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Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Jet Black, with an off-white head. Starts with a strong coffee and dark chocolate sensation, then fades to a multitude of toasty, roasty and caramel malt flavors. Clean and crisp, full- bodied. Warmth from the high alcohol content lightens up the feel. You won't fool your taste buds - this beer is HUGE!

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-09-2002

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4.37
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16.93%
 
 
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Photo of JTSbeerislife
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler purchased at the fridge 5/20/12, opened 1 hour later. Notes take then.

Poured into a DFH Signature Snifter

Pours a very nice creamy, frothy ¼’, dark tan head, with brief length, and good lace.

The aroma has a very, very light hop character which is followed by very distinct, rich malt, with medium chocolate and dark unsweetened chocolate. Vinous and yeast smells, with black bread.
A very enjoyable malt dominated nose.

Medium crisp, vinous, and rich entry on the palate of very, very light hops, followed by very distinct, deep, exceptionally rich malt, refined, caramel, chocolate and dark unsweetened chocolate. Rich mouth presence with bitter chocolate. Black ale yeast and dark bread.
Very full bodied, creamy, and viscous, with a fine balanced carbonation and an off dry sweetness.
Smooth rich drink, dry and bitter.

Medium long acceptable finish, with no hop presence, but a rich malt presence dominates. Surprisingly dry finish.

A very good ale, with good complexity and nice dryness. Flavorful malt, smooth.

This Sixtal had been disconnected and reconnected, so may have lost something? I don’t know.
A very, very good ale but not exceptional.
Recommend a test drive non the less.

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Photo of Chizoad
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nearly identical on draft and in the bottle, and a great stout.

Inky black liquid with a brown foam cap. It really isn't beautiful but it certainly is impressive.

Nice aroma of coffee and roasted malts.

Excellent flavor that improves as the beer heats up. Roasted malts and coffee, just like the nose, and also chocolate, balanced by bitterness that could be a touch stronger. Really great flavor though.

Thick but not overwhelming. A little frothy at times.

Staggeringly drinkable for a 12% stout. Or any beer for that matter.

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Photo of beesy
4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a small Founders snifter.

A - pours a deep brownish black (not inky black) with two finger medium brown head. Slight waterfalling. Head halves in size quickly, but had good staying power. Looks thin.

S - lots of alcohol - straight whafting a bottle of isopropyl, which is surprising. Roast and chocolate also come through.

T - very nice - noticeable alcohol but not as strong as in the nose (hopefully the bottle I've had in the cellar for the past two years has mellowed). Tons of chocolate from start that changes to dark chocolate on the late palate. A very pronounced roast on the back end paired with a firm hop bitterness.

M - medium bodied. Barely enough to hold all the flavor. I think if they used a less attenuation yeast, it might add some mouthfeel and reduce the hot alocohol present.

D - actually fairly drinkable when cooler, but not so much as it warms. The roast paired with the hot alcohols reduce drinkability as it warms.

Overall - an excellent stout that I am glad I can pick up off the shelf anytime I want in Ohio seeing how so many people seekl this one out. Curious to see how it ages-will add tasting notes to an aged bottle once it's broke open. Beat up on it a little for the hot alcohol aromas.

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Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
4.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle in a trade with Tieman. For some reason I had not made the time to drink it. Now I did and let me tell you: It was worth the wait.

Shared a 750ml with Jeffo and my wife.

Poured into a snifter.

Comes out black. Not quite as thick as I expected. It gave a nice one finger tan head.

Smells of dark roasted malts, coffee and chocolate.

Lots of coffee and chocolate flavors on this one. A light alcohol burn and a nice biterness to it.

I was a little surprised by the medium body and good amount of carbonation. Not that it's a bad thing just diffrent from what I expected. (bitter) Flavors that linger forever.

Overall a great beer. I'd drink this every day if I could. Which I can't becuase I go broke buying this all the time on my end of the planet. If this is available where you live you should always have one on hand. Thanks Tieman for sending this my way.

