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RATINGS: 170   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.14/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
Imperial stout with coffee, cacao nibs, and vanilla beans

Editor’s Note: Non barrel aged. In 2014, this was tap only. A 22oz bottle was released in May 2015, along with some draft.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tillmac62 (685) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - APR 11, 2016
Pours dark as Satan’s heart...this is pitch black. Outstanding head volume and lacing, world class retention. Rich world class nose loaded with vanilla and caramel over a base of espresso, cocoa and amazingly light roast (considering the color). Solid medium body that is so smooth it approaches creamy. World class carbonation / body balance that allows the complex flavors to shine. There is a nice effervescent middle and a finish that is prickly. The flavor profile is world class with a kicker. It is richly flavored, complex and in perfect balance. It begins with a moderately bitter grainy aspect of roast and espresso that quickly becomes sweet. Caramel, chocolate and vanilla explode on the pallet, then slowly fade into chocolate / cocoa over a softly bittered middle. Here espresso takes the lead as sweetness fades and becomes more like dark bakers chocolate. Light alcohol becomes evident during the finish, but rich flavors subdue any dryness. For an 11% ABV, this is quite an accomplishment. The finish is a slow fade of slightly bitter dark chocolate and espresso and subtle notes of vanilla. Possibly the best stout I’ve ever had. As it warms, caramel also emerges in the finish adding sweetness to the complex delicious finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ed5388 (3225) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2016
22oz bomber shared by Dan. Poured black with a small creamy dark tan head. Aroma of strong espresso, booze, vanilla, dark malts, and a hint of caramel. Taste of sweet black cherries, black malts, dark chocolate, vanilla, and sweet dark fruit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
DesertDevil (685) - Arizona, USA - APR 2, 2016
22-oz. bottle. The aroma feature milk chocolate, moderate vanilla, and mild earthy coffee (with a hint of green pepper). Very roasty on the initial sip with baker’s chocolate, bitter coffee, and a nice vanilla sweetness to finish. The body is probably the best attribute: silky smooth. A good and enjoyable beer, but hardly a top-50 imperial stout in my opinion.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
McNeillR (2233) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 21, 2016
Thick dark brown, a dense thin tan foam and viscous lacing. Nose is bristling with earthy roast, rusty vanilla sweetness and chewy raisin. Initial taste is a fairly soily coffee bitterness, fluffy enough sweetness and some odd choc dustings - like the stuff you only get from ’bubbled’ choc like Aero, but I’m more in a Milky Way Magic Stars vibe with this. A bit bloody/bitter/minerally in the middle but otherwise extremely pleasant sweet/coffee swirl here. Well strung carbonation and a thick and sticky mouthfeel. Finishes woody, leathery and molassessy - lingers long dark coffee choc abyss.

Cheers CAGarvieUSOFKAY post tasting sweep up

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
allmyvinyl (9562) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 20, 2016
Bottle at Craigs 2016 alldayer. Pours black with a thick tan head. Aromas of coffee, vanilla, dark chocolate. Taste is more of the she. Roasted bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stuu666 (10879) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 19, 2016
Bottle at craig’s. Pours black, nose is roasted coffee, chocolate, taste is bitter roasted coffee, chocolate, toffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cgarvieuk (21899) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 19, 2016
bottle at home .. dark black ... thick tan head .. rich ... massive coffee chcolate roast .. rich malts .. dark chcolate .. big coffee nose ... dark rich roast .. rich chocolate ,, massive coffee roast .. rich roast .. massive coffee .. sweet coffee roast .. massive coffee .. rich chocolate roast

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (44143) - VestJylland, DENMARK - FEB 28, 2016

Bottle 22fl.oz. @ [ Pre-Borefts Ratebeer evening ] - ABC Beers, Korte Koediefstraat 5, Den Haag, Netherlands 2511CE.

[ As Cigar City Caffè Americano Double Stout ].
Dark black brown color with a large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, light brown head. Aroma is heavy malty, roasted, coffee, moderate chocolate, dark chocolate. Flavor is heavy sweet and moderate to heavy bitter with a long duration, chocolate, sweet chocolate, vanilla, coffee, dark malt. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20150924]

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Countbeer (6222) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - FEB 27, 2016
Bottle: Served in a taster: Thanks Joes: Black beer with a brown head. Aromas coffee, coffee roast, lacto, mocha, toffee... Flavours of roast, coffee, coffee roast, mocha, bitter, easy and delicious... Aftertaste is roasty, coffee, light bitter, light sweet, light mocha... Low carbo, creamy silky mouthfeel, close to full bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hackobock (3577) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 26, 2016
February 26, 2016. Bottle, shared by Milsem, thanks!
Black with a small dense brown head. Aroma is ground coffee, dark chocolate, hints of vanilla. Taste is sweet malty, bitter with lots of roasted coffee in the finish, dark chocolate, hints of vanilla and black berries. Medum bodied, soft to average carbonation.

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