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RATINGS: 45   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Permit us to indulge our creative side. Made with copious amounts of chocolate malts. Highlights include sweet chocolate aromas and dark chocolate and coffee notes in the finish. Smooth, deceptive and decadent. Not a stout, not a porter, pitch black and just plan fun. The chocolate malt and our grain mill disagree vigorously so we only make this from time to time.

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2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2011
Nose of chocolate and dark roasted malts and a hint of coffee. Beautiful black pour with a wonderful brown head. Good lacing. Created great hopes and expectations. Taste disappointing. Chocolate and coffee and malts, sure, but a gaping hole where the hops should be. Not unpleasant but surprising hints of anise. Mouth / palate falls way short of expectations created by the gorgeous pour. Almost dead, almost flat. Looked great, smelled fine, but the dead mouth and the incomplete flavor profile made this seriously disappointing. I poured this glass out. Will probably toss the rest of the bottle. Not worth the alcohol ... Ill drink somebody elses IPA or Stout or something I can taste.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (5400) - Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2016
22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled in 12/2014. Pours pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toasted dark bread, raisin, plum, fig, light pepper, light smoke/char, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and moderate fruity/earthy/spicy yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toasted dark bread, raisin, plum, fig, light pepper, light smoke/char, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate roast bitterness and yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toasted dark bread, raisin, plum, fig, light pepper, light smoke/char, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and moderate fruity/earthy/spicy yeast flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy/silky, and lightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding Belgian imperial stout! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and moderate fruity/earthy/spicy yeast flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cards04 (2771) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 14, 2016
A nice imperial stout. Thanks northopfrye. Very dark chocolate aromas. Maybe some maple syrup. Dark roast all over the place. Boozy. Nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
northropfrye (3481) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 14, 2016
Dark brown body brown head which fade and a touch of lacing. Tart lactose dark roast cherry. Taste is roast, a touch of booze, sweet malts, bubblegum. A bit thin but not a bad imperial stout.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Quick3Beers (1173) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 2, 2016
Pours a burnt brown from a bottle. Aroma of dark chocolate, flavor is oddly rich, like leather or meat. A little weird, but okay I guess.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluejacket74 (1980) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - FEB 27, 2015
22 ounce bottle, bottled December 2014, bottle count of 1600, 10% ABV. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch tan head that stayed around a little while. Theres also a decent amount of lacing. The brew smells like roasted malt, dark fruit (cherry, plum), chocolate, and some coffee. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like roasted malt, dark fruit (plum, figs), molasses, bittersweet chocolate, coffee and a bit of licorice. Mouthfeel/body is medium, its a bit slick and syrupy with low/moderate carbonation. I think its a good brew, I wouldnt mind trying it again in the future. $9.99 a bomber.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jimhilt (2602) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 22, 2015
Pours a two finger light tan head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Black color, no highlights, ton of yeast left in bottle. medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Chocolate nose and flavor is sweet chocolate, no soy sauce, smooth chocolate/coffee finish. High (10%) ABV is hidden. $10.99 for a 22oz bottle from Berts Better Beers Hooksett, NH

1.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
welikesnow (1) - - JAN 3, 2015 does not count
I had high hopes for this beer, having never tried anything from White Birch. I paid $9 for a bomber at the brewery, which was one of their cheaper offerings. Alcohol flavors really dominate this beer, as does a syrupy sweetness, two things can really ruin a beer for me. I also detected a somewhat sour or metallic aftertaste that, while slight, was off-putting. I do not find any redeeming qualities in this beer, but I could see some folks thinking its "OK". Certainly not worth my $9.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
vtafro (7444) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 8, 2014
(Backlog) Bottle. Black silky pour with brown head. Some roasted tones, silkier chocolate aromas. Milk chocolate, nutty malt and roasted flavors.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerFlavoredBeer (254) - New Hampshire, USA - MAY 11, 2013
Bottled Feb 2011, so theres a little bit of time on it. This beer has changed drastically from when I opened a bottle about two years ago. It has become a remarkably smooth, well-rounded experience. The nose is full of chocolate and mild coffee and soft Belgian yeast notes, the sharp coppery edge is gone entirely. The beer is full-bodied, the carbonation seems to have settled down a bit - it is very creamy and has serious presence to it. It seems thicker. The flavor is perfect. Balanced rich dark chocolate without the bitter bite in the finish, lightly roasted coffee, a bit of breadiness and this great earthy finish that you keep expecting to become a bit drier and more bitter, but it doesnt. Theres still a bit of tobacco smoke to the finish, but it is very, very subdued. Its like a Belgian version of a Ten Fidy or a Stone IRS. I didnt like it when I first had it, but this stout has certainly grown up a great deal and really come into its own. "Indulgence Ale" is the perfect name for it. If youre sitting on a bottle, I think it is time to give it a try so you can experience a cellaring underdog.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Viper666 (3283) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 7, 2013
Bouteille 750ml. De couleur noire et opaque. Nez de malt rti, moyen de chocolat noir , lger de caf avec des notes de chocolat au lait et de crme brle (faibles notes lactiques) ainsi quavec des traces de tabac, de cendre, de houblon herbeux et de fruits (petits fruits foncs). Moyennement ronde en bouche avec un ptillement moyen ainsi quavec une texture lgrement sirupeuse et aux notes crmeuses. Lger got de malt fum (fume de tabac, traces de tourbe et de fume de bois) avec des notes de chocolat au lait (faibles notes lactiques) ainsi que des traces fruites (fruits foncs), danis et de crme brle lors de lentre en bouche auquel se rajoute un got de malt rti, un moyen got de chocolat noir avec des traces de de mlasse sucre et de cendres puis en finale un lger got de caf se dveloppe avec une lgre amertume de houblon herbeux ainsi que des notes dalcool rchauffantes. Post-got long-moyen, lgrement amer de rti, de chocolat noir, lger de caf avec des notes dalcool et de houblon herbeux.


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