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RATINGS: 592   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.


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
wcudwight (10) - USA - FEB 3, 2008
Opaque in color with a finger sized dark brown head that holds it’s shape well. Smells of black molassas and chocolate. The flavor is of rich dark chocolate, roasted malts, molassas and licorice. Thick mouthfeel but silky smooth. This is only the second beer that stained the glass after it was empty. The other being Dark Lord. Way to easy to drink as the abv is not noticable. Had on-tap at the release.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
awiseman01 (469) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - SEP 22, 2009
#300 rating this beer. Bottle, graciously shared by danielcurtis81 on his wedding week. Pours deep black with thin dark tan head. Nose has alot of luscious red fruit on top of chocolate dessert and molasses. Taste is a smooth, pleasing elegant dessert concoction. Lots of sweet, toffee, chocolate, coffee malts and a perfect blend of dark red fruit. All flavors meld and compliment each other perfectly. What a real treat. I am simply aroused by this brew.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
poleywog (1) - Winston Salem, North Carolina, USA - FEB 16, 2010 does not count
Had on tap at 2010 release in W-S. Dark brown almost black in color with a minimal head. The aroma of coffee, followed by chocolate, roasted dark, and molasses. maybe raisins. Goes down smooth and leaves you wanting more. The alcohol sneaks up on you so beware. More than 2 you better call a cab. Fortunately I live just down the street.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
vtwiersma (5) - USA - FEB 24, 2011 does not count
toast, cereal, chocolate, coffee, nuts, floral, resin, alcohol, raisin, woody, earthy,

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
boisebeer (57) - boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 26, 2012
I loved this beer again. I had it GABF this last year and then again last night a crazy imperial stout party...This beer easily made my top 5 beers for the night out of 50+ tastings. Thank goodness I got my hands on it again....

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
freekyp (1483) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - MAR 7, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2008 Very dark and complex. Milk chocolate shines through in the burnt aroma and heavily in the flavor. Potent, but very drinkable, this is a very sweet stout. Bitterness rounds out the edges in the finish leaving you wanting more. A bit of fruity tang adds a nice zest to the mix. Definitely heavy handed, and slightly oily, and I’m loving every minute of it. Drink this with a chocolatey dessert.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
fordest (1972) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - DEC 6, 2007
GABF. First beer of the event. Was actually running for Utopias, but this caught my eye. First and favorite actually. Dark pour with nice head. Lots of roasty coffee in the aromas. Flavor was more coffee, and crazy amounts of nice sweet chocolate. Very Very Good.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
PackPride (112) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2013
There's not too many other imperial chocolate stouts that can compete with this. I would put the Rogue Double Chocolate, and the Samuel Smith Chocolate Stout maybe a tad bit ahead of this. However, that doesn't mean you shouldn't try this if you can find it. Highly chocolate, nice malt action, and an overall great finish to it. Highly recommend! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
robinvboyer (3064) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 27, 2013
Incredible black pour, medium sized dark brown head. Intoxicating aroma of bitter chocolate, espresso, molasses, and some incredible charred malts. The mouthfeel is silky smooth, and a perfect viscousness i come to expect in a top shelf impy. The finish has a light, dark fruit maltiness with a huge bitter kick. The espresso and chocolate wash over and dominate till the end. The alcohol is nowhere to be found. I could sip this all night. World class.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jesse_Beerman (5) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JAN 3, 2014 does not count
On draft. Full bodied, strong chocolate flavors dominate. Slight alcohol burn but finishes sweet, touch of astringency but not a lot. Overall, a great imperial. Worth the wait, def try if you can!!


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