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Brewed by:
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States
jackieos.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
American Imperial Stout brewed with black walnuts

Added by wagenvolks on 09-11-2010

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Reviews: 149 | Ratings: 710
Photo of Kegatron
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a couple of tulip glasses. This is another one shared by the ever generous Stakem as part of a recent tasting. I didn't get a chance to grab the bottle # on this one but it's from the latest release.

Pours a dense black in the glass, with a thin ½ finger covering of fizzy dark mocha head. This maintains some frothiness on the edges, leaving back a good bit of spotty froth and brown oils down the sides of the glass. The aroma is thick with chocolate and smoky smelling roast. The walnuts aren't immediately identifiable to me but there is definitely an interesting nuttiness here that sets this apart. Some hints of molasses, brown sugar, and citrusy hops round out the edges of the nose.

The taste is similar, with a mix of acrid roasted coffee and sticky notes of dark chocolate and toffee. Pithy fruit and pine combine with the roast to add some lightly aggressive bitterness to this. The nuttiness of the walnuts is much more evident to me in the taste and really adds some uniqueness to the profile. This finishes dry, roasted, and warm. The mouthfeel is full bodied and definitely has some thickness to it in the mouth, courtesy of a chewy and syrupy feel that really accentuates those sweet flavors. That 10% ABV is not hiding at all, adding some beefy power to the body, yet keeping any stinging heat elements away from the other flavors.

They are definitely putting out some innovative beers at Jackie O's and this is a good example, as the walnut addition (even if you aren't super familiar with the flavor) adds a definitely interesting spin on your usual Imperial Stout. I'm glad I had the opportunity to try this one. Thanks again Adam!

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a decent amount of head. Very dark and thick. Doesn't look to highly carbonated. Smells roasty with hints of nuttiness. The smell opens up a lot when it warms up. Tastes very strongly of black walnut. a very unique taste! And the thickness is amazing. I don't think I've ever had such a thick beer. Very drinkable for its percentage and overall a great drink

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Photo of Tripphop
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep black with a small tan head. Aromas are of bold roasted malt, almost a brunt character. Flavor is good, rich malt fornt with pleasant balancing bitterness, mouthfeel is slick with a light acidic bite. A great beer for a drier styled stout, but I'll stick with the Dark Apparition.

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Photo of earthboundagain
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

From Notes:

Ok got to try this on tap at the bottle release: I did pick up a bomber which will sit in my basement for a few years.

Ok they were doing 4 oz sample pours so I ordered two so I would get a nice sample.

A-The beer pours black with a small tan head, this beer is pitch black and has a steady stream of rising bubbles.

S-Ok we have lots of roasted dark malt, with a hint of nuttiness and some smoke.

T-Oh we have lovely malt and roasted walnut, some sweet dark brown sugar and a kiss of chocolate.

M-Attention all RIS and Double Stout brewers, this is how a big stout should feel, rich, creamy, and oh so sticky. You need to chew this brew and it still leaves a coating on the teeth.

D-The abv is so hidden you could almost binge on this, but the mouthfeel makes it a sipper

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Photo of Ryan011235
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 1/19/11

Bottle 177/192

Deep, inky-brown color; settles pitch black in the glass. At first it didn't seem like much, if any, head would rise but all of a sudden - whoosh, a good inch & a half or more. The head thins very slowly to an even layer leaving a solid wall of lace that becomes webbed as it dries. Cool.

The ingredients make for some odd aromas, at least to these old nostrils. The black walnuts impart a high quotient of nuttiness & dirty, earthy tones which are caressed by a tangy fruitiness, presumably from the candied syrup mentioned on the bottle. These two aromas account for much of the nose; undertones of coffee beans, dark chocolate & grain act a trio roasted of wallflowers. The whole of the aroma starts to come together as the beer warms.

