RATINGS: 938   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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 26, 2010
Dark brown, creamy bubbly beige head. Chocolate, ethanol, lightly green, well balanced nose. Flavor is a bit decadent, brownie chocolate and with considerable hop bitterness through the finish. Chalky end, more cake and brownie.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bluejacket74 (1936) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2010
750 ml bottle, Batch 2010-1. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with a couple inch frothy tan head. Head retention is pretty good, with a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is dark fruit, roasted malt, molasses, chocolate and some smoke. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like roasted and burnt/charred malt, dark chocolate, coffee, smoke, and a bit of milk chocolate and dark fruit. Theres also a nice lingering bitter roasty finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, its a bit syrupy and coating, but also seems a bit thin as well. Good carbonation. Drinkability is OK, its certainly not hard to drink at all. I think this is a decent enough overall brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
natejgood (493) - Bozeman, Montana, USA - DEC 23, 2010
Pours dark with a thick brown head. The aroma is rich and malty with lots of roasty smells with coffee and chocolate. This beer has a sweet dark chocolate flavor with malt and molasses. Though the flavor is somewhat sweet, this beer has enough bitterness to balance the sweetness nicely. This is a high alcohol beer and it tastes like it a bit. This is a solid dark winter stout.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2011
12oz bottle. Black pour with a finger of tan head. Dark fruit and molasses aromas - taste is quite nice. Roasted malts and bitter chocolate, a bit of fruitiness. Another good entry in Boulevards Smokestack series.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 7, 2011
Pours black with tan head. Roasted malt and chocolate aroma with some hops present. Flavors of roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruits, some spiciness, slightly smokey. Full body with minimal carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ddemmingjr (798) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2011
Bottle from Blanc Burger. Pours a deep,dark chocolate with a cinnamon frothy head. Milk, vanilla, chipotlle, cedar on the nose, rich mouthfeel, alcohol is present but subdued,milky, spicy characteristics, roasted malts, dry hopped hops add to this interesting brew. It works and is worth sampling.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
troyc (2869) - Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2011
[Bottle] Pours an opaque black color with a beautiful pillow of mocha colored head. Interesting aroma is heavy on roasted malts, dried tobacco and cigar smoke. Rich flavor profile includes dry dark malts, earthy and woody notes, light tar, some fruity yeast notes and toffee/molasses. Lingering light sourness and smooth roast character. The flavor profile that reminded me more of an Export Stout with the interesting sourness of an English Porter. Decently balanced, with a velvety mouthfeel. Unique and pretty drinkable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nsquishee (641) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - MAR 17, 2011
12oz bottle from SLL. Very dark pour with a thick brown head. Chocolate, molasses, and bread aroma. Sweet and spicy taste. Hop, rye, chocolate, molasses, and black licorice flavors. Nice powerful sipping beer. I would try it again.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sherm1016 (1273) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 7, 2011
12oz bottle. Pours a jet black with a nice tan head and some lacing. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, and some dark fruit, cherry perhaps. The body is a little thin on the palate for a imperial stout, with average carbonation. Taste is a little sweet, with a big, bitter finish, with flavors of coffee and roasted malt. A decent imperial stout.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DerBiermeister (586) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - APR 10, 2011
Smells smokey / oakey? Its appearance is truly dark. Its taste is really complex for a stout, especially if you hold it in your mouth, and while girls would probably find it too bitter somehow, I really dont. It is quite a complex palate and pretty sweet. Overall I wouldnt mind having this again, though only time will tell if I will buy it again.


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