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RATINGS: 612   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   EST. CALORIES: 354   ABV: 11.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This velvety concoction excites your senses with bottomless roasted, earthy and vinous notes.

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3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (13300) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 11, 2012
C&C 750 mL bottle from Beer Run. Huge pop when the cork is received. The dog was quite startled. Pours pretty much pitch black with a thin fizzy dark brown head. Below average head retention. Not much of an aroma but what is there is roast, chocolate, nuts and faint fruits. The taste is roasted malts, plums, cherries, citrus, earthy notes, an almost tar-like note but its faint, nuts and honey. Medium bodied, high carbonation and significant alcohol warmth. Decent.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Westmeister (2129) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 9, 2012
Nose is complex with vinous notes, ripe fruits, warm brown sugar, Lots of raisin and plum. Taste is raisin, ripe fruit, velvety chocolate, still some heat after being aged a year. Quite sweet. Reminiscent more of a quad the a stout. Interesting. Good, but perhaps a bit too sweet to hide the 12%.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JFURYCAT (1078) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2012
Weyerbacher did a fine job with this style and it has this nice velvet chocolate envelope to it with a chewy texture which really comes out when you swirl it around your mouth along with some bitter edges to balance out the malty sweetness which already seems subdued. Seems like the 86% dark chocolate. You know that really bitter dark chocolate you can buy? Flavor wise I do prefer more barley tones in my stouts which are more nuanced. The belgian yeast give the beer that nice bite I described. As it warmed it got a black licoriche flavor which was strong.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 6, 2012
Batch 1; sampled November 2011.
A solid pour into my Lost Abbe Teku glass produces a four-finger thick, light cocoa brown colored head. The beer is a concentrated brown, almost perfectly black color that is quite opaque, even when held up to the light. The beer smells of a dark chocolate and coffee candy, lots of burnt prune notes, some spicy alcohol notes, a touch of roasted chalk and some clove notes that mix in with the dark fruitiness that is here. Really the roast character is the dominant note here, as it should be in an Imperial Stout, but the spice character gets quite a bit prominent as the beer warms up.

There is a soft, slightly creamy texture to this beer, though it certainly isnt a heavy beer for something of this strength. There are lots of clove phenolics here that accentuate a prune flavor, though the clove note is definitely more pronounced. Ample roasted notes adds a smooth, malted coffee note up front, a touch of burnt bitterness more towards the finish, and then a drying, sort of chalky like, burnt note that lingers in the finish along with the spicy, sweet seeming clove notes. There is a touch of cardamom to the spiciness and the alcohol also accentuates a touch of tongue numbing character from the phenolics. As the beer warms up it seems to end a bit on the thin side. The yeast takes this a bit into a medicinal, sort of childrens aspirin like note after a bit as well.

The Belgian yeast seems to dry this beer out a bit more than is typical in a normal Imperial Stout, and the clove and phenolics add an edge to this beer that is a bit more pronounced than would be necessary for this to absolutely work. Not a horrible beer, but it certainly isnt quite what I want to be drinking either.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blipp (8881) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 28, 2011
Bottle. Pours black with a brown head. Roasted malty aroma, with cocoa powder, and some light dark fruity sweetness. The flavor has roasted malts, dark fruits, chocolate, berries, molasses, and a hint of smoke. Also some earthy notes and spicy yeast. Good stuff. I hammered this baby before a party and ended up hooking up with a girl Ive had my eyes on for awhile. Luckily I rated this beforehand so I didnt inflate the score.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Macegan75 (839) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2011
Bottle from Capones. Pours jet black with dark tan head. Nose is bitter sweet chocolate and toasted notes. First sip is big chocolate malt flavors with burnt sugar, and slight dark chocolate. Finish is slight non hop bitterness.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011

Date: June 18, 2010
Mode: Bottle
Source: Hop City, Atlanta
Appearance: black, big brown head, streaks of drippy lace
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma, dark chocolate, touch of roast, lots of sweet fruity esters, hint of spicy alcohol, light fusels upon warming
Body: big sticky body
Flavor: rich roasted and chocolate flavor, fruity esters balance the dark malts, caramel and vanilla sweetness, light bitterness from the roast
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.9/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ***+ /4

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerdedone (3372) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2011
750ml c&c bottle. Pours pitch black with a dark tan head. Aroma of dark malts, chocolate, coffee and dark fruit. Flavor was creamy smooth with dark chocolate, dark fruit, coffee, roast and booze with a warming alcoholic finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (7940) - Brier, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2011
750, corked and baled like a beast. Thanks curt! Pours black with a dense and.creamy tan head that goes away. Big sharp tart funky blackberry and.chocolate nose. Sticky thick body with fuzzy carb. Chocolate, blackberries and dark pitter tree fruit on the mid palate. Goodness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
obguthr (6178) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - DEC 21, 2011
Potting soil and raisin nose. Black pour, thick brown head. Flavor is dominated by licorice with cherries in the end. Bark and raisins also present. Alcohol is noticeable but understandable given the strength of the beer. Good but unspectacular.


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