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RATINGS: 1125   WEIGHTED AVG: 4/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
We toned down the hops a bit to allow cocoa nibs to contribute some pleasing bitterness, while vanilla notes from the oak combine with the cocoa to create an aroma and flavor akin to a gourmet chocolate bar. A dash of cayenne keeps things lively, adding just a bit of heat to the finish. A Yeti for summer? Hell yes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BucannonXC5 (1213) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 24, 2015
Type: Draft Glass: 12-oz. pint goblet (I think) From: Monkey Paw Brewing in San Diego, Calif. Price: $5.75 Purchased: July 21, 2015 Consumed: July 21, 2015 Misc.: N/A Poured a pitch black color with 1-to-2 fingers of frothy, tan head when I got it. Great looking layered foamy spiderweb lacing on the sides of the glass. Average-to-above average retention on the top. (Sight - 4.25) Smelled toffee, caramel, roasted nuts, hazelnut, espresso, vanilla, chocolate syrup, dark cocoa, some bitter black coffee malts and chocolate milk. (Smell - 3.88) Got oak right away in the taste. Also toffee, dark chocolate, bitter coffee beans, hazelnut, roasty nuts, espresso, dark cocoa nibs, vanilla and boozy chocolate syrup. (Taste - 3.75) Full body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, bitter finish. (Feel - 3.88) This was a decent beer, but a bit disappointing overall. I probably wouldnít order it again on purpose. (Overall - 3.75) 3.81 86 B+

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Johnstledger8 (465) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUL 16, 2015
Bottle. Pitch black with a moderately lasting dark brown head. Good lacing. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, bitter roasted malts. Taste is of chocolate, vanilla, more bitter roasted notes, peppery kick is noticeable in the finish followed by a hint of the alcohol. Sticky oily texture, medium carbonation. Lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yngwie (16045) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 15, 2015
Bottle, at The Corner Foodery, Philadelphia. A black beer topped by a dense, tan head. Lacings. The aroma is quite intense, with chocolate, oak notes, mocha and molasses. Itís smooth and full-bodied, hiding the alcohol very well. Thereís some in the flavor, but thereís not much warmth to speak of. Itís sweet but with a nice hoppy bitterness. Coffee, chocolate, molasses and a touch of oak too. Everlasting finish with lots of dark delights and a fine hoppy bitterness. Delicious. 150622

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Savage_Night (305) - California, USA - JUL 10, 2015
Pours dark black with a large brown creamy head. Head retention is great. AROMA:, chocolate, coffee, caramel, vanilla, woody, alcohol, roasty, light spice, slight hoppy bitterness, earthy and light smoke. TASTE: dark chocolate, coffee bitterness, roasty, caramel, malty, alcohol, soy sauce, vanilla, woody, smoke, earthy, hop bitterness, spice and light peppercorns. AFTER TASTE: coffee bitterness, slight chocolate sweetness, spice and light hop oil with a smooth thick finish and slight boozy warmth.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Austin_Ripper (66) - Iowa, USA - JUL 6, 2015
Pours a black with a nice brown head. Smells like coca and vanilla. Taste is roasted coffee with oak barrel. Beer is pretty boozy, so this stout would be PERFECT to let sit for a few years. Simply amazing. Honestly the only thing keeping this from being a perfect beer is how boozy it is.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
koleminer20 (1495) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 25, 2015
22 oz bottle shared by Spencer. 2015 vintage. The pour is a thinner light black with a thick dark khaki head and some great lacing. The aroma is heavy on chocolate malts and bitter roast. There is a nice oakiness and there is a pretty strong booziness. The flavor is definitely full of bitter chocolate malts. There is a nice roast, but it's pretty plain and the oak doesn't really show up. The mouth feel is thin and light with not a lot of carbonation, and a lingeringly chocolatey bitter aftertaste ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Meilby (10310) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 23, 2015
Bottle 355ml @ The Corner Foodery, Philadelphia, PA
Pours black with a tan head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, oak and cocoa. Taste is medium to heavy sweet and medium bitter with a long chocolate, coffee and cocoa. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deekyn (1441) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 19, 2015
A- pours a deep syrupy brown with a finger of mocha mahogany head that thins to nothing. S- lots of dark chocolates, mocha, coca, cherry, roasted malts and charcoal up front. Some vanilla and licorice nuances. Cayenne is faint but perceptible. Tobacco. Earth and chalk contribute to an overall arid characteristic. M- medium to full dry creamy body with some chewiness. Virtually no carb. T- not as appealing as the aroma. Almost watery throughout with a really dry and bitter end that showcases the hops exclusively with a little pepper. Early in here is the bakers chocolate, coffee grounds, charred steak and earth. Middle has vanilla and oak with some tobacco, crackers and dry grass. Some cordial. Not overwhelming but a good almost summer brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NikkTwist (2241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2015
Draft at Good Dog. Opaque pour with a light brown head that left lace. Deep but temperamental chocolate flavors. Semi-sweet cocoa mixed with Ambesol. Coffee grounds. Good amount of khaki lace. Strong charcoal grill flavors. Smores. Dry ginger root. Bright chocolate liquorice. Browned banana. Black peppercorns. Nice expansive beer. Betters expectations.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mr_Abner (276) - Michigan, USA - JUN 16, 2015
Bottle. Pours a thick black with a half-inch mocha head. Strong aromas of cocoa and roasted malts, some alcohol after it warms. Tastes similar: cocoa, bitter chocolate, roasted malts; the roasted malts lingering in the finish. Moderately bitter. Full bodied and thick; soft carbonation; bitter finish. Iím really enjoying it alongside an extra sharp cheddar (Tillamook).

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