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RATINGS: 135   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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It should be indisputable evidence when a smoking gun is right in front of You. Maybe You can even smell the burning, toasty nose, see the easily recognizable head and taste the gun powdery finish. This is not the case.

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4.5
ToolHead (266) - København, DENMARK - SEP 12, 2012
33 cl. bottle. Best by 1.1.15.

Deep brown w/ impressive, stable off-white head. Belgian fruity, incredibly smooth, powerful, slightly smoky, perfectly balanced.

Comes across more as a smoked, dark quadrupel than as an imperial stout; no matter what the style, it’s absolutely masterful.

4.5
ads135 (5064) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 22, 2013
This is an excellent smoked stout, easily one of the best I’ve had. The smoke really comes through, but doesn’t overwhelm like so many other smoked beers. Also, it somehow avoids the overly oily texture. Has a very nice, slightly milky sweetness.

4.2
JanLaursen (3226) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 30, 2012
Bottle, 33 l. Clear brownish black with a massive slowly diminishing Beige head. Smooth smokey nose, toast, molasses, grapefruity hops. Flavor is even better, very velvety smoke, thick sugary texture. Extremely smooth. Well hidden abv. Sublime.

4.2
ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 17, 2012
A - Dark black with a touch of brown, finger of frothy khaki head. Fades fairly slowly.

S - Roasted chocolate malts, vanilla, smoke, coffee, dark fruits, oak, black licorice, a bit of booze.

T - Roasted dark chocolate malts, dark fruits, smoke, vanilla, coffee, black licorice, some earthy hops, a bit of oak, and some booze.

M - Medium-full bodied moderate carbonation. Smooth and a bit thick, smokey, sweet, and warming finish.

D - Nice balanced smoked stout. Big and bold but everything works nicely.

4.1
mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - AUG 20, 2013
Good, but not superb. The minuses are I'm really not picking up any smoke, and for the ABV would like it to be a bit thicker. Just overall pretty good. B- ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
BeerandBlues2 (13872) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 21, 2012
Tap. Pours opaque with a medium, frothy light tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is light smoke, roast and chocolate malt with licorice and prunes, earthy hops. Flavor is malt dominant with light smoke, light hops and bitterness with a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

4
bigguns22 (805) - Maryland, USA - OCT 25, 2013
Mahogany color but looks more black in glass medium off white head. Aroma is yeast and minimal smoke. Great flavors and just the right amount of smoke it’s there but does not over take the beer at all.

4
Bov (13354) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - OCT 31, 2013
[email protected] - black beer with a long lasting beige foam; aroma of cold ashes, coffee and chestnuts; creamy palate, fizzy and full-bodied; some sweetness underneath, quite dry and fairly bitter, long roasted coffeish finish with more notes of ashes and nuts - robust and well-crafted

4
boozedude (2229) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - DEC 26, 2013
bottle into glass, aroma of raisen and mocha and alcohol, taste is same with some smoke on the back end, tasty stuff, like it

4
Alengrin (5791) - BELGIUM - APR 26, 2015
American beer brewed in Belgium, there should be more like this... Pitch black robe under a creamy, thick, dense, lacing, light beige head. Attractive aroma of espresso beans but subtly so, fondant and a hint of the chocolate sauce odour I love so much in the best impies but again in a subtle way; further hints of banana, leather, bayleaf, smoked halibut, tar, soy sauce, cigarette tobacco, peated whisky, smoked paprika, salmiac, fresh paint, blue grapes and dried plums. ’Belgian’ yeasty fruity esters in onset, peach, lots of banana especially after warming up, sour berries and red apple, rounded and inviting but not the dense candied sweetness I’d expect from an imperial stout - if I’d have to taste this blind, I would describe this as the opening scene of a Belgian quadrupel. Medium carbo, sourish accent for balance, full and rich malt profile, resinous, nutty, caramelly and lightly chocolatey, smoked accent coming through more clearly in the finish where it is assisted by a subtly coffee-like roasted bitterishness, gentle though, spicy hops peeping through as well as warming, yet gentle, whisky-like alcohol; a cloying resin effect stays for a long time as well. In all: very pleasant and inviting beer, a bit off the beaten track perhaps, but balancing its roasted, smokey and fruity flavours very well. Different from what I expected considering its classification here as an imperial stout, a lot more ’Belgian’ and even abt-like in some respects, but by all means a very good beer with satisfying complexity and a long flavour development. I will therefore not consider its lack of ’truth to style’ a big issue here.


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