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RATINGS: 635   WEIGHTED AVG: 4/5   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Shag (2789) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - APR 13, 2008
Rating #1600 well hell yeah! A black appearance with a moderate tan head. The aroma consists of coffee, chocolate, licorice, dark fruit, and charcoal. This is a very rich beer with a lot of chocolate showing through. Some coffee and licorice linger in the background. This reminds of Expedition in some ways. The alcohol is hidden quite well. The aftertaste is a mixture of bitter and sweet. This beer lives up to the hype. Great stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - APR 11, 2008
bottle from frumpty dumpty: pours a very black with a good sized tan head. aroma is great roasted coffee and fantastic dark chocolate, some very deep dark fruits. flavour is a roasty chocolate, great chcocolate actually, some fruit showing up. very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DicksMcGee (56) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 6, 2008
UPDATED: APR 20, 2008 THANKS Pepsican! As you would expect, chocolate everywhere. Smell, chocolate, taste, chocolate. Amazing mouth feel. roastiness, coffee, fruits and stuff hid behind the chocolate, but still let you know they were there. Best RIS I’ve had.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beershine (5219) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - APR 5, 2008
Bottle, Merritt Island Throwdown. Perfect black. Cocoa aromas. Totally smooth dark chocolate flavors. Robust roastiness with chocolate again in the finish. Alcohol present but well-integrated. Gorgeous! Thank you orlando crew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - APR 5, 2008
Thanks SoLan! Poured a deep brown, almost black color. The aroma is chocolaty and roasted, with some molasses and treacle notes peeking through on the back. The flavor is more of the same, though a bit more subdued than I anticipated. Very good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
dchmela (3002) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2008
Merritt Island Throwdown ’08: Bottle, courtesy mcbackus. Wow, this is good! Pours thick black with a small dark tan head. Chocolate, vanilla, coffee, roasted grain aroma. Taste is an explosion of chocolate, vanilla, roasted grain, & coffee. Just coats the glass with thick residue. Has a slight sharpness, also. Finishes a little thick, like a chewy aperitif.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2008 Merritt Island Throwdown ’08: Bottle, courtesy mcbackus. Pours a brownish red, with creamy orange highlights. Rings of lacing are prominent, and a nice foamy head. Chocolate is rich in the aroma, with caramel and deep roasted malts. Rich flavors of roasted chocolate, thick brown sugar influence, with a chalky and bitter aftertaste. Warming, medium-body. Sweet flavors stick to mouth, and very enjoyable. ABV is unnoticeable. Quite nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 29, 2008
Bottle via decaturstevo. Thanks so much! Dark brown color. Smell of chocolate, hops, roasted malt, coffee beans, caramel, brown sugar and minor alcohol. Taste of rich chocolate, cake batter, coffee, roasted malt, syrup, caramel, hops and some minor dark fruit. Very smooth. Nice balance of the flavors. I think its a little over hyped but still a solid Imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adrian910ss (2558) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2008
# 900. 22 oz bomber #316/500. Pours an opaque black with a thick light brownish head. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, expresso and cream. Taste of roasted malts, expresso, smooth chocolate with a spec of molasses. Not as good as I had hoped and definitely not worth the $15 price tag.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 26, 2008
Many thanks to Stine for sharing. Light chocolate nose with noticeable alcohol. Brown head and black body. Smooth caramel malt body with a little chocolate flavor.

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