RATINGS: 969   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 291   ABV: 9.7%
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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dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - APR 29, 2012
Pours super dark with a lot of white head and moderate lacing. Nose is relatively mild, some coffee and chocolate. Palate is quite complex with a lot of dark chocolate, espresso and a lot of lingering bitterness. Very pleasant and rich and satisfying.

portableparty (2398) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 27, 2012
Bottle to snifter. Pours dark brown with a large dark khaki head that slowly fades to a thick film. Aroma is funk and musty bakers chocolate and dried fruit and I get an awkward yeast scent. Taste is bitter chocolate and hops with soy some peat and green olives. Palate is full a little chewy and chalky with a drying finish. Maybe a bad bottle.

b79turner (261) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - APR 24, 2012
Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pours black with a massive tan head. Slowly fades away to a 1/2" cap. Nose is roasty malts, figs, raisins, caramel, very rich aromas. A bit lighter smell than a lot stouts I’ve tried. Taste is rich, similar to a Trappist quad, but with a slight bitter finish. Alcohol is well hidden. Medium mouthfeel, medium/heavy carbonation, very drinkable!

Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 23, 2012
Originally reviewed: 2/24/11. Thanks to seedsofchaos (BA) for this bottle! 12oz bottle; best by: 7/9/11 printed on the side. I think this beer would age well far past that date, but no matter. Pours a very thick, dark black. A small half-finger mocha head rest atop. Retains fair enough, and leave some nice lacy sheeting on the glass. The nose carries some tart fruity aromas, that aren’t all that expected. I’d expect a bit more roasted quality, but I guess with the addition of the Belgian yeast, this takes on a more tart quality. Some light chocolate on the finish. Hefty body for this big stout, as expected. Light spritzy quality with a moderately-high carbonation presence. The yeast-y aspect comes through in the flavor, but not as strong as I thought it would, which is good. This then gets masked by a heavily roasted coffee flavor, and finishes bittersweet, with hints of fruit and toasted sugar. Decent stout, but I will echo some of the other reviewers and say that this really needs to be called a Belgian Stout. Thanks again, Derek!

barncatmatt (2355) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - APR 21, 2012
12 oz bottle shared by jsprime. black , tan head. nice roasty hoppy impy stout. not original but very well done. enjoyable sipper

SlovakSniper (5561) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - APR 20, 2012
(Des bouteilles via des échanges avec Marheb et dresden) Une tête brune pâle spectaculairement indestructible. Une dentelle qui dessine un relief montagneux. Un superbe regard. Un nez qui ne cache jamais son allégeance à la Belgique. Une levure fruitée. Des pruneaux et des raisins. Une mélasse de dattes. Un côté rôti, des grains qui transpirent le chocolat. Une touche épicée : est-ce les grains ou les houblons? Des saveurs comme la suite logique des choses. Des malts et des houblons qui apportent douceur et amertume. Un alcool fortifié qui n’est jamais trop présent. Le retour attendu du travail de la levure fruitée. Je soupçonne aussi des houblons épicés. En bouche, une texture crémeuse. Un pétillement un tantinet trop élevé. Un corps tout de même confortable. Une finale qui se targue d’être puissante: la rencontre agréable de notes amères et de la chaleur inopinée d’un alcool insidieux.

jmagnus87 (3302) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2012
12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours black with about a finger of dark tan head. Aroma of dark fruits, chocolate and coffee. Taste is light bitter. Fruity with some caramel, coffee and chocolate notes. Full bodied with a thick and creamy texture. Lively carbonation and a long finish. Overall, not bad. I would gladly drink this again.

BillKismet (4165) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 4, 2012
Sooty looking body with a lush, burnt chocolate head. At first, the whiffs off the glass seem too clean, almost sterilized and disinfected, but they eventually yield to coal-tinged puffs that belie black patent malting. These smells seem stirred up from the depths of a pile of soot. Decent mouthfeel, smooth, thick and rolling with a heavy grainy roast of barley and black patent. some smoke complexity.

Handypaul (586) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 4, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2013 Pours black with overly big thick brown head that reduces slowly to fine bubbles and nice lacing. Taste is very rich, somewhat bitter, chocolate, coffee, roasty. Full body, thick mouth feel, average to soft carbonation leading to a bitter long finish. One of my favorite stouts. Nice.

poisoneddwarf (2690) - Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, USA - APR 1, 2012
Rated this last night (or maybe it was early this morning?) on paper. 12 oz bottle shared with brenn79. Aroma is malty, roasty. Pours coal black with a large lacy lasting tan head leaving lace. Taste is so different than your average impy stout. Fruity dark fruit flavors are prominent. Very different, very good.

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