RATINGS: 968   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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ChainGangGuy (4941) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 18, 2012
Appearance: Pours out a dark brown body with thin slivers of garnet at the far edges and capped by a tall, light tan head.

Smell: Moderately chocolaty with a corresponding roastiness ahead of lesser, lighter notes smelling of fruit, spice, and toast.

Taste: A start of dark chocolate, soundly roasted coffee, and with some soft, sweetish caramel included. Small pinch of aniseed. Dark fruitiness of plums and smoked dates. Very slight chalkiness. Particularly subtle German hop character and bitterness. Late-breaking alcohol presence. Dry, roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Fairly smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: It’s nice. No, really, it’s nice. But, can I have the BIS instead??

Gription79 (2892) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - JAN 17, 2012
12 ounce bottle. Big chocolate, roasted malts with dark stone fruit, spicy hop notes. A few hot alcohol notes. A good creamy mouth feel. A great stout.

ljstephenson (250) - Enterprise, Alabama, USA - JAN 15, 2012
Pours clear dark brown with a large, creamy, good lacing, fully lasting, beige head. Aroma is malt, roasted coffee. Flavor is moderately sweet with chocolate, mouthfeel is velvety, soft carbonation. Finish is sweet with only moderate presence of alcohol. My absolute favorite Imperial Stout,

emeinz (224) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 12, 2012
Bottle to glass. Aroma has heavy chocolate and coffee. Black pour with large tan head. Slightly drier than most imperial stouts. Bitter finish with lingering coffee. Very excellent beer

edgallow (4618) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 12, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2012 750 ml pours black with a tan head. Aroma of smoky malt, cocoa and coffee. Taste is also coffee and cocoa.

dzimm27 (143) - - JAN 11, 2012
Pours dark black with thick brown head. Aroma is dark and malty, chocolatey. I am surprised there is not as much coffee in it. Taste is thick and rich with a slicht acidity at the end. Not really smooth, but smooth for a stout. I like it for a stout, but I don’t really care for stouts.

Dogbrick (14290) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 8, 2012
Bottle thankfully shared by a friend, as I dropped mine on the garage floor a few months back. The beer pours black with a medium dark brown head that recedes steadily. Small patches of lacing on the glass. Roasty malt, coffee and dark fruits in the nose. Full-bodied with a roasty character of malt and coffee, along with notes of chocolate and a touch of spice. The finish is chocolatey malt with an espresso aftertaste. Pretty good overall.

MOboy (510) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JAN 3, 2012
What a beer! Big foam that you could probably walk on if you were so inclined. Black as pitch with a mouth filling effervescence that keeps this beast in check. Dark fruit, dried fruit, chocolate, cocoa powder, nuts..... Delicious.

benpickens (544) - Camarillo, California, USA - JAN 3, 2012
Pours an inky black with ample head; tobacco and espresso notes; off-dry with moderate amount of hops in an oily palate.

corby112 (2813) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2012
Pours a dark chocolate brown that appears black in the glass with a two finger, frothy beige head that very slowly fades into a lasting cap/ring. Sporadic streaks of lacing left behind. Slightly smokey roasted malt aroma with a subtle earthy hop presence that counters the dark malt and chocolate. Hints of dark chocolate, toast, rye, oatmeal and some dark fruit. Thinner bodied than expected, slightly watered down with soft carbonation up front and a deeply roasted malt character that provides a lingering bitterness. Hints of burnt toast, oatmeal, dark chocolate and coffee bean. There’s also some rye sweetness along with some subtle dark fruit notes. The ABV is well masked but this beer is a bit one- dimensional and boring.

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