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.
SHIG (3061) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAY 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Westmeister (938) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
jake65 (2316) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - MAY 20, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
anders37 (12756) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
AmEricanbrew (4868) - Belcher, Louisiana, USA - MAY 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
jgb9348 (3968) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - APR 28, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Kshlava (35) - - APR 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
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Beerenberger (795) - Fischer, Texas, USA - APR 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
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!
obguthr (3225) - Poquoson, Virginia, USA - APR 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
ScottyMo215 (2) - Indiana, USA - APR 10, 2013 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Chocolate, coffee aromas black in color with tan foam, heavy cloying sweetness, lightly bitter, creamy, medium body, deliciously well balanced!