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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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4.1
Goblincat (399) - Petersburg, Michigan, USA - FEB 22, 2009
Pours black with a thin brownish-tan head. Roasted coffee and chocolate aroma. Very smooth, with creamy chocolate and roasted malt. Very nice and masks the alcohol very well.

4.1
waolsen (1376) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - FEB 22, 2009
bottle. thanks joe. black pour with moderate tan bubbled head. roasted malts, coffee, light chocolate in aroma. rich chocolate, caramel sugar, roasted malts, coffee bean. nicely balanced, alcohol warming, dry finish.

4
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2009
Bottle courtesy of Gillard. Pours a dark brown to black with reddish highlights and a thin tan head. Aroma is roasted and malty with notes of coffee, chocolate, ripe dark fruit, molasses, and hints of tobacco and roasted nuts. Flavor is roasted and malty with floral hops, ripe dark fruit, chocolate, coffee, licorice, and hints of honey and caramel. Generally medium to full body with a pleasing roasted malty finish.

4.2
GMUcrew7 (577) - Mason, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2009
Pours thick, jet black color with a thick, oily dark tan head. Nice coffee heavy aroma, oak and vanilla also present. Very complex array of flavors, espresso, tobacco, chocolate with a nice hop balance. Velvety smooth body, roasted and dry. Excellent beer.

4.9
nearbeer (5417) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 17, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2009 12 oz. Pitch with a small, lasting oil slick of fine bubbles. Aroma is espresso, light caramel, cocoa and char. Tastes of espresso, prickly mesquite/hickory char, caramel, chocolate, orange, light whiskey, vanilla, cured tobacco, oats and more. Heavy body is super smooth, tongue-tingly and roasty-dry. Dangerous.

3.7
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 17, 2009
12oz bottle thanks to vwcraig. Dark black with an especially dark brown head. Smells like roasty thick stout goodness. It tastes like your standard regular imperial stout. This was good but nothing really jumped out at me to make this beer special. Oh well. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 02-17-2009 21:40:29

4.1
noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 17, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2009 Black pour with a thick, dense, creamy, oily brown head that fades into an everlasting film of bubbles and a frothy lace. Aroma has dark chocolate and licorice. Flavor is full bodied but understated, dry, led by licorice and horehound, with a little bit of dark fruit in there, and then a chocolate finish. Highly viscous and smooth palate, one could be forgiven for spooning it out of the glass.

4.3
Sonicdescent (384) - Donora, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2009
Founders needs to come here already. Another winner. Pours a deep black, aroma is of your typical RIS, not necessarily a bad thing. Flavor is where this one is set apart with coffee and some other flavors I can’t identify. Full bodied. I really like this one.

3.6
Drake (13737) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 14, 2009
12 ounce bottle shared by cdumler. Thanks! Aroma is roasted malts, smoke and coffee. Taste is roasted malts, smoke, tobacco, espresso, leafy hops. Full bodied.

4.3
CelticBrew (912) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - FEB 14, 2009
Pours completely black, forming a one finger brownish foamy head. Aroma of milk chocolates, roasted malts, hops, and toffee tones. Flavour was of much of the same, rather smooth, hops have a lovely character in this beer, chocolates and coffee balance out this tremendous brew. Alcohol is well hidden, this beer is to be cherished. Bought at Priscella’s in MHC.


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