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RATINGS: 367   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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This is our Imperial Stout that we age in conditioning tanks with oak staves. This adds a classic character of old world aging without the Bourbon tones. This black ale is about 12% ABV and very rich in roasted and chocolate malt tones. Velvety smooth and able to be aged for years. For now this will be a seasonal beer offering.

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ZodiacM (1380) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 19, 2018
LCI. Uit de fles geschonken. Prima imp stout, hoppig en volop smaken van chocola en geroosterde mout. Fris mondgevoel door de koolzuur en de 12% abv merk je niet

3.6
Beerhunter111 (23770) - Beerland, GERMANY - JAN 14, 2018
Many thanks to Erzengel for sharing! A black beer with a mid-sized to small tan head. Aroma of sweet dark malt, chocolate, some red fruits, melasse. Taste of sweet chocolate malt, toffee, melasse, some red fruits, cookies.

4.2
Erzengel (9898) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - JAN 11, 2018
Dark deep molasses nose. The beer starts deep malty. Intense rich and thick, caramel, malt, deep and rich. Quite dry, round and deep. Molasses, dark roasted caramel, brown sugars. Deep and intense rich aftertaste, moderate bitter, lots of roast, smooth and caramelly molasses mild. Fantastic!

3.7
Nocturne (2238) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2017
355ml bottle. Smoky, peaty, chocolatey, oaky. Taste is mostly dry and oaky with some sweetness. Red fruits and smoke. Decent.

3.8
DroolYeast (1823) - Odder, DENMARK - DEC 24, 2017
Bottle. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, light roast, some oak. Black with tan head. Taste is moderate sweet, light+ bitter and dark chocolate. Full body, oily feel and dark chocolate finish.

3.9
Alengrin (6013) - BELGIUM - DEC 16, 2017
Bottle from De Caigny. American RIS aged on "oak staves" rather than barrels, a cheaper way of obtaining a similar, though often more subtle wood aging effect. Creamy, thinnish, greyish beige head, forming a moussy ring around the glass, 'dots' of lacing on the edges and a greyish, thin, diffuse veil in the middle; black robe with hazy, ochre-mahogany edges. Aroma of black bitter chocolate, toasted chestnuts, treacle, brown rum, espresso, candied dates, blood-like iron, pear syrup, peanuts, old wet oak wood noticeable (but low in the vanilla-like scent it normally carries), varnish, whisky, old liquorice, salmiak, hints of stewed beef, vague dry sherry somewhere, and damp dead tree leaves. Restrained sweetish onset, hint of dried fig, more underlying sourishness from the roasted barley really, quickly followed by a beefy umami effect, yet not too much to become bothersome as is sometimes the case in this type of beers; medium carbonation, a tad too sharpish perhaps for the style, but still a pleasantly oily, thick, viscous mouthfeel. The whole mouth cavity is soon covered by a layer of thick caramel syrup-, hazelnut paste- and burnt toast-like malts, with a velvety feel to it; nice mixture of sweet and bitter maltiness, but the bitterness prevails. Roasted coffee grounds-like sensations in the finish, with a lovely, aromatically lingering effect, a tad powdery on the root of the tongue; a kind of sticky, bittersweet, caramelly 'syrupness' lingers too. Oaky woodiness is obvious but not too sharply tannic, just a warm kind of 'rustic' colour added to the whole. Spicy hop bitterness stings through this deep and thick maltiness, but is quickly superseded by a strong, astringent, rum-like alcohol effect, which deposits a too outspoken wryness on the root of the tongue, disturbing the pleasantly bittersweet play of malts, roasted barley and hops. Standard modern American style imperial stout, I'd say, but - unlike many more famous ones - not too sweet, putting more emphasis on the original English roasty bitterness inherent to the style, something I sincerely appreciate. Not overly complex, but rich, thick and well-executed, just one minor issue here for me: too alcoholic in the finish. This, and the beer as a whole, could improve with aging, though.

3.9
kermis (15161) - The Hague / Amsterdam / Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 14, 2017
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Bottle at home. Near black with a ring beige head. Aroma of dark chocolate, roast, rich dark malt, caramel, overripe dark fruits and licorice. Flavour is light heavy sweet and bitter. Medium to light full bodied with soft carbonation.

3.5
Pustelnik1 (90) - Nieuwegein, NETHERLANDS - DEC 10, 2017
W nosie ciemne słody, ciemne owoce, słodko i czekoladowo. W smaku ciemne słody, czekolada, całkiem słodkawe, lekka cierpkość i kwasek,trochę burbonu, w posmaku kawa/paloność. Bardzo mało ciała, wręcz uczucie wodnistosci, tak poza tym całkiem sympatycznie.

3.7
creppyiceman (1247) - Cracow, POLAND - DEC 4, 2017
(Bottle) Aroma: dried prunes, dark chocolate Taate: semi-dry, flavour of smoked prunes, coffee, dark chocolate and roasted malt. Palate: close to full body, low carbonation. Overall: Nice one, quite fruity.

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FraekkeFyr87 (841) - - NOV 12, 2017
The aroma is full of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, caramel and booze. The color is pitch black. The taste is full of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, caramel, dark fruits, dried fruits such as prunes and dates. A nice beer!


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