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RATINGS: 1135   WEIGHTED AVG: 4/5   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BVery (9260) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAY 26, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2013 Bottle. Awesome beer. Very dark brown / opaque pour with a foamy light brown head. Milk chocolate and cayenne on the nose. Creamy mouthfeel. Taste is sweet, milk chocolate, and the cayenne really comes through - which actually works pretty well. Fun beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
patrickfannon (1241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2010
Bottle. 25.4 oz. Split with James and Tony. Pours pitch black with an amber, thin head. Aroma of chocolate, pepper, toasted malts, and hints of cream. Full bodied with a spicy, velvety palate. Finishes with a powerful burning in the throat. Awesome Imperial stout. So very choclatey and rich.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jredmond (7228) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 25, 2010
Bottle split with Pat and Tony. Pours a pitch black-brown body with a nice creamy brown head. Aroma is coffee and lots of sweet chocolate. Mouthfeel is so creamy and full with great notes of chocolate, sweet coffee roast with sugar, and some spice.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TonyDiUlio (661) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 25, 2010
Had with james and pat. Pour is a dark black with nice lasting head off white, laces well. Aroma is sweet toasty malts. Flavor is chocolate and buttery.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (6657) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 25, 2010
Firkin sample at the 2010 Barley’s Mini Real Ale Fest. Black pour with a thick brown chocolate milk head. Aroma of chocolate, cayenne pepper and dark fruits. Malty flavor with bitter chocolate and a peppery, roasty finish. Only has a little bit of that plasticky character that I get from the Espresso and regular Oak Aged versions. Even so, I’m thinking it would be much better without the cayenne (or at least with the cayenne dialed back a bit).

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
planky84 (2736) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 23, 2010
Bottle at Chris O’s. Black with a tan head. Nice aromas of coffee, dark chocolate, oak, roasted malts, caramel, bit meaty. Flavours of dark chocolate, coffee beans, vanilla, chilli, raisins. Nice alcohol burn. Heavy choc filled spicy finish. Yum, yum!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (20415) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 22, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2014 bottle at chris -o ... deep black ... roast malt and coffee nose ... dry bitter chocolate roast ... some merican malts ... milk chocolate in linger ... little spice on linger... 3.7 bottle at home .... deep bacly ... roast malt and too much pine hop nose ... bitter chocolate front .. pine hop ... ligth spice ... ... big chcoolate ... ok bu tnot stunnign 3.8 Bottle at home... Deep black... Thin tan head... Massive chocolate.. Dark roast nose... Dark roast malts. Chocolate... Rich roast... Mellow soft chocolate roast

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mataichi (63) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - MAY 21, 2010
22oz bottle from CBX. Pours a thick, oily black with medium sized tan head. Get a nice, mild roasty aroma and bitter sweet chocolate too. Well balanced aroma as the smells hit you from a distance, but even with my nose in the glass its not overwhelming. The palate is not as thick as I was expecting and somewhat of a lighter taste then I was expecting. Taste of course has some chocolate notes with a bit of bitter, but it must be the oak aging that balances it out. I’m loving the feel of the heat from the cayenne in the aftertaste. Great beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rader58 (866) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - MAY 21, 2010
Pours a dark thick syrupy black. Aroma of chocolate, molasses, roasted grain, earth and alcohol. Flavor is intense coffee, oak and chocolate. Subtle hints of vanilla and cherries.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChazMania (662) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAY 19, 2010
Purchased on a trip to Colorado in late April, just opened today. Big aroma like a tootsie roll but not as sweet. Thick dark black pour with excellent lacing and small head of foam. The taste is very complex; there is the wood, chocolate, molasses, roasted stuff and its overall texture is thick and chewy. An excellent beer that makes me again wish that Great Divide had distribution here in So Cal.


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