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RATINGS: 596   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 267   ABV: 8.9%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
_angst_ (4125) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 27, 2012
Draught @ Haket. Pours black with a small creamy pale brown head that clings to the glass while dissipating. Smell is slightly sweet with roasted malts, caramel, coffee, green chili, minerals, wood and hints of alcohol. Taste is sweet and slightly bitter with coffee, roasted malts, cocoa, bourbon, vanilla, wood and resin. Mouthfeel is silky and medium to full-bodied. Finish is sweet and slightly bitter with lightly roasted malts and vanilla.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pineypower (2898) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - FEB 26, 2012
Bottle thanks to Dmac. Pours out an almost black brown color with a fading tan head. Aroma is of coffee, roast and sweet alcohol. Taste is smooth light roast coffee, chocolate, light malty roast and a tad of sweetness in there also. Alcohol makes a slight appearance on the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kenwall17 (232) - new york, New York, USA - FEB 26, 2012
Dark coffee colored pour, not much of a head. Coffee is abundant. Then malts and vanilla. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (13208) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 24, 2012
Botttle from Total Wine in Sacramento, CA. Pours very dark brown with a creamy/bubbly dark tan head. Strong burnt/smoke malt with coffee for aroma. Full bodied. Flavor is chocolate/vanilla with a lot of smooth burnt malt and then strong coffee. It gives the illusion of sweet, maybe because it’s thick, but it’s burnt and dry. Of all things I am definitely getting banana in the finish. Weird and complex, but very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Blairgus (3722) - California, USA - FEB 24, 2012
23 feb 2012, bottle. Nose is slightly tart alcohol and coffee. Soft and subtle. Some oak notes, hay, vanilla, lots of burnt malt/toast. Not very sweet. Nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marsiblursi (3070) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 24, 2012
(Draught) Pours black with a brown head. The aroma holds fruits, vanilla, caramel and chocolate up front with undertones black currant candy, cold coffee, green bell pepper, earth and sweet liquorice. Not much coffee on the nose. The flavour is light sweet and medium bitter with notes of vanilla, round coffee, light fruity/resinous hops and dark bread alongside a touch of liquorice. The mouthfeel is round, soft and a bit velvety with a light to medium carbonation. Coffee, liquorice and friendly hops on the finish. Medium to full bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (6142) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - FEB 23, 2012
Bottle: The aroma consists of a nice mixture of dark chocolate, coffee, and light vanilla. As it warms, some fruit and alcohol notes come out. It pours a dark brown, virtually black, with a two finger light brown head with good retention and some minimal lacing. The flavor starts with moderate dark chocolate and light molasses. The finish has notes of coffee, a touch of vanilla, and a hint of burnt notes. It’s medium-full bodied with light carbonation and a somewhat oily mouthfeel. It certainly doesn’t look flat, but the carbonation is really lacking and I would just stop short of calling it flat. Overall, I really like the flavor, but some more carbonation would go a long way.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hammy78 (918) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 22, 2012
Bottle from Whole Foods Manhattan New York. Pours a motor oil black, very small tan head that recedes to a small ring, minute spots of lacing. Smells chocolaty and coffee, caramelized malt. Tastes rich and sweet, chocolate and coffee again. Really nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mansquito (4644) - Nueva York, New York, USA - FEB 20, 2012
Whole Foods, P St, DC sixer ($15): Pours a black color with a very brown head. Aroma is coffee and roasted malts and coffee. Oh, there is some chocolate there too. This beer is one of them smooth and mellow imperial stouts. I always forget these exist. It is scarily easy to drink. Goes down wicked smooth, perhaps at the expense of some brutality and complexity. Some coffee finish, but not too much. If you were to tell me this was an imperial I would have difficulty believing you.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dEnk (4200) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - FEB 20, 2012
Draft @ Beer Temple. Aroma is mostly roast and liquorice, faint coffee. Flavour is a nice mocca coffee and roast goodness with a sidenote of fruity malts. Good stuff.

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