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RATINGS: 241   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 540   ABV: 18%
Bottled version clocked in at 18% ABV. Draught version, december 07, was 17%.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dmschefke (576) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - JUL 20, 2009
On tap at brewery. Pours an almost clear black (if that makes sense), with medium tan head, minimal lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, ever so slight chocolate, dried fruits, and alcohol. Flavor matches well, but alcohol at 19% is surprisingly well hidden, but definitely kicks your ass later. Very nice, definitely drinkable and enjoyable. I normally dont like these ultra high ABV impy stouts, but this was pretty good. I need to try it out of the bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
LearninBeer (546) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2016
2007 bottle. The aroma is chocolate and vanilla. Pours a dark, dark brown with fully diminishing light brown head and good lacing. The taste is sweet and bitter. The body is full. The texture creamy, the carbonation lively/fizzy, the finish bitter, some funkiness going on here. This probably aged too long, hits hard, has a lot going on but just doesnt satisfy like a normal RIP. Good!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drsordr (2579) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2016
Bottle shared by alexsdad06 pour opaque black with minimal tan head. Nose molasses, raisin, prune, woody. Taste starts with slightly astringent alcohol, but quickly transition to red fruit, light roast, peat, and woody tannin. Still some heat even in 2010 vintage. Thick mouth feel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
koleminer20 (3298) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 24, 2015
From notes. Enjoyed on September 19 at Travis house. Poured from a 12 oz bottle, vintage 2010. The pour is a thinner dark brown with a small light tan head and no lace. The ring of head, however, lasts forever. The aroma is really boozy and in your face. There is a ton of roasted malts and the dark fruits are huge in this as well. There is a light chocolate, but for the most part the booze is huge, and the rest of the flavors follow suit. The flavor is again huge and boozy. There is a light roast, some chocolate, and hefty dose of dark fruits. Nothing is dethroning this booziness. The mouth feel is thick and viscous. There is a soft carbonation and a lingeringly hot, dark fruit finish. If it werent so punch you in the face boozy, this would be really good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Karstenborg (932) - Hasselager, DENMARK - SEP 14, 2015
2010 bottle. Almost black with small off-white long lasting head. Aroma is roasted malt, raisin and coffee. Taste is dark chocolate, roasted malt and toasted bread.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Ernesto987 (5876) - Arizona, USA - AUG 25, 2015
beyond disgusting, boozy garbage Tons of sharp plastic chemical flavors, jet fuel. A complete ripoff.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Reynolds314 (3421) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 14, 2015
Oily black color with no head. Aroma is prune juice, bread, booze, and raisin bran. TSte is incredibally sweet and boozy with tons of fruit. Like a really bad port or sherry wine. Blah.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (13711) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 14, 2015
2010 bottle. Pours a cloudy brown with small frothy beige head that lasts. The aroma is vanilla, roast, raisin, wood. Thin mouthfeel, strong chocolate, roast, very boozy, good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 13, 2014
Bottle from 2007. Pours black with tan foam. Chocolate, dark roast, dark fruit, cardboard aromas. Light bodied with average carbonation. Dark chocolate, Kahlua, dark coffee, deep roast malt, dark fruit flavors___warming boozy finish----not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
adnielsen (10584) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Bottle @ Darkness Day eve, thanks to StFun for sharing. Pours a black appearance with a thin brown head. Dark chocolate, burnt sugar, caramel, and some booze in the nose. Fairly clean but a little boozy flavor. A little roast and more dark chocolate in the flavor. Fun.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
thomashall (902) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2014
2008 Bottle shared at Darkness day. Pours black with minimal head. Strong bourbon and alcohol smell with some roasted malts. Taste some smoke with hint of chocolate. Bitter alcohol finish. Good beer.

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