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RATINGS: 373   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
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The most decadent creation ever to be crafted in FCB’s brewhouse. Deep roasty flavors, rich chocolate nose, coffee undertones and impeccable balance are the result of imperializing an already flawless brew.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Juelze (1144) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 5, 2008
Pours a rich black color with medium off-white head that fades quickly. Aroma is intense chocolate malt, cocoa powder, and light roasted coffee. Taste is rich milk chocolate, light coffee, and light roasted malt. Alcohol is well hidden, and the palate is full bodied with a light astringency. Overall, a solid stout. Thanks Ross!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 3, 2008
Pours a deep dark brown- almost black with a soda-like big bubbly head, and slight lacing. Aroma is failry big in the chocolate, light roast some hints of coffee, nutty deep dark roasted chocolate- and a bit of hot cocoa powder mix. Flavor is pretty big with the chocolate malts as well- no artificial chocolates at all which is nice, light coffee, nutty roast, and some light burnt smokey malts. Finish is lightly bitter from the dark malts, and fairly smooth.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oreogobbler (228) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2008
Pours completely dark brown, black. The rim is a creamy dark chocolate color with a thin off white head. The aroma starts out with toms of alcohol burning my eyeballs. But it’s a strange situation, the alcohol aroma is being covered by a nice roasty chocolate and spice aroma which balances rather nicely. The flavor is boozy, chocolate, and roasted malt, coriander, and cinnamon. I also get some hints of a tobacco in the aftertaste that is rather enjoyable. The Palate is a bit thick and syrupy. A tad bit overwhelming, though very creamy.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2008
Bottle from TURDFERGUSON. Nice chocolate aroma with a light roastiness. Opaque black with a nice thick brown head that laces nicely. Flavor opens with chocolate sweetness and alcohol in good balance, roasty-bitter finish. Very vreamy palate. A really nice chocolate stout.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bill86 (43) - Tennessee, USA - JUL 1, 2008
A pretty good beer, if the finish was more smooth rather then bitter i would actually buy more but at $7 per 22oz there are FAR better beers out there.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (9268) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 28, 2008
Dark black-brown beer. Aroma is very chocolatey. Quite rich and sweet smelling. A bit chewy with vanilla and chewy caramel behind the rich chewy chocolate. Creamy palate, sticky and loaded with milk chocolate. Fairly assertive biterness and roastiness helps differentiate it from most other chocolate stouts I’ve had, which tend to be quite sweet and lowly hopped. Pretty tasty.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rciesla (5500) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUN 26, 2008
Bottle at JoeMcPhee’s. Pours a dark black body with a tan head. Aroma is sweet chocolate, with some oily roasty coffeeand mineral like chocolate. Not crazy about it.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FlacoAlto (4133) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2008
A vigorous pour produces a three-finger thick, darkly browned, tan colored head. The beer is an almost black, concentrated, deeply burnt brown color that is not quite opaque when held up directly to the light as it shows flashes of ruby hues. Deeply roast as this smells of burnt grain-husks, burnt bread crust, spent overly roasted espresso grounds and just an overall, overly astringent deep burnt character. While this is way to focused on the burn malt aromas there is a touch of bread-like, dark malt character here and perhaps a hint of dark chocolate aromatics. After coming back to the aroma after walking my dogs I notice a burnt cherry note that is quite interesting, but alas fleeting.

Sweet tasting & creamy feeling up front, but then the burnt malt notes swoop in and turn this overly acidic, incredibly burnt tasting and thin. Up front and somewhat in the finish some dark chocolate flavors are noticeable. Acrid, bitter burnt malt notes combine with a touch of warming alcohol in the finish. As the beer warms up a bit it becomes a bit less like sipping on burnt charcoal juice, but doesn’t really lose the brunt acidity; basically the burnt, acrid bitterness reduces just a smidge, but not enough to make this much better. Burnt fruit notes of blackened cherries and roasted berries do become noticeable though.

This is a great example of a completely unbalanced roasted grain character; it is like the unbalanced double IPA of roasted grain, this doesn’t have nearly enough of the paler malt notes that are needed to hold this amount of roast grain in check. While not undrinkable, this just doesn’t really work for me; for those who like heavily roasted things (and I mean heavily roasted as I like a good black espresso) then this might be for you.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
leroyneiman (9) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 23, 2008 does not count
A black appearance with a beige head. The aroma was coffee and chocolate. The flavor was quite roasty with more chocolate and coffee showing through. The aftertaste was rather bitter. Overall this was a great stout.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vyvvy (5525) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUN 20, 2008
Pours dark brown with a rich tan head. The aroma has lots of coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt and vanilla - very rich smooth and nice. Medium / thick body that ends feeling thinner and has very sharp carbonation. The flavor starts with sharp green apple, dark chocolate and roastiness. The finish is sharp and fruity with spicy hops and a light creaminess. Okay beer.


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