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RATINGS: 1016   WEIGHTED AVG: 4   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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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.


4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Spikey_TX (1) - - MAY 19, 2014 does not count
full body, creamy, soft carbonation, bitter, chocolate, coffee, roasty, vanilla, woody, black, medium sweetness, medium bitterness,

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ozarkspops (335) - - MAY 19, 2014
Dark dark black pour with a thick dark brown head. Aroma is strong dark chocolate, a hint of oak, and a decent west coast hop profile at the end. Heavy cream body. Oak is far more prominent in the flavor. Mild alcohol burn in the chest but nothing in the flavor. Dark chocolate again is very strong. Hops are mild to unnoticeable. Very sweet smooth finish full of chocolate. ---Rated via iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
tsadich (3) - Missouri, USA - MAY 19, 2014 does not count
The smell and pour are perfect! The front has a nice sweet only for a second taste. The nibs are present from the start. I love all the layers up to when the nice oak flavors reach out towards the back of my mouth, then it happens... It finishes way to harsh. The pepper at the finish over shines all the great tastes that are happening thus far, ruining what would have been a very enjoyable aged imperial stout. The pepper brings forward the alcohol taste to abruptly. If you like a beer with lots of good layers this beer definitely succeeds. I would even recommend you give it a go if your going to share a bottle with a few friends, as small pours would have been ideal for this beer. Cheers

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Berard (266) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 19, 2014
Bottle. Pours like used motor oil with thick brown head that lingers. Chocolatey coffee aroma over light carbonation. Sweet start but strong, in your face bitter finish. Milkshake thick. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
floydslip (155) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 15, 2014
Opaque espresso brown beer with a thin foamy dark beige head that has good retention. Bitter nose of roasted grain, unsweetened cocoa, and coffee. The flavor is a supercharged version of the aroma: dark grain, bitter chocolate, and vanilla latte punctuated by a pleasant bitterness with a tingling hit of spice at the end. Underneath the layers is a bit of alcohol burn. Thick and creamy, this is a good stout.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Caytinator (894) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 13, 2014
Fucking amazing. Welldone beer. Init towinit dope flavor, rich tasty palate

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rjat (19) - Alabama, USA - MAY 10, 2014
Heavy on the coffee and chocolate with some good booziness to it. Definitely drinkable.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (5139) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 10, 2014
Draft to taster at Dutch’s. Looks good; a mostly opaque dull dark brownish black with foamy mocha head. Smells good too; dark malt and loads of chocolate with a nice mild oak presence as well. Some mild roast too. Tastes like it smells with a solid mouthfeel. Good stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Briding12 (3) - California, USA - MAY 9, 2014 does not count
On tap at haven gastro pub in Orange. Pours thick with minimal brown head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate and a bit of oak. Tastes prett darn delicious with some bitterness and a touch of ethanol up front then backing down and taking a back seat to dark chocolate, roasted coffee, toffee, and a hint of vanilla. Mouthfeel is smooth and velvety. The oak barrels add a layer of complexity as it finishes smooth and leaves you wanting another sip. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
obxdude10 (2022) - Limerick, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2014
The stout poured like motor oil! It has a very comparable mouthfeel, too. This beer is thick and full-bodied. The aroma is of coffee, chocolate, light hops, pepper, roasted malts and a hint of vanilla and wood. The beer poured a black color with a dark brown head. The head leaves some spotty and sticky lacing around the glass. The flavors are full and bold and taste like dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, wood, alcohol, pepper and some light but bitter hops.


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