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RATINGS: 99   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Braudog (5576) - Hampton, Virginia, 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 (7924) - 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 (9747) - 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!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 11, 2012
Bomber from Sam’s, Durham. Had a strong recommendation to buy this one and found it pretty underwhelming. Kind of a disappointing base beer, and the taste combined day old coffee with generic chocolate, with barely any barrel character.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nick76 (4170) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 3, 2012
The aroma is both sweet and dry with butter scotch, chocolate, coffee, bourbon, and molasses. The appearance is dark brown with a tan head. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is right for the style. Overall this is good but a touch too acidic.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Palidor19 (2919) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JUN 3, 2012
strong flavor. nice balance of mocha aroma and a medium thick palate. has a slight acidic feel at the end. lots of complexity all around.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - MAY 20, 2012
(22 oz. from Grain and Vine) Very, very dark brown with 1/4" of tan head. Nose is sweet and woody with underlying chocolate. Mouthfeel is smooth and milk-shakey. Weepy rings and a syrupy film of lacing melt away along inside of glass. Flavor of wood, chocolate, coffee and molasses with a slight ABV burn. Sweet, tasty, not super complex but good.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TURDFERGUSON (3930) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 14, 2012
Black with a thin tan lace. Nose is light vanilla, roast, cocoa, plastic but not much going on. Thin, light coffee and vanilla, light roast. A little thin for the style but still better than expected. A tad syrupy but no diacetyl noted which is a first for anything ive ever had brewed at Shipyard. From Carl’s rating it sounds like the draft was not as lucky.


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