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RATINGS: 384   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 408   ABV: 13.6%
2008’s anniversary ale - a hyper, Belgian inspired Imperial Stout clocking in at 13.6% abv, but incredibly balanced, smooth, and tasty.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAR 18, 2010
Sampled at Feb 2010 Indy tasting - Aroma is smokey dark malts and sweet black licorice. Flavor matches with the 13.6% well hidden under a smooth clean palate. Not bad but isn’t grabbing me.

DSG (15301) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 12, 2016
[1/30/16] Bottle sample at the Encomium bottle share, after RateBeer Best awards ceremony at Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel in Santa Rosa. Thanks everyone who shared bottles! Black. Aroma of oxidation, chocolate, some fruits. Sweet flavor with roast, chocolate, oxidation, fruitiness. Full-bodied.

djd07 (15651) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2016
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with small beige head. The aroma is roast, cocoa, wood. Medium mouth, rich malt, cocoa, dark chocolate, sweet, very good.

kayres (888) - , Georgia, USA - JUN 21, 2015
2008 tasted in 2015. Pours black with a big dark tan head that disappears. Huge malty molasses aroma. Smooth sweet oaky vanilla. Boozy ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

wedgie9 (2703) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 12, 2015
Tasted on 8/1/12 from a capped 22oz bottle at City House for Curtis’ birthday. Pours syrupy thick dark brown with an average brown head that slowly recedes to average lace. The nose is very hot with some vanilla, dusty dark chocolate, dried date and fig, along with burnt dark chocolate and molasses. The flavor is all about the sweet date, fig, and molasses, very hot, vanilla, and added burnt coffee bitterness. The body is massively full with light carbonation and a long dried fruit, molasses, and bitter, dusty dark chocolate finish.

DrnkMcDermott (3159) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2014
So it’s St. Patrick’s Day, I’ve no desire to go where so many have made asses of themselves with green beer. How about drinking a nice stout at home? A nice BIG stout. From my 2009 trade with MrBunn. Black, viscous pour. Kicks up just a few dark brown bubbles, but only for a little while. Smell is deeply syrupy, with no roastiness to it, just smooth alcohol. Taste alternates between a really thick Guinness, with stronger sourness, and maybe a bit of cherry cough syrup. Kind of need to remember that they were shooting for a Belgian style stout, whatever you want to call it, and expect some more sour fruitiness. A few more sips and I can aver that, no, it’s not cough syrup, but just a strong, warming note of kirsch involved. But this is very strong, and there’s somehow a bit of "cork" in it, even though it had a metal crown. Bit still creamy, with some sherry in the finish, and just a slight milk chocolate roast.

harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2013
This beer sure has grown up since I last had it (early 2011).

Pours black with a solid sheet of tan foam. Smell is pretty fucking acceptable. Dark molasses, prune, brown sugar, oats, chocolate, globs of caramel and nougat. When I dome this beer I know I’m in trouble - it’s really tasty. I was scared the belgian yeast would murder the fucking hips out of the foundation, but this beer really just plays along with just a hint of vinous character, but then the rest is sweetened, dark, oral face sex. Medium on full bodied with low carb and a dry finish. I really enjoyed this one. Time did a good thing here.

Original review: 3/3.5/3.5/3.5/4
Thanks to yourefragile for this extra. Cheers!
A: Pours a dark coffee brown with only a sheet of mocha foam which dissipates very quickly. Surface has several whirls of foam left. No lacing to speak of.
S: graham, nougat, malts, black cherries, cola, caramel, hint of molasses. Fine whisps of cocoa. Slight alcohol scent at the back. Overall quite pleasant. Based on smell alone, could use another year in the cellar.
T: Roasty plums, figs, coffee, licorice, black malts. nearly port-like profile. Again, some grahams, sweet molasses. Sweet and alcoholic. Black cherries in here once again too (particularly on the finish).
M: Viscous, low carbonation. Slicks my tongue and makes the roof of the mouth a bit slippery as well.
D: The beer is very nice, wouldn’t advise drinking more than one in a sitting. Think the beer could use another year in the cellar before drinking.

Serving type: bottle


fonefan (51574) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 30, 2013

Bottle 22fl.oz. @ home on the terrace..

Clear dark black brown colour with a average, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, beige head. Aroma is light heavy malty, roasted, chocolate, alcohol, dark chocolate, light port - tawny. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, chocolate, dark roasted, alcohol. port - tawny. Body is medium, texture is oily - creamy, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light alcoholic. [20130802]

TheJester (2543) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 20, 2013
650 mL bottle. 2008 vintage.. Stout colour with no head. Nose has prunes and other dried fruit, soy sauce, a little coffee. Big. Molasses, soy sauce, booze, port, maraschino cherries. Affected by age, but it has held up pretty well. Still a big beer.

Imaena (2359) - Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE - DEC 22, 2012
Bottle. A little thinner than I typically like my impys. But it was good nonetheless.

mikem409 (2029) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - NOV 2, 2012
Bottle. Pours dark brown thin lacing. Roast cherry aroma. Taste is toffee and cherry

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