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RATINGS: 1202   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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4.3
carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - DEC 18, 2009
Pours black w thin tan head. Aroma is sweet cocoa and roasted malt. Mouthful is a smooth cocoa delight that finishes with a lttle bite, maybe that cayanne. The bite in the finish is a perfect complement to this great brew.

3.8
WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 17, 2009
Bomber I picked up in Dallas, and shared at Strong Ale 2009. Pours black with a tan head. Nose is sweet with a nice chocolate edge. Taste is sweet and full of chocolate, very nice, not that I doubted it.

3.8
jsquire (4489) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2009
Dark beer with a frothy brown head that left sticky lace. Big dark brown sugar and cocoa nose with hints of green, grassy hops. Bitter chocolate flavors with vanilla and oak, bitter coffee and more of the grassy hops. Very lively on the tounge. Almost too much of a burn. Still, a nice big beer.

3.1
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 14, 2009
I’m kind of surprised this beer rates so high. It was so-so. The beer pours t a black brown body with a thin bubbly tan head. The aroma is heavily peppery with some chocolate and light oats. The flavor has a huge green pepper all the way through that’s overtly distracting. Medium bodied.

4
KimJohansen (10492) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - DEC 13, 2009
Black with a medium sized beige head. Sweet aroma with burned malt, espresso and dark chocolate. Flavour had burned malt, dark chocolate espresso and canilla. Finished sweet and full.

4
Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 13, 2009
Bomber. Good chocolate candy bar aroma with some vanilla and oak. Black body with tan head. Cramy chcoclate vanilla thickness but the bittering part had me taking few asprian the morning after. Easy and smooth on the palate. May have to buy another one of this good stuff.

4.1
JohnnyJ (5562) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 12, 2009
Sample from bottle thanks to WeeHeavySD at the SD Strong Ale Fest 09. Pours a dark black with light tan head. Chocolate, coffee, cocoa nibs, and then some spiciness coming from cayenne pepper. A touch of oak. An interesting imp stout with the pepper, which is quite enjoyable.

4.2
beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 8, 2009
Sampled on 12/4/2009. Bottle from WeeHeavySD opened at PP Strong Ale Festival. This Imperial Stout pours an eclipse black color from a 22 oz bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is chocolate, coffee and vanilla. A medium to full bodied Imperial Stout. The malts are chocolate and coffee, hints of oak and wood. Hops are earthy and mild. Good balance. Nice chocolate flavors throughout. There is a touch of pepper at the finish. Not as roasty as most Imperial Stouts, but the chocolate and the slightly pepper bite make up for it. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter with a touch of pepper.

3.7
User37895 (3042) - - DEC 6, 2009
Bottle from SL. Totally different than expected. Pour was pitch black in color, nice brownish to tan colored head, subsides to a thin covering with good continuous to splotchy style lacing. The aroma was strong chocolate, vanilla, some oak, fusels, and something off in the grass-spice arena. The flavor was chocolate, bitterness (thought it was hops, maybe the chocolate nibs as labelled), spicey peppery finish, long lingering cayenne in the after after taste with a tad bit of burn. An intriguing way to heat things up, but I think I prefer a straight up hop approach.... unless you make an impy stout with too strong chocolate syrup messing things up and the hops dying, where you salvage the alco-bomb with a hot pepper afterthought. Not saying that’s what they did here, just sayin’. I kinda liked this.

3.9
wetherel (1883) - Cupertino, California, USA - DEC 6, 2009
Bottle from WeeHeavySD opened at PP Strong Ale Festival. Thick tan lasting head. Black color. Mellow, chocolatey. Leans dry. No roastiness. Very good.


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