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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
TheGuy (920) - Illinois, USA - AUG 7, 2011
From a 12 oz. bottle my brother in law picked this up because we were coming over for a visit ( he drinks bud lite but I’m working on him)poured black with a dark brown thick head aroma are of a heavy roast,coffee,dark chocolates

3.9
Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - AUG 6, 2011
Courtesy of Secret Santa July 2011

Bottle: The aroma consists of chocolate, caramel, vanilla espresso, fig, and a touch of alcohol. It pours a dark brown with a large creamy ran head with good retention. The flavor starts with chocolate and light vanilla. The finish has some espresso, roast, and a touch of alcohol. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a somewhat creamy mouthfeel.

3.5
temporrari (397) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 5, 2011
12 oz Bottle. Pour is awfully dark. No light coming through when held up to a lamp. Head is medium and tan, a little fluffy. Nice looking overall. I get a good amount of spiciness from the nose right away. A slower, deep inhale reveals some stout character. A little dark fruit, some roast. Sipping it, the carbonation is a little high in my opinion. I know it’s got a Belgian yeast in there but, I’d have toned it down a notch, personally. It’s more a stout than a Belgian. It’s pretty good though, the flavor is rather fruity. Long finish that coats the tongue, but the lively carbonation distracts. It’s good, it could be great.

3.7
bierkoning (13813) - La Tropica/Doarp, NETHERLANDS - AUG 3, 2011
Bottle from Ericandersnavy, thanks! Black and opague. Apple syrup, licorice and cream in the aroma. Roasty alcoholic flavor with licorice and apple syrup. Velvety mouthfeel. Almost full bodied and well balanced.

3.7
CaptBier (323) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JUL 31, 2011
Bottled. A dark brown beer with a red shine. The aroma has notes of spices and sweet and roasted malt. The flavor is sweet malty with notes of roasted malt, soy sauce, and chocolate, leading to a dry and roasted finish.

4.2
SudsMcDuff (8541) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2011
12oz bottle @ The Meddlesome Moth, had with a terrible pie .. . Pours a deep brown black, great thick foam .. . dark roast, touch of heat, light almost bourbon oak and tar .. . quite an enjoyable brew, probably amazing with a year on it, quite an underated imperial stout.. . so cutting one wire stops a bomb, ok?

3.6
eboats (1115) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUL 29, 2011
That’s the truth Truth. Poured dark brown with a brown head. Aroma was coffee, chocolate, roasted notes, and some smokiness. Flavor is lightly bitter with medium sweetness. Body is smooth and silky with above average carbonation.

4.1
illidurit (2356) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 24, 2011
750 mL bottle shared at the July Santa Cruz tasting. Pours clear darkest brown with red highlights and a fluffy light brown head. Aroma is boozy with dark chocolate and some smokey molasses. A touch of dark fruits too. Flavor has notes of dark chocolate, acidic red fruits, mild prune, and black coffee. Also some chocolate cake and dark caramel as well as a bit of burnt, roasted character. Palate is soft and moussey for such a big stout. Pretty nice beer.

4.1
HoppyAlesToYou (186) - Saint John, Indiana, USA - JUL 22, 2011
A veritable bouquet of aroma that includes Count Chocula cereal, dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, floral notes from the hops, earthy base aromas, hints of alcohol, soy sauce, and molasses. Deep brown with a frothy head, this ale has light sweetness and bitterness. The aromas resonnate while tasting, the medium bodied ale softly slides across the tongue. Overall, there is enough complexity to retain interest until the last drop. Would love to try a version that substitutes some American hops for the noble hops.

3.7
hayden1215 (321) - Ohio, USA - JUL 16, 2011
Clear dark black in color; with large creamy beige head. Aroma is light malty, roasted, burnt, chocolate, coffee. Flavor is moderately sweet and bitter with a long duration, chalky, licorice. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft


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