The potency of the black walnuts carry over in flavor exponentially. A sharp nuttiness is present throughout with a dry, musty dirtiness that creeps up toward the end; the best way I can describe it is actually eating a handful of black walnuts. A mild tanginess bridges the gap between the walnuts & the base beer, which is also more expressive of its own accord, with welcoming semi-sweet chocolate smoothness, a spot of espresso & a subtle hop note.

While the feel is thick & viscous, it nevertheless maintains an air of free-flowing, languid calm. Carbonation adds a soft agitation to the peripheries but is otherwise comparably smooth to match the rest of the beer. The finish is equally hefty; black walnuts & a semblance of chocolate-covered espresso beans linger.

Once acclimated to the somewhat odd flavor profile, this is an easy drinker. Alcohol is incredibly well-masked. One to weather slowly, Oil of Aphrodite is steadfast until the end. The payout of drinking a bottle by yourself over the course of a few hours is well worth it.

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Photo of maximum12
3.67/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great thanks to thethrone for hand-delivering this, amongst other good-looking & -tasting brews, at Darkness Day as part of an off-the-reservation BIF. Split with my wife.

Pours dark black with minimal, almost no frosting. Smell is nailed - walnuts. Really. Had plenty of beers that hinted at nuts, but nothing like this. Wow.

Oil of Aphrodite is what a nut brown ale should be. Nuts, nuts, nuts. Candied sweetness, bitter, bitter chocolates complement the nuts. Roast, too. Hopping bitterness slurves in at the end. Creamy smooth, warm.

Good beer. Massively original, but the walnutting lends this such a bizarre air that I find myself puzzled with almost every sip. Wild.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Thanks to nickd717.

A: Pours a nearly pitch black body with some ruby translucence at the edges. The head is... was there head? A second pour shows some frothy bubbles that vanish quickly. The beer is really leggy, though, with a coating, syrupy appearance. Hmm. Dark Lord comparisons spring to mind.

S: Nuts, roast, dark chocolate, molasses. It's really quite sweet in the nose, but I'd be lying if I said it weren't pleasant.

T: As in the taste, nuts come through very strongly, as does an initial burst of roasted grain. The mid-taste gets progressively more syrupy and conveys flavors of molasses. It's not exactly cloying, because the roast carries over and provides a nice balance, but it is very rich and thick. The finish is surprisingly clean, with nuts making their way to the forefront again. A touch of pine bitterness in the aftertaste.

M: I'm not a subscriber to the idea that imperial stouts HAVE to be rich, thick, and syrupy. If anything, I think the ones that take it too far that way (Dark Lord) are problematic in general. I think this one carries its heft well, though I was expecting more complexity for the amount of sugars found here.

D: Definitely an enjoyable beer. But like I said above, it's quite rich and syrupy, and I found myself gravitating toward some other stouts on the table that were considerably less rich, yet more complex (Bourbon Barrel Dark Apparition amongst them). Pretty hard to drink a lot of this.

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Photo of nickd717
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Huge thanks to Ryan011235 for hooking up this tick.

Pours black and rather thick with a thick tan head good lacing. Serious viscosity.

The aroma is nice and rich. Big roast and nuttiness, anise, and hops.

The flavor is also rich. Big intense coffee and roast, dark chocolate, walnuts, molasses, and piney hops.

Extremely full and heavy on the mouthfeel with lower carbonation. A little too heavy for my tastes, as well as the tastes of most others who shared this. Almost like Guinness! (hahaha)

Intense beer, and a pretty good one. Not all hype.

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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks, Nick! Bottle 109 of 192.

Fitting of the name, it's oily and black as pitch, pouring with a dense frothy head that quickly disappears. Swirling reveals syrupy brown legs.

Huge chocolate on the nose, nuttiness, toasted malt, molasses. A lot of sweetness, but it's a good clean aroma.

