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RATINGS: 511   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.


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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beastmaster (349) - Florida, USA - JUN 14, 2013
Dark thick poor. Beautiful head.aroma is caramel, earthy, and chocolaty. Sweet taste and velvety but has a strong alcohol finish. Normally I’m a big fan of imperial stouts.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
koleminer20 (809) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 4, 2015
750 mL bottle. The pour is a nice medium black with a couple fingers of darker khaki head and no lace left behind. The aroma is a little boozy up front. There is a good sharp chocolate and some darker fruits. There is a subtle red-wine like twinge on the back and a healthy dose of roasted malts. The flavor is just as sharp up front. Booze and chocolate dominate the front end. There is a good roasty malt and dark fruit that develop through the entirety of the flavor. The mouth feel is really thin. There is a light carbonation that lets the feel just fall off, making the flavors seem a little sharper perhaps. Aftertaste is really chocolatey and nice. Not bad, but it could be so much better ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skmikeg (1083) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAR 1, 2015
Pours pitch black with a foamy two finger kakhi head which quikly fades to decent lacing. Aroma is of roasted malts, red wine, bakers coco, earthy hops, molasses, sour dark fruits, coffee, and sweet malts. Taste is roasted malts, red wine, sour dark fruits, chocolate, sweet malts, anise, coffee, earthy hops, and some light booze. Has a medium-full body with a semi creamy, oily, silky mouthfeel and a semi-moderately bitter, semi dry, slightly warming, long finish. Overall, a pretty interesting and tasty beer that has different then your typical imperial stout.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (9143) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 28, 2015
Benefitted from ageing. Aroma is chocolate aroma. Rich black look, though no head. Not thick mouthfeel but good drinkable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuu666 (4828) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 28, 2015
Bottle at Ash’s. Pours black, nose is meaty, smoky, chocolate, taste is similar, bitter, dry, sweet cocoa.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
McNeillR (1504) - SCOTLAND - FEB 27, 2015
Dark brown with a ruby glint. Creamy rich vanilla roast nose. Initial taste was soft bitter roast, rich viscous peppery wine times. Rich throughout, this is surprisingly silky without being overly scathing.

Bottle, BOE? Cheers James AMV, Ash’s Office Tasting

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BenH (2764) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 27, 2015
Bottle. Black with tan head. Aroma of molasses, licorice, roasy, chocolate. Taste of ash, coal, chocolate, heavy roasted coffee, licorice. Full body, sweet and bitter. Solid

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AshtonMcCobb (3286) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 27, 2015
Bottle thanks to allmyvinyl. Appearance - opaque black with a thin tan head. Nose - dark chocolate. Taste - really creamy chocolate, fudge toffee as you dig deeper. Palate - medium to full bodied with a creamy texture and a balanced dry finish. Overall - great stout.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
allmyvinyl (4871) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 27, 2015
Bottle at Ashton McCobb?s. Pours black with a thin tan head. Aromas of tar, smoke, blackcurrant, dark chocolate. Taste is fruit, dark chocolate, raisins. Sweet, rich finish. Toffee at the back.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alengrin (2742) - BELGIUM - FEB 22, 2015
My first beer from this brewery, an impressive imperial, vintage bottle of a few years old (but the label does not mention a date so its age is anyone’s guess). Has been standing in my cellar for half a year and I’m eager to taste this... Pours jet black, dark burgundy around the edges but otherwise totally opaque, under a creamy, deep ochre beige head, thin but lacing a bit; it does, however, all but dissapear in the end. Beguiling, refined and complex aroma making me happy in instants: cappuccino, mocha ice cream, cured meat, hint of soy sauce, pure chocolate, wet leather, roasted pine nuts, black pepper, smoked bacon, pipe tobacco, bourbon, vanilla, minerals, autumn leaves, peat, candied dates, liquorice, bayleaf. Dense and refined onset of candied fruits and chocolate, caramel candy, cinnamon and cloves, soft carbonation, very thick, oily and ’heavy’ mouthfeel. The expected multi-layered, abysmal maltiness makes up the core of this beer, explicitly chocolatey and nutty, smooth and ’fat’, leading to a bittersweet grand finale of retronasal, phenolic yeastiness (but elegantly so), espresso-like roasted bitterness, lingering ’chocolateness’, spicy and grassy hop bitterness and warming liqueurish alcohol with an immediately ’sedating’ effect, perhaps not as well hidden as it should have been and ’burning’ just a bit too much at the root of the tongue having a negative effect on its ’drinkability’, but this cannot bother me at the moment - imperial stouts were never meant to be very ’drinkable’ in the first place. A faint background, meaty and soy sauce ’saltiness’ lingers as well. Throughout the years, I have learned to appreciate almost all beer styles, but I will always have a thing for imperial stouts, in their bold, heavy, big ’blackness’, profundity and gastronomic complexity; this example achieves that very well. Delightful, and I like the ominous label with the ironic name ’Tiny’ too...

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
AnokaBrewer (59) - Anoka, Minnesota, USA - FEB 16, 2015
Very little head. Dark black in color. Taste of chocolate, coffee, and licorice. Sweet taste with just the right amount of hops to calm the finish. Excellent beer!


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