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RATINGS: 163   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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This beer is a thug. Big and chock full of tender embrace.

A specialty brew. Grab it when you see it. 10% ABV.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
wedgie9 (2004) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 14, 2012
Tasted on 4/13/12 from a capped 650mL bottle purchased at Lush West Town quite a while ago, I think that this was the 2010 bottling. Pours nearly completely black with a thick, and long lasting smooth brown head that recedes very slowly to thin lace. The nose is like a malted chocolate milk shake, with some added notes of molasses and mocha. The flavor is lightly sweet milk chocolate malted milkshake up front, moving to sticky molasses, and finishing with some mocha bitterness. The body is full and creamy with lighter than average carbonation and a long malty, molasses, and mocha finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (5568) - Ohio, USA - APR 7, 2012
22 oz. bottle. Pours dark brown in color with a medium sized creamy beige head. The aroma is dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, black coffee with a splash of molasses. The flavor has roasted malt, dark chocolate, black coffee, smooth mouth feel, pretty much what you would expect in an imperial stout. Nothing really stands out however.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2012
Bottle, GREAT label. Pours jet black. Sweet malty aroma, nothing special, a bit sweet taste.... Ahhh this is nothing special

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andyhwcinc (1462) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2012
Purchased at West Lakeview Liquors in Chicago, IL; enjoyed on a gorgeous mid March Friday night kicking back after a long work week. Appearance is a pitch black with a rich, bubbly tan head that laces to the glass. Aroma is big in the coffee and chocolate notes, smells rich, bit of lactose, not too boozey. Taste is delicious. Slight bitterness from the coffee, bit of lactose, big chocolate notes, itís pretty good, there are definitely better imperial stouts out there though. Itís big, but not too big. Still good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2012
From notes. First reviewed 12/5/2010. Poured from a growler -- filled today -- into a tulip. Big Hugs pours a firm black color with a 3 cm brown head. Said head slowly dissipates, leaving dabs of lace on the glass. A jolt of coffee in the nose, with vanilla, roasted and chocolate malt, a hint of cocoa present as well. It starts out with a touch of sweetness, almost like molasses, then moves to a ton of coffee, bringing a strong bitterness with it. In the midst of this coffee bombardment, the chocolate and roasted malts are noticeable. Some smooth creamy flavor in here too. Finishes fairly sweet, with a touch of alcohol. Creamy, medium carbonation, full body. A bit sticky on the lips, and some heat from the alcohol warms the stomach. This was quite nice, and really in my wheelhouse ABV-wise. I would drink this frequently.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (2612) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Pours dark thick cocoa black coffee in color with a decent tan head. The aroma is light booze, vanilla, and roasted malts. The flavor brings roasted malts, some chocolate and booze on a smooth, somewhat lighter body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
FURLYSURIOUS (263) - Orono, Minnesota, USA - FEB 21, 2012
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter: Pours an ominous abyss of dark matter. Dense mocha head of about a finger and a half. Consistent retention and lacing. Big everything: coffee, melted chocolate, with all the appropriate malty backing flavors - vanilla, caramel, toffee, earthy goodness. Taste mirrors the nose. Stupendous. The feel is cloying and thick. Carbonation could be beefed up a notch. Overall, this is very tasty stuff. I wish this made it up to my neck of the woods. Thanks to bpgpitt10!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Newk (299) - - FEB 6, 2012
UPDATED: APR 23, 2012 Poured from bomber into a tulip. Pours a dark black color, but lacking a bit of head. Very good aromas of coffee, caramel, belgian chocolate and a good amount of malts. Very balanced, but slightly shy compared to the rest of the beer. Full bodied with a real great and smooth feel. Dangerously smooth with great depth too. Polished with great flavors of belgian chocolate, roasted malts, and a good amount of hot caramel. You canít notice the alcohol on this at all. This is really damn good. Insanely smooth and polished, this is really impressive from half acre.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jlanning215 (363) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2012
Just perfect. Aroma is deep chocolates and all those dark things. Beautiful pour. Dark as night and extremely creamy head that is aweosme. balanced. Perfectly smooth. A rarity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - JAN 13, 2012
22oz bottle picked up at the brewery on the 2011 release day. Pours a black body with a finger-width, creamy, dark brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing throughout. Aroma has lots of fresh, sweeter coffees up front with a nice, rich, dark chocolate and caramel backing. Solid roast, some cream, licorice, and some spicy hops in the background. Flavor is similar. Lots of deep, dark, and rich chocolate malt up front with a good amount of fresh, sweeter and lightly roasted coffees. Caramel, some roast, cream, a light licorice, and a good amount of spicy hops that increase towards the end. Finishes moderately bitter and pretty dry from the hops, coffee, and roast, but very well balanced with a soft, rich chocolate sweetness and touch of cream. Lengthy aftertaste following a very soft and smooth, medium-full body with a creamy, moderate carbonation. Overall, an awesome imperial stout. Very soft and smooth throughout with a well balanced, bold flavor. The coffee is big, but it never dominates and the chocolate malt is very rich and never cloyingly sweet. Fairly well hopped and dry in the finish with no hint of alcohol. Excellent beer.

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