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RATINGS: 1199   WEIGHTED AVG: 4/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.2
skortila (5820) - 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.

4.1
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.

4.2
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.

3.9
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 you’d expect from a beer of this style. Overall, a fine stout, whose whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

4
Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 6, 2010
Got this one in a trade, but i can’t 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.

3.7
baraciisch (3187) - 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

4
larsniclas (7040) - 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.

4.5
ChadPolenz (1804) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - AUG 4, 2010
Appearance: might be the darkest beer I’ve 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 I’ve ever had but a damn good one. Highly recommended.

3.8
decaturstevo (6244) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUL 30, 2010
Deep brown/black pour with tan head and lace. Medium chocolate and oak. Chocolate and light oaky boozy flavor. A hard burnt coffee malt bitter finish. Medium/full bodied.

3.9
pinkzambia (1931) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 30, 2010
Bottle: Oily black and thick pour with not much head, but a brown ring head. Sweet choco-alcohol aroma with coffee and finished wood. Thick, woody, coffee flavors as well as strong alcohol. A great imperial stout that has more of an "in your face" quality than a smooth super-complex tone. Still, very good.


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