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RATINGS: 226   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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In a collaboration with Fanø Brewery on Fano Island in Denmark, we created an Imperial Stout recipe to satisfy our own deepest desires. Brewing it on this picturesque summertime vacation island is how Natasha started, and of course we couldn’t wait to brew it at Hoppin’ Frog! The result is Natasha Rocks America - a rich, hoppy Imperial Stout with the deep-roasted, smooth flavor of Chocolate Rye malt. And, Natasha is generously dry-hopped with the perfect mix of select American hops, adding a great hop character to this super-tasty Imperial Stout collaboration brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (6031) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 4, 2013
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, brown, mostly lasting. Body is opaque black (flashlight tested). Aroma is moderately malty (chocolate syrup, roasted grain), heavily hoppy (resin, grapefruit), with notes of vanilla and alcohol. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter. Medium to full body, watery/creamy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Seemed a fitting beer to crack for the holiday, but sadly it illustrates the poorer aspects of brewing in this country. This is a clumsy, ridiculously overhopped beer...the nose is nearly obliterated with pine resin and grapefruit rind, and what’s left beyond that is pretty simplistic. Fairly sour and watery and burning in the mouth too, so the drinking experience is as disappointing as the nose. The best part about it is the appearance...genuine first-pour opacity and a lasting head make it a joy to observe, but it fails in all other respects. A stereotypical example of unrefined American excess.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bov (9050) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUL 1, 2013
from Erzbierschof - black beer with a modest foam left; aroma of corn, roasted chocolate and red fruity hops; full-bodied, tasty and fairly bitter; quite creamy palate; pretty dry with an aftertaste of ashes, black chocolate and more corny and generous hoppy notes - very nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (4413) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUN 28, 2013
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate-heavy chocolate, light black licorice, roasted malt, rye, and pine. It pours a dark brown with no transparency and a two finger brown head with good retention. There’s a good a amount of dotted lacing left behind. The flavor starts with with moderate chocolate and light roasted malt. It finishes with light black licorice, lighter black coffee, fruit, pine, and a touch of rye. It’s medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (13533) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 28, 2013
Bottle at Pibar, Lausanne
Black color with medium sized beige head. In the aroma the resiny hops surpass the roasted malt; there is a lot of chocolate too, wood over bread; very nice. Full bodied, smooth, highly carbonated; strong chocolate flavor, then also strong roasted malt (too much roastiness indeed); moderate residual sweetness; very strong bitterness, resiny.
Extreme, very good overall, with exceptional aroma and less interesting final.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
barbarino2000 (75) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2013
I really loved this tasty beer. It was a perfect little stout - delicious, without being too heavy. Bomber down! ---Rated via Beer Buddy

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Countbeer (4031) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - JUN 23, 2013
Bomber: Served in a Chouffe glass: Almost complete black pour: Medium sized slowly changing brown foamy head on top of a black colored beer. Aroma is a delicious mix of molasses, liquorice, soya, syrup, crispy roast and thick dark fruity touch. Thick oily aroma. Flavours of roast, molasses, cream, coffee, liquorice, rye, light tar, chocolate, bitter, mocha, light coal, soya, oat and thick liquorice. Very clean and balanaced. Aftertaste has some nice bitter tones, liquorice, roast and some creamy tar molasses tones. Low carbo, soft silky creamy mouthfeel, full body and a creamy oily texture. Delicious, thick and balanced and easy but somewhat complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrHangover (2139) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUN 15, 2013
Bottle, courtesy of Kermis, @ Dean sticky floor tasting 2. Pours a very black beer with a nice creamy beige head. Aroma is grassy, hoppy. More of a black IPA than an Imperial Stout. Flavour is quite bitter with some hoppy influences and a nice balance between hop and malt. Great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MOLA_DK (262) - DENMARK - JUN 15, 2013
Bottle from ØlKonsortiet at home. Pours pitch black with a light brown head. Quite hoppy aroma with clear notes of coffee and dark malts. Medium full body, roasted taste with a bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Indra (2568) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUN 15, 2013
22oz. bottle. Aroma of roasty, chocolate malt, piney hop, black bread and a faint hint of spice from the rye, some toffee in the background as well. Black in color with dark brown highlights around the edges of the glass and a tan head that fades. Flavor profile seems to land somewhere between a Double Black IPA and an Imperial Porter, with plenty of roasty, dark chocolate malt and hoppy bitterness, along with suggestions of dark sweetness, lightly charred grain, coffee, pine, resin and earthiness. Decent complexity here. Finely effervescent, dry and lightly warming on the palate, body is full. Nice one!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TomDecapolis (4394) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JUN 14, 2013
Pours a deep brown almost black with hints of amber and a large creamy tan lacing head. Aroma of tobacco, toffee, nuts, tea and milk chocolate. Flavor of rye, chocolate,toasted malt, caramel, nuts and tobacco. Floral and citrusy hop notes throughout.

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