wheresyourball (517) - El Cajon, California, USA - DEC 5, 2012
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
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.
sthlm (1233) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
[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.
starkmarvelo (29) - Texas, USA - DEC 3, 2012
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Nikiel (878) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 3, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
flatmatt (1159) - Northville, Michigan, USA - DEC 2, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Ughsmash (7181) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Ratman197 (10204) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 30, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Drake (8981) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
drfabulous (4188) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 28, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce from Brusin Ales. Coffee aroma. Big chocolate taste. Medium to thin body. Creamy milk chocolate a bit. Cheesecake.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 28, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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