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RATINGS: 641   WEIGHTED AVG: 4/5   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A cocoa infused Imperial Stout – Opaque black in color with a dark brown head. Big chocolate aroma with notes of espresso, blackstrap molasses, dark sweet toffee and dark fruit. Smooth dark chocolate backbone with complex notes of coffee, dark toffee and dark fruit.

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4.8
zizzybalubba (1891) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 20, 2010
On tap at The Busy Bee in Raleigh. Black pour with a thin brown head. Dark chocolate and espresso aroma. Rich coffee, chocolate, and smoke flavor with a hint of dark fruit. Moderate alcohol warming. Nearly perfectly done. I’ve tried samples of this before but this was my first full glass. Well worth the hype.

4.8
Hussey (60) - North Carolina, USA - JUL 21, 2012
Pint @ Sticks & Stones. Pour: Dark, thick pour with beautiful thin cocoa-brown head. Great lacing. Aroma: Chocolate, espresso notes. Taste: Velvety mouth feel. Incredibly smooth from start to finish. High abv is not evident in the fantastic blending of tastes. Overall: Incredibly balanced stout. Blessed that this beast is created just up the highway from where I live. The graphic used for the stout is pretty darn cool, also. When I wear this Foothills shirt in public, it always elicits interesting comments.

4.8
maxwelldeux (4433) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Draught. Pours a thick black color with a moderate tan head. Nose has some nice roasting and chocolate elements to it. Taste is super smooth and easy to drink, with the chocolate coming through just enough to make it an excellent way to start your morning.

4.8
Busick (398) - Lake Wylie, South Carolina, USA - JAN 11, 2014
The climax of this brewery! After tasting, I will always be looking for this brew every February! Very dark almost black in color with obvious chocolate and coffee aromas! Very delicious brew that I highly recommend to everyone!

4.7
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 31, 2008
Draft at Tyler’s. Pitch black with a nice tan head and heavy lacing. Intense aroma of chocolate, rich black coffee, and sugar. Excellently balanced flavors...roasted nuts, dark chocolate, nice sweetness, and a little alcohol. Actually there’s surprisingly little alcohol on the flavor and the finish for a beer that’s this strong. It goes down as smooth as many well made stouts with half the strength. Lovely stuff...now if only I could get more of it somehow.

4.7
wcudwight (10) - USA - FEB 3, 2008
Opaque in color with a finger sized dark brown head that holds it’s shape well. Smells of black molassas and chocolate. The flavor is of rich dark chocolate, roasted malts, molassas and licorice. Thick mouthfeel but silky smooth. This is only the second beer that stained the glass after it was empty. The other being Dark Lord. Way to easy to drink as the abv is not noticable. Had on-tap at the release.

4.7
awiseman01 (469) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - SEP 22, 2009
#300 rating this beer. Bottle, graciously shared by danielcurtis81 on his wedding week. Pours deep black with thin dark tan head. Nose has alot of luscious red fruit on top of chocolate dessert and molasses. Taste is a smooth, pleasing elegant dessert concoction. Lots of sweet, toffee, chocolate, coffee malts and a perfect blend of dark red fruit. All flavors meld and compliment each other perfectly. What a real treat. I am simply aroused by this brew.

4.7
poleywog (1) - Winston Salem, North Carolina, USA - FEB 16, 2010 does not count
Had on tap at 2010 release in W-S. Dark brown almost black in color with a minimal head. The aroma of coffee, followed by chocolate, roasted dark, and molasses. maybe raisins. Goes down smooth and leaves you wanting more. The alcohol sneaks up on you so beware. More than 2 you better call a cab. Fortunately I live just down the street.

4.7
vtwiersma (5) - USA - FEB 24, 2011 does not count
toast, cereal, chocolate, coffee, nuts, floral, resin, alcohol, raisin, woody, earthy,

4.7
boisebeer (61) - boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 26, 2012
I loved this beer again. I had it GABF this last year and then again last night a crazy imperial stout party...This beer easily made my top 5 beers for the night out of 50+ tastings. Thank goodness I got my hands on it again....


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