Tastes good, too. Very chocolatey, nutty, not overly roasted and only lightly bitter. The body is extremely syrupy, this has a lot of residual sugar, a lot of molasses sweetness. The finish is mellow, toasty and nutty. A very solid imperial stout, though the viscosity hurts drinkability.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from a bottle into my Darkness glass...Black beer with a light tan head, not much carbonation, no lacing and only about a finger of head that doesn't last to long...The aroma is great, roasted coffee with a great nut aroma to it, totally different than a brown. The nuts have depth, fresh and sweet...The taste is equally nice, nutty chocolate, roasty and smooth.

This is really good and worth trying.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Jackie O's 5th Anniversary party.

Pours motor-oil black with a pretty good head and a nice bit of light lacing. The aroma blew me away right from the start. There was some really nice roasted nut character along with some nice dark chocolate. There were nice notes of espresso and dark fruit underneath with just a touch of booze.

The flavor is equally as nice and quite complex. I was a bit fan of how everything came together and it had a nice kick in the end. Chocolate, dark fruits, and espresso danced and were further highlighted by a beautifully-thick mouthfeel. Just a hint of warmth in the finish. This was my favorite of the Jackie O's brews and I'm looking forward to hopefully trying this again.

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Photo of rye726
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours near black with a silky espresso head.

Really nice nose has lots of oats, nutty malts, cocoa and dark toffee.

Taste is full with a great finish. Chocolate, roasted malts, nuts and more caramelized sugars.

Another great stout from Jackie O's....

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Photo of rhinos00
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a snifter.

A- Pours black as oil. Produced a fingers width of mocha / copper colored head. Quickly reduced to a thin ring around the glass. Little to no lacing.

S- Roasted, chocolate malts provide a rather aromatic experience. Melded in is a gentle sweetness, most likely from the candied syrup. Lingering in the background, the walnuts produce a rich nutty aroma.

T- Like the aroma, except the walnuts add much more depth here. The base beer is at the forefront...lots of roasted, chocolate malts. About midway through a nice maple sweetness comes into play. The beer finishes with earthy, walnut notes.

M- Heavy bodied with a good amount of viscosity. Coats the palate well, but leaves it extremely dry after consumption. Really enjoyed this aspect of the beer.

D- At 10% the abv provides a nice warming sensation inside. A slow sipper for sure.

Overall, I really liked the unique flavor profile of this beer. The addition of the walnuts added another layer of complexity to what would have been a good stout to begin with. Recommended.

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Photo of stakem
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #172/192 care of csmiley. Thank you for the chance to try this brew.

Poured into a snifter, this brew appears dark black in color with a darkly tanned head that fades fairly fast. There is a spotty amount of lace that clings to the glass.

The aroma of this brew is dark and roasty smelling of minor notes of chocolate, citrus hops and a scent of nutty walnuts is included. This brew smells pretty fantastic and the walnut really comes through more than I was expecting. As it warms more of the citrus hop character comes forward accented by the alcohol presence.

The taste of this brew is dark roasty with an oily walnut flavor coupled with chocolate notes and a deep burnt almost drying roast to the finish. There is both an alcohol flavor and warmth that runs down the back of the throat. As this brew warms, the citrus hop flavor comes forward just like in the nose with a citrusy twang of flavor that is highlighted by the alcohol's presence.

This is one exceptionally smooth brew that is medium to full in body with a light level of carbonation. It is excessively drinkable for 10%. The walnut flavor in this brew was more evident than I was expecting. It really works. This brew is balanced very well with equal combinations of dark burnt dry roast flavor, citrus hops, alcohol and nutty flavor. I would love to get my hands on another bottle of this but at less than 200 bottles released...who knows.

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the first Jackie O's I've had since the bottle release; I'm excited. Bottle 148/192

A. Pours an impenetrable black with a one finger thick creamy chocolate colored head that settles down to a film leaving beautiful thick lacing on the glass.

S. Lots of chocolate with walnuts and coffee. There's also a creamy sweetness that makes it almost like a cappuccino. The walnut is not quite as strong as I remembered.

T. Chocolate covered espresso beans. Initially more bitter than I remembered, but my palate adjusted after the first sip to reveal more of the robust stout character. Walnut comes out midpalate and in the aftertaste.

