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RATINGS: 110   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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This liquid is the alpha and the omega; you need nothing else. Our flagship imperial stout has been aged in charred American oak bourbon barrels with African cacao nibs and locally roasted coffee. Dark, bitter cocoa blends with sweet malt; robust coffee mellows in the presence of oak-imparted vanilla and bourbon flavors. Enjoy this one at the end of a fine meal with good friends.


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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - APR 7, 2013
Rated 3/24/13. Portion of a 750ml bottle into a Hunahpu’s snifter. From notes. A: Pours a dark brown color. The head is a thin white-shaded collar. S: Chocolaty, with a bit of coffee. I also notice slight caramel and roasted qualities. T: At first, faint chocolate gives way to a vegetal, stale coffee profile. After a couple of sips, it balances out fairly well. The finish has a bit of ’saltiness’ that I enjoy somewhat, too. Barrel influences are very subtle here. M: Rather thin, and not really creamy, either. Still, the sweet/bitter balance is nice. O: Ramp up the body, use better coffee; and we could really be talking about something kickass here. As it stands, it’s a pretty good imperial stout with quite a few glaring flaws.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Benzai (9758) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - MAY 21, 2015
Bottle @ weekly tasting shared with Dutchdrebus, Joes and dEnk. Opaque pitch black color, medium sized light to medium brown colored head that lasts for a decent while and leaves fair lacing. Aroma is malts, roast, coffee, dark malts. Taste malts, dark malts, light to moderately chocolate, bitter. Medium body, suitable average carbonation. Blue Mountain Chocolate Coffee

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClubGonzo (4548) - Bergen, NORWAY - APR 30, 2015
Bottle from Vinmonopolet in Valkendorfsgate, Bergen. Pours a pitch black body with a medium creamy off-white head. Nose is chocolate, peanuts, wood, caramel, grains, bourbon, mild cocoa and hints of coconut, cookie dough and coffee. Taste is coffee, chocolate, cookies, brown bread, vanilla, bourbon, hints of cocoa and caramel. Medium body and carbonation. Nice enough, but the lack of body is somewhat disturbing; it also hampers the taste complexity in a way. Good, but not wholly amazing.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crdunn (7) - - APR 23, 2015 does not count
Poured out of bottle alongside standard Dark Hollow. Black colour with a beige head. Definitely get the chocolate and coffee notes that aren’t there/as prevalent in the regular version. I like this better than the regular version

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
teddybeer (2577) - Madrid, SPAIN - APR 5, 2015
Black color with a medium light beige head that quickly diminishes. Aroma has notes of toasted malts, black chocolate and ripe dark fruit. Flavor is slightly sweet, toasted and roasted notes, coffee beans and chocolate, barrel notes and ripe plumbs hints. Slightly sweetness in the final with roasted notes and hints of vanilla. Creamy and smooth on palate.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
domienS (207) - Oostakker, BELGIUM - APR 3, 2015
Pours a black beer with a big beige head. Smells coffee, tobacco, chocolate, and a lot of bourbon and a lot of oak. Tastes bitter. In the aftertaste you have pure oak! Not a balanced beer imo.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerhunter111 (9866) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAR 16, 2015
Das Bier ist schwarz und es hat eine ordentliche cremige bräunliche Schaumkrone. Geruch holzig, Vanille, leicht alkoholisch, gering röstmalzig, wenig Kaffee. Geschmack süß röstmalzig, viel Vanille, holzig, rund, gering alkoholisch.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
WillRunForBeer (1230) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 8, 2015
750mL bottle from trade. Best by May 2013 on the cork. Pours cola brown with a beige head. Aroma is dark chocolate and spent coffee grinds. Taste starts out dark chocolate, coffee. Finishes vegetal, pepper, coffee grinds. I think I should have drank this as soon as I got it.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
AirForceHops (4156) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 8, 2015
750 ml bottle shared by Willrunforbeer best by May of 2013 stamped on the cork. Well it smells fine, very chocolatey. Rich Melted chocolate bar with a hint of roast and the lightest note of bourbon. Used coffee grounds are also here.

Well, I got excited for no reason. The chocolate element and roast are still there but the bean has turned lightly acidic which proves to mean again coffee bean beers need to be fresh. And unfortunately not much of a bourbon character to help save it. I’m sure it’s a different animal fresh but this breweries beer can NOT sit.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
djd07 (5285) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 8, 2015
Bottle thanks to Nathan. Pours a dark brown with small beigr head. The aroma is strong chocolate and roast. Medium mouth nice roast, dark chooclate, light dryness, very good.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (15054) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 28, 2015
Draft at Churchkey courtesy of DCLawyer, thanks! Black color, brown head. Bitter cocoa aroma. Taste has coffee grounds, bourbon, butterscotch. Decent.


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