RATINGS: 1181   WEIGHTED AVG: 4/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
We toned down the hops a bit to allow cocoa nibs to contribute some pleasing bitterness, while vanilla notes from the oak combine with the cocoa to create an aroma and flavor akin to a gourmet chocolate bar. A dash of cayenne keeps things lively, adding just a bit of heat to the finish. A Yeti for summer? Hell yes.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
RCrego (6) - Union, New Jersey, USA - AUG 10, 2010 does not count
Bottle. You could smell chocolate pretty prominently. The appearance was super dark and thick with a dark brown head that died down quickly to be somewhat thin. The taste was very good: chocolate and coffe, slight bitterness. Palate:full body, thick feel, soft carbonation, bitter. I enjoyed this beer, paired well with some chocolate fudge I got.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rags2rags (149) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 9, 2010
Bottle (22 oz) from Kenny Road Market, poured into snifter. Deep black color with a finger of thick brown head. The aroma is, as advertised, heavy on chocolate with hints of hops, booze, and malts. Flavor carries over the chocolate flavor and adds notes of vanilla caramel, and dark dried fruit. Full bodied with an oily mouthfeel. Wish I would have tasted more of the oak in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skortila (5672) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - AUG 8, 2010
West USA trip 2010. On tap @ PIB. The aroma has fine tones of chocolate and oak. Somehow I did expect that. :-) Black coloured beer with a beige, thin head. The taste is bitter, a bit sweet and has lots of chocolate, oak, vanilla and a hint of cherry. Creamy mouthfeel. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stretchfest (79) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 8, 2010
Bottle. Pours an oily black with a healthy dark brown head. Aroma is heavy on the chocolate with hoppy notes, burnt malts, coffee, and alcohol. Taste is dark smoky chocolate with bitter coffee finish and peppery aftertaste. Silky mouthfeel with full body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
pgmccrea (2) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - AUG 7, 2010 does not count
Chocolate is more of a bitter cocoa. Makes the spice, maybe cayenne or chili, a little hard to figure b/c the bitterness of the cocoa. Pour was thick and dark. Aroma is decent but not what I expected. Will definitely drink this beer again but not if looking for a good chocolate stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
elektrikjester (90) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 7, 2010
Served in a snifter. Pours an opaque, jet black, with a wispy dark brown head that dissipates quickly. Moderate lacing remains. Aroma is very forward, with a definite presence of alcohol. Roasted chocolate malts are the other main aroma, with some oakiness in the background. Taste is quite pleasant, as flavors of burnt chocolate and vanilla come forward immediately. Alcohol is present, but does not overpower. There is a pleasing sweet/sour interplay, too. The aftertaste is of chiles, and the bite increases as the beer warms. Mouthfeel is very good: thick, oily, and smooth, as youd expect from a beer of this style. Overall, a fine stout, whose whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 6, 2010
Got this one in a trade, but i cant find in my notes who sent it to me. Whoever you are, thanks a bunch! I shared this one at Sourfest 2010, and it was a hit. Rich black pour with a strong tan to brown head. Nose is lots of oak and sweet dark fruit. Duh, the taste is rich chocolate sweet, oak, and rich roasted malt. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
baraciisch (3119) - California, USA - AUG 5, 2010
Black in color with tan head... Aroma of oak and roasted malts... Flavor is dark chocolate, oak, scotch, roasted malts... Oak is a little overbearing, but still a very good and complex beer... Nicely done

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
larsniclas (6960) - Billdal, SWEDEN - AUG 5, 2010
Sampled at SBWF09 Black. Medium, beige head. Vinous oak in the aroma. Milky chocolate in the flavour. Vinous with light, woody notes.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChadPolenz (1784) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - AUG 4, 2010
Appearance: might be the darkest beer Ive ever seen. Head is like beautiful mud.

Aroma: mostly dark chocolate, but not as intense as other chocolate stouts. Noticeable hops imparts some citrus.

Taste: delicious dark chocolate not overdone. Nice gentle bitterness with a touch of pepper in the aftertaste. Oak aging gives a slightly smokey and woody taste in the finish. Robust but smooth.

Drink: for 9.5% ABV it tastes and feels like something much lighter. You can gulp it or sip it. Booze is well masked.

Mouthfeel: not too thick, not too thin; not too lively, but not flat.

Overall: very impressive. Not the best chocolate stout Ive ever had but a damn good one. Highly recommended.

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