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Review by Westside Threat on 12/31/07  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 10 18 5 9 0
A: Pours thick like motor oil. Not quite inky or bitch black, perhaps an ebony hue with total opacity. Head is full and creamy, ½ inch of toasted marshmallow colored cream.

S: Melted Belgian chocolate, bitter bakers chocolate, vanilla custard, café au lait, and molasses.

T: Whole lotta chocolate going on in here. Very soothing and creamy with an undercurrent of caramel, vanilla and honey drenched prunes. The sweetness of the chocolate is subtle and not obtrusive, present but not demanding. The chocolate reminds me a lot of pudding and milkshake. A fine amount of ground espresso can be found which leads the drinker into the delicate nature of the bitterness in this brew. Definitely the least bitter of the top tier imperial stouts. Most of the bitterness seems to come from the bitterness found in dark baking chocolate and not from the likes of roasted barley. Finishes with hints of licorice, lots of chocolate and stray traces of alcohol.

M: Full bodied, thick and chewy.

D: Stunning beer. One of the most decadent beers on the market. The sweetness can play on you after a while, but that’s what I get for tackling the bottle by myself.

Served In: Snifter