RATINGS: 2152   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
dnstone (3625) - Kansas City, Missouri, 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.

Majek (910) - Ząbki, POLAND - JAN 15, 2018
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2018 Thick texture, full body, intensive aroma of of roasted malts, chocolate and hint of vanilla. Taste is rich, quite sweet with slightly dry aftertaste. Low carbonation. Great RIS

Humlehode (866) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 13, 2018
Bottle. Pours black. Roasted, dark chocolate, coffee. Full bodied. Well balanced. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

mgajdaczewa (2350) - Katowice, POLAND - JAN 13, 2018
#deskowo Słodki, karmelowo-czekoladowy aromat, palony słód. W smaku pełny, gęsty, na mój gust zbyt karmelowy, ale fajna czekolada też obecna. Kawowo w posmaku. Dobry.

murzyn (610) - Sosnowiec, POLAND - JAN 1, 2018
Barwa czarna, piana spora ciemno bordowa. Aromat potężnej kawy, czekolady, lekkie winne nuty. W smaku słodka czekolada, lekki popiół, trochę karmelu, wanilii, potężnie goryczkowa kawa. Pifko mega gładkie, agresywne, alko nieobecne. To pifko to ideał Risa bez dodatków.

bjorn77 (841) - Kraków, POLAND - DEC 29, 2017
Aromat: średnio intensywny, kawowo czekoladowy, sporo nut palonych, suszone śliwki, ciemne owoce. Moje piwo nie było zimne, ale ten aromat nie był jakoś specjalnie mocny. Wygląd: czarne jak smoła, prześliczna, wysoka, brunatna, drobnopęcherzykowa warstw piany, opadająca powoli, ładny lacing na szkle. Smak: wytrawne, mocno palone, gorzka czekolada, słody palone, kawa, słodkie posmaki pralin nieco kontrują tę gorycz, ale na szczęście jest tu brak nut popiołowych, ale mimo to palona goryczka jest spora. Puszyste, kremowe i aksamitne, do tego dużo nut ciemnych świeżych owoców, czarna jagoda, jeżyny, winogrona ciemne. Piwo bardzo bogate. Balans świetny. Odczucie: pełne, gładkie, super ułożone, alkohol całkiem ukryty, finisz gorzki, kawowo palony. Całość: piwo klasyczne do bólu, ale bardzo dobre, świetnie zbalansowane, bogate, dobre ciemne owoce, jest ono raczej wytrawne, ma dużo kawy i nut palonych, bardzo smaczne. 7/5/7/5/16

lavaaaron (127) - - DEC 26, 2017
Smells liked a malted milk shake with hints of vanilla. Pours almost like a syrup but that could also be because I had it on the porch and it is 8 degrees out. Almost black in color, almost no head to it. It is very silly as they say and coats the tongue in tiny bubbles that quickly to give complex flavors. A slight sweetness at first yields to campfire and charcoal flavors but also bourbon notes like this was made with oak in some way. The last taste is bitterness from the hops and tannins. They don't lie, this works best in the winter next to a warm fire. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Cenzura (741) - Warsaw, POLAND - DEC 16, 2017
Aroma: coffee, chocolate. Taste: espresso, belgian chocolate, pralines, quite high bitterness, plums, dried fruits. Nice head, medium carbonation, nice lacing.

gripweed57 (2966) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - DEC 13, 2017
12 ounce bottle from Readington Wine & Spirits. 2013 Vintage. Dense midnight black colorSmall creamy tan head. Roasted malt nose is restrained, with hints of dark chocolate. Thick, oily, roasted malt flavor. Notes of bittersweet dark chocolate, espresso and resiny hops. Smooth, silky mouthfeel. Sublimely magnificent. The 10.5% ABV is well hidden. Finish is full of flavor. Sultanas, plums, dates and espresso. Just amazing!

MasDen (526) - Mogilev, BELARUS - DEC 8, 2017
Coffee, dark chocolate, a little caramel, prunes and alcohol in aroma. Very dark color, opaque with dark brown head. Rich, deep, intense flavor of roasted malt. High bitterness. Fruity esters. Full-bodied, smooth, low carbonation.

Saeglopur (2411) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - DEC 1, 2017
Score: 9 / 5 / 8 / 4 / 17

355 ml bottle, vintage 2015, bb 24/09/16.
Pitch black, oily body, with a medium, stable, dense, creamy, lacing, dark coffee-colored head.
Lovely, dense aroma of melting dark chocolate, soy sauce, nuts, coffee, dark fruits, some vanilla, some liquorice, some tobacco.
Tastes similar, with some more spicy notes like dark bread, some wooden dryness.
Full, creamy mouthfeel, with an average carbonation.
Finishes roasty, medium bitter, medium dry, moderate sweet, warm, wooden, with bitter chocolate, coffee, liquorice, some soy sauce, subtle hops.

Delicious! Complex and rich, while straight and robust at the same time. Perfectly balanced, with enough dark sweet notes, like a lovely chocolate throughout, for the strong roastiness. Alcohol is greatly hidden. Perfect old-school Imperial Stout, without gimmicks, but with a lot of character.

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