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RATINGS: 104   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.


2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
tcane7 (1668) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Draft at Pony Bar. Pours blackish with no head. Aroma was mild coffee and yogurt. Very thin body for a stout. Some coffee. Not much from the oak.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WallStirctly (57) - - DEC 28, 2012
Just ok. Whiskey taste overwhelms a bit, over takes what could b a lovely brew. Smells strongly of coffee upon first pour, was hoping for the taste to be chocolate ans coffee with a hint of vanilla/ whiskey...very much the opposite. Beer is ok...nothing special.disappointed frankly.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kevd193213 (877) - Hope Valley, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Draught. Deep brown pour with a thin frothy tan head. Aroma of bitter chocolate, coffee and bread. Medium body with mild carbonation. Slightly sweet alcohol finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopscotch (9556) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2012
Bottle… This beer rocks!… Pours black with a mid-sized, creamy, beige head that never fully dissipates. The aroma offers lots of fudge, big-time coconut, light vanilla and a whisper of lactic acid. Full-bodied and silky with soft, airy carbonation. The flavor is loaded with chocolate and toasted oak with only a trace of bourbon. Fudge and toasted oak finish. I’m going against the grain here. What’s not to like? World class brew!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
unclemattie (4263) - Georgia, USA - OCT 2, 2012
22oz bottle, foil wrapped, twist-off. $7.50, Bruisin’ Ales. Black pour, brown foam. Aroma of coffee, mocha, chocolate, booze barrel scent, oaky vanilla, leather, woody, soy sauce, nutty, and some molasses. Mostly mocha scent with barrel aging. Roasty flavor, burnt malts, coffee roast flavors, charcoal, burnt molasses, some oaky notes, organic green coffee beans, hints of chocolate malts and even some maple syrup notes. Burnt bbq sauce character. Some lgiht acidity in the finish. This beer requires it to be fresh. Not a beer worth aging, (3477)

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Braudog (5903) - Traveling the USA, Missouri, USA - AUG 15, 2012
Bottle. Big, brooding pour ... midnight black, massive pock-marked head. the aroma is odd ... a mix of sweet chocolate, whiskey, coffee ... This drinks with an uber-sweet character, raisins, tropical fruit even. Whatever coffee is in here is buried in sweetness. (#4735, 8/15/2012)

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theydon_Bois (9960) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2012
Tap at the Ginger Man, Manhattan - 29/02/12. The darkest of browns with a dirty tan head, about a finger initially but soon thinned. Roasted malt on the nose, bitter dark chocolate, espresso coffee. The coffee really hits you on first taste, you get wood, chocolate, oak and some maple/syrup in the background. Medium bodied and carbonation, smooth drinking for 8.4% with the alcohol very well incorporated. I really enjoyed this one.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 30, 2012
Bomber: Pours a clear brown/ruby with a medium tan head, chocolate and roasted coffee in the aroma, starts and ends lightly sweet with a cocoa ending, medium bodied with mellow carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (10475) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 17, 2012
A deep dark stout with a thin dark mocha head. In aroma, smooth pungent chocolate with nice herbal hops, light vanilla notes, nice. In mouth, a nice oaked up chocolate with light woody acidity, complex and woody, very nice. Tasted at Raquette River Beer and Wine Fest, July 13 2012.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kabsetter (103) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 24, 2012
A nice flavorable beverage, but I found it a little ’thin’ on flavor. the oak age was nice and was similar to a fine wine. I just prefer to see this as a russian Imperial at about 10% and it would be right up my ally!


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