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RATINGS: 281   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Serving up cold and jet black, this imperial stout should be taken seriously for about one minute as the dark foam builds. Then, enjoy its velvety chocolate-covered smoothness and delicious aroma of sustainably-grown, locally-roasted coffee.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Pours black with a nice medium brown head and a lasting ring of foam. Aroma of coffee, milk duds, dark chocolate, and slight fruit; sweet and tangy on the nose all at once. Flavor of moderate roast, dry at first but then you get hit with the sweet chocolate and malt flavors as well as coffee. Finish is pretty strong with bitter coffee, earth, smoke, and vaguely milky aftertaste. Nearly heavy, slightly high carbonation, creamy body, not much alcohol presence. Good beer, nice to see NB make an imperial stout. It’s not the heaviest out there as expected, but it is well made and demonstrates its ingredients well.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beaver (1342) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 15, 2012
22 oz bottle. Pours dark brown black with a medium creamy tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet lactic chocolate and coffee roast with a slight amount of vegetables.

The flavor is sweet lactic chocolate and a lot of roasted malt and coffee and a bit of alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, a nice coffee stout. Sweet with the lactic chocolate, but nice coffee and the roast balances it out. Not top tier, but great value.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
johnnyoski (445) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Bomber. Near black pour with a foamy, light brown head. Roasted coffee and dark chocolate aroma. Mostly bitter tasting as the coffee and roasted malt overpowers most of the chocolate trying to peak through. Lingering semi-sweet, alcohol taste. Well carbonated with a surprisingly watery texture. Just a little more body and chocolate flavor could have made this a great one, but still worth a try.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (6972) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Tap at Busters on 28th. Very dark brown pour with reddish highlights. Small clingy head. Rich coffee grounds and sweet chocolate. Yummy.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Maybe I expect to much from Bew Belgium but this was a pretty run of the mill chocolate coffee stout. Poured a nice dark color witha tan head. Aroma notes were all present, coffee, chocolate, roast, not bitter. Still something felt just a bit flat with this one.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
umich03jm (2177) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Pours a very dark brown color with a small beige head that lingers and never completely goes away. Great lacing on the glass. Aroma is fresh coffee grounds, light roast, and sweet milk chocolate. Very nice, smells delicious. Taste is not as great as the aroma but still good. A tad sweeter and more bitter than I expected. Coffee taste is fresh though and the chocolate is really good too. Mouthfeel is pretty thin, would like some more body. Overall, still very good but this could be incredible with a few tweaks.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MacBoost (1399) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2012
Bottle from Prem1er. Thanks, bro! Pours a thick, cummy black with a frothy tan head. Real heavy on the Starbucks coffee aromas. Some bitter chocolate aromas in there as well. Taste consists of coffee grinds, campfire roasted s’mores complete with the graham cracker. Decent. I don’t know, maybe it’s the last beer that I had that just put me in a shitty mood, but I’m not really into it at this point anymore tonight. This beer is good enough. I was hoping for better, but this’ll do. Roasty coffee, some chocolate, dry finish. It’s pretty good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2012
22oz bottle from Binny’s Lincoln Park. Pours a black body with an inch thick, dense and creamy, dark brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is really nice with lots of fresh coffee and cream as well as plenty of rich, milky and dark, bittersweet chocolates. A nice roast backing with some espresso and nuts as well. Flavor is similar. Lots of fresh coffee and cream up front before a big chocolate malt backing comes in. Some bittersweet and milky chocolates with light nuts and hints of vanilla as well as a good amount of roasts. Finishes fairly dry and somewhat bitter with lots of coffees giving off a slight acidity, a good amount of roasts, and plenty of chocolates before leaving a lengthy aftertaste. Medium, soft and smooth body with a creamy, moderate carbonation. Overall, a pretty straightforward, but enjoyable Imperial Coffee Stout. Plenty of rich chocolates, roasts, and fresh coffees in a well balanced, smooth body. Good one.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikem409 (1612) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Bottle. Pours black fluffy tan head. Lots of coffee on aroma. Taste is very nice tons of chocolate bar and some coffe on finish

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
tastybeer (1782) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - DEC 12, 2012
Bottle. Black pour, tan head, good retention/some lace. Aroma is green coffee, roast, chocolate, green pepper. Taste is big green pepper, green coffee, chocolate, roast. Palate is soft, oily, a bit thin. Doesn’t even compare to Founder’s breakfast stout.


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