RATINGS: 282   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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Beerenberger (1605) - Fischer, Texas, USA - APR 22, 2013
A nose of coffee, chocolate,and dark roasted malt. Pours a jet black with a mostly diminishing khaki head and spotty lacing. The taste is wonderfully bitter. Robust. Strong black coffee, dark roasted malt, with hints of chocolate. Full body with medium carbonation. Overall, an excellent porter!

obguthr (6829) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - APR 11, 2013
Strong coffee, roasted unmalted barley, and zwieback nose. Black, medium firm tan head with good retention and lacing.Smooth, full body. Pronounced coffee flavor, a vegetal note is present at midpalate. Espresso finish. If New Belgium beers kept a little better, this beer could be spectacular.

ScottyMo215 (4) - Indiana, USA - APR 10, 2013 does not count
Chocolate, coffee aromas black in color with tan foam, heavy cloying sweetness, lightly bitter, creamy, medium body, deliciously well balanced!

Gachupines (1252) - USA - APR 7, 2013
Black with a thin brown head. Aroma is strong coffee with a little bit of chocolate. Similar to a mocha with a double shot of espresso. Flavor is big coffee with a hint of chocolate. Could be quite excellent, but the finish is overly bitter which detracts from it overall. Still, definitely nice if you like a strong coffee beer. Wife: 3.75

dreadnord (1012) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 7, 2013
Pours thick and dark with a thin tan head. The nose is heavy coffee, like a fresh poured cup of joe that someone snuck chunks of milk chocolate into. Hints of spice and cherries mingle intermittently. The taste is high sweet and medium bitter. The texture is to crisp. Overcarbonated. The body is heavy an the finish is long. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Braudog (6900) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - APR 7, 2013
Bottle. Big and black, still, but still giving up a big head. The aroma reminds me of baking brownies ... thick with chocolate and roast. This is a delicious drinker, and would go GREAT with vanilla ice cream or just about any chocolate dessert. Brilliant. (#4973, 4/7/2013)

ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - APR 7, 2013
Rated 3/24/13. Portion of a 22 oz bottle poured into a Hunahpu’s snifter. From notes. A: Pours a dark brown color that’s seemingly kind of light for the style. The head is a one finger light mocha shade. S: Some roasted barley influence appears on the nose, backed by light coffee and chocolate. I swear I pick up a bit of oatmeal, too. A bit bland, but decently balanced. T: The flavor doesn’t come off as roasty as I thought it would from the nose. A light mocha character to start becomes a chocolaty finish. Mellow and balanced, almost to a fault. M: This one feels a bit thin and insubstantial for me. I could use a bit more creaminess here, but it drinks easily. O: This is decent. Well balanced, but could be great with a few tweaks.

EtTuCthulhu (1391) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - APR 6, 2013
The aroma fuses a strong current of chocolate with undercurrents of coffee and oats, but the appearance is an opaque black with a quickly dissipating tan head. The taste is quite umami, slightly bitter, and slightly sweet, which is very pleasing to the tongue because of the way the flavors nicely combine on the tongue; furthermore, the palate combines a bitter finish, medium body, oily texture, and a soft carbonation.

gruberm (358) - - APR 1, 2013
Clearing backlog. No comments. Apologies, future ratings will have detail. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

DocJitsu (2060) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2013
Pours a a dark, muddy brown with a scorched caramel color head. The head foam is reminiscent of when water is poured into a glass that just contained milk. A lot of asymetrical bubbles. Quite a bit of lacing around the glass. The aroma is comprised of brewed coffee, ground coffee, and powder cocoa for chocolate milk or hot chocolate. Not a whole lot more going on there. The mouthfeel is disappointing. Too watery and thin. A bit of sharpness due to the hop carbonation interaction toward the end. Heavy on the coffee with distinct notes of powdered cocoa mix. There’s a little smokiness in the middle with something akin to a salty, grilled olive, if you will. I think they missed the mark with this one.

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