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RATINGS: 596   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2008
Bottle. Pours inky black with a medium sized brown colored head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, molasses. Flavor is chocolate, roast, coffee, molasses. Palate os full bodied, medium carbonation finished super bitter. IMO this is way over-hyped, good stuff, but far from the better stouts out there.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
egajdzis (5401) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 11, 2008
Poured an opaque black color with a small, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, some smoke, chocolate, dried fruits, caramel, and a hint of spice. Taste of roast, charred malts, some caramel, dark chocolate, molasses, with dark fruits, and pronounced alcohol in the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 11, 2008
Bottle 309/500 brought to Pauls 1HG. Pours black with tan head.. Aroma is roasty, with some dark fruit. Flavor is dominated by roasted coffee with small notes of smoke, chocolate, and moderate etoh. Good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - MAY 12, 2008
Bottle 309/500 at Paul’s Hoboken Gathering: Near black pour with a brown ring of head. Rich chocolate nose, like Bosco syrup. Slightly boozy, yet inviting aroma. Slick body with a rich flavor. Roasted dark malts, chocolate liqueur, slightly tarry with a rich long roasted cocoa finish. Pretty tasty stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - MAY 12, 2008
Bottle, shared generously by rciesla. Dark brown-black pour. Aroma is roasted malt, some oats, chocolate, and coffee. Flavor is the same, the coffee roast is a little stale. Good beer, but not my style.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 25, 2008
Bottle. I am one to buy into hype to a point. Since I love imperial stouts I couldn’t wait to try this stuff and finally did at Pauls Hoboken Party. Aroma is chalky and full of cocoa. The flavor though, is just middle of the road for me reminding me of Old Rasputin. Smooth mouthfeel though. I hate to say a bit disappointing about a beer that’s not too bad but I wouldn’t go too far out of my way to drink this again.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - MAY 30, 2008
Bottle shared by Rciesla. Black with a small tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate, molasses, dark roasted malts and a bit of soy. Flavor of sweet roasted malts, coffee, more chocolate and molasses(which is a good thing) and unfortunately more of the soy that I got in the aroma. Rich, thick mouthfeel. Solid, tasty beer but not as good as I had hoped.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mkobes (2141) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JUN 15, 2008
Bottle. Deep dark black in color with a disappearing tan head. Malty chocolatety roasty aroma. Fig and prune notes. Roasty toffee, molasses chocolatety flavor. Sweet tasting. Rich thick mouthfeel. Creamy. Full bodied. Finish is roasty. Nice beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUN 21, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2011 sampled with the phoenix crew.2008 bottle 73/500 by way of gottalottaibu. viscous near black pour with a little bit of a tan head. rather sweet aroma of malty roasty grain, coffee, lots o’ chocolate and molasses. there’s a soy umami thing going on on the palate... flavors of soy, molasses!, black raisins, dark bitter chocolate tanginess and a hint of some light smokiness. coffee, molasses and chocolate lurk around in the aftertaste. smooth rich mouth feel with mild carbonation. 7/4/7/4/16/3.8

bottle 1/31/11. this one seems to be full of dried blueberries, chocolate and char. 7/4/7/4/15+

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JUN 22, 2008
Thanks to JCB for giving me bottle 218/500. Dark brown pour with a medium head. Cocoa was the first impression in the aroma, with the sweet cream, espresso and dark malt there, but not quite as obvious.

Taste was chocolate and espresso with some figs and prunes. Mostly sweet, but had some grassy hops finishing it off. Rich and chewy. I probably should have saved this a while; it would’ve made a great winter warmer.


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