RATINGS: 956   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (5836) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 1, 2010
Pours black, with a thick, foamy tan head that settles to a substantial lace - dry cocoa/bakers chocolate hit the nose first, followed by some spicy notes of cinnamon and nutmeg, noticeable rye, peppery character, some notes of molasses far in the back, light hints of smoke and cloves - full carbonation, semi-soft in the mouth - some sweetness up front, but this is fairly dry for the strength - a lot of cocoa, some tobacco - some spicy, slightly bitter rye combines well with some black malt bitterness - notes of licorice/anise, warming spices - touches of smoke around the edges that taste like a product of the yeast - a few other mild, belgian-ish phenols and spiciness - finishes dry, with quite a bit of alcohol warmth - a little too much so - a fairly solid take on a belgian-style stout - its just a little too hot in the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - MAR 13, 2010
Bottle from Kegs & Barrels in Plano, TX. Batch# / Best by Date: 2010-1 01/13 Pours a great looking black with soapy tan head. Aroma of dark roast, slight astringent, faint dark fruit, signs of bitter dark chocolate. Flavor is some what dry, dark roast, bitter dark chocolate, malt, a bit of astringent alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy body, some what light silkiness and medium carbonation. Overall, similar to eating a bitter dark chocolate candy bar. Not bad at all!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7921) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 15, 2010
Bottle thanks to angrypirate06. Pours with a huge brown head, near black body. Pretty good lace too. Chocolatey and earthy aroma. Leather, light vanilla, fudge. Lightly smokey and lightly fruity, some alcohol. Taste is chocolatey, ash, nutshells. Very earthy, light hop volatiles. Lively bubbles.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (5371) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2010
black with a thick cream head. coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, and light smoke. nice palate, big roasted coffee with roasted malts and a bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
smith4498 (3582) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - MAR 24, 2010
RBWG 2010. 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kidmartinek (4999) - austin, Texas, USA - AUG 7, 2010
Pourz black and a large creamy tan head to boot. Alcohol, plum, and milk chocolate faintly occupy the nose. Taste is strong rhubarb, pecan, and weak hops and cocoa. Weak lacing. Zealous bite. Medium-heavy body with a silky palate. Finish is bitter coffee.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
robforbes (2228) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - AUG 22, 2010
pours an opaque black with a very large khaki head, and nice lacing. smell is of powdered chocolate, some coffee, roasted malt, a touch of smoke, and a hint of dark fruits. taste is of milk chocolate, some sour malt, a little coffee, some roastiness in the back, and some dark fruits, ends a little dry and a touch of bitterness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - OCT 24, 2010
Cola, chocolate nose, some light chalkiness. The taste is light to moderately sweet, lightly bitter, actually its very smooth, lots of milk chocolate, some spicy rye. Very smooth and drinkable for the ABV. Nicely done.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - OCT 27, 2010
750mL. Poured a deep brune with a healthy, yellow, lacing head. Aroma is floral hoppy, herbal fresh, citrus, orange candies. Taste is roasty, cocoa butter, dry, spicy rye, earthy/oatmeally rye, medium bitterness, drying cocoa powder, dough, caramel. Dry palate for imperial stout.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - NOV 4, 2010
(bottle - corked & caged 750 ml) Dark black pour with a mountain of tan foam. Big coffee and fruit aroma with lots of chocolate and some mild hops. Roasty and fruity at the beginning of the flavor with a light chocolate and smoke middle. Finishes smooth and roasty with some bitter chocolate and smoke. A bit thin-bodied but really nice in the flavor department.


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