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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Voodoo Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
voodoobrewery.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This Is our Imperial Stout that we age in conditioning tanks with oak staves. This adds a classic character of old world aging with out the Bourbon tones. This black ale is about 12% alc. and very rich in roasted and chocolate malt tones. Velvety smooth and able to be aged for years.

all Beers to be bottle conditioned

Added by WVbeergeek on 07-05-2006

BEER STATS
Reviews:
416
Ratings:
1,067
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
8.85%
 
 
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246
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Photo of HopHead84
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade somewhere along the line. Consumed on 10/4/2009 and poured into a snifter. The beer is black with a frothy tan head. Retention is good and some nice lacing is left behind.

The nose heavily roasted with blackstrap molasses, dark chocolate, dark fruits, and just little coffee. Despite the high ABV the alcohol is barely noticeable. There's a touch of sweetness but I wouldn't call it a sweet stout.

The taste opens up roasted and is pretty roasted throughout. Molasses is again evident and that nice low level of coffee (please stay there). Booze is apparent but it's pretty subdued for the near 13% ABV. Dark fruits are noticeable and bitterness is at a low medium level. Roast lingers in the finish and there's a little astringency. The beer is full bodied with a low-medium carbonation level and a thick, creamy, and sometimes viscous mouthfeel. Great stuff.

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Photo of dar482
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a dark brown/black color.

The aroma has licorice, roasted malt, earthy hops.

The flavor follows as a licorice bomb, but not in an offensive way. There's chocolate in the front, rich roasted malt, and then the back hits of hops and a bitter black chocolate.

At 12.5%, this beer has a medium plus mouthfeel and hides its alcohol well. It drinks more towards most imperial stouts at 9-10%. The beer absolutely disguises 2-3% ABV somehow.

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Photo of weeare138
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a near black with deep, dark brown edges when held up. A small, dark tan head slowly fades into a mild cap. Scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of cocoa, toasted nuts, caramel, ripe fruit, espresso, vanilla, and a touch of smoke.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a wallop of cocoa and sugary vanilla cream coming through.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, lightly carbonated, with a warming alcohol presence found during the finish.

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Photo of rudzud
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Duffy for this one. This is either a 2011 or 2012 vintage. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a nice dark dark brown quite black hue with a one finger mocha head that faded down to a quarter inch mocha blanket. Nice.

S - Aromas of dark chocolate, lighter char, almost anise like notes. Light fudgy brownies, darker malts. Really pleasant.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Nice rich bakers chocolate, dark chocolate, decent char. The chocolate and char combined definitely bring an anise like taste. Hardly any booze. Not getting any dark fruits, though it is a nice warming finish that is lightly bitter.

M - Mouthfeel is smooth, lightly creamy, alcohol hidden excellent. No where near 12%. Crazy.

O - Overall, this beer drank almost like Abyss. The vintage and age clearly play in to things, but this has become really excellent with time. Very pleased with this one.

Serving type: Bottle

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Photo of corby112
3.64/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes:

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a three finger frothy mocha head that has excellent retention, only slowly fading into a thick lasting cap. Large rings and chunks of soapy lacing coat the glass.

Slightly acrid, roasted malt aroma with subtle earthy hops as well as some licorice, burnt toast, chocolate, coffee, toffee, oatmeal and lots of alcohol.

Full bodied and chewy with lots of bitter, slightly acrid roasted malt flavor. Subtle earthy hops up front give way to the burnt malt and chocolate/mocha flavors mid-palate. This beer mellows out as it warms but it's pretty hot with a lot of warmth in the finish. The ABV could stand to be masked a bit better and the booziness takes away from the roasted malt, chocolate, hazelnut, toffee and oatmeal notes.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Antique walnut pour is black in the glass. The head is a finger high, dark khaki, and frothy but does little to stick around and collapses to a messy, patchy covering. Window dressing is clean and non-inspiring.

S: Smooth dark roasted grains and burnt chocolate. Roasted walnuts, dry creamer with a fairly good strength at first, but weakens rather quickly.

T: Dark moist burnt grains, dry creamer and burnt chocolate with a rich earthy bitterness is first appreciated. Scratchy burnt malt and bitterness lingers on the tongue. Dark fruit of dried prunes and dried raisins with chocolate and a roasty alcohol and bitterness is left on the swallow making for a hearty and rich experience.

M: Medium creamy dark roasted malts warm the mouthful along with a modest show of alcohol. Scratchy texture, bitter roasted finish off the tongue with good results.

D: Hearty dark roasted treat, enjoyable. Overall very good treat, with a flavor that continues to get smoother with each passing sip. Recommend.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep black with a thick brown head and great carbonation. Nose is like chocolate coffee malt and perhaps some molasses. Taste is great! Very similar to the Nose. There is some coffee perhaps and some oaky vanilla but so faint its hard to pick up on. Mouthfeel for me was great and the ABV was well hidden. Very drinkable brew.

