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Atwater VJ Black Imperial Stout

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RATINGS: 91   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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Brewed in Detroit. Single Batch Series.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Terp1977 (52) - Frederick, Maryland, USA - NOV 8, 2014
Great dark color. This one was aged 11 months and has a ton of head. Not sure how it would compare out of tap. Good beer ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (9466) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 31, 2014
Nearly black, dark brown head. Hints of molasses up front, bitter chocolate, coffee, vanilla, licorice. Pretty nice beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tectactoe (2342) - Michigan, USA - SEP 19, 2014
Bottle: Looks lighter & thinner than youíd expect an 11% ABV imperial stout to look... Deep brown, more black towards the center. Thin khaki head fades quickly to a bubbly collar. Aroma of mild cocoa beans, charcoal, ash, black licorice, & faint soy. Light sweetness balanced with a hefty roast. Flavor is very cocoa forward. Think ashy, burnt cocoa beans... If that makes sense? Very roasty, ashy, & charred with a big charcoal essence, however balanced by a strong, nutty chocolate flavor, semisweet with a slight creaminess. A hint of black licorice & some lingering dark cocoa char in the aftertaste. Mouth feel is kind of upsetting, a little thin & almost... chalky? Otherwise, this is one of the best things Atwater makes, methinks.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CelticBrew (863) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - SEP 17, 2014
Pours from 12 oz bottle an opaque dark brown with a solid blanket of dense light brown head. Aroma consists of moderate-strong cocoa powder, moderate caramel, vanilla, plum & raisins with a touch of espresso. Flavour consisted of big milk chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, cream, coffee, slight fruit, earth, and light smoke. Very small roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, vanilla, cream, coffee, and roasted malt on the finish for a good bit. Big malty flavors with good balance; and no cloying sweetness. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and thick mouthfeel that is nice. Really enjoyable.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
lb4lb (2555) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 13, 2014
Pours dark brown. light for a RIS. Smell is roasty, chocolate fudgy, sweet. taste is ashy, burnt dark bitter roast. thin body for the style. Not terrible but iím not enjoying it either.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
katrinaez (118) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2014
Amazed that the abv is so high. Not a shock to mouth for imperial stout. The slight smoke ending is great, it is the vanilla bean beginning that makes this creamy dessert. You donít have to enjoy an imperial to like this.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 15, 2014
Black pour with a beige head. Aromas of roasted malts and cocoa. Big roasted malt flavors follow with notes of chocolate and coffee. Abv is well-hidden. Not quite as robust as I would have liked but still good.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bth122 (1299) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2014
Bottle. Black color. Smaller head. Aroma of cocoa and roasted malt. Some chewy texture. Medium heavy body. Creamy texture. Low carbonation. Alcohol is hidden. A tasty treat! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
malkyore (215) - - APR 4, 2014
Little thinner then I would have hoped but still a great stout. Lots of chocolate, lots of roast malt. Itís very good, more Atwater beers should be this good!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kramer (5108) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2014
Bottle. Pours a clear dark brown with a one finger foamy beige head. The nose is rather sweet for an Imperial Stout with lots of chocolate and dark caramel. A lesser influence from the roasted malt. Lighter notes of licorice and alcohol. The flavor is equally sweet with a heavy vanilla component. Lots of caramel and milk chocolate sweetness, with the roastiness emerging on the finish along with a little alcohol. Medium bodied and rather smooth for the high ABV. It doesnít mention vanilla anywhere on the bottle, but the flavor of it really dominates this and gets a bit tiring towards the end of the bottle,


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