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Photo of laketang
4.27/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured into snifter pitch black with burnt butter head

chocolat notes as well as cake batter and gingersnap

like drinking a chocolat bar! a bit bitter (in a good way)some anise, alcohol is noted, but not overly tho

full mouth rich with a slight bitter linger

can I have another one please

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Photo of Px2GrafX
4.27/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a deep black with a nice tight brown head that drops quickly, but laces pretty well throughout. i like my impy stouts in a snifter, and this one is a ton of coffee, chocolate and alcohol with a touch of earthy hops in the nose. flavor is much of the same. mostly roasted espresso flavor, but also some strong chocolate as well. nice hoppy and coffee bitterness lingers long after the swallow. mouthfeel was the only thing disappointing in this beer. too thin for my liking in this style, and very resinous. it's just too flavorful for the alcohol to hinder much, but you will feel it by the end of the 750. overall, a top notch impy/coffee stout, but not at the echelon of my list. two more bottles will get some age and more reviews in the future. good fresh, but i'm betting this one will age well.

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Photo of sfoley333
4.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured at Pizza Port ontap into a pint glass (12-03-07). Poured a midnight jet black with a nice thick tan head. Smell is of fresh roasted coffee and roasted malt. Taste is rich coffee, chocolate, and a slight carmel malt hidden in there. The alcohol is well hidden but at 12% you still get that warmth. The mouth feel is full body but still retains a creamy feel with a help of moderate carbonation level. For the alcohol this is a very drinkable beer. I have had this beer both in bottle and tap for the last five years and have to say it is one of my favorite beers in the world and I am so happy to live so close to the source.

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Photo of chicagobeerriot
4.06/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted blind as part of Blind Beer BIF #3 with much thanks to sholland119.

Pours flat black with only the slightest amount of ruby light at the extreme edge of the glass. Cappuccino-colored foam sticks around for awhile and creates some nice latticework as it slowly dissipates.

The nose is heavily hit with dark toast and coffee. There's a bit of molasses and vanilla in the background, but overall I'm expecting the char to outweigh the sweet.

Mouthfeel is full but not overly syrupy. A bit of carbonation keeps this from being too much of a beer-shake.

As I suspected, when administered internally, the coffee and char take an unquestionable lead. There's a bit of chocolate sweetness in there too, but, in general, this is a coffee bomb. Not as much complexity as a Peche Mortel or Founder's Breakfast Stout, but as a coffee geek, this does the trick. The finish has a little alcohol heat which might mellow with age, but the heat is moderated nicely by a prolonged hop and baker's chocolate bitterness (plus I wouldn't want to age it and lose the coffee).

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Photo of Freethyhops
4.63/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml bottle split between two. served in my sweetwater pint.

Thanks Ryan011235 for the bottle

A- pours jet black with 1/2 finger of fluffy tan head. no light penetrating this one.

S- the aroma isn't the most overwhelming ever, but it has some very nice roasted/coffee notes. with some sweet cocoa floating in the backround. some molasses/licorice possibly in there as well.

T- the first sip is absolutely awesome. same as the aroma, the roasted malts/coffee flavors lead the charge but the chocolate is quite heavy as well. more bitter than your average stout, even a coffee stout. the aftertaste is pure espresso, making this one all around fantastic. The beer is very well balanced as well.

M/D- not the creamiest of Impy stouts but it's definitely not thin by any means. a nice subtle carbonation blends in perfectly with the beer. 12%??? this beer drinks as smooth as any imperial stout out there. with that extra couple percentage points it scores some points as a dangerously easy drinking stout.

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Photo of smcnulty1981
4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A: pitch black color dark brown notes when held up to the light when pouring got about a 2 finger head that went away fairly quick good ammount of lacing with a good ammount of alcohol legs

S: good ammount of chocolate and coffee notes on the nose a little bit of dark fruits with a slight hit of alcohol

T: I can really get the coffee almost tastes like taking a black cup of coffee adding a little yeast and sugar there was a nice hint of chocolate there was a bit of an alcohol burn and taste at first as it settled a little bit it became more subdued

M: lighter than expect it was more on the medium full side not as viscous as most imperial stouts I've had in the past but I could see it cutting through a heavy meal really like with fish and chips

O: fantastic beer overall I'm going to try and drink with a little more chill next to see if the burn for the alcohol goes away otherwise this beer comes highly recommended

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Photo of badboyrsl84
4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Another fabolous brew from the guys at Alesmith

pours really really dark/black no head to this one in my glass

I get a roasted choc smell to this one with a hint of alcohol.

