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RATINGS: 2154   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A fine companion to end a meal or relax in front of the hearth with, this robust ale will cellar well for years. Brewed with ten varieties of malted barley this stout is extremely smooth, complex and rich in body. We recommend serving at cellar temperature. Sit back and enjoy its richness and complexity, you’re about to drink the ultimate winter warmer.

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3.6
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2011
Poured into a snifter. 4.0 A: Insanely aggressive pour gave two fingers of thick, but frothy dark brown head. Retention was average, but it left lots of creamy lacing behind. 4.0 S: Lots of roasted barley with a touch of sweet caramel. Dark chocolate and molasses are also big. Good, but nothing to write home about. 4.0 T: Lots of roasted flavors again to the point of having a slight burntness. Earthy bitter hops blend well with a subtle sweetness from the malts. Dark chocolate again with a touch of black licorice. This beer definitely goes for a flavor explosion instead of elegant meshings of intrices. 4.0 M: Lighter heavy body. Smooth carbonation. Aside from the burntness, the beer itself is quite smooth. Alcohol warms, but does not dominate. 4.0 D: Pretty good, but one glass is enough. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 02-09-2010 03:40:49

4.7
dnstone (3418) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 5, 2011
Chocolate and coffee aroma light smoke aromas. Pitch black with a tan head that fades to a whisp. Strong milk chocolate smootheness with roasty sweet coffee tones.

4.2
hallinghansen (3192) - Odense SV, DENMARK - JAN 2, 2011
Bottle from rgtravers, thanks. Black body with a small light brown head. Aroma is oatmeal, chocolate, roasted malt, baked hazelnuts, berries, fruity notes and alcohol. Flavor is chocolate, coffee, oat, dark fruit, alcohol, vanilla, roasted malt, hops. Thick texture, medium carbonation long alcohol finish. Nice lacings. Complex. Very good brew.

4.5
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2010
From notes: Pours pitch black and completely opaque without even the slightest trace of lighter color when held to a light source and a 1.5 finger frothy mocha colored head. Decent retention, quickly fading to a lasting ring that leaves spots of lacing behind. Dark roasted aroma with lots of silky dark chocolate character as well as hints of roasted coffee/espresso bean, oatmeal, nut, toffee burnt toast and alcohol sweetness. Chewy full body with a deep roasted malt flavor. There is a huge silky chocolate and roasted coffee bean presence that is balanced vry nicely by a lactic cream character. I’m also picking up hints of toast, toffee, hazelnut, oatmeal and slight dark fruit. This beer is very comlex and the well masked ABV makes this dangerously drinkable. Slightly bittertowars the end of the palate with a bone dry finish and slight alcohol warmth. Excellent!

4
tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - DEC 26, 2010
Bottle. Pours black with a small tan head. Flavor is chocolate, coffee, licorice, tobacco, wood, and light smoke. As good as I expected.

4.3
TeamTrappist (832) - jericho, New York, USA - DEC 25, 2010
Bottle. Poured a rich dark black. Nose is sweet boozy and roasted malts. This is big solid impy stout. Lots of roasted malts carry thi. Hints of coffee and vanilla , but chocolate and roasted malts carry the flavor. A hint of the abv carries the finish. Big and bitter and top notch.

4.2
dcschiller (2208) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 20, 2010
(12oz bottle courtesy of rayl101!!). Pours black with brown head and tiny carbonation bubble. Aroma of dark chocolate, wood, dark fruit. Taste is sweet with some roastiness. Full bodied with creamy texture. Finish is bitter (roasty). Excellent IMP! Love it.

4
Ron (3961) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 18, 2010
Poured out very black with a nice tan head. The aroma is of licorice, chocolate, a touch of coffee and something sweet. This receded quickly, but the initial appearance is stunning. The palate is velvety, thick, sweet, chewy, the chocolate malt figuring prominently. Still, there is a grainy-hoppy mid-feel to it keeping it in balance. I really liked it. Thanks for the trade JB. I’m cellaring the 2nd one.

4.2
kbutler1 (1381) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 16, 2010
Bottle. 2009 vintage, it’s been sitting in my cellar for a while. Poured into a tulip glass a very dark brown/black color with a big, think fluffy dark tan head that slowly settles down the glass. Nice left from the head. A big whiff yields some very strong notes of dark chocolate, molassess, coffee, and a slight hint of booze. The mouthfeel is surprisingly a little lighter than I thought with a nice medium, velvety feel. Dark roast coffee flavors mix really well with dark chocolate. There is some sweetness that is really nice in this. Some licorice notes as well. Very nice beer my only knock would be the mouthfeel, wish is was just a little heavier.

4.1
guzzler67 (1696) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 9, 2010
Requisite black appearance with a small, medium brown head and good lacing. Most noticable aspect of the aroma is the roasted chocolate malts, but after a few moments there are dark fruits, nougat and brown bread in the mix. Bittersweetness and earthiness coexist in the taste, with random notes of vanilla bean, coffee, ripe fruit; even some charcoal in the aftertaste, Alcohol is evident in the creamy, full bodied, moderately carbonated mouthfeel, leading to a long lasting finish.


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