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RATINGS: 960   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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4.3
tfontana (950) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 25, 2016
Bottle pour into shaker pint glass. Aroma is dark fruits, roasted malts, a little bit of chocolate, vanilla, alcohol. Appearance is opaque black with 2-finger width creamy head with excellent retention and nice sudsy lacing. Taste is dark fruit, roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, late coffee. Palate is medium bodied with smooth, creamy texture, soft carbonation and balance of sweet and bitter finish. Overall, this is great all around. Sweet, to be sure, but with enough roasted bitterness to balance it out and the mouthfeel and look are fantastic.

4
aleigator (945) - GERMANY - APR 3, 2014
Dark brown head, with completely black color. Malt, toffee, burned malts, chocolate, raisins, cream. Lots of ripe fruits in this, plum, raisins, pear, breadish malts, sweet toffee and a sharp espresso note, preventing the beer from being too sweet. Warm, coffeeish bitterness stays very long on the palate. Very smooth mouthfeel, more creamy than oily, great complexity. Fantastic balance, the beer goes from sweet to bitter to earthy, without letting one impression become too present. Even hints of smoke and alcohol, as the beer warms up, adding to the earthy, warm character.

4
tennessejed420 (940) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 27, 2011
bottle. Pours black, almost opaque but not quite, with fluffy brown head, nice lacing. Aroma of milk chocolate, fig, prune, a spice / hop aspect reminiscent of pine or spruce, cedar, roast. Rich, smooth mouth feel, somewhat creamy, wouldn’t go so far as to call it silky or velvety though, its not that rich. But the flavor of this is not only excellent, it is very unique for the style, while still conforming to the style. There is a strong cedar / pine aspect, but without being bitter, which is underlined by a milk chocolate malt base, which gets milkier on the finish as some yeasty lactose stands out. The fruitiness of the beer definitely comes out more as it warms, but with a spiced cake aspect, like fruit cake. Overall quite nice and one of the better beers I’ve had in awhile, an imp. stout I wouldn’t mind revisiting.

4
Buongiorgio00 (934) - - DEC 3, 2013
Una signora imperial stout, molto complessa. Dal corpo consistentemente denso e un sapore di caffé scuro e frutta scura come prugne o fichi, leggeri toni erbacei. Finale che ricorda l’affumicatura di un sigaro. Gnam!

3.6
arone12 (928) - Maryland, USA - JUN 15, 2012
Pours a black color with a light brown, foamy head. Delicious coffee aroma with some chocolate. Good dry finish with coffee. Mmm

3.9
JoePeesie (925) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - SEP 5, 2011
Big fan of this beer and was very happy to see it this year in a 12oz format. Very dark and very complex. As described, I think this could be served perfectly with dessert. I am saving 2 bottles of this, although I have been teetering back and forth on weather or not to the ABV makes it a suitable candidate, but it is so nicely blended right now, I’m not sure that time will do it a favor.

3.9
abcfan (920) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 22, 2012
Very nice brew. Pours black with tan head. Aroma of coffee and some smoke. Taste is mostly coffee, with some smoke and toffee. Slight alcohol burn.

3.9
ExpendableHero (916) - Florida, USA - AUG 31, 2015
Very dark, cola looking beer with a frothy, brown head. Aromas of dark chocolate and dark fruit. Tastes of dark/bitter chocolate, some plums, raisins, and hints of molasses. Bittersweet cacao finish. Some spices finish up the flavor profile. Chalky and dry mouth feel. Flavors open up as it warms a bit. Excellent balance of sweet and bitter in this one.

3.5
Staffan47 (909) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAR 3, 2013
Notering från provningen: krämig. Bra, men inte så man ramlar av stolen direkt

3.9
mauritsio (906) - FINLAND - OCT 22, 2014
Bottle from Alko lippulaiva. Black with brown xl head. Dark berries. Roasted with alcohol notes. Lasting bitterness. Some sweetness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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