This has an amazing taste. Lots of raosted choc up front with an alcoholy finish. I would definitly expect that from this brew cause it's has an abv of 12%. I feel the choc dominates this one though.

It's really hard not to see Thomas adrinkable
beer it's a solid brew but the longevity of this beer is a session could be damanging to you.

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Photo of Scrumtralecent
4.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured from a bottle into a snifter. This beer comes out a midnight black with a tan head. Can see the thick viscosity along the side of the glass when swirled around a little bit.

S: Malty, coffee, and some caramel. Smell has an almost creamy feel to it. A pungent smell that helps make the taste that much more powerful.

T: A wonderful changing taste as the beer temperature changes. Very cold starts with the malts and caramel from the smell, while as it warms, the coffee enters more into taste. Once again, I feel like a milky smooth taste in the beer, something creamy or dairy almost. I feel like this is an imperial stout meets milk stout. A really complex taste that leads to finding each sip different from the one before.

F: Good amount of carbonation, and nicely full bodied. Goes quite down quite smoothly.

D: At 12% abv, it will rock you a little, but you won't be able to notice. This goes down smoothly and the alcohol is hidden nicely by the complex taste and easy to handle full body. A great compliment to any cool night, this beer will not have any trouble going down. Wish I had access to this readily or else I'd be enjoying this brew multiple times during the cold IL winters.

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Photo of JonathanL7890
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Nov 2007, Thanks Miguel!
Poured kind of cold into my New Belgium snifter.
No apparent head. Just a small ring of foam around the perimeter of the glass.
Smell was of chocolate , coffee. I sat enjoying the aroma until the beer warmed up to a suitable temperature, i.e. it didn't give my fingers frostbite.
Taste: Strong coffee taste, lots of roastiness.
Kind of sweet. It tastes just like an iced coffee that you would get at Starbucks.
As the beer warms there's more complexity coming out. I get some dried fruit, fig, raisins, etc. No alcohol burn 12% you say? Hah!
Mouthfeel: spot on for a stout. Not as thick as one would expect, despite there being quite a bit of sludge at the bottom of the bottle.
Drinkability: Yes it is. Very drinkable. I would be able to put a bottle of this away by myself, although it would take an entire evening.

One of the best stouts out there and aging it fo r a year or two definitely helps.

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Photo of Foxtrot
4.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Whether has turned cold, out come the Stouts.

Pours a deep sticky obsidian, coupled with a huge dark tan colored head. Retention was superb, and lacing was much evident.

Aroma is of immense bitter chocolate, coffee, espresso beans, and the darkest malts AleSmith was able to muster. Superb combination of all these scents culminates in a beer begging to be sipped.

What a great beer! It explodes up front with bitter sweet chocolate followed in due course by espresso and cocoa in the finish. Molasses was also prevalent, but took a back seat to all other things darker and tastier!

Mouthfeel was the epitome of "chewy". Big, thick, and viscous make this a formidable and enjoyable beer.

Drinkability is excellent, not the slightest hint of that 12% ABV.

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Photo of BMan1113VR
4.68/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Many bottles and draughts over time. Old bottle from notes (2006). Wow! Pours with a small, ultra creamy, light brown head with some great lacing. Pitch black body. Amazing aroma of coffee and chocolate. Tastes of morning fresh french roast. Perfect mouthfeel, ultra creamy and so easy to drink (even at 12%), just amazing, nice alcohol warming. Nice and sweet mocha plays with your taste buds.

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Photo of CuttDeez
4.32/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter

A - Dark black body with a decently large dark leather brown head. The head was resilient and left some lacing.

S - Deep malt characteristics with a ton of esspresso and coffee. There is also a good amount of chocolate and dark fruits in there. It is a strong warming and engulfing nose.

