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RATINGS: 959   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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3.6
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.

3.5
jeremyh70 (1115) - Missouri, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Pours a dark brown with thick tan head and good lacing. Aromas of coffee and roasted malt. First taste of sweet dark chocolate and coffee with dark fruits becoming apparent as it warms. Spicy and bitter in aftertaste with alcohol coming through. Thin mouthfeel for a stout and a lot of carbonation. Too bitter and alcohol tasting for me. Was disappointed in it. Bought at Smooth Endings as a 4 pack. Drank 09/12/12. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
fiver29 (1112) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 18, 2010
Bottle pours black with tan head. Aroma is roasted grain and bittersweet chocolate. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor follows the nose and is pretty solid. Finishes dry.

4.1
monkeychugg55 (1109) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2011
Black with a large, creamy tan head. Splotchy lacing. The aroma is roasted malts, dark fruits, coca, and noble hops. Sweet roasty flavor with chocolate and apple like sweetness. Some roasted malt and hop bitterness kicks in on the finish. Thick creamy body with slightly fizzy carbonation. Mild alcohol warming and lingering roastiness. Very nice Belgian imperial stout. Smooth, creamy, complex.

2.7
Cobra (1100) - - JAN 7, 2013
12 oz. brown longneck bottle. Best before 5/18/14 on bottle neck. Slight pfftt when opened. Poured out a deep, opaque brown color, with a thin mocha colored head. Aromas are licorice, burnt malt, smoked malt. I hate smoked beer. That aside, it has flavors of licorice, anise, chalky black malt, no hops at all. Mouthfeel is decent enough, so nothing special there. Flavors are of burnt malts, ashy aftertaste. Alcohol is fairly well hidden, however.
Nothing to brag about in my book.

4.6
Bebum (1098) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 1, 2012
UPDATED: APR 25, 2015 Stout. 9.7% abv. Opaque, darkest brown, translucent, exuberant, tight knit, tall and persistent head, dotted foam remnants but no lacing. Faint and fresh nose, with hints of tar, creosote, rust, coffee and tobacco. Very full body, high carbonation and head create a foamy, velvety mouth feel. Balanced sour-bitter-sweetness, very alcoholic, fresh tasting, sharp, extra-bright mouthfeel, sweet-sour, coffee-tobacco finish. Intense flavor, lots of roast bitterness, reminding one of espresso, grassy, rusty, expresso, chocolate, tar, licorice,?clay, fully balanced by raisiny, prune, dried fig or Spanish fig cake, alcoholic sweetness, long on palate, silky texture. Reminds one of a Tia Maria liqueur, Guiness fruit cake or Christmas pudding. Delicious, dessert/liqueur course without being cloying due to the high acidity and bitterness in the balance and finish. Despite being so rich, one could drink it forever, or so it seems.

2.5
Experiment_Ale (1098) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 4, 2014
Bottle at Bottleshop. Aroma is chocolate, nutmeg, burnt. Taste is chalky burnt malt, charred wood, old cocoa, burnt skin.

3.6
DasBierChef (1084) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 28, 2011
Sampled this at both ABR and Minneapolis Beer Fest. Has a wonderful mouthfeel and nice aroma, but is really too simple for this style.

4
daleharshman (1077) - Escondido, California, USA - NOV 13, 2013
12 ounce bottle purchased a year ago at Holiday Wine Cellar ($2.99). Pours black with some brownish highlights and a big three fingers of dark brown foam that leaves lots of lacing. AROMA of roasted nuts, dark malts, light charred wood, and coffee. FLAVOR of dark espresso, hard roasted and semi-burnt malts, interesting rich smokiness, bittersweet dark chocolate, and some dark fruits. Dry finish. Quite roasty but also has a very mild sweetness which works well here. Cannot necessarily distinguish the various grains nor the Belgian yeast here, but still a good impy stout. (657, 824)

3.6
scooterbub (1068) - Lander, Wyoming, USA - AUG 28, 2016
12 ounce bottle. Pours a dark black with a thin tan head. Taste is of raisins, dark fruit, hops, Similar aroma. Has a decent body with a fruit finish. Overall, not bad.


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