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RATINGS: 188   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   EST. CALORIES: 327   ABV: 10.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A most unorthodox imperial stout brewed with malted rye and aggressively hopped with four U.S. varieties to develop a depth of character like no other. Notes of rye, treacle, chocolate and espresso are joined together to create a crescendo of flavor. Full-bodied and warming. With an ABV of 10.9%, you will be doing a Kalinka dance after drinking this.

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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EithCubes (5772) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 22, 2017
BTLD 01/04/17. Nose heavy dark roast and chocolate, coffee/espresso, very weak plummy fruit. Pour lighter brown than expected, mostly black when collected with a little light brown poking out the bottom of the glass; lacing, rocky tan head. Taste medium bitter and nobly hoppy but only lightly sweet (and dries thoroughly), light-bodied edges with a flash of mild astringent but its controlled; coffee and chocolate are strong, rye even stronger (excellent here), warming but the alcohol is really superbly integrated. Fresh with the occasional flash of bright lemon, smooth licorice right up the gut, with warm brown malt in the background supporting excellently. Medium body easy to gulp, halfway between flat and crisp, a bit unusual for this kind of beer but works really well! Clean and somewhat spritely, very classy all around, might use a little body (oats?) for my preference, but thats just a nit, otherwise a successful and somewhat original take on a hoppier stout. Would love to have this again. [2017.03.22: 3.8]

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
17Beer (309) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 5, 2017
Scents of malt and licorice. Pours a dark black with a thick tan head and lots of lacing. Tastes sweet, more licorice and slight alcohol notes at first with a long tart finish. Medium carbonation. Quite nice.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
rodenbach99 (4532) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 4, 2017
Une bouteille achete Boston. Une robe noire comme il se doit avec une mousse beige. Un nez de chocolat et dpices de seigle. Bien ordinaire. Une bouche qui prsente une amertume de bire maison, cest mince pour tant dalcool.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mep3222 (1448) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - MAR 1, 2017
Roasted malt aroma with some peppery spice. Taste is a smooth full flavored roasted malt with some peppery rye in there. Finishes dry for an imperial stout. Rye adds a nice complexity to the imperial stout. Not the darkest body imperial and also has a good amount of hop balance that makes it seem dry in the finish. That along with the peppery rye may not make it seem as thick as other imperials. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SlovakSniper (5467) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 20, 2017
Merci rodenbach99! Grosse tte sur ce liquide sombre los. Au nez, des parfums fruits se dgagent travers des malts rtis qui piquent et qui fument un peu. Au got, voil des malts qui grinchent au contact de houblons ou autres trucs qui ne me reviennent pas vraiment. Je constate sur la bouteille la prsence du seigle. Cest peut-tre cela qui vient perturber un peu la sance. Le corps est normalement constitu. La finale montre des notes amres et surettes assez noires. Plaisants armes mais en bouche quelque chose cloche.

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ffaoe (726) - Moorestown, New Jersey, USA - FEB 16, 2017
malty, chocolate aromas. pitch black in color with nice long lasting brown head. taste is initially hoppy then transitions to malty with notes of roasted barley, chocolate, and faint coffee.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alengrin (5105) - BELGIUM - DEC 3, 2016
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2017 Rye stout at imperial ABV level, bomber bought at Biergenot. Thick and creamy, dense, pale greyish beige, moussy head leaving dots of lacing around the glass and retaining well, crowning a black beer with translucently hazy, mahogany yellow-brown edges. Assertive and very pleasant bouquet of burnt toast, bitter black chocolate, salmiak, cold black coffee, mocha ice cream, fresh fig, roasted peanuts, dried banana, liquorish, kahlua, soggy rye bread, pink pepper, tea, old dusty cocoa powder, cappuccino, black olive, salsify, pine wood, mushrooms fried with brown sugar, hard butterscotch candy, dried tarragon, vanilla, sweet red curry, honey-glazed spareribs, old dry pipe tobacco, green beans, sweet cherry tomatoes, vague eucalyptus oil, hazelnut paste, charcoal. Restrained but elegantly positioned dried fruit sweetness in the onset, hints of fresh fig and green banana, surrounded by a soft, blackcurrant-like sourishness, thin umami edge, medium carbonation, a tad above average for the style but certainly not disturbing, smooth and full, oily mouthfeel. Deeply rooted nutty maltiness ensues, sweetish and a bit caramelly at first but quickly shifting towards an assertive toasted and black chocolate-like bitterness, eventually ending in a coffeeish roastedness, with a very clear rye spiciness underneath, cleverly accentuating the pungent toastedness of the general malt profile. Ends in a beautiful symphony of bittersweet malts - yet more bitter than sweet - surrounded by a strong, spicy, peppery, leafy and almost bright green hop dosage leaving behind a trail of bold bitterness alongside a warming, rum-like alcohol sensation. Hopped up stouts (as in these new East India stouts and porters) often tend to cross the border with black IPA, but this brew firmly remains as stout-like as it gets, the hops providing a pungent end bitterness but no overwhelming grapefruit or pine aromas, though New World hop fragrance is noticeable in the background. The rye is generously applied it seems, adding an outspoken spiciness which fits in very well. Not overly alcoholic either. All things considered, this may not be the most famous or acclaimed American stout by any means, but it is a beautiful piece of work, I hugely enjoyed it. Very well done!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StilleStorm (1494) - Stavanger, NORWAY - OCT 29, 2016
DWF; Bottle, large, drunk at Cardinal. Pours moderate to large, black with a creamy, lacing and lasting tan head. Nose is heavy, roasted malt, chocolate, coffe, moderate dried dark fruit, light ash and liqorice. Taste is heavy sweet and bitter with a lasting roasted, warming finish. Body is full, texture is thick, carbonation soft.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TEJA (2936) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 25, 2016
Bottle shared by Jessica H thanks. Beautefull and Lasting dark brown head. Very nice dark caramell and chocolate aroma. A bit thinn but with lots of chocolate and roasted red. Balanced bitterness.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dlovell2 (2034) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 7, 2016
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee aroma. Flavor is roasted malt, coffee, vanilla, and chocolate. Spicy rye and roasted malt finish. Thanks Maxbier!


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