T & M & D - Taste is much like the nose. Big coffee and chocolate and dark fruit flavors. The espresso hits you on the front end and then opens to a nice complexity of deep fruits and awesome dark chocolates. Big and bold in the mouth with full body complexity. The drinkability is acutally pretty high as the abv is well hidden.

O - A great big stout with a great flavor profile and nose. I would recommend drinking it fresh and sipping to enjoy and explore the flavors.

-Cheers

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Photo of dblinkhorn
4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a foil-wrapped 750ml capped bottle into a snifter.

Appearance - Pours with a dark tan half-finger head that is very creamy but has a large number of larger soapy bubbles, too. This quickly dissipates to a very thin layer of patchy lace. Good lacing is left sticking to the sides of the glass as you drink it. The beer is opaque black.

Smell - Fresh extremely oily-smelling wet hops. Roasted malt character is definitely there, but it seems like the character isn't quite as dark roasted as some. Some alcohol-like over-ripe dark fruit character, mainly fig and raisin. Notes of milky chocolate are also present with a touch of coffee aroma. Moderate alcohol aroma, but it is not a harsh sensation.

Taste - Super oily bitterness up front from hops and ultra-bitter dark chocolate flavors. Again, and old-ale like alcohol character with raisin and fig fruitiness. Also a more milk-chocolate flavor with some bitter coffee tastes in the middle. Some peppery spiciness is also present, along with notes of molasses, caramel, and brown sugar behind the strongest set of flavors. I am tasting some dry grainy character, as well. The malt character tastes much darker than it smelled here, and definitely seems fully-roasted. The aftertaste has some earthy tones with a background bitterness of dark chocolate and hops, on a background flavor from the malt.

Mouthfeel - Perfect. The carbonation has absolutely no bite and holds its structure throughout the entire taste. This is a very heavy-bodied beer and it is extremely smooth.

Drinkability - Extremely bitterness of chocolate/coffee/oily hops character. Strong and rich (almost filling) malt presence. I probably won't be able to finish this bottle by myself, even though it's very good.

An excellent and powerfully flavored stout from Alesmith. Having this really perks my interest in the oak-aged version of this brew. If you like strong-flavored stouts with a super wet and oily mouthfeel and hops, this is for you. Highly recommended (as a sipper!).

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Photo of 0110x011
4.26/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours moonless Alaska winter night black. 1.5 finger khaki head has medium retention, and leaves bits of spiderweb lacing behind. It's amazing how dense this head is. Like I could stick a fork in it and it would stand up. This is how an Imperial Stout should look.

S - The expected coffee rush comes first, but then surprisingly, a strong dark fruitiness comes through, with raisin, plum, and blackberry aromas. After the fruit shock, more of the roasty, charred notes become present, with a leathery earth component too. Some booze. After it warms, the fruit becomes less dominant, balancing nicely with the coffee & roast. Some milk chocolaty notes as well. Very nice.

T - Big chocolate and dark fruit flavors out the gate. Chocolate is on the sweet milk chocolate side, with raisin, prune, blackberry and dark, sweet cherry flavors. The coffee is almost an afterthought, but it's there, along with some smoky roastyness. Some herbal hop character can be found in the back if it's looked for hard enough. Finish is almost tangy in a way. Like after eating a chocolate covered orange. A dash of heat, but nowhere would you be lead to believe that this was 12%.

M - Smooth and creamy. Silky. Goes down like water. Thick, creamy, chocolaty water. Can not get any better.

D - So creamy and smooth, with no sign of 12% abv, this one gets a super high score. Too rich to be perfect, but very high nonetheless.

This is an excellent Imperial Stout. Stouts being overly sweet are usually a turnoff for me (I'm looking at you, Darkness...), but this grew on me over my two glasses. The exceptional creaminess and complexity make this one a winner in my book.

