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RATINGS: 620   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   EST. CALORIES: 354   ABV: 11.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This velvety concoction excites your senses with bottomless roasted, earthy and vinous notes.

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4.5
garrison (812) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - JUL 18, 2011
Purchased from "Jungle Jim’s International Market" in Fairfield, Ohio - Alright, this is a great beer! It poured a pitch black, sweet, complex brew into my glass with a lasting, lacing dark tan head of foam. Tastewise, this one is upfront with a malty sweetness with a deep, full body and strong , grassy tones.

3.7
Petrucci914 (921) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 17, 2011
Pours black with a medium mocha head. Aroma is dark roasts, chocolate, and vanilla bean. Taste is much the same. A solid effort on a style that gets more and more boring to me.

3.7
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 12, 2011
Bottle at Wine and Beer Westpark on 01/08/2011. Dark black body with a small brown head. Big molasses, chocolate and roast aroma. Big roast flavor with some chocolate. Full body with moderate carbonation.

3.9
Leafs93 (2343) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2011
Pours black with a medium tan head. Head dissipated quickly down to a film which lasted throughout, great lacing. Aroma is dark chocolate, roasty coffee, boozy and black liorice. Taste is sweet up front with the coffee bitters on the finish. The alcohol was well hidden but there was a definite warming on the finish. Had cellared for over a year.

4.6
SanfordBrewer (1610) - Sanford, Florida, USA - JUL 3, 2011
Opaque black with a thick light-brown head, impressively heavy body with medium-high carbonation.

Aroma: alcohol, dark malts, chocolate, sake, belgian yeast esters like bubblegum and banana, minerality, and leafy hops.

Taste: chocolate and charred malt (like the slightly overdone edge of a brownie), fruity alcohol, and some tobacco leaf hop bitterness.

Lots of dark malt, but not charred or astringent. Good balance, through combined effort of hop bitterness and alcohol warmth. Quite easy to drink considering the high ABV and very heavy body. More intensity than complexity. I’m glad I aged this for several months, but a year would be even better.

4.6
gabbama (210) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUL 1, 2011
Pours pitch black with a lasting brown head. Very inviting aroma of dark chocolate with cherries and alcohol. Sweet flavor of dark chocolate, wine, dark fruits, and a bit of coffee and spice. Long roasted and alcoholic finish. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel with fine carbonation. A delicious imperial stout that is distinctly Belgian. This beer approaches closer to perfection than I’ve had in a long time, maybe ever.

4.1
zach8270 (4021) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUN 26, 2011
(bottle - corked & caged 750 ml) Dark black pour with a thick tan head. Big and chocolatey roasted aroma with a mild licorice hint underneath. Very sweet and chocolatey at the start of the flavor that lingers with a deep fruit hint and then moves to a deep and roasted coffee finish. Almost has a mocha aftertaste to it. Very smooth.

3.8
decaturstevo (6343) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUN 24, 2011
Black pour with tan head and lace. Aroma of lightly burnt coffee, chocolate, and abv. Chocolate, light coffee, and abv. A bit fizzy for my taste. Very nice warmthh.

3.7
jcwattsrugger (12524) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 22, 2011
750 bottle-pours a disappearing brown head and black color. Aroma is rich dark malt-licorice/roasty, acidic. Taste is rich dark malt-licorice/roasty/molasses, acidic, some earthy hops. Soft carbonation.

3.8
Steeeve (327) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 20, 2011
Pitch Black pour with a thin but dense tan head. Very malty aroma with some chocolate, roast, coffee, and licorice. A slight whiff of alcohol. Very thick, robust palate. Flavor is heavy malt, definitely on the sweet side. Bittersweet chocolate, licorice, and molasses round out the finish, which is just a little bit boozy. Some burnt toast flavor, but not nearly as much as most of the other impy stouts in this ABV range, Alcohol heat gets more noticeable as it gets around room temperature. Still, very delicious. Could use a little age to mellow it out but still a great stout as is. A lot more mellow than I was expecting given the 11.8%.


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