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RATINGS: 103   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
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This is an extravagant, immoderate beer. We mixed together our three favorite things - beer, chocolate and coffee. A rich stout serves as the backbone, with organic black malt and chocolate malt providing a luscious foundation. During the boil, we add artisan chocolate from our friends at Taza. During conditioning, we add coffee from out friends at Coffee by Design. Then, this concoction is oak-aged, resulting in soft vanilla notes. We hope you enjoy this beer as much as we do.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chandler0201 (644) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 23, 2013
Dark brown pour with small tan head and a medium amount of glass lacing. Aroma of coffee and dark chocolate. Flavor had some coffee, vanilla, toasted malts, and hint of chocolate. Balanced finish that had a nice mix of sweet and dry. Really nice beer.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kramer (5094) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2013
Bottle. Pours a clear dark brown, almost black, body with a small fizzy light brown head. The nose is roasty and sweet with some vanilla, coffee, dark chocolate, and light oakiness. The flavor seems to be lots of different stuff that they added added in, and very little discernible base beer. Lots and lots of coffee and chocolate and fairly heavy oak for what I was expecting, but there’s minimal actual malt flavors. There’s some roast and sweet caramel below all the flavorings, but it’s clearly in the background. The vanilla gets especially strong on the finish, lingering very long. Medium bodied with soft fizzy carbonation. An OK effort, but I think the base beer needs a little work so that it can stand up to all these flavorings. They get a little tiring on the palate mid way through the bottle.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Silvan7 (749) - Samarate, ITALY - NOV 5, 2013
Bottle @ La pazzeria. Colore marrone, velato con riflessi rosso rubino, schiuma nocciola abbastanza grossolana. Profumo intenso. Caffè e cioccolato fondente sono ben evidenti. si avverte anche frutta secca e frutti di bosco rossi sono presenti. Gusto abbastanza intenso, persistente. Dolce, ai limiti dell’amabile per via dell’intenso gusto di cioccolato. poi vira sull’amaro, si per il luppolo che per la tostatura del malto. Molto evidenti i gusti del caffè che in questa birra è utilizzato in maniera elegante. Corpo debole, stranissimo per lo stile, quasi per nulla carbonata. Equilibrata, armonica molto bevibile.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcberko (7074) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 24, 2013
650ml bottle, pours black with a medium tan head. Nose brings out rich mocha, chocolate, some roasted malt, and vanilla. Flavour brings out coffee, chocolate, oak and vanilla. Very full-bodied and quite complex, with the coffee and chocolate well-balanced. Not too sweet by any means, but not dry either. Excellent stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thb (707) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 11, 2013
Viscous. Dark Molasses colour. Little in the way of bubbles. Thin foam appears. Aroma is toast, dark fruits, cocoa, espresso. Opens with bitter chocolate, toast, moves into a drying bitter finish. Something slightly vegetal. There’s actually some hop aroma to the finish of this - grass/citrus. Very drinkable for the abv - chalk it up to a lack of sweetness. Dangerous from that perspective.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
warhawk91 (302) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - OCT 1, 2013
22 oz. bomber. Pour is onyx with a thin but stubborn khaki head, not much lacing. Smell is coffee, dark chocolate and spice. Taste is coffee on the roof if the mouth with the chocolate sweetness on the tip of the tongue. Aftertaste is dark chocolate bitterness and hops. This one is pretty good, very drinkable for an imperial stout. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ferris (4981) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 30, 2013
Bottle - Espresso, bitter chocolate and a tinge of alcohol. Jet black with a beautiful rich brown head. Chocolate dominates, followed by subtle vanilla and heavy oak, with a rich creamy smoothness that is just perfect. The finish is all coffee.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
doublebock (513) - California, USA - JUN 29, 2013
Appearance: black with thin tan head.Pours flat with little carbonation Aroma: port and chocolate syrup Taste: Big Hershey’s Kiss and vanilla flavor followed by tobacco. Smooth coffee finish Overall: could use some more carbonation but great combo of chocolate and coffee

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nuffield (3714) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 20, 2013
Great in providing very clearly understood flavor dimensions of coffee and chocolate, and balanced between those two, but not balanced as to its somewhat sickly complexion. 85% opaque. Big, but not perfect. (on tap at Toronado, S.F.)

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (7025) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 18, 2013
Bottle, shared with Parksy ansd Faysal. Thick near-black pour. Amazing aroma of rich coffe and chocolate, sweet and deep. Big palate, bold flavours of fresh coffee beans with avegetal edge, bitter chocolate, sweet vanilla, oak, light chocolate milk, and subtle spice. SO MUCH BETTER than what I was anticipating!!


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