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RATINGS: 275   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SHIG (3565) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - MAY 22, 2013
Bottle shared at GNBC meeting: Poured deep black with brown edges, the head was light brown tan. Aroma was strong roasted coffee and dark chocolate. The taste was similar with chocolate malts and coffee bean.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Westmeister (1732) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 22, 2013
Bottle. Pours black/brown color with dark beige head of froth that displayed decent lacing throughout Aroma was roasted malts, coffee grounds, touch of burnt coffee, bit of creaminess as well. Flavor was similar with a lingering earthy hop bit. and some dark chocolate. Soft palate with a semi creamy finish. I found this to be quite enjoyable. Not too dominant in any one sense.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jake65 (2611) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - MAY 20, 2013
Bottle: Pours a very dark brown with a finger of creamy brown head. I love a good coffee beer and man this aroma is intense... rich, roasted espresso notes and very light chocolate. After a few sips (throughout the entire glass really) it is good news the coffee flavor isn’t as intense as the aroma suggests. Still, a very good quality coffee flavor, roast, light bittersweetness, and cocoa work together well. Nice feel, soft and silky. Makes me long for this in a smaller format... solid brew.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (16582) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 20, 2013
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty sweetish chocolate and vanilla aroma. Sweetish roasted malty chocolate and vanilla flavor. Has a sweetish roasted malty chocolate and vanilla finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (5798) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - MAY 11, 2013
Black with fleeting tan head. Nice nutty brewed coffee, chocolate syrup aromas. medium body, average carbonation. brewed coffee, mocha, dark chocolate flavors with sugar, dark roast malts----tasty coffee brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (4707) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - APR 28, 2013
Deep dark brown coloured body with a very thin, fast-dying tan head. Aroma of bunches of peat, coffee, chocolate, oak, raisins and even some vanilla noticeable. Medium-bodied; Deep strong peat and coffee flavours dominate with only a hint of chocolate and oak noticeable, but a lot of alcohol and deep bitter notes. Aftertaste is very strong with the coffee, peat, roasted malt and a lot of chocolate and alcohol. Overall, a strong and relatively good beer - showing perhaps a bit too much coffee, not enough chocolate and a little too much alcohol and peat. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Arrowine in Arlington, Virginia on 24-November-2012 for US$6.99 sampled at home in Washington on 28-April-2013.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kshlava (55) - - APR 26, 2013
Heavy coffee and dark chocolate flavor. I love the espresso flavor. A dark brew with a brown and creamy head. Had on tap at the hay merchant. This will be one of my favorite beers. The only complaint I have is that it has a high alcohol content that is heavy on the aftertaste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beerenberger (1419) - Fischer, Texas, USA - APR 22, 2013
A nose of coffee, chocolate,and dark roasted malt. Pours a jet black with a mostly diminishing khaki head and spotty lacing. The taste is wonderfully bitter. Robust. Strong black coffee, dark roasted malt, with hints of chocolate. Full body with medium carbonation. Overall, an excellent porter!

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
obguthr (3766) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - APR 11, 2013
Strong coffee, roasted unmalted barley, and zwieback nose. Black, medium firm tan head with good retention and lacing.Smooth, full body. Pronounced coffee flavor, a vegetal note is present at midpalate. Espresso finish. If New Belgium beers kept a little better, this beer could be spectacular.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ScottyMo215 (3) - Indiana, USA - APR 10, 2013 does not count
Chocolate, coffee aromas black in color with tan foam, heavy cloying sweetness, lightly bitter, creamy, medium body, deliciously well balanced!


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