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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.


ludhaber's rating

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ludhaber (62) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 20, 2013
A very complex beer with expertly balanced contributions from yeast hops and malt. Vanilla, chocolate notes are very well done accents along with subtle oak tannins. But this beer has big malt to incorporate all these fine elements. Very interesting beer, not by the case but sip by sip. A lot fun to taste.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
blhumbert (1) - - DEC 11, 2014 does not count
Delicious awesome support stout. Smells like swine oak chocolate. Tastes like imperial button toasted mocha.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bennetporter (46) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 1, 2014
Poured from bottle. Dark brown, with slight red tinge; khaki head with minute bubbles. Aroma is bitter chocolate with some chocolate malt. Slight floral quality is hops, not coffee. Flavor is medium roast coffee, bitterness high on the mouth, sweet roasted barley. Bitterness doesnt jive with the sweetness, but overall good flavor and mouthfeel.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (13166) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 26, 2014
Draft at Maddys. Murky brown pour, small brown head. Nice aroma of burnt espresso, milk chocolate, subtle tobacco. Taste is nicely balanced coffee and cocoa.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (11488) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 9, 2014
Bomber from Westside Renaissance Market in Ukiah, CA. Pours dark brown with a slight tan head. Aroma is chocolate with a hint of coffee. Med body or better. Flavor is earthy chocolate with firm coffee. Seems to have vanilla, but not much. Think Im finding oak, not a lot. Finishes rather bitter chocolate and coffee.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (11824) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 15, 2014
Bottle shared with the fellas in Heaven, as the sun rose. Pours deep brown with a sudsy khaki head. OK stuff overall. Pretty sweet with somewhat sugary chocolate character, light metal, dark berries, mellow burnt wood presence. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Lots of milk chocolate in the finish, soft roast, burnt sugars, understated barrel. Good duration on the chocolate character. Not bad on the whole.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BLADT (653) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUN 12, 2014
Tap pour. Almost black in glass. Vanilla coffee nose. Hint of cocoa. Taste is chocolate milkshake. Stale aftertaste, not unlike dinner coffee. Close, but not quite there.

1.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
htzpah (100) - - JUN 12, 2014
Something's off about this one. I get a stale, coffee ground aftertaste: Almost wonder if I should smell this to clear my palate.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
RyanK (226) - Rhode Island, USA - JUN 12, 2014
22oz but still a twist top, thats Peaks style. Pours a impenetrable black with a foamy brown head. Strong Vanilla notes come from the oak aging as well as maybe some dark fruit, yeast and coffee. Mostly this gives off a strong scent of oak aging. Pretty heavy mouth-feel and more carbonation than it needs. Pretty easy going but also with plenty of depth. Vanilla, chocolate and coffee flavors are there, always with an underlying burn that finishes oak aged. Not a heavy burn but still a barrel aged beer taste, much easier than most. This 22oz isnt bad its just something Id rather split with friends.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deanso (5685) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 30, 2014
50cl bottle shared @THT May. Thin creamy tan head. Clear black pour. Some vanilla. A lovely smooth stout.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kermis (5686) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 30, 2014
Bottle shared. Pours near black with a ring beige head. Aroma of milk chocolate, fudge, coffee, oak, a little dark fruit, vanilla and caramel. Flavour is over moderate sweet and bitter. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.


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