overall
100
96
style
RATINGS: 651   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
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 cant figure out why isnt so highly rated. seemed like a solid but sorta normal imperial stout. ill have to re-rate someday.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
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 thats 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 thats 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 thats 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
egajdzis (6362) - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - MAY 12, 2008
Bottle 309/500 at Pauls 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
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.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 25, 2008
Bottle. I am one to buy into hype to a point. Since I love imperial stouts I couldnt wait to try this stuff and finally did at Pauls Hoboken Party. Aroma is chalky and full of cocoa. The flavor though, is just middle of the road for me reminding me of Old Rasputin. Smooth mouthfeel though. I hate to say a bit disappointing about a beer thats not too bad but I wouldnt go too far out of my way to drink this again.


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