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Photo of akorsak
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A capped 650 mL bottle with the Brass Rail Deli price tag still on it. This one has been hanging around for nearly two years.

A: The stout is pitch black, a murky morass of tar and oil. Even a vigourous pour barely generates a head. What does come up is thin and wispy, a mere band around the edge of the glass.

S: The stout has a full nose, vinous and rich. Semi-sweet chocolate and cocoa powder, a sweet and bitter mixture, share the stage. The stout seems plenty boozy, but that strength aids in the rich aroma.

T: Nice. The time in my cellar has paid off in a much richer flavor. A port-like sweetness leads off but quickly turns dark, revealing a charred, burnt body. Oak-wise, the flavors are tame and struggle for attention behind the bold stout flavors. What's there is softly sweet. Generally, though, this is a bold stout, boozy and burnt. The sweetness, a vinous depth, pushes the stout into the upper levels. A wall of chocolate and burnt (charred) toast defines the finish. Man oh man, what a stout.

M: The mouthfeel is bold but sweet, a real imperial stout. The burnt flavors transition into chocolate and cocoa. The mild oak flavors, sporadic as they are, add enough diversity to be noticed.

D: At 12.5%, this is a beer to take seriously. The stark, charred flavor, coupled with excessive booze, is scary good. I might have a headache tomorrow but it will be worth it.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer reminded me of a lighter version of Plead the 5th. It was lighter in aspects including taste, mouth feel, color and body. Thinner than I would have thought considering the percentage of alcohol. The smell was pretty decent with chocolate, light roasted malt and booze coming to the forefront. Not a terrible imperial stout by any means, but lacking that punch of flavor I look for in a big stout.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

650ml bomber poured into tulip 23/10/14, cheers alfie for the bottle

A not quite jet black with a deep cola edge, two fingers of dark tan foam retains well for the strength slowly falling leaving a few random patches of lace

S lots of coco powder, herbal notes, wood, spice I can't place, licorice root, a little booze but nowhere near the 12%+, some sweetened coffee and a hint of cola

T heaps of chocolate and wood, very earthy, cinnamon and nutmeg, herbal tea, interesting brew with scary well hidden booze

M not as thick as I would've guessed but far from thin, fluffs up fairly quickly, tannins, a little heat and a burnt woody chocolate finish

O they did a good job hiding a lot of booze, lots of earthy, woody, chocolate notes, pretty solid big ass stout going on

lots of barrel but no hard liquor to go along with it, I really can't think of other fresh oak big stouts, solid brew that's well worth trying

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours an engine oil black with a creamy two fingered caramel colored head. The foam sticks to the sides of the glass like bubbly glue.

S - Dark bitter chocolate, roasted cocoa, mild boozy effervescence, mild roasted smoke (weird, I know).

T - Mild expresso, dark roasted chocolate, powdered malt, slight pine bitterness, a little bit of leather, but not overly complex for a stout this big. The taste is even across the sip and ends with a mild shot of expresso that lingers for a few minutets afterwards. There's a notable warming on the way down.

M - Heavy medium body, gentle smoothness on the tongue mixed with booziness and expresso.

O - A darn fine stout!

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Photo of DrDemento456
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Poured into my tulip glass. Viscous black color with rich dark mocha head. Beautiful.
S - Mostly roasted malts, that when warmed reveal a undertone of coffee and chocolate malts. Wonderful.
T - A prefect melody of rich roasted coffee flavor balanced with bitter sweet chocolate flavor.Awesome.
M - Surprisingly light for a big ABV brew, yet no burn whatsoever. Bliss
D - Only 9 more to go and I just got the case Monday so drink ability high! Hoping as time goes by the flavors develop a woody undertone with less roast and more chocolate but definitely a two max per sitting, one if your a lightweight. Love this stuff! Keep up the good work Voodoo!

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Photo of Stevedore
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Matt C for this one as an extra. Poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass today, 11/26/2013, at our latest tasting.

Review #299.

Typical imperial stout appearance- opaque, black and viscous. Not much head, not much lacing.

Smells like a good imperial stout should. Lots of umami, along with a nice roast malt presence. Its clearly not barrel-aged, but there is so much chocolate and a hint of bitter coffee in the malts. Above average for sure.

Tastes like a lot of umami mixed in with some roast malts. Not super complex, but this beer screams Imperial Stout immediately. Lots of roasty chocolate malts behind this beer. Not bitter at all.

Medium to full bodied, good carbonation. Aftertaste is a fair umami flavor that I enjoyed savoring after each sip.

