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RATINGS: 237   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
Kettle Series. Brewed in late December of every year,this imperial stout ages for one whole year before its release.
Grist: Premium Two Row, Munich, Chocolate, Brown, Carafa Special, Crystal;
Spices: Brewers licorice;
Hops: Galena, Saaz;
Original gravity: 1.088;
Alcohol by volume: changed from 9% to 10.3% to 8.8%.
Release date: December 1.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hayduke (5062) - Eureka, California, USA - OCT 29, 2015
Shared with Strykzone on Facebook Chat Pours black with a big very long lasting tan head. Nose of chocolate, ripe fruit, and citrus. Full body. Creamy mouth feel. Flavor is rich and chocolate, ripe fruit, and citrus (orange), and the finish is full of fruit and coffee. Really nice beer. Very drinkable and the fact it hides the alcohol is a plus for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Strykzone (7020) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - OCT 29, 2015
Bomber from Hayduke that we had together via facebook chat. A very dark beer with just a little amber. A nice dark tan head looks cool. Chocolate on the first sniffs. First sip is much more complex. Bitter fruity hops and big roasted notes to start. Licorice in the after taste. More fruit and that chocolate are tasted. This is kind of like a piano piece. Right hand is hops and fruit and the left hand is that roast, licorice, and chocolate. Lat I tasted oranges and soft pale malts that would be found in a saison. And very late a hint of cinnamon. This is a first class beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiong (6778) - Espoo, FINLAND - OCT 17, 2015
650ml bottle

Pours pitch black with a smooth brown head. Aroma of roasty malts, licorice, dark chocolate, coffee and some earthy grassy notes. Taste is earthy, roasty and stingy with some licorice, dark chocolate, hints of coffee and spices. Finish is roasty, sweetish and slightly syrupy with some earthiness, licorice, dark chocolate and spices. Quite heavy and earthy imperial stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lusikka (7757) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 9, 2015
650 ml bottle. Thanks olio! Pours a black colour with a small beige. Aroma of rich roastiness, licorice root, some toffee and dark chocolate. Flavour of very rich dark roastiness, toffee fudge, licorice root, quite heavy bitterness, wood, dark chocolate, espresso, cheese cake and a bit of spiciness. Full bodied. Very rich and smooth. Wow. Extremely well balanced. Alcohol is rather well hidden. I need more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
klm1 (1294) - Bled, SLOVENIA - OCT 7, 2015
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2015 Pours haze black color with tiny foamy light brown head, which immediately transforms itself in to a ring around the glass. Carbonation is low, with slow rising small bubbles. Aroma is without note of an alcohol, firstly slightly soapy, but immediately prevails strong note of dark chocolate, hint of coffee, caramel and soy sauce. Flavor is similar: malty sweet, with hints of caramel, coffee, with bitterness of dark chocolate and of gentle hops Galena and Saaz which produce some fruity undertones. But overall everything is almost perfectly balanced: malt sweetness is medium, also hop bitterness. Body is sticky. Overall: beer is dangerously drinkable. In the first glance it loiks like an onedimensional imperial stout, made in an English manner, but every ship reveals, that it is a more complex. And in the end I asked myself: "Was that really only 8.8%abv?!?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tomekboniek (606) - Warsaw, POLAND - SEP 28, 2015
Butelka. Barwa czarna, nieprzejrzysta, wydaje się klarowna z piękną drobną beżową pianą, ktra utrzymuje się niedługo. Po pianie pozostaje jedynie cienka obrączka. Aromat intensywny. Na pierwszym planie lukrecja, ciemne słody, czekolada, kawa, śliwka. Smak dominuje lukrecja z mleczną czekolada i delikatną kawa. W raz z ogrzewaniem piwa aromat jak i smak są coraz bardziej widoczne, coraz bardziej intensywne. Goryczka średnia do wysokiej, niezalegajaca, wysycenie wysokie. Alkohol dobrze ukryty, delikatnie gryzie podniebienie pod koniec degustacji. Piwo jest pełne, oleiste ale nie oblepiające. Bardzo dobre piwo, polecam!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hansvf (812) - - SEP 13, 2015
Mooi zwart, prima karamel kleurig schuim laagje. Ruikt lekker, gebrand en chocola. Erg lekker, vol, zoetig, droppig, gebrande nasmaak. Mooi gebalanceerd.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bosbouw (2811) - Gemonde, NETHERLANDS - SEP 13, 2015
Mooie zwarte kleur met een goede bruine kraag. Ruikt vol, vanille, koffie, gebrand. Smaakt vol vanille, chocolade, koffie. Mooie volle structuur.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Abijen (2550) - s-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - SEP 13, 2015
Zwart met een mooie licht bruine schuim kraag. Ruikt koffie, geroosterd, Smaakt chocolade, koffie, smooth. Heerlijk.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerhunter111 (18473) - PCastle, GERMANY - SEP 12, 2015
65cl bottle. Pours very dark brown with a big good lasting brown head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, licorice, sweet burned malt. Taste is sweet, many chocolate, licorice, coffee, vanilla, some alcohol, good!

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