M. Thick with a medium level of carbonation that doesn't quite lift the dense beer off the tongue; just how I like it.

D. This is just what I was looking for; thick, rich beer for a contemplative fall evening.

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Photo of mothman
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle 81/192

Poured into darkness snifter

Pours 1/2 finger of dark tan head. Color is black.

Aroma: Very rich and roasted with some sweetness. It has a coffee bitterness and the belgian candi sugar adds a layer of syrupyness. The black walnuts are a bit subtle here. It has a lot of chocolate as well.

Taste: A lot of roast and coffee shows here. Somewhat bitter fresh coffee. The black walnuts show more here, but I wouldn't have been able to pick them out, rather just a nut flavor to it. Chocolate and belgian candi sugar again. Somewhat sweet and syrupy but it works. Roasted malts with some caramel.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, and syrupy. Full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. It ends with a lot of bitterness from the coffee here.

Overall, it is a fairly nice imp stout. It is syrupy sweet, but not overdone which I enjoy. It has a nice chocolate profile and the candi syrup adds a nice syrupy layer. Good and pretty drinkable.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.62/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of mothman. Very dark brown/black color with a slight tan head that forms a tiny collar around the glass. Dark roasty coffee notes in the nose with touches of black licorice. Medium/heavy mouthfeel with only slight carbonation. Big and chewy. Sweet roasted malt flavor gives way to bitter roast. Some bitter dark chocolate flavors as well. I don't really pick up too much nut flavor in the taste or in the nose. A pretty rich beer. Ends with a lingering bitterness that isn't all that pleasant, similiar to burnt coffee. Overall, glad to try this one but slightly put off by some of the flavors.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. #97/192.

A - Pours black, no head or lacing. Pretty much, just a lot of blackness going on here.

S - Roasted nuts, chocolate, some coffee, hot alcohol. The alcohol might be a little too hot right now, but it doesn't detract from the other notes going on here.

T - Chocolate, dark fruits, alcohol, coffee beans. The alcohol actually compliments the beer here as opposed to the nose. The chocolate, dark fruits, and alcohol burn work well together. Bitter finish.

M - Medium to full, rich and smooth, semi-dry finish.

D - I like this one. The 10% is there but the dark chocolate and fruits do well to hide it. Another good one from Jackie O's. Recommend.

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Photo of PDXHops
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Ryan011235 for the opportunity to try this. A couple of different pours into an oversized snifter.

Looks to be quite viscous coming out of the bottle, and indeed it proves to be just that; without a doubt this is one of the thickest and smoothest beers around. Definitely the thickest beer I've had, even moreso than Ten Fidy or Dark Lord. Great to look at as well, with incredible retention from the mousselike head, even more impressive considering the width of the 25 oz snifter. Flecks of lacing from top to bottom.

The black walnuts come through quite strongly in the nose; frankly, they come close to being overpowering at first. As the beer warms, though, things begin to come together pretty nicely- plentiful roasted and chocolate malts, earthiness, some burnt notes join the fun.

The distinctiveness of the black walnuts shifts to a more general nuttiness in the flavors (probably for the best, as black walnuts are pretty damned potent). This teams with a heavy dose of toasted and roasted flavors to provide plenty of balance to the sweeter qualities of chocolate muffin, dark chocolate and a nice smooth fruitiness. The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth and coating, leading to an extended finish that eventually coaxes out some espresso and a final touch of nuttiness.

Overall impression: Helluva beer here, definitely one to seek out.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Kevin for sharing this one. This is the unlabeled batch 1.

A-pours a jet black motor oil looking beer with a deep caramel colored head and a thick creamy texture.

S-the nose is of chocolate, burnt malts, roasted coffee that is slightly burnt.

T-the taste has some chocolate and vanilla, notes of roasted malts and a fair bit of slightly burnt coffee, malt sweetness comes in at the back, plums and dark cherries.