More than a very solid imperial stout, I can see how this would age really well with some barrel treatment. Recommend everyone to try this before trying the specific barrel-aged variants.

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Photo of tigg924
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: black in color with minimal head, opaque, low carbonation

Smell: big milk chocolate, roasted malt, and alcohol

Taste: sweet creamy start followed by big milk chocolate and a rich dark coffee finish.

Mouthfeel: heavy body, low carbonation, sweet with slight bitterness

Drinkability: Wow. This one was the last beer I snuck into my travel bag on my way back from Pennsylvania and I am glad I did. This is my new king in this category which I love. Super malty, super chocolaty without being cloying, I could have several. I did not even realize this was 12% the alcohol is so well hidden. Just an amazing beer.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: pitch black bodied beer with a medium brown colored head. Less than one finger of head that disapates into a thin ring on outside of the glass. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Really nice milk chocolate notes with hints of oak and molasses.

Taste: A mix of gourmet milk chocolates that add a sweet note and a dark chocolates that add richness & depth to the chocolate flavor. really nice! I get a nice taste of the oak in the middle of the beer and then it finishes with a mild bitterness from some coffee notes. The bitterness does not last very long and finishes clean. Making you want another sip! Nice flavors with good balance and complexity! Great chocolatey malty profile!

Mouthfeel: Silky, creamy, oily, and very smooth. Impressive! At the high end of a medium bodied beer with low to almost moderate carbonation. No boozey notes, but it is warming as you drink; really hard to believe this beer is 12%. Its a sipping beer.

Overall: My first Voodoo Brewing Company beer. I am impressed! This beer is very tasty and very smooth. Very balanced and decent complexity. I would not mind another bottle of this beer! Get a bottle and give it a try.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Capones...

A: The darkest beer i have ever seen. The brownest, thich and full head i have ever seen. Lots of head retention and lacing.

S: Dark roasted matls, roasted nuts, roasted cocoa, roasted coffee, slight smokeyness.

T: Uber complex malt character (what was it, about 8 kinds listed on the bottle?) Dark chocolate, roasted nuts, dark black coffee. Nice little flavors of oak and burbon hints. Little bit of smokeyness and dark fruit to go along.

M: Thick and oily, but not syrupy and lingering. Perfect carbonation to keep it smooth and flowing.

D: Easy to drink, hides the booze well for an Imperial. One of the best in class!

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Photo of DrJay
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Black with faint brown edges and a thin cap of fine brown foam off the pour. Good head retention, with things settling into a long lasting collar with a skim of tiny bubbles on the surface of the beer. Some lacing. Great aroma, lots of vanilla, dark chocolate and cocoa, roast and nutty coffee, toffee, buttery, some dried fruits, faint grass, and light smoke. Awesome. Moderate bitterness with caramel sweetness forming a malty base. Notes of coffee, vanilla, oak, dry cocoa and a hint of smoke appeared from mid-palate through the finish, where there was a bit of alcohol too. Full bodied with low carbonation that made it feel a bit flat and dull, mild astringency and a bit of warmth. The texture was pretty good even with the low carbonation. The alcohol was very well hidden and the beer itself was a tasty treat. Great work.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is from the first release going back to early 2009. Deuane was kind enough to grab me a couple of bottles. Thanks, man!

The pour is gorgeous, jet black with dark brown highlights, capped with a dense brown head with excellent retention and lacing. A very attractive imperial stout.

The nose is great, layers of dark chocolate, coffee, roasted barley and a noticeable oak character with a blend of raw wood and vanilla. Some brown sugar is noticeable, but the blend is mostly some roast and chocolate. Alcohol is noticeable, but I wouldn't peg it at 12.5% ABV. Dark fruit character is noticeable with some raisins. Very well balanced, I do get a slight ashy aroma every few whiffs. However, it never really gets distracting.

The palate opens big with a blend of roasted barley character with a mild grainy sweetness before big flavors of unsweetened cocoa, a mellow coffee, but mostly, this is dominated by the flavors of roasted barley. Mild brown sugar character is noticeable mid-palate along with a rather raw oak character counterbalanced by vanilla. The mellow fruit notes with ripe plums helps balance out the sweetness. Finishing with a blend of roasted malt bitterness, a touch of tannins and a mild sweetness, this is quite excellently balanced. Full in body with a soft carbonation, the mouthfeel is quite excellent. However, the bitterness does get to be a bit much after a while. Very impressive. I'm going to enjoy sipping this for the next couple of hours.

I previously consumed this beer at a tasting, and I wasn't particularly impressed. The subtlety and balance was lost on me at the time

**Edit 11 Jan 2013**

Thank you, Deuane. This is my second bottle from the 2009 release(first batch?)

