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RATINGS: 178   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 309   ABV: 10.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This massive Stout pours a mahogany black with a thick, brown head. The aroma is all chocolate and toasted malt. The first wave of flavor embraces anise and dark, bitter chocolate but opens up to include coffee, smoke and rich sweet malt.

ABV may vary between batches: 9.1% to 10.3%

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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
travita (4891) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 9, 2014
Bottle. The look is dark, black in color, tan head. The taste is plums, malt, burnt, prunes, and good. The smell is alcohol, malt, burnt, prunes, good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drsordr (2441) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2014
Bottle says release #10. 11.1% ABV. Pours opaque black with thick mocha head. Nose plum, raisin, milk chocolate, minimal light roast, and hint of alcohol. Slightly earthy. To me, more fruit forward than roast forward. Taste dark chocolate, slightly tannic, then dark fruit. Mid palate fairly sweet. Alcohol sneaks in right at the end prior to a milk chocolate finish.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rodenbach99 (4323) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 28, 2014
(Release #15. 10.2%. SLC#1285) Merci Pat. Jai t impressionn par ce monstre diode que ce nest. On se croirait dans un laboratoire pharmacologique. Une belle rglisse en bouche sauve la mise. Trs amre,

3.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lownote (541) - Austin, Alabama, USA - JUN 20, 2014
Delicious. Sweet with a moderate mouthfeel. White head and pitch black black color. A hint of caramel with the malt and sweetness

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SlovakSniper (5265) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 5, 2014
(Release #15. 10.2%. SLC#1285) Elle est noire et sa tte brune tisse une trs large dentelle. Le nez nest surtout pas explosif mais il rvle tout de mme des parfums fins de charbon de bois travers du chocolat fruit et un alcool floral. Le got plat mes papilles mais ne les reversent pas. Des malts bien noirs et amers se laissent surprendre par un sucre caramlis rsiduel. En bouche, le liquide a un corps bien dense avec une texture bien soyeuse et un ptillement bas. La finale est trs amre par la torrfaction et les houblons mais demeure inutilement secoue par un alcool chaud. Ce stout est intressant mais il manque un peu de raffinement.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DedicatedToFun (4000) - Santa Monica, California, USA - MAY 23, 2014
Tap, pitch black pour, small tan head, smells like lots of coffee, chocolate flavors, nice.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jesperhammer (4294) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 19, 2014
18-MAY-2014, bottle @home, from Whole Foods, P Street, Washington DC. Black with lasting, lacing, Brown head. Aroma is roast, coffee, alcohol, chocolate, malt. Taste the same. Very full. Full body, medium carbonation. Long roasted and hoppy aftertaste. Really nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
AWISLguy (2652) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 11, 2014
Bomber from Woodmans in Waukesha. Batch #14, whatever that means. Cellar aged about 2 months. Pours an oily black with a brown head leaving spots and streaks of lace. Always love that! Aroma has chocolate and espresso and molasses, with some hints of fruit and caramel showing up further down the glass. Taste is of dark chocolate, sweet caramel, rich heavy roast and some grapes. Fairly bitter with a lot of richness in the body. Full bodied and a bit sticky. Finishes somewhat lingering, and to the bitter side of bittersweet. The chocolate/espresso bitter side is stronger/richer than the caramel maltiness can combat. A nice offering. Interested to try the Baptist that has been aging in the cellar for 3 months; assuming similar base, just barrel aged.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 13, 2014
Release 11. Big black pour with a tall fluffy brown oatmeal looking head with some thick lacing. Aroma is heavily of dry cocoa powder over a tiny bit of lactose some very heavily roasted dark malt and a hint of hops in the finish. Reminds me a bit of the hoppy hit that Imperial Gonzo has. Full well coated palate, lightly creamy on the tongue. Big roasty malt flavor some bitter cocoa powder some dark chocolates and a good amount of dry hops in the finish that really change the feel and the swallow, but dont stand out as a specific flavor that I can pick up. As it warms a little hint of vanilla came in as well. Again reminds me of Imp Gonzo in a good way. Enjoyable beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dbeatdano (70) - - APR 10, 2014
Pour from bottle - black with a small amount of tan headAroma - chocolate, coffee, roasted dark malt, hints of toffee. Taste - burnt malt, smoke, licorice, chocolate, sour fruits, caramel Palate - full bodied, medium carbonation, cake like mouthfeel, long bitter, roasted finish. Tasting a lot of similarities with Founder?s imperial stout, and that?s not a bad thing. It is a bit sweeter to me which balances the bitterness a little better than the Founder?s version.


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