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RATINGS: 59   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   IBU: 67   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Pssst. Come a little closer. Weíve got a little something shakiní that may interest you. Is it a Stout or an American Black Ale? Well, well, well, you can never tell. Eyes on the prize, put your nose in the glass. Donít drink too fast. Gotta make it last. Just let it roll across your tongue like a hopped-up velvet thundercloud.

Donít tell me this stout ainít got no hops. You just gotta sniff around. Come on over to the dark side of the street.


sfontain's rating

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sfontain (851) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2013
13 oz draught at Pint Room, Dublin. Black; foamy tan head that dissipates into a light covering. Good lacing. Aroma roast, coffee, chocolate. Medium-full body, predominantly roasty with coffee. Very good, yet very forgettable; I had multiple Dragonís Milkís after this and they blew this beer away.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Johnsense (1123) - - FEB 10, 2016
Pitch black pour with an offwhite head. Aroma of cocoa, blueberry, grapefruit rind, char. Hoppy up front, dark fruit, cocoa, burnt wood, pine resin, tobacco. Medium to fuller body.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chalumeaux (691) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 7, 2016
Poured from bottle thanks Airforcehops deep brown black with a nice tan head. Aromas of roasted malt floral notes pine and grass. Taste is nice notes of resin pine cocoa and a creamy balanced hop finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
katrinaez (957) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2016
Nice combo of hops and smooth roasted malts. You can smell the hops and some chocolate. The taste is full and it stays in your mouth. Creamy. Tap

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (5783) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2016
Dark brown with a medium sized, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of floral hops, pine, grass, roast, and cocoa. Taste of pine, tobacco, roast, dank, resiny, piney finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (8700) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 27, 2015
On tap at Fat Heads in Pittsburgh. Pours a deep brown to black with a medium sized tan head. Big roast with a bit of piney and citrus over bakers cocoa. Medium bodied, roast, chocolate, cocoa. Long roast and cocoa into the finish, slight warming alcohol pops up at the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jredmond (6939) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 20, 2015
Bottle shared with and courtesy of Paul. Pours a nice blackish body with thin off white lacing. Mouthfeel is on soft and medium-bodied with notes of soft roast, sweet cocoa, light milk/lactose - but not too much sweetness. Soft coffee and fresh hop. Nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dal9000 (400) - Ohio, USA - JUN 26, 2015
Pours black with a thick tan head. Initial milk chocolate and a soft finish of dark chocolate with a gritty marshmallow sweet mouth feel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madelfonatree (303) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 18, 2015
Look - Dark oil body. Tan thick bubble head. A lot of head with aggressive pour. Lacing. Smell - Urine. Pine. Chocolate. Coffee. Citrus. Taste - Slight chocolate and coffee. Marshmallow and citrus. Pine and bitter finish. Feel - Little too much carbonation bomb. Hollow but heavy. Overall - I did not like this stout when I first had it. I let it sit in the back of my fridge for a few months. I canít say I donít like it now. I like the black IPA style and this does not fall far from the tree.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Patrickctenchi (5454) - Coxís Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - MAY 25, 2015
Bottle: Pours black with a tan ring. Pine, chocolate roast aroma. Taste is burned chocolate, pine..... Really nice resiny hops, dark roasty malts. Very rich.....creamy....strong cooked coffee. Very good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (3988) - Michigan, USA - APR 29, 2015
12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 12/27/2014. Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger dense and rocky tan head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, grapefruit, orange peel, pine, light smoke/char, floral, grass, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and moderate citrus/piney hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, grapefruit, orange peel, pine, light smoke/char, floral, grass, and roasted earthiness. Good amount of pine and roast/charred bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, grapefruit, orange peel, pine, light smoke/char, and floral/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice robustness and complexity of dark/roasted malt and moderate citrus/piney hop flavors; with a good roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and fairly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent hoppy imperial stout style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of big dark/roasted malt and moderate citrus/piney hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.


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