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RATINGS: 37   MEAN: 3.49/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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The Black Rat is a juggernaut of a beer. This imperial, milk stout is big and full of flavor and may remind you of an Irish coffee with lots of cream and sugar. This monster beer clocks in at 9.2% A.B.V. It truly is bitter sweet and velvety smooth.


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
queenholly (2827) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - FEB 17, 2013
Tap at Cincy Beerfest. Chocolate, coffee, and ash aroma. Near black with a small tan head. Coffee, lactic chocolate, and earthy flavor. Medium body and carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrSilverworm (5898) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2013
Tasted at Cincinnati Winter Beer Fest 2013. Good tan head. Decent lace. Roasty aroma. Chocolate. Bitter taste. Medium to bigger body. Smooth carbonation. Kind of toasty malt, a hint of tobacco. Not bad, but something lacking in the body, I think. Smooth, but little chewiness. Likely too cold for my liking, not something that can be helped in this setting. Little dark fruit notes, some herbal hops. Kind of a sweet molasses finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chudwick (1964) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - FEB 17, 2013
Draft at CWBF - pours dark brown with light brown head and decent lacing. Nose is coffee and caramel. Flavor is dominated by the yeast as in it is just getting better or worse: too mature or immature. Bittersweet.

3.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kathouse (916) - Nevada, USA - OCT 7, 2012
Pours deep brown with a thick fat brown foam. I’m glad this tastes better than it smells. Like soured chocolate milk, this one is hard to get by, but once you do, you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Lots of chocolate a sweet malt. Full mouthfeel and residual sweetness from the lactose. Finishes long. Just wish the aroma was better.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2408) - Michigan, USA - AUG 25, 2012
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled in late 2011. Pours pitch black color with a fluffy 2-3 finger dark khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some nice foamy lacing on the glass, with a lot of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of coffee, roasted malt, caramel, milk chocolate, toffee, biscuit, nuttiness, and light fruitiness. Nice and well balanced aromas with good complexity. Taste of coffee, roasted malt, milk chocolate, toffee, toast, nuttiness, and light fruitiness. Fair amount of coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of coffee, milk chocolate, roasted malt, toffee, toast, and light fruitiness on the finish for a good bit. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Very smooth to sip on. Overall this is an excellent imperial milk stout! Great balance of roasted and sweet flavors, with good complexity; and very smooth to sip on. Really enjoyable stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
DoublEE (784) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2012
bit too much lactose sweetness and not enough roast and complexity for an imperial stout, not quite smooth enough for a milk stout. Not really the bests of both worlds, but not bad.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JaBier (4730) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUN 18, 2012
Bottle shared by a friend. Darkest brown pour with a huge tan head. Malty and roasty nose with dark fruit and chocolate notes. Chocolate and dark fruit in the flavor with some booziness before a bitter roasty finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oRos (1032) - sacramento, California, USA - JUN 5, 2012
Bottle shared with beerboxer. Black in color with a slight white head. Not much of a flavor. Has a coffee dark malty taste but isnt very strong.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (10688) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 4, 2012
Bottle from bittermestupid - thanks Greg. Pours black with a fizzy dark tan head. Aroma of lactosity over chocolate and smooth burnt malt. Med body -almost. It’s milk stout with attitude. Sort of milk chocolate. Very flavorful. Finishes lightly sweet.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (6300) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 4, 2012
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours dark brown with a fizzy tan head and a chocolate aroma. There is a creamy chocolate flavor with lots of carbonation and a dry finish.


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