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RATINGS: 92   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Angelmonster (108) - Colorado, USA - MAR 7, 2012
Pours a black body, head is well over 1 inch and dark brown. Head retention was very good and lacing was good. Smell is of freshly ground coffee mixed with warm brownies. Sweet chocolate syrup and burnt malts are also in there. Faint hops are present and the aroma of alcohol is light though it smells more of port wine. Taste is a mix of bitter chocolate, biscuity roasted malts, and cold strong coffee. Sweet Hershey’s syrup comes in next, this tastes very similar to an actual mocha. Slight hops are present but I think a majority of the beers bitterness comes from the coffee. At 8% abv, the flavor of alcohol was hidden mostly. Mouthfeel is somewhat light for an imperial stout, and well carbonated. Normally this would be bad but the head added a nice richness to the body and rounded it out nicely. Overall this beer was pretty damn good. Chocolate, coffee, malts and alcohol all balanced well. I finished the bomber pretty easily which isnt very common for such a rich beer. While this beer lacks the complexity of my all time favorites, it’s definitely one that I’ll have to revisit soon.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OmegaX (1157) - Florida, USA - APR 19, 2012
A big thanks to Chipalsa for sharing this. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. There were plenty of nice aromas here. I got a lot of coconut, some anise, chocolate, dense coffee, sweet vanilla, almond joys, some alcohol, and coconut rum. Woah. The pour was a typical dark brown body with a tan head. Medium bodied. I tasted a lot more oak in there than I thought I would. Some roasty campfire notes too. Semi-sweet with some straight up coffee and chocolate notes, too. Carbonic. Great stuff.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theydon_Bois (7005) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheShepherds (54) - chapel hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 3, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2013 Amazing beer. Wonderful first taste and and aftertaste that switches from chocolate to coffee. Very exciting find!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cybercat (2995) - Georgia, USA - APR 4, 2012
Aroma has note of cocoa powder, molasses and roast coffee with a hint of oak. It pours an opaque warm sable with a fairly thick, rather persistent, fluffy tan head. Flavor has roast coffee, licorice, woody and semi-sweet chocolate notes plus a whisper of caramel. Smooth texture has some good fizz and body, and leaves a woody, smoky, slightly mocha finish.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimhilt (2377) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - APR 13, 2012
Pours a three finger light tan head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Dark brown almost black color, no highlights. Medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Sweet chocolate nose. Flavor is sweet chocolate with a lingering burnt chocolate aftertaste. $5.99 for a 22oz bottle from Market Basket Concord, NH.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopscotch (8552) - 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!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ferris (2042) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
puboflyons (1890) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 4, 2014
From the tin foiled, capped 650 ml. bottle. The pour is jet black with am lingering soft, silky tan head that settles back after a period of time and leaves plenty of lacing on the glass. Beautiful. On the nose I get a well balanced dark chocolate and coffee note, which is expected since it is brewed with both ingredients. There is also a kind of dark fruity note. Full body for sure. The flavor evolves with the coffee introducing itself first and then the chocolate coming up quickly from behind, The two play off each other well. Bitter for sure that cannot be defined as earthy, floral, or grassy but more rambunctious than that. This is quite good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sonnycheeba (3049) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 30, 2012
Draft. Pours deep, dark brown with thin, frothy tan head; good retention and lacing. Aroma is caramel and roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, oak, and some nutty notes. Flavor is heavy roasted malt, slight smoke, dark fruit esters, faint earthy hops; dry, oak finish. Medium body, carbonation, and warmth.


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