RATINGS: 933   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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4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhatB420 (840) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 4, 2014
12oz into a stemmed Ommengang glass, pours is muddy dark brown and straight black. Head is medium bodies, caramel brown colored, 4cm ring that subsides some, lacing is small and pretty. Aroma is roasty malts with a nice clean finish, plums, figs, sweet licorice, hops, and chocolate. Taste is muddeled fruitness with grapes, plum, sugared rasins. Roasty flare of coca and sweet figs mellowing out the malt that holds this imperial steady. Drinks with a funky cherry cola kick that is both fun and assisting in the development of the surround area, it brings the other fruits to a nice comparison. A deep satyisfying brew stands strong withe an abv that is respected and enjoyable. Another reason to enyou a dark beer.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - AUG 25, 2012
12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. A: Pours a very dark burgundy color. The head is a two finger mocha color with a great texture and decent retention considering its gravity. S: The first scent noticed is dark chocolate, before the aroma becomes more dominated by licorice and darker fruit. A slight hint of alcohol pops up, as well, along with a faint whiff of Belgian yeast. Quite good. T: Strong initial flavors of roasted malt, coffee, and licorice gives way to a fruitier midtaste. The finish is clean, likely from the yeast, and lightly boozy, with touches of lactose and even a slight medicinal tone. Fairly smoky throughout the flavor progression. It shows a modicum of complexity as it progresses, and improves somewhat. Im torn on how to score it, the first sips are quite good, but it kind of falls apart after a few sips. It improves afterward, yet it still remains hard to drink. Theres something off about it, but its hard to place. M: Dry and astringent, with a good (if rather heavy) texture. The alcohol is palpable throughout, with a light tingle on the tongue, along with a warming sensation. Moderate carbonation. O: Eh, not a huge fan. Its an okay sipper, but it just seems unbalanced and hard to drink. Im glad to have tried it, but I wouldnt seek it out again, most likely.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HoppyBudgie (833) - SOLA, NORWAY - OCT 21, 2013
Taste at Nrb lfest. Very dark color with brown head. Aroma of chocolate, toffee, roasted malts.Taste of yeast, toffee, roasted malts and licorice. Nice and heavy

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
aleigator (831) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Matts_Property (830) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 9, 2011
12 oz. bottle, split with mcberko. Pours black with a small caramel head. Aroma of dark chocolate, smoke, hairspray, and some sweetness. Flavour is chocolatey and smokey, quite hoppy with a slight whiskey quality and espresso in the aftertaste. Smooth on the palate with a mildly bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - MAY 27, 2010
Pours a dark brown to black with a massive head. Looks good in a Duvel tulip glass-60% liquid,40% foam. As far as the aroma the first thing that sticks out is the Belgian yeast with its fruity esters mixing with the chocolate and roasted malt. Before even taking a drink it already reminds me of Allagash Black. The taste starts out with chocolate and roasted flavors and can be a little meaty then gives way to the flavors the Belgian yeast offers. Now it seems like there are two parts to this beer, the chocolate and roasted stout like qualities and its Belgian side. They both seem to vie for position but the Belgian yeast overtakes. To me it tastes like the same yeast in Sixth Glass Quad. Not my style of Imp. Stout but it is a pretty good beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RickTStiles (826) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 22, 2014
Pours black with a fizzy brown head. Musty, Smokey aroma. Complex taste with plum, molasses and smoke.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Macegan75 (820) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 21, 2013
Bottle from State line. Pours black with little noticable head but mouth feel is good. nose is mild dried fruits, maple syrup and roasted malt. first sip is similar with dark and milk chocolate with a smokey finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kdm1984 (814) - Missouri, USA - JUN 14, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2012 Smell is coffee, alcohol, toffee, roasted richness. Flavor is similar - some Belgian yeast as well, like plums, which is to my liking as a Belgian fan. Pairs well with the small cake I am having now. Well balanced imperial stout - ABV well hidden also.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mauritsio (813) - 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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