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RATINGS: 547   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 267   ABV: 8.9%
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Deep black color with mousse-like head. Chocolate, black, and roasted malts. Vanilla and chocolate aroma and flavor. Flaked barley and oats for a creamy texture. Dry finish and slightly roasted coffee after taste. Made with Black Dog Coffee. 8.9% abv.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (6701) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 16, 2014
Draft sample at Cincy Beerfest 2014 on Fountain Square. Pours a beautiful opaque brown with a big dark tan head that takes a little while to settle. Great looking beer. Notes of chocolate, coffee, cardboard, burnt toast, tobacco, earth, and roast. Medium-bodied, with medium carbonation and a chalky, roasty mouthfeel. It seems kind of old; or at least it initially did before growing on me a little.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (6031) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 16, 2014
"Had this one bottled a while back - not sure why i didnít rate right away. A worthy beer, loads of coffee and bitterness up front, with some sweet coffee and chocolate to temper the flavor. medium to thick feel, and pretty smooth for the abv."

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
imdownthepub (10578) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 10, 2014
Bottled, 355ml at The Beer Cellar, Exeter, Devon. Black with tan head. There is a smoothness to this, full palate, rich, chocolate malts along with a smooth coffee grounds, tarry in the close. This is rather scrumptious and very drinkable, probably not for a Tuesday lunch time though.

4.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
katrinaez (89) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2014
Tastes like crushed coffee beans....literally. strong thick imperial. Heavy but tasty. Touch of bitter and you feel the abv.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MayumiH (149) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2014
" Enjoy your new pet! He said. 12hrs later, your heart is pounding with terror as you wake up to find the savage beast growling over a puddle of your neighbours organs. And thatís not coffee on your breath this morning, itís a fear. Sleep tight my friend. "

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ghendrix (116) - Cardiff, WALES - AUG 31, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours black with oily tan head, decent lacing. Aromas are chocolate, coffee, liquorice, fruit cake, berries, wood. Medium sweet and a little bitter at first, getting more bitter toward the finish. Alcohol warmth later. Mouthfeel is slick, a little cocoa powder at the end. Not much carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (4817) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - AUG 30, 2014
Deep super dark brown coloured body with a thin layer of a deep rich brown head, less than a centimetre tall. Aroma of coffee, alcohol, roasted malt, molasses, buckwheat, cream and more alcohol - pungent. Full-bodied; Rich, chocolate, chewy mouthful of alcohol, earth, coffee, cream, soy sauce, mushrooms, roasted malt, nuts and figs. Aftertaste shows a lot of alcohol, some chocolate, but tons of coffee and nuts - deep and strong throughout with a slightly bittering, but very strong coffee flavour. Overall, a decent beer, but not great - there are some good flavours, but the depth and coffee are perhaps a bit too extreme and donít work out as well as they should or as they could. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Giant Food in Falls Church, Virginia on 13-February-2014 for US$1,83 sampled at home in New Paltz, New York on 30-August-2014.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lisowczyk (59) - POLAND - AUG 14, 2014
Butelka 0.33l Czarna ciecz przyozdobiona ciemną, drobną, średnio obfitą i niezbyt trwałą pianom. W zapachu kawa i ciemne owoce. Aromat mało intensywny. W smaku ciemne owoce (śliwka, rodzynki), kawa, palone słody, lekka czekolada i wanilia. Goryczka o średniej intensywności. Alkohol lekko wyczuwalny.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beeebon (216) - Cornwall, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2014
Pours a thick black colour, with very small tan head which dissapeared almost instantly. Smell of coffee, dark chocolate and slight roasted malt. The taste is very smooth, quite sweet and creamy. The coffee and dark chocolate comes through and it is a real pleasure to drink as the alcohol content is well masked. Perhaps a little too sweet for my liking, but thatís my problem. I would certainly drink again!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gegwilson (1381) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2014
Bottle from the Robert Gillow Bottle Shop, Lancaster. Pours black with a tan head. Plenty of bitter coffee and a little liquorice flavour, especially in the finish. I was a little surprised that this wasnít fuller flavoured. Starts a little sharp with a touch too much carbonation. A fairly oily mouthfeel. Very nice, just a little short of being really amazing.


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