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RATINGS: 538   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.


WLG423's rating

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
WLG423 (201) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 18, 2012
Pours out with a dark body and a generous coffee colored head. Aromas of raisins, toast, coffee with light background of pine and grass. Flavors of coffee, chocolate, raisins, figs and hay with a bold bitter finish. Quite carbonated and full bodied. A unique take on the style with the Belgian yeast.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lownote (274) - USA - JUL 30, 2015
Black with a brown ring of head. Nice Belgian aroma. Taste is roasty and Belgiany and sweet. Heavy body. Really delicious.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocJitsu (1267) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - JUL 29, 2015
Pours an opaque, very dark brown with a gray-taupe head. Banana chips and nearly burnt malt aromas. Thick and chewy. The flavors mimic the nose except that some chocolate gets expressed.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ABT_S54 (268) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 19, 2015
75cl bottle served in a snifter. Pretty much pitch black with nice (if somewhat shortlived) dark tan head. Aroma is sweet indulgent candy sugar and Christmas cake. Taste is molasses, toffee, licorice, caramel and luxurious fruit cake. Very little bitterness present and very much in the same vein as Black Albert (the label states "Belgian Style") with the butterscotch richness and high viscosity. A real dessert of a beer - dismiss any reviews suggesting the bitterness is too high with this one; they are taking nonsense.

1.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
cheap (4571) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2015
Tap @ Hollywood. Big & black. Mild sterile sweet volatile impy stout aroma. No co2, inductively mouth coating. Flavors are nothing but on style terrible impy stout. What else can be said? A big nasty Nellie of a brew that is high alky and burns a little on the way down. DUDE! Way over the top and down the sides. What a silly name for its big impact on the palate. DIZZY!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
radio_nowhere (1145) - Maryland, USA - JUL 11, 2015
Bottle into snifter glass, opaque deepest dark brown (okay itís black) color with thin dark tan head. Aroma notes of heavy roasted malt, anise, booze, cocoa, dark fruits and red wine. Taste adds mocha, berries, smoke, nuttiness, molasses and earthy spiciness. Heavy body, low carbonation, creamy, soft, rich with dark fruity, boozy and roasty finish. Itís boozy, fruity and roasty. Maybe some years will tame the wilder notes.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
moderrnlifeiswar (19) - Maryland, USA - JUL 10, 2015
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2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
GenDV138 (3367) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUL 3, 2015
4 oz pour on draft at Spacebar. Dark brownish black with light tan head. Aromas of booze, dark fruit, chocolate. Tastes of dark fruit, chocolate, booze, caramel, some red wine-like notes. Medium-full body with a dry finish. Syrupy mouthfeel. Too much dark fruit for my preference.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mR_fr0g (5394) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 30, 2015
Bottle shared at the Cotteridge convention, 24/01/2015.Many thanks to RichTheVillain. Opaque black / caramel coloured pour with a halo of tan head. Aroma is hot alcohol, solventy, choc vanilla, earthy notes. Flavour is composed of semi-sweet, dark choc, nutty, soft smoooth roast. Better in the flavour. Palate is full bodied.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mambossa (93) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2015
From bottle to tulip, 5/18 bottle date. Jet black pour, small deep-tan head. Aroma of raisin, planty-earthiness, toasted malt, light chocolate. Flavor is full bodied with dark chocolate, fruit, and slight alcohol warmth on the way down. Alcohol hidden fairly well, definitely hits heavy.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bulk_Carrier (2713) - Final Resting Place, Vermont, USA - JUN 28, 2015
Bottle dated born on: 05/08/2015; best by 05/08/2017 according to Weyerbacher. This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with light red hues close to the bottom of the beer. A slim concave off white head dissipated and left some light messy lacing. The smell started off with a light Belgian-esque spice (muted clove - seems slightly cooked). It then opens up with light chocolate tones and then an earthy sort of raisin. The taste has the same sort of "cooked clove" more or less running into the chocolate tones to be semi-sweet but remain slightly spicy. Light raisin becomes subtle. The aftertaste is only about the "cooked clove." On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a decent sipping quality about it. Carbonation runs low to allow the ABV to take the lead on my tongue - its not too "boozy hot" but one can tell it is there. Overall, imperial stout - yes! With a Belgian twist - yes again. Would I have this again, most likely. And hopefully next time, maybe even give it a little more age.


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