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RATINGS: 175   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 309   ABV: 10.3%
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This massive Stout pours a mahogany black with a thick, brown head. The aroma is all chocolate and toasted malt. The first wave of flavor embraces anise and dark, bitter chocolate but opens up to include coffee, smoke and rich sweet malt.

ABV may vary between batches: 9.1% to 10.3%

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3.7
drjay44 (3769) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAR 6, 2015
651 ml. bottle. Release #23. Den# 1956. 10.9% ABV per the label. Pours a thick, well retained, tiny bubble beige head, with extensive lacing, over a clear very dark brown (SRM 34) body......nose is chocolate, coffee, from the roasted malts, herbal notes from the yeast, balance to the malts.....taste is very lightly sweet, with tiny hints of dried fruits (raisin, fig), chocolate, coffee from the malts, finishing with a mild herbal hop bitterness, balance to the malts......mouth feel, medium slightly chewy body, alcohol warmth present, but not dominant, slight creaminess from the carbonation. This is a nicely done Imperial Stout. It does not have the depth and variation of aromas and flavors of the very best. A bit more caramel/crystal character would be nice. Perhaps a different yeast would be more ester forward creating more fruit notes and perhaps a bit of umami. BJCP 7/3/14/4/7

3.9
arminjewell (9689) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 18, 2015
Pour on tap at the brewery, dark brownish black pour with tan head, aroma brought notes of molasses, roast, coffee into a bit of herbal and grassy notes, some earth into a bit of chocolate. Taste had a mix of chocolate, coffee, and dark fruit, slight caramel/molasses note into earth, herbal hops, finishing slightly roasted, slightly sweet.

3.8
gnoff (10713) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 17, 2015
Bottle 1 pt 6 fl oz thanks to Fredrik (non ratebeer), sampled on January 5, 2015.
Wrote down "Exponential Series", but not the release or ABV. Likely fresh, Fredrik bought it fairly recently in US.
Black color, dark brown head. Dry, coffee scent. Sweet, caramel, coffee, malty, chili taste. Smooth full mouthfeel, medium bitterness.

3.7
deaconmike (470) - Roswell, Georgia, USA - DEC 31, 2014
Release #13. Bomber. Near black with mocha head with reddish tint. Dissipates quickly. Aroma is chocolate, coffee and some ash. Taste is sweet with a nice bitter finish. Body is full and creamy. Nice brew.

3.8
Beerman6686 (6607) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2014
This poured a dark brown to black with a beige head. Aroma was of light ash, dark chocolate, light herbal character. Flavor similar, mildly ashy bit not too much or roasted. Silky mouthfeel. Nice.

3.5
Luvystypotables (2028) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2014
Aroma of coffee, malt and alcohol. Pours black without much of a head. Tastes of coffee, malt and phenols. Creamy full bodied feel with a bitter finish.

3
mike5326 (1773) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2014
poured from a bottle. Bark brown color, medium off white head. Mild pepper malt aroma. Medium body with a medium pepper malt flavor and a mild finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
kidobutai (696) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2014 Poured from a bottle.  Part of a blind taste test.  Dark caramel color. Great creaminess. Bourbon taste. 

3.8
djd07 (15282) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 22, 2014
Bottle thanks to Chow. Pours a very dark brown with large tan head that lasts. The aroma is strong roasted nuts, chocolate, wood. Medium mouth with nice roast, dark chocolate, sweet finish. Very good.

4.1
ibrubeer (399) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 8, 2014
Bomber, batch #21. Nice roasty aroma with little molasses. Mahogany color, with few tan bubbles. Nice taste of molasses and licorice. Good bitterness. Very full bodied. Didn’t taste like 10.5%!


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