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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.68/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Big bold chocolaty Russian Imperial Stout. An outstanding blend of licorice, charred oak, and a subtle hoppy crispness. Deeply satisfying in both flavor and warmth. Fat Lad is ideal for the cold winter months.

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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (11851) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2016
Sample at the brewpub. Flat black color with a medium thick light brown head that diminishes steadily to an outer ring. Small patches of lacing. Aroma of smoked malt, vanilla and coffee. Medium body with flavors of charred malt, chocolate, coffee and a bit of hops. The finish is smokey with a malty aftertaste. Above average overall.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
justkoehn (114) - Michigan, USA - SEP 15, 2016
Thick head and lacing. Rich chocolate color. Smoky licorice aroma. Woody oak hits first with smoky finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
katrinaez (1502) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 4, 2016
Everything it says it is. Pours a dark black. Deep chocolate aroma with a great chocolate taste. Some burnt notes. Tap at brewery.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gregwilsonstl (2196) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 31, 2016
Dark black, thin mocha head. Thick. Lots of chocolate. Some vanilla. Thx Erin!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (6488) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAY 14, 2015
On tap: The aroma consists of dark chocolate, molasses, roasted malt, and faint burnt notes. Its a dark brown with some orange highlights and a small khaki head that fades to a thin film outlined by a slightly thicker ring. There is a good sheet of lacing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with moderate roasted malt, black coffee, light pine, and a touch of burnt notes. Its medium bodied with mild carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheBear11D (365) - Michigan, USA - JAN 10, 2015
On draft The Fat Lad pours jet black with a thin dark brown head that hardly lasts. The aroma is campfire, chocolate and black licorice. The flavor is chocolate and black licorice initially with campfire oak on the finish. Overall this is a decent beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - JUN 4, 2014
Tap: Black. Dark as hell with a mocha-foam that quickly recedes to a strong collar at the edges. Aroma includes strong notes of bakers chocolate, bittersweet fudge, roasted malts, & a finishing kick of burnt caramel. More roasty on the palate than expected, but certainly not a bad thing. Roasted, scorched malt up front with a bittersweet chocolate essence taking over the latter half of each sip. I get very timid hints of black licorice, too, & a mild, dry roasted coffee bean aftertaste that lingers in the aftertaste. A very nice imperial stout.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blackflag321 (649) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 14, 2014
Shared bomber, pint glass. Dark black-brown, light cocoa head. Smooth, slightly creamy palate; really covers the 9.2 ABV. Roasted malt, a bit of chocolate & coffee.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mittenator (1612) - Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2014
Draft at right brain tap takeover at crunchy's. Near black with a dark tan head. Dark chocolate and coffee malt aromas. Nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtw (1160) - farmington, Michigan, USA - JAN 26, 2014
a brightly-smelling and roastily bitter brew, pouring a nice dark black though its not quite opaque. peaty smoke and roasted barley come through with some cocoa and not a lot of malty sweetness as seen in some big stouts but thats fine - its just not so hugely bodied. some gritty roast and cocoa in the flavor and palate, and its a nice brew that is worth trying and definitely hits the spot on a bitter cold winter night here in Michigan.


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