Now, this is exactly why I like imperial stouts. So richly flavorful but also remarkably well structured and layered. Big roast and mild char up front, unsweetened cocoa, some dark chocolate (~70%) , a mild fruity note and some spice (anise), a little tobacco - this is exquisite on the nose. The large dark malt character keeps the sweetness at bay too. The palate opens with the spice and cocoa notes most prominent. The flavor of the unsweetened cocoa here is just excellent - complex, roasty, a little charred and fantastic chocolate notes. .The mid-palate brings out the fruity notes. Moderately drying and roasty on the finish with an excellent blend of chocolate, roast, fruit and spice, this beer is medium-full in body. Alcohol is shockingly well hidden too. Fantastic stuff.

4.5/4.5/4.5/

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Photo of sweemzander
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter. 2009 Vintage.

(A)- Pours a thick black color with some nice tan froth. Some good lace.

(S)- A nice richness to it. Roasty and bready with raisin and cocoa. Solid.

(T)- A nice rich smoothness with roasted cocoa, raisin, coffee bean, and caramel. Very nice.

(M)- A mellow carbonation level, though very fitting. A great balance to it as well. Some warmth from the ABV, but very well integrated considering the large 12.5% this has. Sweet and rich, but neither overpowering.

(D)- A great stout for sure. Well balanced and rich with a nice smoothness. I have not had this fresh, but the time this particular bottle had on it seems to really be a great amount of time to lay this down for.

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Photo of Viggo
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, thanks to DrJay for scoring me some.

Pours a deep and dark, very opaque black, no light gets through, very thick tan head, drops a ton of lace all over the glass, thick layer, great retention, definitely looks like an imperial stout. Smell is cool, caramel and heavy roast, very sour and lactic oak character, dark fruit, figs, chocolate, coffee, alcohol, pretty neat character. Taste is very intense, tons of chocolate roast, coffee, caramel, toast and biscuits, vanilla, heavy oak, alcohol is insanely well hidden, very lactic acidity in the finish, very oaky, very rich and well balanced in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation, buttery smooth, some warmth from the alcohol, but pretty damn nice.Thanks to Jay for making sure I got a couple.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 2.7.14

A - Pours a motor oil black with a small light brown head that forms a ring on the edge.

S - Chocolate, roasted malts, coffee.

T - Smooth and subtle chocolate and coffee.

D - Low carbonation with a heavy body.

O - Very smooth and mild. A nice flavorful, easy drinker.

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Photo of Bung
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz to watch the Spartans in the sweet 16. An expected black pour, a small amount of tan head. Retention is very good though.

Aroma is pretty roasty. Chocolate malt, cocoa and a good dose of anise. Just a hint of booze.

Taste is a good balance of roast, coffee, anise and cocoa/dark chocolate. Any oakiness is extreamly understated. Just a little harshness.

Had more carbonation than I was expecting and was a little into the mid body range. The carbonation is not offensive though if less this would be creamier. Drinkability could be high if the slight harshness was gone, which would've helped to be better by less carbonation up front.

I don't think I was expecting more, but it could have been a little more. Still good and worth trying if you can.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, no date - but I purchased earlier this year.

black as sin, with thin tan head that quickly fades into just a thin collar around the edge of glass.

massive toasted malt aroma, with a touch of hops. taste is typical for a bit bold malty stout - with highlights of dark bitter chocolate, a little smoke, toasted marshmallow. hides the nearly 13% abv well.

thicker, with moderate carbonation. but not hard to drink.

overall - a solid Imperial Stout by a quality PA brewer.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to JohnTravolta21 for the opportunity to try this one. Poured one shade shy of black with a mocha-colored head that dissipates into a swirl of foam. Big nose - molasses, brown sugar, toffee, licorice, vanilla and a little booze. Taste consistent with nose, with a big chocolate character upfront. Mouthfeel was medium-bodied and lightly effervescent. Nice level of complexity - not too heavy, not too cloying. Really a great American Double and not too over the top for a summer tasting. Highest regards for this beer.

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Photo of cbutova
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Didn't know this was oak aged, now things make more sense, reviewed from notes. Thanks to Chico1985 for sharing.

A- Pure black with a tan cap that has good retention. Nice cloud and ring and spotty lace all around the glass.

S- Massive cocoa, like immensely big chocolate. Caramel roast malt and some dark fruit. Solid describes this perfectly.

T- Once again a lot of great cocoa powder. Hints of raisins, slight alcohol, roast malt, caramel malt. Some earthy hops. I get vanilla which I now know is from the oak. A bit of smoke even.

MF- Great thick body, creamy and substantial. Smooth low-moderate carbonation. Fair warmth and just a bit bitter, from the cocoa I would imagine. Silky.

DB- Very nice malt and cocoa. The first Imperial Stout to impress me in a while. The cocoa does seem like a bit much but I really love it. Well hidden ABV.

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