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Photo of tarheels86
4.06/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL 2008 ed. into snifter. Pours an opaque black with a small, dark tan head that disappears after awhile. Spotty lacing. Aroma of sour black cherries, chocolate covered strawberries, and fresh granny smith apples. Taste is sour with black cherries, strawberry tart, semisweet chocolate. Very oily, velvety mouthfeel that is coating on the palate. Reminds me of an imperial Bell’s Cherry Stout. Could actually be an RIS and Sour Ale combined. 12% is barely noticeable. As this drink warms, I start to get some espresso and vanilla ice cream as well as heavy whipping cream. Maybe this needs to be aged more but the overall impression I had was that this was very sour. 7/4/8/5/15=3.9

Tap at Hamilton’s SD. Pours near jet black with a fluffy, super rocky grayish head that has excellent retention and big, sheety lace. Aroma and taste are 100% coffee. Not much complexity. Thin to creamy mouthfeel. Pretty yummy but overall like iced coffee.

750mL 2009 ed. Pours near jet black with a towering deep brown to almost red mocha red with excellent retention and very good sheety lace. Excellent fresh, green coffee, tropical notes, bitter dark chocolate in the aroma. Taste is extremely bitter cacao and dark chocolate. Very hoppy but not distracting from the coffee. No residual sugars, no cloying sweetness. The 12% is perfectly hidden. Very good. 8/5/8/4/15=4.0

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Photo of KellyScottMad
4.77/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer looked and smelled amazing once I poured it in the glass. The taste was good, but it didn't overwhelm me with flavor. Don't get me wrong...this is a good beer, but it didn't even crack my top 5 for Imperial stouts.

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Photo of numenor1
4.83/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a beautifully crafted stout.

2006 bottling

This pours black with thick towering brown colored head that leaves great lacing. Huge roasty nose, along with deep caramel, molasses, coffee, chocolate and dark fruit esters. Initially starts off a touch sweet with mild, almost milk chocolate. This quickly fleshes into full blown stout glory with deep roasted malts, raspberry syrup, figs, molasses, dark chocolate and more than a touch of hops. Coffee is omnipresent and delicious, but really takes off through the finish, intermixing with hops and bittering the massive malt of this beautifully. Mouthfeel is terrific, very full (though less so than i anticipated) yet with lots of very fine bubbled soft carbonation giving a very creamy impression. Drinkability is very very good considering the weight of this beer (no hint of 12% whatsoever). Quite probably the best american double stout i've had yet.

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Photo of joekfsu
4.78/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

#100. 25.4 oz bottle. Pours a thick black that is impossible to see through with a 2 cm tan foamy head that is slowly diminishing. Aroma is totally dominated by coffee with hints of malt and alcohol. Initial flavor is coffee heavy with a hint of chocolate that changes to a balance of previous flavors plus malts and a slight hop bite at the end. Ends moderately bitter, lasts, can feel the alcohol here. Tons of lacing, medium body, very light carbonation, and obvious alcohol hanging around. Drinkable, yes, best stout around, maybe, best I have tasted yet, absolutely.

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Photo of fitrock2112
4.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured Speedway Stout into a Belgian Tulip.

A - Pours black as midnight with 2 and half fingers of mocha head with a aggressive pour.

S - Roasted malts, bitter coffee, baker's chocolate.

T - Wow, now this is tasty. First off getting roasted coffee, some roasted malts, dark chocolate. Mid palate getting a touch anise with some dark fruit in there. Quality stuff here.

M - Better than expected, medium carbonation with heavy mouthfeel. Yummy!

O - A very good quality coffee stout. Recommended ! Cheers!

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Photo of Motleydrunk56
4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle.Pours a very dark brown to black.Very nice smells of chocolate,coffee,and a hint of vanilla.The taste is excellent. This is a very nice stout with a ABV of around 12.0.The taste is chocolate and coffee and I can even taste a hint of licorice in there.This is well worth buying and I would drink this again.Give it a try.

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Photo of paytoplay
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From paper label 750ml, silk screen would be minus 0.3 probably. Bigger richer, more intense, still bring acidity alc and balance keeping it high toned with a seemless lengthy finish. Enjoyed with dinner and friends, needed about 20 minutes to wake up. An outstanding brew. I look forward to my 1 other paper label and barrel aged ones. Also enjoyed this the same night from keg. Keg was a bit softer and more femenin. Different batches and years apart. I'd take the paper label for special occasions, the keg and new bottle versions are outstanding "everyday" type beers.

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