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RATINGS: 5   MEAN: 3.04/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.88/5   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
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robbienate (113) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 13, 2014
Smooth medium-dry chocolate in the nose is polished with light, tastefully done lactic notes and strong cocoa powder. But it dosent come off powdery, as rather a sticky, lightly vinous/liquorous dark fruitiness mixing with sticky caramel helps keep things more sumptuous. It stays moderately dry, with a touch of breadiness and acidity on the finish, flecked with more dry chocolate and vinousness. Medium to medium-high strength of aroma that really opens up with warming. Unfortunately, a bit of sharp alcohol vapors are detectable as well, quelling some of the maltiness in the nose.

2.9
edgallow (4376) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 13, 2014
Draft pours black with a tan head. Aroma of malts, cocoa and fruit. Taste is roasted malts, sour fruit and chocolate.

2.9
Jur (468) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 23, 2013
Lovely dark brown pour with with modest of-white head. Not a very big nose or taste though. I miss some roastiness and it’s fairly sweet. Not a bad beer, but expected a bit more.

2.1
kidmartinek (5001) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2008
I had this a the brewery tour in boston. I remember it was quite strange. I poured almost black with no foam. It was runny like water. The taste was sharp and very dry and bitter.

3.6
ClarkVV (6839) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 21, 2007
Draught at EBF on 2/10/07
Dark brown with dull greyish-black hues and just a hint of violet on the edges. Light tan head is medium-sized and sticks to the top of the liquid. Well-conditioned and showing medium-high clarity despite the darkness of the liquid. Light lacing in patches is left on the glass.
Smooth medium-dry chocolate in the nose is polished with light, tastefully done lactic notes and strong cocoa powder. But it dosent come off powdery, as rather a sticky, lightly vinous/liquorous dark fruitiness mixing with sticky caramel helps keep things more sumptuous. It stays moderately dry, with a touch of breadiness and acidity on the finish, flecked with more dry chocolate and vinousness. Medium to medium-high strength of aroma that really opens up with warming. Unfortunately, a bit of sharp alcohol vapors are detectable as well, quelling some of the maltiness in the nose.
Dry, well-attenuated, but equally well-malted flavor incorporates more of a dry porter-like profile than that of an Imperial Stout. Though it’s not heavy on the roastiness, all of the dry chocolate, anise, and lactic-like notes really don’t make you think of the sweet, extremely layered maltiness of an Imperial stout. Light vanilla and cocoa, with a very delicious streak of chewy chocolate/caramel-covered dark fruitiness (grape-currants-elderberry sort of thing). Some light lacquer-like alcohol notes towards the end slightly strip the palate of its depth and take things probably a little too dry. But it’s not glaringly obvious. Medium carbonation keeps it tolerably drinkable. Yeast is too clean, a nice lager bite on the end would be appreciated.


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