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RATINGS: 298   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Full bodied black beer, very malty with a complex roasted chocolate character.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - OCT 18, 2005
Sampled @ GABF- Hello Iron Hill, I like you already. Pours a jet black, small light brown head. Aroma is full of coffee, fresh roasted smelling at 6am hungover coffee goodness. Molasses and plums as well. Flavor is sweet, more coffee and chocolate, very "natural" real flavor. Very well done.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7677) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 15, 2005
The Lure:
A biscuity flux tucks in the grapey fruitiness. Roasted malts entice the coffee bean and chocolate vice that is about to occur. Big bubbles burst within, and help in upgrading this dessert to classy realms.

The Festivities:
Thorough bitter roastiness hangs around the chocolate cookie borough, with just enough to last until tomorrow. A slick mouthfeel with which you’d like to snuggle, as you juggle with the dryness of the finish. A complex and knowledgeable impy, with negligible weaknesses.

Transcendence:
An immense cavern with just enough natural lighting for us to behold its intricacies.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rastacouere (6119) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 10, 2005
Frothy, lasting head is beige and very irregular. Opaque deepest brown body. Potent espresso and cookie nose, fully chocolatey malt, yet with a bite of cleansing grassy and herbal hops. The necessary complementing grapey and plum notes offer a nibble of complexity, desserty in spirit as it bites into the doughy maltiness. Oaky, cigary finish and faintly spicy character. The body is medium, with fitting carbonation, moderate bitterness, limited alcohol. Good Stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (5945) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 9, 2005
GABF 2005: Opaque with a small head and oily ring. The aroma has notes of chocolate, caramel, and smoky malts, earthy yeast esters and a touch of coffee and prune. The taste displays a wonderful balance of winey/vinous character, woody undertones, sweet mocha and doughy malts, and bitter hop and espresso finish. The feel is sticky and oily, velvet smooth. I love this, among the best of show IMO. I am impressed overall with this brewery.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2005
Pour is black with a thin tan head...smell is roasty cocoa dn coffee...great mouthfeel...nice roasty flavors all the way through with a nice doughy quality in the finish...

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MIBRomeo (2537) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 4, 2005
GABF... Pours a dark color with a thick creamy well laced tan head. Smells of chocolate, roasted malts, toffee, and a hint of figs. Rich full creamy palate. Flavor is delicous. Big roasted malt lots of sweet brown sugar, carmel, touch of toffee. Very good IS.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2007 GABF 2005 and later on nitro at Iron Hill North Wales. Several 750 ml bottles as well. Nearly opaque black body with ruby highlights, visible carbonation on the periphery, and a slow, but fully fading light tan head. Excellent aroma of coffee and fruit-infused dark chocolate. Flavor is like chocolate-covered espresso beans with medium-high sweetness and a roasty bitter counter-balance. Excellent beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
scoobyluv (504) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 24, 2005
typical coffee aroma but the taste is extraordinary. the blend of coffee and chocolate flavors is well coordinated and oh so smooth. not your average so[[omg beer

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JFGrind (1834) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2005
I had a bottle conditioned sample courtesy of Larry H, the North Wales brewer. Jet black body, nice creamy head. Musty coffee aroma, chocolate sweetness, roasted malts. Heavy duty imperial stout definitely worth trying.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ungstrup (29081) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 4, 2005
[At GABF 2004] A dark red-brown beer with a small disappearing brown head. The aroma is sweet with loads of chocolate notes. The flavor is also sweet with strong notes of bitter chocolate, leading to a dry end, and it’s got a powerful body.


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