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RATINGS: 246   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sledutah (7381) - Utah, USA - FEB 26, 2013
Bottle shared on the bus, RBWG
Appearance: Black with a small tan head and some lacing
Aroma of Roasted malts and coffee
Taste: Roasted malts, grainy and coffee
Nice and tasty

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Idiosynkrasie (7231) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - JUN 15, 2013
650ml bottle. Pitch black colour with huge, creamy, fairly lasting, moderately lacing, tan head. Dark malty aroma with a grainy touch, cocoa, chocolate, coffee, treacle, cautious hints of liquorice, soy sauce, basamico. Taste is moderately sweet dark malty, notes of cappuccino, grainy undertones, hints of treacle, later more dry notes with grainy coffee surrogate; constantly present subtle bitter hoppy addendum; soft and sticky palate, alleviating carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strykzone (7193) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAY 8, 2013
Sampled at esbls. Very dark red brown. Almost no head. A nose of coffee and a bit of ash. First sip is kind of freezer burn. Malta are huge but the coffee has faded some. It is surprisingly bitter. Background fruit.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (7135) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2013
22 oz bottle from Printers Row (Chicago, IL). Pours a thick blackish opaque pour. A black brownish pour is deep, dark, thick with a motor oil-esque feel. Small brownish head dies to a ring, laces small overall. Deep hues and body. Aromas are a good deal of coffee, roasty and earthy, some more secondary espresso like vibrancy of flavors, gentle yet firm vanilla bean. Cocoa, coffee, and roast. Caramel and toffee, biscuits. Some gentle red and dark fruit make a mellow appearance but much more secondary than it is in base Abduction. Nose asserts itself a little more as it settles in the glass. Quite pleasant, more restrained than some of the big brooding Coffee RIS options but nice. Initial is some more cherry elements, black cherry, richer coffee, roast, and espresso hit the palate, some vanilla. Biscuits, thicker black and toffee malts. Cocoa, caramel, and biscuits. A fuller body has some mellow carbonation, could use a bit more. The middle and backend make an appearance of that red fruit and medicinal cough syrupy feel I personally get with Abduction. The coffee element killed it out up front, but into the backend the coffee mixes with that presence. Jabs of coffee, espresso, vanilla, roast, and thicker sticky malts. At times that cough syrup feel interferes for me a bit. A touch of dryness at times, roast, toast. Some cocoa, coffee jabs firmly at times, lets the Abduction base show more at others. A bit hot, touches of cough syrup on the backend in and out, mixing with a good coffee vibe, toast, thicker big malts, some dryness and a touch of ash or coolness. Id call this an improvement over regular Abduction.. But the cough syrup feel really hits me with this beer. The oaked and barrel aged versions seem to kill that for me though (from homebrew stuff and FoBAB) and make a markedly higher scoring beer for me. Better than the original but maybe this just isnt my type of RIS. Solid offering.. Coffee gives some fun and enjoyable flavors. Cool or cough syrupy feel into the backend is improved but still present from the original.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
caesar (6974) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JUL 13, 2013
Bottled @ Beer Temple. Dark color, short head. Aroma of loads of grinded coffee backed up with big roasted malt and chocolate, mocha. Not much licorice and laurel, which makes me happy, as I prefer the chocolate and roast based imperial stouts. Medium sweet, medium bitter, coffee makes it a bit more dry. Although it actually has quite a lot of coffee in the nose, maybe a bit too much, the base beer is able to carry that amount. So, the balance of the beer is very nice and the coffee adds depth to the base beer. Great stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiong (6905) - Espoo, FINLAND - JUN 29, 2013
660ml bottle

Batch #74, bottled 14.1.2013 - Pours pitch black with a brown head. Aroma of coffee, roasted malts, hints of chocolate and vanilla. Taste is roasty, malty and chocolatey with notes of coffee and vanilla. Finish is roasty with notes of bitterness, licorice, chocolate, coffee and vanilla. Tasty, quite balanced imperial stout with a lot of coffee notes.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PhillyCraft (6898) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2013
Bottle compliments of Tom shared with a few others. Poured black with light khaki head, not a whole lot of lacing to note. Aromas and flavor of heavy coffee, ample hops, vanilla extract, roasted beans, and bitter dark chocolate. Strong, sticky, and boozey but all in a good way.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerman6686 (6595) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2014
This one poured aa dark brown with a beige head. Aroma was of dark roasted coffee, mochiato, roast and chocolate. Flavor was fresh brew lighter coffee and chocolate, some caramel, and roast. Tasty stuff.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 10, 2013
Bottle and served in my Pipeworks snifter: Pours a deep brown with some ruby highlights topped by a beautiful tan frothy head and some lace. The aroma smacks you upside the head with charred coffee beans and a touch of chocolate, tobacco and leather, some resiny, juicy and catty hops that complement the roast. Just a touch of boozy esters too. Really it smells like a Coffee Black IPA and that is a good thing!

The taste is full force coffee, chocolate, walnuts, resiny fruity hops and a earthy undertones. It is like someone amped up Coffee Stout with more alcohol and more hops. This is a time when I am all onboard with the hop selection versus malt, UTTERLY YUMMY STUFF HERE! The mouth feel is oily but not sticky, a bit metallic on the finish. Move over Founders for Breakfast Stout has some company at the morning table. Great Job Guys for taking a very good Impy and making it even better!! My favorite brew behind North & Western and ahead of N vs U!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pailhead (6539) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAR 15, 2013
Courtesy of tectactoe

Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate dark chocolate, roasted coffee, faint molasses, and vanilla. It pours a dark brown some faint orange highlights and a small soapy beige head. The flavor starts with moderate sweet chocolate and a hint of fruit. The finish has moderate vanilla and lighter roasted coffee. Its medium bodied with a mild carbonation and a somewhat soft mouthfeel.


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