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RATINGS: 173   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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Released Sept 21, 2008 (the day after brewgrass). The next brew in our renowned imperial line, this hearty stout is rich with coffee and chocolate notes, all achieved solely through the use of special roasted barley grains. The complex malt character blends the velvety sweetness of specialty grains with the creaminess of a classic stout. No flavoring has been added to this product.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10585) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 15, 2010
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Pours black color with an average frothy light brown head that was lasting with good lacing. Moderate toasted chocolate malt and nuts aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy sweet toasted flavor with a medium to heavy complex sweet finish of long duration. This is a solid complex beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonusWagner (1368) - Florida, USA - SEP 25, 2010
Itís a pretty easy to drink imperial coffee stout with some nice roast characteristics. Iím happy I got my hands on a bottle, but it doesnít really stand out in my mind all that much.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Palidor19 (2936) - Brandon, Florida, USA - SEP 21, 2010
rich, strong flavor with a side amount of cocoa and smokiness. kinda flat but very tasty works.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nick76 (4213) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 21, 2010
The aroma is very toasted with mocha (coffee), chocolate, burnt malt, and hops. The appearance is black with a tan head. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is thick. Overall a very good beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (10804) - Orange County, California, USA - SEP 20, 2010
A: The pour is a very dark brown color with a fairly large off-white head. S: Plenty of roasted malts and coffee on the nose. Some mild chocolate notes underneath, with a bit of a dark fruit character underneath. T: A good bitterness is quite noticeable right away, as is the coffee and roast. Thereís a mild acidity, which I normally donít find appealing in a stout, but it isnít horrible here. Some bittersweet chocolate helps to provide some sort of balance and there is a mild coffee grounds note on the finish. M: The body is medium with a fairly lively level of carbonation. D: Another beer that hides the alcohol quite well, probably due to all the different flavors going on. A pretty nice beer, actually.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TURDFERGUSON (3948) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 15, 2010
Had multiple bottles in the 2 years since this has been released and not one has been stellar. No big surprise here as the base black mocha stout was nothing to write home about. Its basically (as you might expect) the base beer beefed up but it doesnt really add to much more complexity, just alcohol. Flavor has some bitter chocolate, but also some syrupy malts, and a light metal/sour twang.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldMrCrow (1811) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 24, 2010
Bomber courtesy of Brewthusiast

Glad to get to try this. Absolutely gorgeous when poured aggressively; a splendid tan head atop deep brown with red highlights. Aroma of molassas, rich dark bread, and boutique chocolate cupcakes. Cocoa and yes, mocha flavors -- hard to believe itís just the grains and no added cocoa -- atop some agar (no problem). But again like the non-imperial version - though very mildly - that vegetal hint that isnít quite right. Easily the most quaffable imperial stout Iíve ever had, this one is going down like a session beer and I suppose that canít end well on an empty stomach. Never too sweet (though tons of cocoa) and with a milder hop close, at least with two years of age on it, than in most imperial stouts. Fascinating beer, and probably the best Iíve had from Highland.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wavers1 (872) - Notown, California, USA - JUN 22, 2010
bottle courtesy of fiver29, and what a treat! wow! this is definitely one of the best chocolate stouts iíve had, and heres why: i love bitter and sweet choco stouts, subtle and giants, from rogue to sexual to sa choco bock to southern tier, etc. and this one is probably better than all those mentioned. it pours a thick black with a minimal brown head, needs a lil more head and lacing to be a 5 for me. the aroma is off the hook, super chocolate, super roast, bitter and sweet, but not too much of either. the taste is similar, there is a huge sweet, choclate blast upfront, but not as sweet as st. then it goes to a very velvety and bitter finish, tons of high grade cacoa powder, fine baking chocolate and the likes. it also balances the chocolate with a very lightly salty soy saucish note in the back underneath it all. it makes for a very well rounded and diverse chocolate stout, super interesting and complex beer. really awesome. the abv is non existent, it leaves you wanting more before you are even done with the current sip. super deliciousness.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 19, 2010
Black with a short lived fizzy tan head. Dark roasted coffee aroma with a hint of caramel. Really nice creamy palate, outstanding. A really wonderful rich taste of chocolate, bitter coffee, roasted grain, caramel, and raisin notes with a sticky finish. Quite good.

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 19/20
LighthouseBeer (10) - Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, USA - MAY 6, 2010
Great one from Highland. Black as night, lacing tan head with tiny bubbles. Rich body with a medium-full finish. Standard tones of chocolate and bitter coffee with a hint of blackberries and resin. Alcohol definately present but by no means overwhelming. Tastey.


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