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RATINGS: 614   WEIGHTED AVG: 4   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - AUG 8, 2011
Botella. Black colour. Sweet choolate aroma indeed with roasted malt, dark fruits and sweet caramel. Sticky like mouthfeel. Flavour of chocolate and cocoa indeed along with roasted malt, dark fruits, caramel, raisin, vanilla. Sweet chocolate roasted malt finish. Nice indeed.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (10281) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Benzai (10175) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adnielsen (10089) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (10083) - 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, it’s 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

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (9856) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (9563) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dogbrick (9455) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 9, 2015
Sample at Bad Parenting Club (plus a few dirty aunt/uncles?!): NC Beer Edition on 03/28/2015. Pours a dark brown color with a medium thick foamy khaki head that diminishes gradually. Sticky patches of lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. Full-bodied with flavors of roast malt, cocoa, coffee and mild hops. The finish is rich and slightly boozy with a mocha aftertaste. Good beer all around that I am shocked it has taken me this long to try.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT2 (9359) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (9349) - 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.


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