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RATINGS: 596   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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
adam42381 (380) - Fort Myers, Florida, USA - JUL 25, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2011 On tap at the brewery. Poured into an 8 ounce tulip glass. Appearance: Pours a near-black coffee color with a 1 finger dark tan head which dissipates quickly. Almost no lacing. Smell: Coffee and roasted malt with hints of chocolate and caramel. Taste: Strong coffee taste up front with hints of caramel and malt. Nice dark chocolate aftertaste with just a hint of bitterness. Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full bodied, nice and creamy. Just the right amount of carbonation. Drinkability: Very high considering its high ABV. Overall: Excellent representation of the style. This is one to seek out. One of the best Imperial Stouts I’ve ever had the privilege of drinking.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Busick (379) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 11, 2014
The climax of this brewery! After tasting, I will always be looking for this brew every February! Very dark almost black in color with obvious chocolate and coffee aromas! Very delicious brew that I highly recommend to everyone!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2009
Dark dark pour with thick tan head. I actually found this one a little disappointing. For all the hype that it’s gotten, I just didn’t think there was much there. It was thinner and less flavorful than most big impys that I drink on a regular basis.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
biggsbowler (370) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - APR 28, 2014
Bottles - Pours a very dark brown. Notes of chocolate, coffee, and anise. The taste is a bitter, dark chocolate plus coffee and some dark fruit. The body is a little thin. Overall, this is a pretty good beer.

4.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jtd6628 (357) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 29, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2013 Great beer! The aroma was light but roasted malts was present. Flavor was great, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and roastiness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 5, 2008
a darn good imp stout...did not get a ton of choc on the taste....more on the aroma......great stuff......wish they made more than 500 bottles!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 24, 2007
Draught. Pours dark black with a rather thin brown head. Aroma is more sweet coffee than chocolate, but there is still plenty of chocolate to go around. I guess I just expected a chocolate overload. Anyway, the aroma also has some nice oaky/earthy notes, and a bit of dark fruit. Flavor was largely the same, with a strong alcohol warming finish remarkable mouthfeel too.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
koopa (338) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 24, 2010
Bottle # 192 of 600 (2009 vintage I believe) Appearance: Pours a murky ink like black with a 1 finger dark brown crown that rapidly dissipates and leaves a tiny ring of lace. Simple but sexy. Smell: Wow I can smell this one from a mile away. Roasted malt and chocolate all the way. Not too much bitterness so I wouldn’t compare it to dark chocolate. More like bittersweet chocolate. Taste: Really smooth balanced flavor. Roasted malt, chocolate, molasses, and maybe some dark fruit but not much fruitiness. Mouthfeel: Lush and silky smooth despite the "on the lite side of full bodied" nature of this brew. Drinkability: Tastes great, little to no alcohol presence, but thicker mouthfeel and high abv. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 08-26-2009

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
NicerInPerson (337) - North of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 13, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2007 A dazzling display of strong espresso coffee with a nice estery fruit contribution of raisin and prunes. The beer was pitch black with a low well lasting head which lasted to lace the gulden draak chalice the beer was served in. The flavor was strong espresso coffee, chocolate, milky and dark, with a fruity presence that hinted of dark dried cherries. Some alcohol presence was notable in the flavor, but overall it was restrained. The body was full, but not viscous, and had a creamy texture on the palate. A darn nice beer, some alcohol throughout, but mostly smooth and devoid of harshness. A dangerous brew at 10% ABV and being that smooth. Pint at Flying Saucer in Charlotte.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - FEB 25, 2007
Foolish of me to only buy 3 growlers. Dark Khaki head forms and holds a rich lace down the side of the glass. Aromas of black strap molassas, espresso, and cacao powder all over the nose with just a kiss of roasted fig. The entry is a flood of sweet and roasted malts that balance themselves quite nicely. A light hop bitterness can be found, but overall this seductive, earthy, chocolate dances through. Doesn’t finish too sweet or too harshly. I really can’t get over this velvety mouthfeel, creamy and slick. The slight oilyness of the beer really helps the outfit match. Sad this won’t be around forever.


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