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RATINGS: 276   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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2611) - Michigan, USA - AUG 16, 2013
22 ounce bottle into signature globe glass, bottled on 10/5/2012. Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, light char, toast, and roasted earthiness. Awesome aromas with big presence of coffee, dark chocolate, and roasted notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, light char, toast, and roasted earthiness. Good amount of roasted coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, light char, toast, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt flavors; with a nice sweetness/bitter coffee balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, silky, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent imperial coffee stout! All around great balance and complexity of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ROGUE (2099) - Newark, Delaware, USA - AUG 7, 2013
22oz bottle. Pours an pitch black color with a tight, tan head that leaves a bit of lacing. Smells of coffee mostly with some slight sweetness.Tastes of roasted notes mostly, with a bit of sweetness. Coffee and cocoa come through first with a bit of toasted marshmallow. Slight bit of brown sugar ends it with a touch of sweetness. Medium bodied with a smooth amount of carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (6865) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2013
Tap at Closed for Business, Charleston. It pours near black with a medium light tan head. The nose is roasty, freshly ground coffee, caramel, toast, vanilla, fudge, ash and light tobacco. The taste is fresh coffee, roasted malt, toast, bitter cocoa, caramel and earth with a dry, roasty finish. Medium-full body and moderate carbonation. Tasty, well-balanced and damn drinkable. Yum.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11942) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2013
(Draught) Pours a black body with a medium beige head. Aroma of coffee, roasted malt, mint, and chocolate. Flavor of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, earth, and mint.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - JUN 21, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2014 Updating based on 2013 version which was much better than 2012. Draft Appearance: Dark brown/black
Aroma: Coffee, dark malts, chocolate
Taste: Nice coffee, some smoke, and chocolate notes.
Palate: Medium/Heavy body with a smooth and non bitter finish.
Overall: Much better than the 2012 version. Huge coffee aroma, no bitterness and a very smooth finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sledutah (4690) - Utah, USA - JUN 19, 2013
22oz bottle from The Grapevine
Appearance: Black with a medium sized tan head and some lacing
Aroma: Roasted coffee, dark chocolate and roasted malts
Taste: Roasted malts, roast coffee, chocolate with a mild bitterness in the finish Nice and tasty

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (11083) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 9, 2013
22oz bottle shared by HighWine-Ed @ Tampa Wkly Gathering-lt brown-black. A-roasty/coffee-dk malt, some earthy. T-roasty/coffee/chocolate-dk malt, earthy hops.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DedicatedToFun (2547) - Santa Monica, California, USA - JUN 8, 2013
Amazing dark Brew. Starts strong, ends a bit fun of mill for the style. Tasty as can be.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
unclemike (2224) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - JUN 4, 2013
pours a mostly opaque dark mahogany with a spotty-lacing beige head. Has a sweet dark caramel and chocolate nose with fresh roasty coffee. Starts with good fullness and toasty dark caramel malts with rich coffee flavor and dark chocolate before a drier bittersweet finish. Pretty smooth and well-balanced

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BigBeer45 (1253) - Michigan, USA - JUN 2, 2013
Bottle, a fast pour made a foamy two to three finger chocolate shake colored head over a brown-black beer, the head receded to a partial cover and ring, some bubbles traveling up the sides of the glass, it left nice spots and fingers of lacing as I drank, there was no sediment in the bottle, this drink had aromas of roasted malt, roast coffee, chocolate and faint dark chocolate in the background, there was a little grain and malt sweetness, there were flavors of roasted malt, coffee with some coffee bitterness and faint chocolate, some malt and chocolate sweetness, the finish had a little malt and coffee bitterness with roast malt and coffee trailing, the mouth feel was more than medium with a nice touch of creaminess, and it had average carbonation, this beer was a nice combination of roasted malt, coffee and chocolate, there was some coffee bitterness that adds a nice touch to this drink, the coffee bitterness grew a bit as the beer warmed but it was not over bearing, a good Impy.


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