RATINGS: 938   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 291   ABV: 9.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Barley, wheat, rye and oats provide the foundation for this big stout. Layers of complex flavors slowly emerge from the glass: espresso, roasted fig, creme brulee. Belgian yeast provides a plum-like fruitiness, noble German hops reveal spicy, herbal notes, while the rich, velvety mouthfeel mellows to a dry, smoky finish. Such a robust beer stands well by itself, but also makes a wonderful end-note to any rich, indulgent meal. Discover the secret of combining this roasty ale to sweets, by pairing with dark chocolate or caramel, or even by pouring it over ice cream.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Thisis12ptfont (1129) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Bubbly carbonation on the nose with some faint cocoa. Solid black with a thin foam. High carbonation upfront which then reveals a plethora of raisins, molasses, chocolate, oats and toffee notes. Some raspberry, caramel and vanilla characteristics are subtle in the back along with a huge alcohol burn on the finish. Overall, this is very rich and decadent brew boasting complex flavors. Id give this an A+ rating.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2012
12oz bottle, thanks to my parents. Black color, medium brown head, half finger thick. Good thick lace. Chocolatey nose. Very spicy flavor, some dark fruit, light bitter. Very spicy taste. Bigger body, very smooth texture, more dry finish, but long spicy aftertaste. Interesting and smooth, but overly spicy to really be enjoyable. Washes out any hint of stout roastiness.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DYCSoccer17 (3663) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 25, 2012
12 ounce bottle purchased at Total Wine in Sacramento, CA. The aroma has some pimento olives, and a bit of burnt roastiness. Not much else in the nose. Lacking sweetness or complexity. A little metallic. Mostly opaque dark mahogany body with a large, foamy, light brown head present. Starts with a lot of prickly carbonation, before this becomes a little sweet, and kind of vinous in the middle. Becomes very burnt, roasted, with some chocolatey ashiness late. Pretty dry finish. Light yeast esters late. Seems a little muddled.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
leah2974 (453) - Georgia, USA - DEC 19, 2012
Thick and black with a thick tan head that stays around til the end. Big flavors--coffee, smoke, spices, and brown sugar with mild acidity.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SDalkoholic (2371) - Linda Vista, California, USA - DEC 18, 2012
Bottle from Sprouts: Liquid poured a dark used motor oil black topped with fluffy foam head that leaves behind trails of lacing. Nose picks up scents of bitter dark chocolate, smoke, roasted coffee bean, and somehow the aroma of cooked bacon. The drink is rich and robust with a strong delivery of roasted down black malts that taste both bitter and sweet.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
stewajt (30) - Alabama, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Pours black with light cinnamon head. Nose is dark fruits and booze. Lots of plum and brown sugar on the palate.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
sodakotakid (230) - Belle Fourche, South Dakota, USA - DEC 16, 2012
this beer pours black with a light brown large head. This beer tastes of sour dark fruits, sour raisens,dark malts and lots of spices, the alcohol taste is over bearing and it has a bitter after taste. Not my favorite

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ACHops (1472) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2012
12oz bottle from Super Deli Mart. Pours pitch black with thick mocha head. Aroma is unexpected: big funky tart smell with notes of fig, raisin, licorice. Taste is heavy charred roasty malts, followed by sweet yeasty flavors, then nice hoppy bitterness. Nice thick mouthfeel although the body doesnt seem that viscous. Definitely not a traditional imperial stout, but I like this take on the style.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zizzybalubba (1844) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 14, 2012
12 oz. bottle from Total Wine (Triangle) in Raleigh, NC. Dark brown to almost black pour with a luxurious khaki head. Aroma of dark roasted espresso, black licorice, and charred malts. Expected flavor of bitter dark chocolate and espresso with a touch of dark fruit on the end. The alcohol is present but does not interfere with the flavor. A rich, full bodied beer, and a near perfect example of an imperial stout done right.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jethro6191 (508) - Indiana, USA - DEC 8, 2012
Pours black with a huge tan head. Roasted malt, coffee, and smoke notes with a funky barnyard character. Finishes semi-dry. Medium body and carbonation with a smooth mouthfeel.


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