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RATINGS: 608   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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A cocoa infused Imperial Stout Ė 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 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. Doesnít finish too sweet or too harshly. I really canít get over this velvety mouthfeel, creamy and slick. The slight oilyness of the beer really helps the outfit match. Sad this wonít be around forever.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 21, 2009
Many thanks to Jake for his incredible generosity! Iím really greatful for the opportunity to even try this.

Number 183 of 600. Vintage 2009.

Pours a bit lighter than I was expecting for an imperial stout of this caliber. Beautiful head however quickly made me forget the previous. Quite a bit of hop aroma wafting up from my snifter. Had to dig quite a bit to find some bits of chocolate. Really pretty shocked at the amount of IBUís, but I guess itís a requirement considering the ABV and balance needed. Plus, this is a pretty young bottle.

Really surprised at the flavour. Right off the bat my palate is hit with a huge amount of tannins, acidity and bitterness from the hops. A small amount of chocolate makes its appearance after this initial wave, but only for a brief moment. After this second surge, a light amount of fusels take over followed by some additional acidity. The palate finishes dry with little lingering character. After the bottle has a chance to breath for awhile, the cocoa comes through a little clearer as does the molasses.

I guess I could chaulk some of this up to the fresh nature of this bottle. There were some raw notes in here, but overall I question how well this might actually age and if the acidity and tannins would mellow all that much over time to a point that the flavour is enhanced. Either way, if you have a bottle I would certainly hold onto it for a good year and try it at that point. Overall, I gotta say Iím perplexed at the hype this receives and really wonder if itís just a variation in the batch or something else.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zapprentice (314) - East Setauket, New York, USA - JUN 21, 2009
Really good brew. Aroma of chocolate and coffee. Flavor of the same, just well-balanced and enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ruskiimperial (308) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 17, 2010
Tasted @ the 4/17/2010 ratebeer gathering. Poured a pitch black with very creamy tan head which left a good lacing on the glass. Aroma is an all too familar mixture of chocolate and coffee. Taste is a mixture of chocolate and toffee, with darkger richer chocolate lingering on the aftertaste. There are also some hints of dark fruit and molasses here but I think the chocolate overpowers them on the palate. The meidum/heavy body of this beer makes this an enjoyable meal of an imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
demdeac40 (299) - Etowah, North Carolina, USA - FEB 29, 2008
Pours dark as night with a light brown head. The nose is dark roasted malt, coffee and dark chocolate. The flavor is bittersweet chocoate and dark roast coffee. A slight sweetness with a touch of toffee. Finishes with a nice sweet bitterness that lasts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Davinci (295) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2008 sampled at Darklord day 07 from growler. Black as night with aromas of delicious chocolate. Flavor is of dark bitter chocolate. Not cloyingly sweet like may imperial stouts. Nice big mouthfeel. Very wonderful stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ATLBeerDog (280) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 25, 2008
Bottle 271/500 - Pours pitch black with a 1/8 inch caramel colored head. Super heavy lacing clings to the glass. Aroma of deep roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. First sip Ė the coffee really dominates with the chocolate coming through next followed by the rich malts. There are hints of vanilla and licorice. The whole thing really works as all the flavors blend beautifully together. Complex but not as complex nor as thick bodied as Dark Lord. Non the less, this is World Class

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
theothermatt (272) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2013
On tap at GABF. Pours jet black. Slight chocolate aroma. Very malty and a bit on the sweet side. Finishes full and rich with a really roasty chocolate lingering. Itís a great, if not excellent stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tdmuel (251) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 28, 2014
2013 release. Pours a viscous pitch black with a fluffy brown head. Toooons of dark fruit including sweet plum and dates, really nice toasty malt, smooth milky chocolate, toffee, and caramel. Super rich chocolate on the taste, roasty huge coffee notes, milky caramel, leather, roasty malt, raisins, and a hint of dark cherries. Even better than I remember it being a year ago. Super smooth chocolate notes, strong coffee, and just super drinkable. Iíll have to revisit a fresh bottle soon when itís released again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
gottalottaibu (243) - charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAR 13, 2007
WOW! very dark. chocolate creamy head. sweet coffee and milk chocolate flavor is constant throughout. 10% alcohol but could hardly tell. slight burnt bitter flavor on the sides of the tongue. overall amazing. so enjoyable. very flavorfull and smooth. I could drink this daily.

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