEpeeist (3458) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2010
25.4 oz bottle. Dark brown with a big foamy tan head. Nose is dark chocolate, prune and licorice. Thick and chalky with an alcohol burn and a buzz. Taste starts with chocolate and caramel; lightly vinous. Pleasant enough. Bitterness builds with dark roast, raw greens and iodine. Bold strokes without much finesse.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (7534) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 31, 2010
Bottle. Pours black with a thick dark brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma is full of roasted malts with some alcohol and just a hint of underlying tart cherries. Flavor begins full of dark roasted malts with dark chocolate and a slightly dry and vinous finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluejacket74 (1479) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JUL 31, 2010
750 ml corked and caged bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is dark fruit (cherries, raisins, plums), roasted malt, chocolate, and some coffee. The taste is similar to the aroma, but there’s the addition of charred/burnt malt and some booze. Great balance between all the flavors as none of them overpower the others. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s a bit creamy and slick, and is well carbonated. The soft carbonation helps make this beer easy to drink. Aging it wouldn’t hurt it at all, even with the slight booziness I still think this is a good solid brew.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 30, 2010
750 ml – Perfect Pour. Black, thick dark tan head (great lacing). Deep roasty aromas of chocolate and coffee rest on a sturdy foundation of earthed berries and candied plums. Dark dusty cocoa-coffee flavors round with a wealth of dark currant and fig notes throughout. ABV heat shines just a touch. Full bodied and smooth, bittersweet finish. Nicely crafted and drinkable now, but could benefit from a year in the cellar…

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 27, 2010
750ml, corked & caged bottle, from grape & gourmet. pours a silky, black with a two-finger, dark brown head leaving a thick ring of lace. aroma is great with big, dark, roasted malts, cocoa powder, and brown banana peel with notes of red, vinous fruit notes of grape and cherry, licorice, and a unique, boozy, spiced rum touch. flavor is damn tasty as well with big dark fruit notes of red grape, black cherry, and tart plum up front backed by smokey, wet tobacco, charred malts, and rich, roasted coffee with a warming, boozy finish. palate is full bodied and rich in the mouth with solid carbonation. overall, a very tasty and unique belgian style impy.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 23, 2010
bottle from sparky on 7/4/10... dark brown to black colored pour with a huge over carbonated tan head. it smells like nail polish-y high alcohol and florals mixed with caramel, toasted nuttiness, roast and rich pit fruit. it tastes better than it smells...luckily.... yeasty sludge, roast, floral booze, umami and peanut nuttiness with a dry hop filled finish and a ton of sugar. not as bad as thirteen and it improves greatly with some time in the glass but i’d have a hard time drinking more than these few ounces...5/3/6/3/13/3.0

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5454) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUL 23, 2010
Bottle - 750mL corked and caged. Black pour with a tall, dense, dark brown head. Aroma is big roasted malt and coffee mixed with light licorice and dark fruits. Taste is strong roasted malt, coffee with cream and sugar, dark fruit, and chocolate. Body is medium with a creamy carbonation. Slight warmth to this as well. Bit of tartness here too. Ends with big roasted malt and coffee along with tart berries, dark fruit and coffee.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madvike (3044) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 22, 2010
Bottle - Dark, deep pour with a small brown head. Decent heat with vinous notes, chocolate, and coffee. Taste is lots of the same, with dark chocolate, coffee, and tons of malt. Bitter and hot finish, with lots of coffee--kind of ruins the decadent taste a bit. Lots of body, with some smooth carbonation and a bit of slickness. Decent, but wouldn’t try again.


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