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RATINGS: 605   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.


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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! 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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jc1762 (123) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 26, 2015
On Tap at Birch & Barley - Shows dark with coffee rims and foam The nose shows a lot of roasted malts, milk chocolate, caramel hints, molasses , and a little bit of coffee The palate shows medium body and high but even carbonation. A slight lactose sweetness, Heavy chocolate background throughout, intensely high bitterness bordering on overwhelming, pine like hoppy bitterness but with dark chocolate flavors also, extremely long finish with a lot of bitterness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lusikka (6687) - 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 (6248) - 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 (4147) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmoreau (2682) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2014
Shared bomber poured to snifters, displaying a black/brown hue, with some ruby highlighting, bubbly, brownish tan head foam, and spotty lacing. The nose was roasted, cocoa, dark fruit as prune, with a touch of sweetness. Medium bodied, with low carbonation, the taste was roasted, with coffee showing up, continued cocoa, and a hint of tartness. No complaints. A nicely done Imperial Stout.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
olio (6798) - 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EKGoldings (585) - Radford, Virginia, USA - JAN 5, 2015
Ya, this stuff is wicked good. Oh, I’ve made better IRS myself, but it was 3 YO before it reached the heights. This pours inky black, dark brown head, the aroma is sweet wickedness. I don’t get the coffee in the aroma as much as I expected, but the bottle was a few months old. Bravo.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kyle77 (28) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 7, 2015
From site: 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. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GRM (3149) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 27, 2015
Sample, draught, during the Great American Beer Festival (Denver), savoured on October 2 2014; eye: black, opaque, tiny ring of brown head, no lacing; nose: roasted barley, roasting, coffee, light bittering hops; mouth: roasted barley, roasting, coffee, light bittering hops, slight ashy, alcohol, alcohol warmth, pepper, finale in alcohol with presence of pepper, full body, average carbonation, mildly bitter, mildly sweet, alcoholic texture; overall: fine FRANÇAIS Échantillon, en fût, lors du Great American Beer Festival (Denver), savourée le 2 octobre 2014; œil : noire, opaque, minuscule anneau de mousse brun, pas de dentelle; nez : orge torréfiée, torréfaction, café, léger houblon amérisant; bouche : orge torréfiée, torréfaction, café, léger houblon amérisant, très léger cendré, alcool, chaleur d’alcool, poivre, finale en alcool avec présence de poivre, corsée, carbonatation moyenne, moyennement amère, moyennement sucrée, texture alcoolique; en résumé : bien

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
luttonm (2773) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 26, 2015
Draft at Churchkey, DC. Clean dark black with small creamy tan head. Spicy, lively body. Dark, tart cherry and mocha. High carbonation. Rich and tasty. A little spicy chocolate, bittering. Balanced, tasty.


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