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RATINGS: 94   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   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 (747) - 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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mR_fr0g (3965) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2014
Bottle shared at the RBESG 2014, grand tasting 10/08/2014 Craft Beer Co Clerkenwell. Aroma is rich dark chocolate, coffee, smooth roast and some veg pepper. Nice praline and vanilla on the nose as well. Dark caramel coloured pour with a lasting light tan head. Flavour is composed of nutty choc, praline malts, soft roast and nice touch of berry fruit in the finish. Palate is full and smooth. Tasty beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Strykzone (5067) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Sampled at esbls. Black with a tan head. The flavor is thinner than expected but has coffee and chocolate. Rich, thick, and good. Nicely done.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GermanBrews76 (679) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 9, 2014
Nose is a mix of bourbon and cacao with undertones of espresso. Big syrupy chewy mouthfeel that carries a chocolate malty front transitioning to a coffee and bourbon finish. Sticky and cloying , the flavor lingers with a warming feel all the way through.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darkmagus82 (1823) - - SEP 30, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 10-23-13- Poured from bottle into a snifter Appearance – The beer pours a nearly pitch black color with a nice two finger brown colored head of big carbonation bubbles. The head fades relatively quickly, leaving some light lace on the sides of the glass and some foam islands on the surface of the brew. Smell – The aroma is nice and roasty with lots of roasted malt aromas, a nice big chocolate smell, and a good deal of coffee. Along with these smells are some notes of a vanilla nature as well as a lighter caramel. A little bit of smoke and oak are in the nose as well, overall creating a moderately sweet and roasty smell. Taste – The taste begins with a sweeter chocolate and roasted malt flavor. Flavors of vanilla and a bit of the caramel detected in the nose were present upfront, complimenting the chocolate very nicely. The flavors present upfront, remain throughout the taste, creating a base for the brew. As the taste moves on however, a nice coffee and lighter toast flavor comes to the tongue. A woody and oaky flavor comes to the tongue at the end, and when combined with a bit of smoke, a very nice oaky and roasty chocolate latte like flavor is left to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is very thick and creamy with a carbonation level that is average. The thick and creamy body is fantastic for all the roasted and sweeter flavors of the brew letting all those big flavors to sit and linger on the tongue. Overall – This was a very tasty Imperial. The mingling of big flavors in the chocolate, coffee and roast were quite fantastic, and even at 10 % abv there was almost no detectible boozy flavor. Thankfully the thicker body keeps the drinker in check and kept this a very enjoyable slow sipper.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jfb (4072) - Freising, GERMANY - SEP 25, 2014
(bottle) black in colour with a frothy beige head. nondescript aroma of alcohol, treebark and herbal hops, with notes of roasted malts and light ash. flavour is mostly alcohol, soy sauce and fudge, with notes of dark chocolate and some roasted malts. heavy-bodied with average carbonation.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cgarvieuk (15169) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 23, 2014
10abv deep black... Thin tan head... Dark chocolate dark malts roast nose... Mellow malts roast.. Dark chocolate.. Bitter chocolate roast.. Dark roast malts.. Light vanilla roast

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (17520) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 22, 2014
Bottle @ RBESG 2014 Sunday Tasting. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty coffee aroma with hints of chocolate. Roasted malty coffee and chocolate flavor. Has a roasted malty coffee and chocolate finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rlgk (11461) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 21, 2014
RBESG 2014, Sunday tasting at Craft Clerkenwell, London. Black beer with a beige head. Chocolate aroma, caramel, licorice, cocoa, figs and raisins, some coffee. Coffee flavor, dark chocolate, licorice, vanilla, nuts, caramel, some raisins. Good beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slowrunner77 (6084) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 13, 2014
"Intriguing. So apparently there is a regular old barrel aged version of this beer, and then this - with the extra aging on coffee and cocoa nibs. I’d love to have them side by side. This beer was a little on the thin side, but so very smooth, the slight thinness (thinosity) being its only fault. Pretty well balanced and decadent. I’d say the coffee comes out more, and the barrels and chocolate share the rest. Liked it from start to finish. Fairly likely to be bumped up to a 4.4 if/when i get to revisit this. This is the type of barreled stout that would win over those who think most BA beers are too barrel prevelant (and some definitely are, but not this baby)."

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AndySnow (4079) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 10, 2014
How: Bottle.
Where: RBESG 14 not so grand tasting.
Appearance: Black colour with a beige head.
Aroma: Coffee, chocolate, roasted malt.
Body: Medium body, low to medium carbonation.
Flavour: Chocolate, sweet malt, some spices, coffee.


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