RATINGS: 288   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Serving up cold and jet black, this imperial stout should be taken seriously for about one minute as the dark foam builds. Then, enjoy its velvety chocolate-covered smoothness and delicious aroma of sustainably-grown, locally-roasted coffee.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 26, 2012
22oz bottle $5.99. Standard stout appearance, black, good head. This has a very nice aroma of coffee to it but almost no chocolate, I wonder what type of beans they used? Flavor was more coffee, a hint of chocolate, well done. This isnt going to beat anything like KBS but it is a very good value. Nice job New Belgium. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 11-27-2012 02:53:08

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
musinj6 (506) - Dedham, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 26, 2012
Pours an opaque black with 1 finger lingering head that is tan with hint of ruby with heavy lacing. Moderately sweet with roasted hops, milk chocolate and hint of creamed coffee. Nutty. Some mild hint of maybe some herbal hops, but this is not a biter driven beer in the least. Full body, soft carbonation. Long, coffee finish. This is wonderful, even if it is a touch sweet for my taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Bottle. Nice label. Black with a fizzy light brown head. Vegetal drip coffee aroma and taste with light milk chocolate tastes and a pleasant vanilla finish. Its OK.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hockey9930 (272) - - NOV 24, 2012
Pours a deep dark black with a tan head and little lacing. Strong roasted malt and coffee aroma. Coffee flavor is fairly strong, but I can also taste the dark chocolate. Its not sweet like you might expect from a chocolate stout. In fact, its fairly bitter. Medium bodied and fizzy with a bitter finish. Also thinner than most chocolate stouts. Overall, its too much like drinking cold black coffee for my liking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (7596) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, brown, mostly lasting. Body is black (opaque, flashlight tested). Aroma is heavily malty (coffee, Oreo cookie [sans filling], roasted grain, dark chocolate). Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium to full body, syrupy texture, lively/soft carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Well, it starts things out on the right foot with a perfect appearance...opaque black that stands up to the flashlight test and a head that lingers long and strong. And the aroma is certainly attractive even if its mostly derived from the adjuncts. A lot of times added coffee smells like stale, acrid grounds, but this smells rich and fresh with a nice level of roast, with something akin to Oreo cookie crumbles mixed in...I wish it had more depth, but since most coffee beers smell terrible, its hard to complain about this one. Sadly, it fails to impress in the mouth experience, being flabby, syrupy, and poorly balanced...it just kinda flops onto the tongue like sugary-syrupy soda pop going flat. No way I could even drink 12oz of this, much less a whole bomber. Its certainly better than most things coming outta the NB factory these days, though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
drjay44 (3619) - Salida, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2012
650 ml. bottle. Pours a thick, well retained light beige head, with moderate lacing, over a black (SRM 40) body....nose is heavy coffee, lighter chocolate, hints of toffee/caramel....taste is heavy coffee, chocolate, hints of toffee/caramel, leading to a moderate, coffee dominated, but sweet, bitter finish.....mouth feel thick, chewy, alcohol burn present, carbonation adds a creamy sensation. This is obviously an Imperial Stout and has all of the right characteristics. Unfortunately, the coffee effects have been used with a heavy, heavy hand, whose complete dominance hides many of the interesting nuances and complexities of this lovely style. For example, there are minimal dried fruit tones, and the umami variations are well hidden. BJCP 7/3/13/5/7

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2012
12oz bomber. Black brew, creamy tan head. Nose of dark chocolate, black coffee, and a bit of smoke. A bit hot, lots of coffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2012
Bottle from South Lamar. Dark pour with a light brown head. Aroma is roasted grain, a little chocolate, and green coffee. Taste is lots of green coffee, pepper, and burned toast. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - NOV 23, 2012
On tap; poured a dark brown/black with a light brown head. Aroma of coffee, cocoa, caramel, and roasted meat/bacon. Flavor was quite strong; coffee and cocoa; very roasted in the finish. Good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Concealer (1242) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 22, 2012
Pours a deep dark brown; might as well be black. A great thick head that is a light chocolate color. Smells of coffee, toasted something and a semi-sweet chocolate scent. Upfront there is a great smooth sweet chocolate flavor followed by a roasted coffee blend. It is a great first sip and upon further review, I find there are more sips needed with added complexity. While I havent had many stouts so far this year, this has been the best one yet.

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