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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25088) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 17, 2007
(Hand bottle 35,5 cl) Courtesy of Bierkönig. Pours a completely opaque, pitch black with a dense, thick and creamy cappuchinoish head - impressive hand bottling done by cquiroga here. Very chocolatey nose. Initially this is rich and full-bodied yet with an odd lightness to it. Comes fairly complex with very burned malts, chocolate and coffee notes combined with a degree of acidity probably deriving from the malt. There’s an underlying sweetness balanced by some malt astringency. Indeed a well brewed and balanced Imperial Stout. 150607

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marsiblursi (3001) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 15, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2007 (Handbottled, thanks to BierKönig) Pours black with a brown head. Malty, roasted aroma with smooth chocolate and dark coffee beans up front. Some notes of hops in the background. Undertones of salt, liquorice, caramel and some brown sugar. Tiny fruit (dark) hints also present. Light salty and light burned flavour with coffee, cocoa, dark chocolate and touch of alcohol warmth. Some light notes of liquorice and hops in the flavour as well. The finish is medium bitter with a dry touch. Oily, thick and smooth mouthfeel. Near full body. Not overly complex but tough, angry and a bit sexy. I like.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (13360) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 15, 2007
Handbottled - thanks to Jeppe for the taste - tasted at Řlbutikken. Black, oitch black - brown head. Chokolate, high chokolate, cocoa powder, dark chokolate, dark fruits, sweetness, light vanilla, caramel, light alcho-burn. Big mouthfull. Smooth.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alexsdad06 (5362) - Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2008 Rating #100. I had this first on tap @ Barley’s in Asheville and then again at DLD from a growler (thanks OhioDad). Pours thick and black with a small tan head. There is alot going on here with both aroma and flavor. The nose includes chocolate, caramel, and dark fruit. The flavor gets better as it warms and includes all of the above but the chocolate seems to get darker as some bitterness starts to appear. This goes down smoothly for as thick as it is. This rating comes from the draught as it was a few points better than the growler. I had to drop this a little after looking at my bottle rating as well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
whparrish (8) - Winston Salem, North Carolina, USA - MAY 15, 2007 does not count
on tap at the brewery. pours think and nearly black. minimal tan head. smooth going down. chocolate and coffee overtones. all and all one of the best out there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6016) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 13, 2007
From the DLD growler and enjoyed while waiting in line, THX OhioDad for a chance to taste this: Nearly opaque with bronze highlights produced a small beige head and good lace. The aroma is full of chocolate as expected along with a fair amount of smoke, molasses, clove and a note of grassy herbal hop. The taste profile displays heavy malty character of mocha, smoke, and an almost meaty tone. Some quick hits of herbal and coffee bitterness is found towards the finish. The mouth feel is lush and smooth with a noticeable warming in the end. While very nicely done it is not top 50 or even 100 in my book.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - MAY 12, 2007
Hand bottled sample from a trade with kenb. Thanks Ken. Pours a pitch black color with a small tan head. Rick thick oily body with an aroma of chocolate, caramel and molasses. Taste was semi sweet of chocolate, mocha, and roasted malt. Has a hint of a hops in the finish. Very smooth and warm ending. Nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElGaucho (2201) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAY 6, 2007
OhioDad pulled out all the stops at Dark Lord Day 2007, sharing this brew as well as the hard to find Great Lakes Barrel Aged Blackout Stout. Nice aroma with molasses notes. Opaque body with a yellowish, tan head. Wonderfully rich and chocolaty. A little dry, but very nice. Thanks OhioDad!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 5, 2007
Growler thanks to BleacherBum sampled on 3/14/07: Pours a viscous dark mahogany, nearly opaque with a thin wispy dark tan head. Sweet dark caramel and chocolatey aroma has some dark fruity notes and earthy molten chocolate with a touch of fresh piny American hops. Body starts very full, sweet, dark caramely and with lots of sweet milk chocolate, oatmeal and some lingering, drier roasty notes toward the finish. Very nicely balanced and complex, a great imperial stout!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vyvvy (3951) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAY 4, 2007
Sampled at DLD - Pours almost black with a dense chestnut brown head. The aroma is quite faint with some cream and chocolate - it may have been too cold for it to have opened up yet. Medium / thick body with lots of carbonation. The flavor starts rich and sweet with lots of chocolate (milk and dark) with heavy whipping cream. The finish has more dark chocolate and bitter woody hops. Thumbs up for this wonderful hard to get treat.

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