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RATINGS: 3481   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.15/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The coffee lovers consummate beer. Brewed with an abundance of flaked oats, bitter and imported chocolates and two types of coffee, this stout has an intense fresh-roasted java nose topped with a frothy, cinnamon-colored head that goes forever.

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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2008 Bottle, courtesy the handsome Gilliard. Pours black, with a hazy ring of creamy head and tons of lacing. Giant heaps of roasted malts pound the nostrils with coffee and chocolate, too. Love it. Roasted malts and coffee in the flavor too (surprise!) and everything finishes with a nice hoppy end. Immensely drinkable and easy to put down. Theres nothing insanely unique here, just another very well-crafted imperial stout.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Duker (2) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 14, 2008 does not count
Phenominal! one of the best beers i have ever had. It has the hearty feeling of a stout but a tinge of sweetness. I cant believe such a small brewery in my college town could make such an exceptional brew! TRY IT!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TBone (17042) - Pori, FINLAND - MAY 14, 2008
Bottled (vintage 2005?)
Pitch black, huge brown creamy-cloudy head, lots of lace. Dark roasted malty aroma with tobacco and some chocolate. Full-bodied - heavy, coffee and pipe tobacco overdose. Tarry finish. Soft palate. Some hops in the aftertaste. This is not a beer for fast drinkers!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oh6gdx (26386) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAY 14, 2008
Bottled (thanks jjpm74!). Pitch black colour, big brown bubbly head that takes its while before settling. Nice lace. Aroma is roasted malts, tobacco, smoke, coffee, chocolate and mild hints of vanilla. Flavour is tobacco, coffee, chocolate and some bittering hops. Coffee and some acidic notes in the aftertaste. A very pleasant brew.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - MAY 11, 2008
Bottle courtesy Gillard. Pours black with a small tan head that fades to a ring leaving some lacing. Aroma of coffee, licorice, roasted malt, caramel, oats, dark chocolate, and a hint of dark fruit. Taste is the same as aroma. Medium full mouthfeel with a moderate amount of bitterness and well hidden alcohol. Very good.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 10, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2008 Draft rating. Draft > Bottle, no question. The blurb is right other then coffee bender this is the closest thing to a serious cup of joe. Better is loaded with roasty coffee, bitter and black, yet sweet with oats and chocolate. A very delicate balance and is truly incredible on draft and great out of the bottle.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 9, 2008
Pours very thick oily opaque black with a thin tan head. Aroma: straight black coffee beans, bitter roast. Flavor: salty dried licorice without the sweetness. Bitter medium roast coffee beans. After a while the saltiness blends into the background and only the bitterness is left. If you like eating raw coffee beans or drinking straight black coffee or espress (and I cant say I really do, though I love coffee), then youll love this. Palate: oily, quite harsh bitterness. And now that I notice it on the label, there is something of an oatmeal smoothness to it.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 28, 2008
Pours jet black with a minimal tan head. Very little head retention with decent lacing. Serious roasted coffee aroma with chocolate complements. Got a little bit of malty sweetness in there as well. Very nice aroma just invites me into this one. Big roasted coffee taste with the slightest hint of dark chocolate malts and hops. Hops and coffee lead to a fairly bitter aftertaste. Oily and thick mouthfeel with minimal carbonation that causes a bit of tingling on the tongue. I would view this as a good, but not great stout. The heavy coffee and bitterness make it a bit less balanced than the aroma might indicate.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GriffinAvenue (396) - Winchester, Massachusetts, USA - APR 26, 2008
Bottle. Deep black maroon color. No head. thick, molasses pour, almost unbelievably thick. Chocolate, fudge, nutty hints. Smooth delivery. Distinctly malty but not overbearing. Pinot noir, grape notes present. Excellent choice. Special thanks to Dennis Gilligan for this find.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lothore (644) - California, USA - APR 26, 2008
A- Pours absolutely pitch black as expected. A small coffee head rises from the brew after is has been poured and seeps back into the murky abyss. S- The dominate smell here is roasted malt, coffee and a lingering sweetness. The coffee tones permeate the nose and immediately take control. T- There is an out of control coffee and burnt malt taste going on here. Taste begins sweet and moves into deep coffee which melds with an understated hop bite and some lingering acidity on the back end. M- Thick with quite a bit of carbonation. Coats the tongue and sticks to the palate. D- This particular Double Stout is definitely for coffee lovers. While I dont drink coffee I did enjoy and appreciate this brew.


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