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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 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.


3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
popery (1419) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 29, 2010
RBSG09 Grand Tasting notes (thanks to whoever brought it). Pure chocolate bomb. While it does a great job with creating a good chocolate flavor, I didnít find a lot of complexity. Very good aroma, all chocolate but wonderfully intense. Tastes like rich, high quality semi-sweet to milk chocolate. The best chocolate flavor Iíve found in a stout, however itís kinda one note stout in a field of deep, dark, gigantically complex entries. Preferred the CC 110k+ from that night by a fair margin.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Siddhartha (9) - USA - APR 4, 2010 does not count
Shared by hophead75 - thanks again! Bottle #7something. Pours jet black with a thin, dark brown head that is short-lived. Scents of some espresso coming through and, after a twirl, some chocolate, but the blackstrap molasses definitely dominates here. This is a surprisingly thin Imperial Stout, but the flavors of dark chocolate and espresso make it really enjoyable to drink.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (10958) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 23, 2010
A: A beautiful looking pour: dark as night with a solid tan head on top. The beer pours with a nice viscosity to it as well. S: A lot of roasted malt with perhaps a touch of char. There is a hint of smoke too, along with chocolate and coffee. T: The flavors are quite similar to the nose. A really impressive roasty quality that does not completely overwhelm the beer. A mix of dark and milk chocolates along with some coffee and a light hint of smoke. M: This one is medium in terms of body with a moderate level carbonation. D: A pretty easy to drink beer for a Russian Imperial Stout. Quite minimal alcohol presence, and easy to drink.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonkeyBra (3384) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2010
09 bottle crushed with CaryTheDude. Black pour with tan ring around the glass. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, moderate roast. Some dark fruits like figs and prunes. Flavor is lighter on the chocolate than I expected. Still, mostly coffee and chocolate thing going on with some fruit. Luckily, sweetness is kept in check. Pretty well balanced. Mouthfeel is nice. Finishes long with a chocolaty bitterness. Pretty good beer, but not great.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ansermadide (1520) - Kyle, Texas, USA - SEP 30, 2010
Sampled at Rare Beer Tasting II in Denver on September 17, 2010. Roasted aroma. Black color with a medium-brown head. Smooth aroma of cocoa/chocolate with roasted malts. Flavor is a little dry and bitter, smooth and roasted. Not that sweet, really. I think if it was a little bit lighter and a little more sweet it might be more enjoyable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dionysus (1448) - Arizona, USA - FEB 5, 2011
Bottle courtesy of daknole. Pour is deep brown/black with a khaki head. Aroma shows notes of chocolate,coffee, light roast, and black cherry. Flavor shows the same with additional notes of caramel, plum, and vanilla. Overall body is full, somewhat sweet, and finishes with some nice warming alc.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrallen34 (3483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 1, 2011
I drank this 2010 version, bottle #480 of 1000, 22oz bottle into my Orval glass. The beer pours opaque black with a disappointing less than half a finger of dark tan head. Terrible retention, medium lacing. The aroma is super light. It gives off mostly cocoa, as you would expect. Its pretty sweet. The taste is a big surprise, it is totally off from the aroma. It is all bitter coffee. There is no sweetness or any chocolate. The finish is bitter and has some bitter alcohol. As the beer warms up a lot it starts to mellow out on the bitterness and a little more chocolate starts to show itself. The feel is ok, a little too light for a stout, but a very bitter tacky finish. Overall, I was really disappointed here. The chocolate is super light in the aroma and it disappears mostly in the taste. If I didnít know better I would think this was a coffee stout. The taste is a big one noter and boring. This has to be a top 100 because of the name and bottle, about the only cool thing here

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pushkinwow (2015) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2011
Bottle 708/1000 2010 - thanks bauermj. Faded black with tan/brown limited head. Roasted malts and barley, semi-sweet chocolate, vegetables, toffee, molasses. Bit bitter with some sweetness, strange tang, full bodied and coats the palate, great bitter finish that goes on and on with a slightly sweet ending. Not sure I enjoy the vegetables though - maybe oxidization?

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDurden24 (1579) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JUL 3, 2013
From the bottle, shared by DesertDevil, black pour, chocolate aroma and bitterness. Similar flavor. Good, but not great.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ICEatALAMO (940) - Troy, Michigan, USA - JUL 12, 2013
Bottle. The pour is nice and dark. The aroma is mostly malt. The taste is nice. A big malt bomb for sure. A good drinking stout. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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