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RATINGS: 594   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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A cocoa infused Imperial Stout – Opaque black in color with a dark brown head. Big chocolate aroma with notes of espresso, blackstrap molasses, dark sweet toffee and dark fruit. Smooth dark chocolate backbone with complex notes of coffee, dark toffee and dark fruit.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BelgianBeerGal (3197) - Panama City, Florida, USA - FEB 16, 2014
Traded bottle around two years old. Great looking pout with a big brown head that lasts forever and leaves thick lacing behind. Aroma is lots of dark fruit and dark malt and a hint of sweetness. The flavor starts out a little muted but then the chocolate and coffee shows up in the finish. Pretty nice.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Braudog (5748) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - FEB 16, 2014
Draft. The visuals live up to the advertisement ... thick, brooding and well topped with one of the darkest heads I’ve seen. Drinks with an almost gritty sense of overflowing chocolate, well bodied and exceptionally easy to drink. Little to no evidence of 10%, which is a plus in my book. Very, very good. (#5438, 2/15/2014)

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nearbeer (3735) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 16, 2014
Two half pints on tap. Opaque with a small ring of cream. Mild aroma of chocolate, espresso, graham cracker and wood. Tastes of espresso, bitttersweet chocolate, berries, a touch of soy sauce, blackstrap molasses and hints of merlot and oak on the finish. Heavy body is smooth with a fine medium-high carbonation. Gets slightly sticky and shows a bit more of the abv than is necessary, but has a nice balance.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
berntholer (921) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - FEB 16, 2014
beige head that disappears quickly with some lacing. coffee coloured. aroma leather, smoke, umami. taste like aroma, roasted malts aftertaste is bitter, slight spicy. medium body and carbonation. abv hidden well and very well balanced. bottle 65 cl / special release jan 2011

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Xenon (84) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - FEB 14, 2014
This beer exceeded my expectations. Delighted to find it on tap valentine’s day. Booziness is very well controlled and almost not noticeable until the end. Very good chocolate without being overstated. minor licorice and caramel flavors as well. The strength of this beer is that it flows so well. No portion is out or place. Imperial stout is pretty easy to get right but this beer definitely gets it right

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Enwiebe (128) - - FEB 14, 2014
2/14/12. Draft at Bull McCabes. Pours deep dark brown with a one finger head of mocha foam. Wonderful roasty chocolate nose with a touch of hops. Great chocolate stout balance of sweet, dark malt, and hop. Definitely sweeter and thicker than many choc stouts. How I like it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (4608) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 14, 2014
Draft at b dubs. Kegs of this seem to be popping up everywhere. Deep brown with a tiny tan head. The nose is pretty sweet burnt brown sugar, slightly bitter dark chocolate. Booze-spiked hot chocolate. The taste is hot runny sticky toffee pudding. Roasted malt bitterness. Dark chocolate. Full body, oily. Tasty.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bubbleflubber (1833) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 14, 2014
On draught at the Trailhouse Restaurant in Black Mountain, NC, this pours opaque black into the glass with a wispy eggshell head that leaves soapy lacing. The nose is of chocolate-covered cherries and rum balls. Flavors are rich, of deep dark chocolates, cocoa, deeply dark pitted fruits, rum balls, coffee grains to finish, with a lingering ABV coffee essence after the pull. Very substantive, with a rich full body, dark complexities for days, and a velvety smooth mouthfeel. Goes down the pallet very well as an aperitif or dessert. Great job here! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (4254) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 12, 2014
Draft - Roast malts, bitter chocolate and a touch of anise. Jet black with a thin brown head. Chocolate, dark roast coffee and a dry bitter finish. Nice but not what I expected.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (11030) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2014
Draft at Appalachian Vintner during RBWG 2014 - Asheville. Pours deep, black-brown with a creamy, tan hear. Hefty chocolate aroma with notes of ash, cocoa and brownies. Medium to heavy sweet flavor with bittersweet cocoa, further ashy roast, torched earth bitterness. Full bodied with fine carbonation and creamy texture. Warming finish with rich bittersweet baking cocoa, dirt and burnt wood. Very good.


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