overall
100
96
style
RATINGS: 655   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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3.8
drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2007
growler from DLD, thanks ohiodad for this sample. after having a growler break on me in a trade i was very happy to finally try this. pours pitch black with tan head. nose of chocolate, roast, coffee, licorice, and dark fruits. flavor of roasty chocolate, coffee, and dark fruits. i enjoyed this but i can’t figure out why isn’t so highly rated. seemed like a solid but sorta normal imperial stout. i’ll have to re-rate someday.

3.8
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 3, 2007
From a Handbottle. Generously shared by Chris at the Woodshop II Tasting. Dark brown, blackish colored pour with edges of tannic ruby and a creamy layer of beige head. Lots of chocolate in the nose, along with some Tahitian vanilla bean and a little bit of husky, woody coconut. A little wisp of grassy hops adds a subtle herbal quality to a nose that’s otherwise dominated by dryish chocolatey malts. Medium to full bodied mouthfeel with a nice chewy body. Starts out with a little bit of sweet, dark malts that remind me of raw brown sugar that’s borderline molasses, but that is about the extent of any dark "fruity" qualities the flavor has. Not nearly as much chocolate as present in the nose, but that’s a good thing, as there seems to be more layers of flavor than layers of aroma, where the chocolate was quite dominant. After the sweeter, molasses flavors fade, a wave of chewy dark fudge takes over the palate, dried up by some bitter roast coffee. Finishes dry and roasty, with some bitter minty and pine hops lingering. Quite good overall, but not a stylistic standout according to my tastes.

3.8
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 4, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2008 Pours an opaque black with a dark brown head. Aroma is malty, chocolate, a hint of dark fruit. Flavor is malty, chocolate, roasted malts, with a hint of dark fruit. 2/2/08: draft at brew pub Pours almost black color with a brown head. Aroma is chocolate, roast, some fruit, . Flavor is malty, chocolate, roast, and a bitter is floral finish.

3.8
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 13, 2007
From the DLD growler and enjoyed while waiting in line, THX OhioDad for a chance to taste this: Nearly opaque with bronze highlights produced a small beige head and good lace. The aroma is full of chocolate as expected along with a fair amount of smoke, molasses, clove and a note of grassy herbal hop. The taste profile displays heavy malty character of mocha, smoke, and an almost meaty tone. Some quick hits of herbal and coffee bitterness is found towards the finish. The mouth feel is lush and smooth with a noticeable warming in the end. While very nicely done it is not top 50 or even 100 in my book.

3.8
sthlm (790) - Blank, Alabama, USA - FEB 23, 2008
[Bottle--huge thank you, Eben, for saving some of this for me!] Pours black with a dark tan head. Aroma is light toasted malt, cocoa, very light alcohol, a small bit of sweetness at times that I think was brown sugar, and something that tasted a little like hazelnut. The taste was sweet up front, then the toasted malt and cocoa took over before a deeper charred taste and chocolate finish. Medium mouthfeel and slightly dry on the tongue. The finish was quite long. A very enjoyable beer, but I don’t think it can stand up to many imperial stouts that I have had.

3.8
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2008
Bottle. Pours inky black with a medium sized brown colored head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, molasses. Flavor is chocolate, roast, coffee, molasses. Palate os full bodied, medium carbonation finished super bitter. IMO this is way over-hyped, good stuff, but far from the better stouts out there.

3.8
egajdzis (6580) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 11, 2008
Poured an opaque black color with a small, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, some smoke, chocolate, dried fruits, caramel, and a hint of spice. Taste of roast, charred malts, some caramel, dark chocolate, molasses, with dark fruits, and pronounced alcohol in the finish.

3.8
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 11, 2008
Bottle 309/500 brought to Pauls 1HG. Pours black with tan head.. Aroma is roasty, with some dark fruit. Flavor is dominated by roasted coffee with small notes of smoke, chocolate, and moderate etoh. Good.

3.8
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - MAY 12, 2008
Bottle 309/500 at Paul’s Hoboken Gathering: Near black pour with a brown ring of head. Rich chocolate nose, like Bosco syrup. Slightly boozy, yet inviting aroma. Slick body with a rich flavor. Roasted dark malts, chocolate liqueur, slightly tarry with a rich long roasted cocoa finish. Pretty tasty stuff.

3.8
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - MAY 12, 2008
Bottle, shared generously by rciesla. Dark brown-black pour. Aroma is roasted malt, some oats, chocolate, and coffee. Flavor is the same, the coffee roast is a little stale. Good beer, but not my style.


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