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RATINGS: 963   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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3.7
cgarvieuk (24488) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 2, 2012
bottle at home ... dark roast ... bubbly tan head ... soft light malt roast ... sweet roast ... dark malts ... little chocolate ... light dark roast ... soft bitterness ... light hint of yeast ... nice and easily drinkable

4.4
Leighton (21255) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2011
Bottle at the Funky 7, Brooklyn. Pours black with a big, creamy tan head. Superb character all around. Loads of coffee, dark roast malts, burnt sugar. Full bodied with average carbonation. Chocolate and dry roast malts in the finish. Great complexity to this one.

4
Rasmus40 (20645) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 8, 2014
Bottle @ Bishops Arms, Gustav Adolfs Torg, Malmö. Black with a big and lasting brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt and burnt. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Dry and rather bitter finish. Oily. 080214

4
fiulijn (20493) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 1, 2014
Bottle from Pear Delicatessen & Shoppe, Seattle, bb 12/26/14
Black color, with compact brownish head. The aroma immediately strikes for its fresh fruitiness, apples, pears, and just a hint of roastiness. The mouthfeel is very smooth, quite round; the dark chocolate flavor prevails over the roasted malt, but there is also a relatively evident liquorice component; it has the right amount of residual sugars, strong bitterness, a peppery note and some alcohol warmth.
Excellent.

3.8
Theydon_Bois (19506) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2012
Bottle at Freshcraft, Denver - 31/05/12. Pitch black with a thin tan head. Sweet malt nose backed up with chocolate and dark fruits. Fruits come out in the taste, roasty, caramel, bitter chocolate. Top end of medium in body, moderate carbonation, hits the spot!

4.1
rlgk (18850) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 28, 2013
Bottle at SBWF 2013. Pitch black beer with a rich beige/brownish head. Coffee aroma, licorice, hay, dark chocolate, floral, espresso, cream, yeasty, rye bread, chilli notes, vinous, salty, some tar. Roasted coffee flavor, spicy, hay, rye bread, raisins, cocoa, dark chocolate, salty, spicy, some grapes and raisins. Complex and with alcohol well hidden.

3.5
harrisoni (18578) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2013
Bottle bought at GBBF 2013 and drunk at home. Black beer lasting thin tan head. Quite intense. I mean it is an imperial stout. Yes it’s big and lots of chocolate and coffee and it’s perfectly nice and drinkable. But come on, like everyone has done it and I’m slightly bored of them now. Absolutely fine, some alcohol burn towards the end. But nothing wrong with it, I’m just a little bored of the style.

4
saxo (18301) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 30, 2014
Bottle. Huge creamy head with excellent duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are rich roast malt, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, notes of smoke and hops. Nice dry finish.

3.6
mcberko (17830) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 9, 2011
12 oz. bottle, split with Matts_Property, pours black with a substantial tan head. Aroma of toasted malt, burnt notes, slight espresso and sort of a charcoal quality. Flavour is quite hoppy for a stout, with a considerably woody quality, roasted malts and espresso. Hoppy, boozy finish. Interesting, though a bit off the mark.

3.5
TBone (17532) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 28, 2013
Bottled 330ml Arkadia. Dark opaque brown color, good steady brown head. Aroma has some cellary and tart notes, licorice and smokeyness. When warms up, more pleasant roasted aroma. Full-bodied. Roasted malty, dark chocolate, alcohol and licorice. Heavy stuff. Good but not particulary interesting strong impy.


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