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RATINGS: 636   WEIGHTED AVG: 4/5   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.


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3.6
   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
RRistow12 (661) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - JUN 26, 2016
Tasted from bottle. Pours black with thick tan head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee and some pepper, little bit of toffee. Taste is very well balanced. With moderate bitterness balanced by caramel and toffee malt backbone. Not that bitter bite in the after taste. Nice chocolate and coffee flavor. Well done. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
travita (4798) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 24, 2016
Tap. The look is the expected darkness, black in color, tan head. The smell is malt, roast, slight harsh and staleness, dark fruit, chocolate. The taste is mostly the same. Maybe the expectation but I expected more. Seemed toned down.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Savage_Night (412) - California, USA - MAY 5, 2016
Pours black with a medium brown head that slowly fades and leaves behind a small ring and little to no cap. AROMA: chocolate both sweet and bitter, dark roasted malt, mellow coffee, herbs, woody, grainy, vanilla, spices, molasses, herbal hops, earthy, phenols and toffee. TASTE: lchocolate both sweet and bitter, dark roasted malt, coffee, herbs, woody, boozy, spices, vanilla, molasses, herbal hops, earthy, phenols and toffee. AFTER TASTE: chocolate, coffee, malt, grainy, spices and slight herbs with an oily smooth finish and a nice boozy warmth in the chest.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ordybill (1301) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - MAY 2, 2016
Poured from the tap into a tulip glass. The appearance is pitch black with a small tan head. The aroma is chocolate malt. The taste is chocolate malt with a slight coffee finish. An outstanding beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zakoon (483) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 29, 2016
650ml bottle enjoyed @ home, 2015 vintage, thanks to Brian Parker!. Pours pitch black with an average beige head. Aroma is cocoa and lots of it! Coffee, roasted malt, molasses, vanilla, dark bitter chocolate and caramel. Taste is medium+ bitter and medium sweet. Full bodied, smooth texture, average carbonation. Finish is cocoa and dark chocolate, quite bitter.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nische (1794) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 17, 2016
2014 Bottle at tasting, many thanks! Pours black with tan head. Lots of chocolate, roasted malt, slight coffee and vanilla. Taste follows the same with big chocolate notes, coffee, and some mild caramel beneath. Long, slightly bitter coffee finish. Very nice!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zeswaft (1625) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 15, 2016
Bottle. Grabbed one off the shelf right out of the box. Instant buyers remorse when it rang up for $18. Sat in the fridge for about two months. Pours like a beautiful imp. stout. Aroma and flavor dominated by soy sauce. Some anise spice but not living up to the hype.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kaser (5500) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2016
Raisin and prune aroma. Black licorice. Musty. Black pour at home from 22oz bottle. Cocoa and milky. Good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DCLawyer (2438) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - APR 1, 2016
Draft->snifter at Spacebar. Deep brown with small lite tan head. A: chocolate, roasted malt, soy sauce. T: dark coffee, toffee, soy sauce, caramel. Too much soy.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JStax (4958) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 12, 2016
Draft pour into a pint glass (DAMN). The beer is a dark brow to black with a khaki head of foam. The aroma has ashy dark chocolate with notes of caramel and toffee. Some nutty notes. Big body and medium carbonation.


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