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RATINGS: 593   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joergen (20662) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2008
Handbottled from tap, thanks to Papsoe for sharing. Black coloured with a medium sized beige head. Roasted aroma dominated by dark chocolate with notes of liquorice, dried fruits and alcohol. Roasted flavour of dark chocolate, liquorice, dried fruits and hops. Dry roasted finish of dark chocolate and hops.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
fordest (1972) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - DEC 6, 2007
GABF. First beer of the event. Was actually running for Utopias, but this caught my eye. First and favorite actually. Dark pour with nice head. Lots of roasty coffee in the aromas. Flavor was more coffee, and crazy amounts of nice sweet chocolate. Very Very Good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 3, 2007
400th rating. Tasted at the WBF. Pour: dark chocolate black. Head: dark tan. Aroma: alcohol, coffee, chocolate, dark roasty malts. Flavor: chocolate, coffee, malt. Palate: medium bodied. Finish: coffee and chocolate.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChainGangGuy (4364) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2009 Appearance: Pours a near-black body with a thin, tan-colored head. Smell: Roasted malt aroma with full notes of melted semi-sweet chocolate, dark caramel, and nuts. Taste: Rich, roasty semi-sweet chocolate taste with hints of anise and molasses. Faint taste of peanut butter. Moderate acidity. Some grassy hops and light notes of coffee appear near the bittersweet finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. A mouthfeel as lusciously smooth as the name implies. Drinkability: Highly recommended, it’s a very tasty RIS from the folks over at Foothills. Kudos for hiding that 10% abv, too!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11940) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 18, 2007
(Draught) Pours an opaque black body with a creamy brown head. Aroma of sweet chocolate, roastiness, coffee, caramel, and molasses. Flavor of roasted malt, pine hoppiness, chocolate, and caramel.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (9596) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 14, 2007
GABF ’07. Pours black with a large, creamy, light brown, lasting head, excellent lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (dark bread, molasses, warm chocolate, toast), light hops (grass), average yeast (leather) with notes of smoke and light tar. Full bodied, alcoholic texture, average carbonation, and a bitter finish. Average duration, light sweetness, heavy acidity and bitterness.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MIBRomeo (2555) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 14, 2007
2007 GABF Jet black pour big brown thick well laced head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, and roasty malts. Well coated palate, a bit small for this beer. Big flavor, some choclates, some burnt coffee, roasty, a touch of lactose. good but not as great as advertised.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
toncatcher (228) - Santee - SAN DIEGO, California, USA - OCT 14, 2007
Sampled at GABF. dark black smells of sweet roasted malt and chocolate. Flavors much the same, This was the 2nd best Imperial Stout I tried at GABF to Czar Jack.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - OCT 14, 2007
Sampled at the 2007 GABF. This was one of my favorite at the festival. I had several samples.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
1FastSTi (3334) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 13, 2007
GABF 2007. Pours to a viscous black body with a dense medium brown head. Nice lacing even in a plastic glass. The aroma is sweet roasted barley and oats with a nice chocolate and cocoa powder backbone. The flavor is really roasty. Barley, sweet and dark chocolates, crisp oats/barley flavors, roast without a ton of black patent. The palate is rich, creamy, only slightly astringent. Oily and very viscous. Very balanced.


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