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RATINGS: 274   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
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marheb (1940) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 24, 2013
Le nez de cette bière est extraordinaire, on a pu le constater en la comparant la BS founders. En bouche, les deux ne sont pas dans la même ligue, spécialement à cause de la finale aqueuse. En milieu de bouche par contre, l’esspresso et le chocolat noir brille.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kaser (2488) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 24, 2013
Black pour from a bomber. Brown head. Very coffee chocolate taste a smell. Very sweet taste. Tast. Tasty beer overall

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mikeohlsson (8) - California, USA - FEB 23, 2013 does not count
Pours pitch black with a white head. Smells like coffee & hints of chocolate. Malt & chocolate & coffee balance well - not too roasty. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
doublebock (496) - California, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Black with tan head. Really pleasant and strong free coffee grind aroma. Sweet and malty like a Hershey’s Kiss and a strong but subtle roasted Turkish coffee and marshmellow flavor.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wxman (1387) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2013
Pours a deep dark opaque brown with a light tan head. Aroma is rich coffee with cream. Taste is a nice blend of dark roasted malt with some sweetness, coffee, dark chocolate and raisins. What bitterness there is seems derived from the burnt malt rather than any hops of note. alcohol well hidden, except for the characteristic warmth after the swallow.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6180) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - FEB 22, 2013
Bottle:   Nearly black, thin to moderate light beige head, decent lacing.   Black coffee and somewhat of a german chocolate cake like aroma.   Similar tongue, milk and sugar, not so much cake like.   Backside has minor black coffee bitterness.   Moderate body and mouthfeel.   Balanced sweetened black coffee finish.   Not bad, not great, decent example.   Wished it had a bit more body, and perhaps not as sweet.   Pale roastiness from start to finsih.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - FEB 19, 2013
16oz growler. Served at around 55F.

Pours black with a two finger light brown head that leaves nice sheets of spotty lacing and recedes to a wispy cap and ring.

Aroma is coffee, cocoa powder, roasted malts, nutty, peanut butter. Good to very good strength.

Flavor mirrors the aroma, coffee, cocoa/chocolate, roasted malts, peanut butter, hint of dark fruit, rather sweet, minimal bitterness, mild alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied, creamy and smooth with soft carbonation.

More about the coffee than chocolate, and picking up a distinct peanut butter character. Kinda makes me think of Terrapin’s Liquid Bliss, yet this doesn’t utilize any peanuts. Pretty good, but not as thick or rich as other Imperial Stouts out there.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shhmoke (32) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 19, 2013
Pours almost black, with a thin tan head. Smells of coffee and chocolate. The taste leans more toward the coffee while having that hint of sweetness to it. The alcohol is masked quite well. A solid imperial coffee stout.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmoreau (2284) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2013
On tap and viscously dispensed to a snifter with an opague, black/brown color, brownish tan head froth, and decent, fairly lasting cling to the curtainy lacing. The aroma was dry, roastiness, ground coffee, and smooth malt, with a touch of burnt wood/smokiness. The flavor was similar notes, retaining the dryness, with medium, earthy hop bitterness, and some tanniny astringency. Medium+body, with very soft carbonation, no real esters or sweetness to speak of, but a soft baker’s chocolate emerging as it warmed. If you like crisp and dry, this is the RIS for you.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3160) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 18, 2013
Bottle. Deep opaque brown body, medium clumping light brown head. Roasty nose with ashy coffee bean and chocolate; rather dry. Body sweeter than expected, creamy, with chocolate and ashy coffee bean; bitter and roasty finish. Soft and quite good, although not as complex or deep as most imperial stouts.


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