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RATINGS: 636   WEIGHTED AVG: 4/5   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (18030) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
harrisoni (16927) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 1, 2011
At ACBF 2011. Bottle thanks to someone wondering around with this bottle. Black with lasting tan hea.d Lots of cocoa. Pure cocoa, good in mouth, slightly balanced even for so much choc. Good beer. Love the choc on this.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (15586) - Dublin, California, USA - MAY 23, 2010
A: A beautiful looking pour: dark as night with a solid tan head on top. The beer pours with a nice viscosity to it as well. S: A lot of roasted malt with perhaps a touch of char. There is a hint of smoke too, along with chocolate and coffee. T: The flavors are quite similar to the nose. A really impressive roasty quality that does not completely overwhelm the beer. A mix of dark and milk chocolates along with some coffee and a light hint of smoke. M: This one is medium in terms of body with a moderate level carbonation. D: A pretty easy to drink beer for a Russian Imperial Stout. Quite minimal alcohol presence, and easy to drink.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dedollewaitor (15433) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 4, 2012
Bottle @ New Years Eve. Thanks to SecretSanta. Pours black with a creamy head and lacings. Dark chocolate, coffee roast, dark fruit and a bit of ashes. Very harmonic, simple, tasty and well made. Smooth and filling. YES!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (15276) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 7, 2008
Dark brown colour. Chocolate syrup nose with hints of graham cracker. Chocolatey character with hints of spice, alcohol. Very smooth.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (15096) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 15, 2007
Handbottled - thanks to Jeppe for the taste - tasted at Ølbutikken. Black, oitch black - brown head. Chokolate, high chokolate, cocoa powder, dark chokolate, dark fruits, sweetness, light vanilla, caramel, light alcho-burn. Big mouthfull. Smooth.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (14585) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 23, 2010
UPDATED: APR 23, 2015 Bottle with many thanks to decaturstevo. Wow! This one rivals for the best beer I’ve had. Definitely in the top 3! Pours thick black with tan head. Good lacing. Nose is cocoa nibs, chocolate, bourbon, espresso, coffee, toffee and lots of other goodness. Taste is similar flavors. The cocoa nibs really shine. A tad sticky, but that doesn’t distract from this overall masterpiece. 4.9 Rerated: 3.9

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (13254) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 21, 2012
22 oz. bottle, sent from CooperEllis (thanks a lot, John), pours black with a small tan head. Aroma is very roasted, with high percentage bittersweet chocolate, dry cocoa, some toffee and some dark fruits. Flavour is quite roasted, with lots of dry cocoa powder dominating along with the roasted malts, and some mildly bitter coffee underneath. Not a huge flavour punch, with the dryness from the cocoa making this actually rather mellow and easy drinking. Well-made indeed, but there are much better chocolate imperial stouts out there (Choklat, Brooklyn Black Chocolate, etc.). Not tremendously complex or anything, but easy to drink. Very enjoyable, but short of the status it enjoys on ratebeer, in my opinion.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (13242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 16, 2009
Bottle shared at local BA tasting. Poured a black color with a large frothy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy roasted coffee and chocolate aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy roasted bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a standout beer.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (13021) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 15, 2007
UPDATED: APR 6, 2010 (4/5/10, draft) Creamy brown head that leaves nice lacing, atop black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, chocolate, some burnt, roast, light cherry. Taste is sweet, roast, chocolate, burnt, some ash, light alcohol. Sticky full body, low carbonation. (9/5/7/3/15)

(3/15/07, growler, thanks kmweaver) Brown head atop black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, coffee, roast, chocolate, some soy, light cinnamon, cherry. Taste is moderately sweet, chocolate, some coffee, roast, earthy, light molasses. Creamy medium-full body. Alcohol is nearly invisible at cellar temperatures, with just a slight burn in the finish. As it warms it becomes more obvious, but never unpleasant. (9/4/8/5/17)


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