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RATINGS: 618   WEIGHTED AVG: 4   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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   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 16/20
PMgep (199) - Lund, SWEDEN - SEP 14, 2015
Bottle from trade. Pour black with small head. Sweet chocolate taste but it could be stronger, probably because the bottle is a bit old.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arnold931 (935) - Iowa, USA - AUG 23, 2015
Bottle. Pours black with off white head. Nose and taste are big time chocolate, roast, and coffee. Great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Westchesterco (1478) - mclean, Virginia, USA - AUG 20, 2015
Poured from a bottle it is a dark brown with a slight head. The aroma is milk chocolate. And the taste is a sweet chocolate malty taste that lingers on the palate

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kraddel (4785) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - AUG 14, 2015
February 2013 edition. Pours nearly black, small grey head. Smell is roasted malts, no unusual hints of chocolate so far. Taste is somewhat to the bitter side. Some chocolate is you drink persistently. Full body- but nothing extreme- and an average carbonation. Ok beer in total, but I am not uncommonly enthousiastic about this one

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rouhlas (1507) - GREECE - JUL 10, 2015
650ml bottle at home, from trade with RobdertDale. Thank you Bob! Black color with beige head. Roasted malty aroma, chocolate, dark chocolate, cocoa, mocha, licorice. Light sweet and moderate to heavy bitter taste like aroma. Medium oily body with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
vtafro (5090) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 2, 2015
Bottle. Black pour with tan head. Roasted, chocolate, sweet aromas. Flavors are sweet and roasted, chocolate and dark malt tones.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mstrcrwly (734) - New York, USA - JUN 21, 2015
Bottle courtesy of Jason,poured into a snifter..inky black with a fluffy light brown head..aroma of chocolate,molasses,coffee,dark fruits,roasted nuts.. Tastes of bitter chocolate,molasses,booze,malts.. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
John25 (1176) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dogbrick (9830) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Countbeer (5518) - 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!

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