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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (9151) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 8, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2010 Growler... Pours pitch black with a small, creamy, light brown head. Decent retention. The nose is of chocolate and ethanol with hints of molasses, leather and caramel... also, a touch of acetaldehyde. Flavor-wise, its big and malty with blasts of chocolate, caramel, coffee grounds and charcoal. Mildly sweet; moderately burnt and bitter. Full-bodied with a chewy mouthfeel and tingly carbonation. Chocolaty, charred, abrasive finish. A huge THANKS to boboski for sharing his growler of beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (9099) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 8, 2009
2008 bottle from cletus. Black pour with a tan head. Aroma is totally chocolate and roasted malt. Flavor has some roasted malt, a bit of tartness and some good chocolate notes. A very good beer. But not quite what I expected.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adnielsen (9077) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 30, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2011 Denver Rare Beer Tasting. Deep black appearance with a creamy, dark brown head. Roasty malts, dark milk chocolate, creamy aroma. Liquified dark malts, roasty, slightly burnt dark malty flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (8933) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2008
22oz bottle shared courtesy of TomDecapolis. Bottle # 15/500. Poured a dark black color with brown at the edges and a smaller sized light brown head. Aromas of roast, chocolate-cocoa, caramel, and molasses. Tastes of cocoa, caramel, dark fruits, and a lighter roastiness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (8627) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 20, 2010
Pours completely black, with modest white head. Thanks Mikesgroove. Pleasant aroma, was expecting extreme chocolate and happy that was not the case. Also happy not coffee overdone. Well integrated RIS, bittersweet chocolate. Medium mouuthfeel. Good drinkability.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Drake (8536) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 5, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2010 Draft. Dark brown pour with a good sized head. Strong roasted malt aroma with coffee and bitter and leafy hop notes. Taste is roasted malts, coffee, hops, powdered cocoa, figs, raisin, nuts and citrus. Very hoppy and full bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT2 (8425) - San Diego County, California, USA - DEC 13, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2011 Tap 2011 ed @Foothills. Pours a near black with a yellow, thin head. Not much retention or lace. Aroma is briny, roasty, some vanilla, butter, smoke, and lots of green coffee. Taste is very dry, salty, woody, tart. Palate is chalky, cardboardy with some spice and bitterness peeking through. Loads of prickly carbonation. Pretty thin and tart overall.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jtclockwork (8393) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 23, 2010
Bottle with many thanks to decaturstevo. Wow! This one rivals for the best beer Ive 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 doesnt distract from this overall masterpiece.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Benzai (8212) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 13, 2013
Sampled from bottle [from trade with BOLTZ7555] @ RBBSG II. Opaque pitch black color, medium sized beige to light brown head. Smell malts, some roasted malts, coffee, chocolate. Taste malts, roasted malts, chocolate, bitter. Lots of dark chocolate bitterness in the finish that lasts forever. Full body, medium but suitable carbonation. Wow, this is a very good stout and a superb chocolate stout! Fantastic.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
3fourths (8017) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 10, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2009 Sampled in a blind 25 imperial stout tasting, Feb 2008
Strange nose: chalky cherry, milky cough syrup and chocolate, with some woody notes, but it doesnt really smell that good. A mix of minerally chocolate and artificial cherry flavoring. Flavor is decent enough, but its a bit too ashy and stale on the tongue. Frothy texture, moderately rich chocolate noticed, but a bit thin, stale, ashy, etc. Not that great overall. I guessed it was Nogne-O Imperial Stout, and was surprised to find it was the Sexual Chocolate. One of the biggest surprises of the night. It was in an overall poor flight of other stouts, so it wasnt rated low based on others in the flight being well-liked... it was just a poor showing by this beer.
4/4/5/3/9 = 2.5

Draft sample @ Savor DC
Heavily astringent roast and overhopped bitterness make a mess of what would otherwise be a nicely thick, viscous imperial stout. Has a bit of a lactic flavor, but the real detriment is the high astringency.
6/4/5/3/12 = 3.0

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