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RATINGS: 551   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MercyDevice (359) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2011
Very dark brown color with a small brown head that doesn’t last. Mildly bitter, with very strong coffee notes - almost tastes like a coffee drink.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bth122 (1293) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2011
Poured a black color (like a stout should) with a big frothy head. Aroma of coffee, but a sour like smell of coffee. Taste: Lite-to-med sweetness with slight bitter. Taste is better than the aroma. Med body. Thicker texture, Soft carbonation. Kind of sugary coffee stout. Wasnt real found of aroma but taste is pretty good. I had Founders Imperial Stout right before this, and this doesnt compare to the FIS, but not bad.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (5038) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 26, 2011
Tap at Churchkey. Poured a dark, black color with tan head. Aroma was roasted malts, coffee notes. Roasted, coffee goodness throughout the beer. This one hit the spot.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (10192) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 26, 2011
On tap at Avery Strong Ale Fest poured a translucent dark brown nearly black with a small lingering brown head. Aromasof coffee, roasted malt and bakers cocoa. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of coffee, roasted malt and bitter chocolate with a smooth lingering coffee finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LtDan (1784) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - FEB 23, 2011
Appearance: Pours a dark brown with a creamy gathering of tan froth atop.

Aroma: Coffee liquor and black coffee.

Taste: Dry roast, black coffee, vanilla with a hop spice finish.

Mouthfeel: Spicy prickly fizz at first, as it warms up, it becomes creamy.

Overall: One of the better coffee beers I’ve had. No stale grinds to be found. The alcohol was also well hidden.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 20, 2011
12oz bottle "Batch 2": Pours a mostly opaque black with a stringy-lacing creamy ring of beige head. Has a fresh roasty coffee nose with some sweet toasty nutty notes and a touch of dark chocolate. Starts with good fullness and chewy dark malty sweetness giving way to espresso and vanilla flavors before a drier, roasty bittersweet finish. An enjoyable coffee/imperial stout that hides its alcohol well.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adnielsen (9449) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 18, 2011
Tap @ Boulder Strong Ale Festival. Deep black appearance with dark brown head. Deep roasted chocolate malts with a huge coffee flavor. What an amazing chocolate, roasted, coffee flavor. Whoa!!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sloth (2529) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - FEB 17, 2011
Medium sized light brown head with decent retention and lace. Black colored. Nose is a little dirty, nice roast, chocolate, coffee grains. Body is medium, lightly oily. Nice coffee flavors, some spent old grains type flavors with a hint of dark fruits,light caramels and cocoa. Fairly dry finish. Decent.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - FEB 15, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2011 20110215 12oz bottle from Honeygo. Opaque, near black, with a sturdy brown head. Aroma is beany light roast coffee, dark chocolate, tobacco, which is all quite nice, but there are background notes of acetaldehyde that get more persistent with temp. Body is medium to full with a coating but not sticky sweetness that lasts, ample carbonation, and little bitterness. Flavor is mostly quite sweet but not unpleasantly, savory hints, mild acidity (as from coffee) lingers. Apple begins to dominate to the degree that I did not want to finish the second half of the bottle, which is disappointing because I was really enjoying it at first. Rerate... on tap at Bolans. Way better, without the flaws. Bumped from 2.4.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
strongpieman (1538) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - FEB 12, 2011
Tap at Frisco Grille. Said nitro, but came out with no head ? Dark brown, light head. Chocolate aroma primarily... Surprising. Creamy, thick, light carbonation. Coffee flavor picks up with the taste and lingers with the finish. Warming from the high alcohol. Very good overall.


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