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RATINGS: 594   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.


4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2007
Growler from Turdferguson! - thanks a bunch Sam!! Shared at DLD with as many people as I could find! - Pours dark black with a big mocha head that stays well and clings to the sides of the glass. Aromas of rich milk chocolate, and roasted coffee. Flavor is mostly chocolate. Rich and decadent. There is some coffee there though and some slight hops at the back of each sip. Smooth palate makes this big beer so easy to drink. A really beautiful Imperial Stout!!!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
whparrish (8) - Winston Salem, North Carolina, USA - MAY 15, 2007 does not count
on tap at the brewery. pours think and nearly black. minimal tan head. smooth going down. chocolate and coffee overtones. all and all one of the best out there.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
GG (2039) - NorCal, California, USA - AUG 17, 2007
Handbottled by Sliffy (excellent job on the hand bottle!). Wow. Im speechless as Im typing this little ditty. Recalling how intense and smooth this beer is reminds me of listening to Stevie Ray Vaughn wail thru Texas Flood, or Eric Johnson running thru the Cliffs of Dover. Incredible from start to finish, this beer did not let down for one second. The beer pours out an oily, blacker than black viscuous liquid with a nice 1 inch light brown head with nice staying power and decent lacing. Aroma I first whiff is chocolate of course. Whod name a beer Sexual Chocolate without having a massive amount of chocolate malt in their beer. But there is more than just that. There some nuttyness, campfire smoke, wood, dark fruits, a bit of leather with a touch of alcohol and molasses. The beer is smooth and creamy on the palate with a stickyness to keep things interested. Flavor is just sublime. Notes of dark chocolate, sweet malts, smoke, nuts, roasted coffee, with enough dark fruits to make it seem almost vinous in quality. The only thing I found to nitpick was a bit of too much alcohol in the flavor, but aside from that small issue this was a top notch, outstanding beer. Highly recommend you seek this out if you can.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
elmatador00 (519) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 24, 2007
Sampled at the brewgrass fest. Poured a dark brown with a tan head. Had hints roasted coffee, chocolate, some mild spices. Carbonation and body is balanced perfectly. Alcohol is masked very well.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
fordest (2005) - 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
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - OCT 18, 2008
Bottle 103/500, aged 1/2 a year in my cellar. Very big thanks to emacgee for this great Impy!! Thanks Ethan!! Aroma has big notes of dark chocolate, roast coffee, some oak, some caramel and molasses malts, a little smoke, dark fruits, and a little sweet toffee in the background. Black in the glass with an average sized foamy tan head that mostly diminished and left good lace. Flavor is sweet and fruity in the start and fades to a nice bitter chocolate finish. Palate is very full bodied and oily flat. A very good example of how an Impy can be sweet and fruity but still roasty and smokey bitter. I really thought they balanced these flavors well and the half year in my cellar has done a fantastic job of blending and taking the edge off of this big beer. Wonderful and rare.

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 (3113) - 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!!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (7866) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 19, 2007
Huge thanks to Ty5592 for a hand bottle of this via Mystery Swap 2.0. JEt black pour with 1-finger khaki head. Aroma of roasty dark malt, some rauchy notes, big chocolate syrup, molasses, and some hops. Tastes rich and roasty malty, with a big chocolate syrup flavor coupled with molasses, some nuts, some hops, and some prune. Dense, complex palate. This one is outstanding!


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