M-the feel is smooth and creamy, medium to full body, soft on the palate, nicely carbonationed to give it an easy drinking finish.

D-this is a tasty brew, big time malts with a nice balance of sweetness. slightly burnt takes away slightly but still a good beer.

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Photo of Jmoore50
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle brought out by James, thank you. This was bottle 150 of 192.

The appearance of the beer out of the bottle is like motor oil after ten thousand miles. It is incredible thick and hits the glass and settles immediately. I was able to get a half finger brown head on it that disappeared immediately. Incredibly thick beer, maybe in my top three.

The smell was light, but had hints of bitter cooking chocolate, nutmeg and other nutty spice, some caramel and cinnamon.

The taste was great with the end of the palate being the deal maker. It has heavy notes of chocolate and toffee with a strong walnut and cinnamon flavor towards the end. A great sipper with some strong sweetness' making this a dessert beer.

The mouthfeel is very low carbonation with a thickness that coats the entire palate. This is one thick beer, and it is one step away from being chewable.

Its a sipper, one for the end of the night when you are still kind of hungry and need a snack. I would love to try the Rum barrel of this, hopefully its a little thinned out.
J

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This came from Jackie O's bourbon barrel party and bottle release 2010.

A- Super viscous and dark. It looks like oil as it pours. Its so thick that any bubbles really struggle to rise up through it. They rise slowing creating a cascading effect. A rough pour got me a 1 finger head that is very dark tan. It looks like wet sand floating on top of crude oil.

S- The walnuts are showing up here a little. There is a really nutty, earthy smell. The fierce roastiness is the dominant smell. Its very smokey and burnt. There is a alcohol/nutty/burnt sugar kinda sweetness that Im having trouble nailing down.

T- Very roasty and smokey. The nuttiness comes alive after the beer has warmed and breathed a bit. A really nice and welcomed chocolate flavor comes around at the end and sweetens things up.

M- Really!? This is one of the THICKEST beers Ive ever had. Huge body, low carbonation, super smooth feel. The beer is pretty sticky on the lips and it coats the mouth like Peptobismol. Its great, this is my favorite part of this beer. Its name is very fitting.

D- I really just love the feel of the stuff. I had no problem nursing this bottle myself.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Jason for bringing this to Bryna's birthday party last night. Was looking forward to trying the other Jackie O's offering released last week. Served in a Kuhnhenn tulip.

A - Pours with a dime of foam that quickly settled to a thin ring, leaving no lace. Pitch black body.

S - Intense dark roast, with a hefty amount of nuttiness. I'm not sure I'd identify walnuts specifically, as there's an almond/marzipan sweetness to it. There's a bit of smoke and toast as well.

T - Taste is quite excellent as well, with multigrain toast, baker's chocolate, and a nutty character that has a bitter aftertaste reminscent of Brazil nuts. Alcohol is masterfully hidden.

M - Lower carbonation, extremely smooth medium-full body, with minimal heat. Finishes slightly sticky.

D - This was quite excellent. I happily finished my pour and would gladly have had more if it didn't need to be shared with other party attendees. The surprise of the evening.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the bottle release party, 4oz in a goblet for $3. In a contest against all the great barrel aged beers on tap this turned out to be my 2nd favorite of the day, a really outstanding beer.

It poured dark brown and opaque with a thick tan foam, even over the small pour. The beer smelled rich with roasted malts, and the addition of black walnuts came through nicely. It tasted a little sweet upfront, seemingly from malts, with a toasted flavor that I'm thinking is from the walnuts. It could be that the Belgian candi sugar provided the sweetness but it seems more malt-based to me. The aftertaste isn't as sweet, just long rich roasted flavors.

The body's on the thicker side, matching the big flavors and coating your mouth for lasting flavor. The only beer I thought was better today was the Bourbon Barrel Sweet Chocolate Love, but that beer would beat out most anything else too. Really good beer, my bottles are gonna have to wait for special occasions.

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