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RATINGS: 969   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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3.9
Elwood (3347) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - MAR 6, 2013
Serving: 12 oz. bottle from Total Wine Sterling. It pours black with a large and lasting tan head. She’s a looker. Light raisin and spice bread nose. A little Belgian flavor mixed with a lightly roasted malt note and a touch of that spiced bread. Medium body with average carbonation. Nice brew.

4.3
AbbeyRoade (562) - Missouri, USA - MAR 4, 2013
Wow! Very full-bodied, deep, dark fruit flavors of fig or plum and a bit of espresso as well. A tad bit of chocolate detected. Wonderful as a dessert by itself or even an entree’ beer! A stand-alone beverage that doesn’t need any accompaniment and has an incredibly complex body. Filling and satisfying.

3.9
rbrazell (1763) - Florida, USA - MAR 3, 2013
Black pour with a fluffy tan head. Aroma of smoke, charcoal, earthiness, dark fruits and roasted malts with hints of chocolate. Flavor is smokey chocolate, fig and plum, fresh coffee, earthiness with a hint of spice at the end. Good carbonation and medium heavy bodied. Pretty tasty stuff.

3.5
Staffan47 (908) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAR 3, 2013
Notering från provningen: krämig. Bra, men inte så man ramlar av stolen direkt

3.5
HeadyDE (885) - Delaware, USA - FEB 22, 2013
Bottle pour into snifter..almost pitch black..larger than expected head..not much in carbonation as expected..slight head remains throughout..aroma of mostly vinegar..cross between balsamic and red wine vinegar..also getting the plum on the nose perhaps with black cherry as well..leaning towards the Russian imperial style lately and this seems to be a stranger hybrid of the imperial stout style..the Belgian yeast does seem to provide some of the fruitiness and a bit of the funk characteristics..but just not feeling this one as much as some of the other smokestack offerings..interesting cross of styles..but just seems to lack a true identity..probably won’t buy again..

3.9
Mike_in_Kansas (31) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - FEB 19, 2013
Purchased 12 oz. bottle from Top Cellars Wine and Spirits in Olathe, KS with a "best by" date of 11/9/14 and served in an English pint glass. Pours black but clear, not murky; produces a very large frothy dark tan head. As carbonation dissipates, head turns much creamier and eventually rocky with a very long duration and good lacing. The nose is moderately malty with chocolate and a toasted smell. Also able to pick up light citrusy hops with just a tinge of a medicinal odor. Overall very pleasant. Initial roasted chocolatey flavor is moderate, slightly sweet but not too strong from a pour this dark. Finish starts sweet but ends up dry with a slight smokey taste. Body is fairly full with a nice creamy mouthfeel and smooth finish in the throat with just a slight bit of alcohol. Although the beer is very carbonated when first poured, the carbonation quickly leaves and it becomes fairly still and almost flat, similar to a draught stout. Overall a great beer.

3.9
VsXsV (4572) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 19, 2013
Bottle. Opaque black liquid with medium to big tan head. Aroma of dark fruit, licorice, pumpernickel, chocolate, light coffee and light pine. Taste is light sweet and light to medium bitter with notes of licorice, chocolate, coffee and bread. Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation. Quite nice.

3.4
cbfobes (2888) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2013
Poured from 12oz bottle, pours pitch black with a thick brown head an lacing in the glass, very nice looking, aroma is of slight chocolate and a little roast, was hoping for a little more on the nose, the flavor has a really sweet front end with a chocolate finish and the abv comes through a little as well, just ok

3.5
Imaena (2359) - Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE - FEB 14, 2013
Bottle at xmas in CO. This is a decent impy but I probably would not pick it up again.

3.6
Overml01 (227) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 10, 2013
Had this many times, but Eric brought to our tasting today and I realized I’ve never rated it before. Easily one of the best impy stouts to come into Fort Wayne within the last few years. A bit on the dry side with a nice hopped precense. I prefer mine soppy sweet, but style wise it’s spot on.


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