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RATINGS: 611   WEIGHTED AVG: 4   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.


Ofortuna's rating

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! I’m 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 IBU’s, but I guess it’s 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 I’m perplexed at the hype this receives and really wonder if it’s just a variation in the batch or something else.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
John25 (954) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - APR 10, 2015
Bottle at churchkey. Black with a dark mocha head. Aroma is dark chocolate, espresso, and very dark fruit. The taste follows with raisin, coffee, toffee, and roasted malt. Rich sticky feel. Totally awesome! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dogbrick (9156) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Countbeer (5098) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - APR 3, 2015
Bomber: Vintage 2011: Shared with Iluvatarmilan: Served in tasters: Black beer with a brown head. Aromas of smoke, peat, chocolate, some fruits... Flavours of roast, bitters, dark chocolate, malt roast, some smokey tones, hops, liquorice, hop fruits, some ash, wood roast, some bay leaf. Aftertaste is bitter, bay leaf, chocolate, malt roast, cacoa and herbal roast. Low carbo, light creamy mouthfeel, close to full bodied. Funny it changes with every new sip, but stays good! Great!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tstamba (407) - Maryland, USA - MAR 25, 2015
Draft at Cravings. Opaque black pour with thin tan head. Mostly sweet milk chocolate on the nose ... Layers of dark roast coffee and toffee on the palate. This is a solid RIS!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kevinsenn (1370) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 18, 2015
On tap. Nice chocolate aroma. Rich chocolate taste with big bitterness. Food chocolate impy.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dr_Fellini (768) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAR 14, 2015
Bottle to glass. Pours a pitch black color with a creamy light brown head. Aroma is big chocolate, with a solid background of roasted malts, coffee, anise. Flavor is much more on the burnt bitter roasted malts, coffee. Medium body with a lingering burnt coffee. Solid beer, although I prefer the BA version.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
olio (7315) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 28, 2015
65 cl bottle. Special release February 2014.
Pours pitch black color with a large beige head. Lots of chocolate and cocoa on the nose as expected, some coffee notes, mild vanilla too. Roasty malt flavor, chocolate, cocoa powder, mild caramel, espresso on the finish. Quite dry and refined, very nice.
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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lusikka (6916) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 28, 2015
650 ml bottle. Pours a pitch black colour with a small beige head. RIch mudcake aroma with molasses and licorice. Rich flavour of espresso, mudcake, strong grassy bitterness, mild fruitiness, cacao powder and bread. Full bodied. Extremely dry mouthfeel. A rather unique take on this style. Great.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
laiti (6794) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 28, 2015
65 cl bottle (9,75%) @ lusikka, ”Special release February 2014”. Thanks Jason!
Aroma has intensive chocolate tones, some sweet cocoa and hints of licorice. Flavour has dark chocolate, some tobacco, mellow ash and salty licorice tones. Rather dry palate for the style. Salty licorice tones grow stronger rather quickly and start to disturb. Nice, but I must say I expected more.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiong (4543) - Espoo, FINLAND - FEB 28, 2015
650ml bottle

Special release February 2014 - Pours pitch black with a brown head. Aroma of chocolate, espresso, roasty malts, coffee, mocha, dark ripe fruits and toffee. Taste is smooth, roasty and chocolatey with some notes of coffee, mocha, espresso, molasses and hints of berries. Finish is roasty and malty with notes of dark chocolate, molasses, coffee and cocoa. Quite balanced and heavy.


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