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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.67/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The thing about stouts made with additions of things like coffee is, while they taste "just like coffee," they taste "just like coffee." A well constructed stout is a study of potential flavors. Both bitter and sweet at once, with just four ingredients aromas can ping-pong between: coffee, chocolate, vanilla, smoke, dark fruits, molasses, and myriad others without running over each other. Drink Unjunct and dont ask us to treat this one.

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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (12113) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2017
On tap at TJs. Poured a dark brown with a small sized tan head. Coffee, roast, and some earthiness.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
trapped (2866) - New York, TURKEY - APR 25, 2017
Draught @ Ginger Man. Opaque dark brown with spongy tan head, mocha aroma with vanilla, medium carbonation, mocha taste with faint alcohol undertones, thick body, long bitter mocha finish. Very tasty

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (5312) - Michigan, USA - APR 24, 2017
16 ounce can into snifter, canned on 2/6/2017. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and foamy dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, raisin, plum, cherry, licorice, brown sugar, toasted dark bread, smoke, light vanilla/char, herbal, floral, and roast/toast/smokey earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, raisin, plum, cherry, licorice, brown sugar, toasted dark bread, smoke, light vanilla/char, herbal, floral, and roast/toast/smokey earthiness. Light roast/char and herbal hop bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, raisin, plum, cherry, licorice, brown sugar, toasted dark bread, smoke, light vanilla/char, herbal, floral, and roast/toast/smokey earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; with an awesome roasted bitter/sweet balance, and zero acrid/astringent roast flavors after the finish. Light dryness from roast/char bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/grainy, fairly silky, and lightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 8.5%. Overall this a fantastic American imperial stout! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to to drink with the balanced bittersweet finish. Very rich and malty with great complexity; complementing fruity yeast and earthy hop backing without being overpowering. A highly enjoyable offering.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EithCubes (5772) - New Jersey, USA - APR 14, 2017
Pint can, marked 02/05/17 but smudged. Nose is huge inky chocolate, some coffee and molasses, perhaps some smoke. Touch milky/lactose. Ultra-dark motor oil pour (now this is a beer color I havent seen since I was drinking in the Midwest!) with a rocky medium-brown head and lace -- intimidating! Lightly tart, medium-bitter, lightly sweet, a good balance between those three, though the sugar stains my teeth; vanilla, smoke, big coffee and chocolate, alcohol, plum, light grape, red berry, molasses, several different kinds of roast and scorch, lots and lots of ash. Obese body and smooth, just a faint bit acrid but clean overall, not grainy and only slightly airy. Medium-strong mineral character, bit of burnt bread crusts / pump / hearty Munich, no soy. Reasonably complex (its easy to go one-note in this range) and one of the better hard-bop stouts available on the East Coast, I reckon. [2017.04.14: 3.8]

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
katrinaez (1767) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2017
Smoked roasted malts with lightly bitter aroma. Deep brown to black color, with heavy tan head. Taste is nice, with some bitter end on palate. Tap

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zdk (1912) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 17, 2017
Can poured into Mason jar. Dark pour, nearly tan head. Nose is toasted barley. Dark chocolate and sweet, caramel malts a bit of coffee roast. Warm and full.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bulk_Carrier (5043) - Essex Junction, Vermont, USA - MAR 9, 2017
Poured into a becher pint glass, the appearance was a thick jet black pour with a good finger and a halfs worth of dark tan head. Dies off at a nice pace. Filmy lace coats the sides. The aroma bleeds sweet to spicy black licorice coating some dark fruits but also with milk and dark chocolate flowing all into it very nicely. Nice level of roast for balance. The flavor moves between the roast and the sweet of the combination of dark fruits, molasses, black licorice, milk and dark chocolate. Semi-sticky roasty aftertaste flowing nicely into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fair sessionable to sipping quality about it. Mild carbonation. ABV felt a tad lower than projected by the brewer, but Im okay with that. Overall, wonderful American Stout that I would love to have again. Too bad, I had to drive out of my current distribution to find this gem.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
mathieuc (3868) - Qubec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 9, 2017
Pours a very dark brown with an offwhite rim that leaves spotty lacing. Nose is of coffee, green pepper and pumpernickel bread. Taste is lightly sweet and offers coffee and chocolate mostly. Body is medium-medium-full and carbonation moderately high (problematic). Overall an alright coffee stout that could be less carbonated.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gripweed57 (1804) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - FEB 26, 2017
16 ounce can. Opaque black ink color topped by a large rocky tan head. Earthy roasted malt nose has notes of ash, coffee and tobacco. First sip yields notes of black coffee, tobacco and bakers chocolate and a viscous mouthfeel. Midtaste brings smoke and sweet black licorice. Finish is bittersweet chocolate and subtle resiny hops. A real American Stout of Cartonic proportions.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (3249) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2017
Can. Pours out pretty much black with a moderate tan head. Aroma is of chocolate, coffee, soy sauce, light molasses, earthy smoke, marshmallow, some dark fruit. Taste is of bakers chocolate, medium roast coffee, light earthy smoke, marshmallow, light tobacco. Solid, definitely hit what they were going for


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