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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.


1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
wheresyourball (517) - El Cajon, California, USA - DEC 5, 2012
Bummer that my 100th rating was so bad. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours dark black with a big tan head. Smell is strong bitter coffee. Taste is cold, stale, bitter coffee. I couldn’t taste any chocolate or anything else for that matter. Thin to medium body. Drain poured it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sthlm (1233) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 4, 2012
[Bottle] Pours dark brown with a nice brown head. Aroma is straight coffee most of the time, but after warming, some dark chocolate and vanilla appears. Taste is actually a pretty nice balance between coffee and chocolate. Alcohol is not always real well hidden. Fairly thin mouthfeel for the style, but nice lingering chocolate truffle in the finish. Not a particularly complex beer, but enjoyable nonetheless.

3.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 14/20
starkmarvelo (29) - Texas, USA - DEC 3, 2012
New Belgium Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout A- looks a bit thin. Pours a reddish brown, almost like a porter. I'm seeing a lot of bubbles. Average looking tan head. Ruby highlights around the edges. This doesn't look like an Imperial Stout at all. S- smells like fresh brewed cup of Johann. Some chocolate notes, but mostly like an awesome brewed cup of coffee. Smells very good. T- more coffee flavor than chocolate, but both are there. Bitter chocolate notes with some sweetness. The quality of the coffee is the star in this beer. Tastes pretty good. M- Surprisingly thin. Too much carbonation, and very thin. Did I mention that it was thin? Also has a pretty big alcohol burn at the back of the throat. O- this beer smells great and tastes good, but sadly after that, it doesn't offer much. Given the name of the beer, the mouthfeel fails horribly. The carbonation is a bit too high as well. It went down pretty easy though. 3/5 -

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nikiel (878) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 3, 2012
Bottle with Carla from Belmont Station. Pours dark brown with a nice layer of frothy tan foam. Smells heavily of coffee. Tastes sweet with a nice blend of coffee, cocoa and vanilla and quickly turns almost spicy. As a non-coffee drinker this is really very nice.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
flatmatt (1159) - Northville, Michigan, USA - DEC 2, 2012
22 oz bottle. Black pour with a tan head. Rich creamy roasted coffee aroma with dark chocolate. Very, very nice. Flavor shows rich chocolate and again very rich roasted coffee, vanilla. Really good stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7181) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 30, 2012
Bomber. Poured very deep brown with a very tall, well-retained, sticky dark tan head. The aroma picked up sweet, nicely-roasted cocoa and coffee notes with touches of molasses and carob.. light earthy accents.. decadent stuff. The flavor found well-roasted, tasty coffee, baker’s chocolate, and vanilla bean at the core.. bitter cocoa and booze-kissed coffee around.. finished warm with a lot of roasty malts, but it needed a little more carbonation back there. Medium-bodied with a slow-ish flow through the palate.. OK feel and flow.. not great, but very good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (10204) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 30, 2012
Bomber poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of coffee, roastiness and bakers cocoa. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of coffee, roasdtiness and bitter chocolate with a smooth lingering coffee finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (8981) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2012
Bomber from Whole Foods Market Charlottesville. Pours a dark brown color with a large dark brown head. Good head retention. Big chocolate and cocoa notes in the aroma along with mild roastiness and mildly roasted coffee, along with a dusty note. The taste is rich coffee, rich chocolate, some toasted and nutty notes and a moderately bitter hop finish. Medium bodied. A little close too the sweet side but just enough bitterness to balance it. No heat. Quite a tasty beer.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (4188) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 28, 2012
22 ounce from Brusin Ales. Coffee aroma. Big chocolate taste. Medium to thin body. Creamy milk chocolate a bit. Cheesecake.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 28, 2012
Starbucks quality coffee bean aroma blanketed my nostrils upon waving my nose over the goblet,inhaling deeply the richness never diminished,fresh roastiness a pleasure to savor,the cocoa kept tapping the senses,whispering its presence, flavor had a little more roasted malt frontness,but the coffee still dominated,the smooth chocolate more evident,very mild sweetness soften it even more,no over annoying bitterness in the finish. I assume some of the reviewers were looking for a meatier body,but if you focus on what this beer claims to be ,a bumped up roasty stout,with definite coffee and choclate garnish,you will appreciate what a gem this ale is.Bartenders,the holiday crowd will love this,not overbearing like ST Chokolat,not over subtle like Youngs,Double Thumbs up


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