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Droste Effect | AleWerks Brewing Company

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AleWerks Brewing Company
Virginia, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A pitch black imperial stout with dozens of pounds of chocolate added before resting on roasted cocoa nibs for a decadently bittersweet dark chocolate experience.

Added by cjgiant on 05-07-2016

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Photo of SharkNado
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cavanaghty
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Dark brown with a beige head.

Smell: Malt, chocolate, and coffee.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Very smooth full bodied. Taste of chocolate and coffee.

Overall: Excellent stout!

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Photo of RBorsato
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of BrookW
4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Zekenyce
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RBuckley73
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of atrocity
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of oberon
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 4/27/16.Pours a dark fudge brown color with mocha colored head that is gone pretty quickly leaving a broken ring of lace behind.Dark chocolate dominates the nose,some earth and roast comes more into play as it warms a little.The chocolate nuances of the beer really come out as the beer warms,dark chocolate than more of fudge-like flavor come out with quite a roasted and earthy finish,like others have noted a bit charred.Not overly sweet wich is nice for a chocolate infused stout but not alot of layers of flavor,alot of chocolate.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours an opaque thick viscous jet black in color with moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and faint very dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy dark mocha head that reduces to a large patch of thin film covering about 80% of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Slightly heavier than moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and cocoa over the top of moderate aromas of roasted malts.

T: Upfront there are moderate to strong flavors of roasted malts with a light hint of charred malts. That is followed by strong flavors of dark chocolate and milk chocolate with a light amount of sweetness. That is followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of cocoa and roasted cacao nibs. Light flavors of earthy hops in the finish. There is a light to moderate amounts of lingering roasty bitterness in the finish which fades away after a moderate amount of time.

M: Full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slick and oily with a light amount of alcohol warming in the finish

O: Really tasty and decedent with the amount of chocolate flavors and aromas - definitely a great after dinner beer. Very enjoyable and the alcohol is very well hidden. I could easily enjoy this one again and hopefully I will get the chance.

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Photo of Blaze5445
3.99/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of stortore
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mac31
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A lovely, dark brew. Big flavor, touch of booziness, and sweet chocolate in the entry. Clean malt sweetness. Obviously chocolatey. Chocolate is dark, rich, sweet, but not decadent or overly done. Soft roastiness , which is welcoming. It bitters up as the beer warms. There is this deep, dark chocolate that comes across almost as a coffee-type component. It adds a layer of complexity that is much appreciated. You have it all-sweet, bittersweet, and deep, dark chocolate. There is a modest amount of lingering bitterness and cereal grains in the finish. The body is thinner/lighter in nature. I think this helps out with a beer so dark. The light body and clean malt sweetness balance out all the chocolate. Body still has a creamy, coating, oily slickness to it. Carbonation is very soft. Love that. This beer is remarkably drinkable. 9.2%. Downright dangerous. Not overly complex, but very, very well executed. Glad I bought this. If you get the chance, do not pass on it.

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Photo of cp45
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Pencible
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: This poured an opaque black with a little thick dark tan head.
S: It smelled like rich dark chocolate and molasses, with some pumpernickel.
T: It tasted like dark chocolate and molasses, with a little smoky roasted coffee and pumpernickel. It had a clean bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was thick with a bit of carbonation. Nice chewy body.
D: This was a nice chocolate stout, with fairly simple but enjoyable scent and taste. The body was solid, and the finish was smooth with well hidden alcohol, so it was easy to drink. Could probably age, but doesn't need it. Not very unique or memorable, but I would drink it again.

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Photo of FBarber
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black with almost no head - just a momentary layer of tan film that almost instantly disappears. Minimal lacing noted. Second pour had a thicker mocha colored head that quickly dissipated.

Smell has lots of chocolate on the nose - bakers chocolate and some milk chocolate. As the beer warms the roasted malts start to come through more on the nose and the chocolate mellows to a nice cocoa aroma.

Taste is a rich chocolate stout - you get bakers chocolate, cocoa and some semi sweet chocolate notes. Roasted malts shine through as well providing a hefty backbone for the beer. Touch of bitterness on the finish betrays the imperial stout base. Just ends up tasting like a chocolatey imperial stout. It is a bit harsh on the finish and never really mellows out. Perhaps most impressively this beer avoids ever becoming really sweet. The chocolate is there, but its nicely balanced in the imperial stout.

Feel is quite nice for a stout. Medium carbonation. A bit rough around the edges, none the less, its got some body to it. A bit of warming is noted as the beer is consumed - it drinks a bit hotter than the ABV would suggest.

Overall this was a really good beer. I'd love this in a 4-pack because a bomber is just a bit too much to drink alone. Nice balance with the flavors and the chocolate really shines through.

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Photo of rkarimi
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


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Photo of redfox405
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BMart
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AndrewMichael
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a basic tumbler. Black color, brownish carbonation. It's like drinking a yummy milkshake. Rich and chocolately, thick heavier bodied beer. Overall, easy to drink at the abv, and another great beer from AleWerks.

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Photo of LooseMoose1978
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MikeWard
3.99/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled date of 4/27/16. so 4 months old.

looks superb. jet black body, one inch coffee colored head. very good lacing.

not much on the nose at all. no chocolate aroma.

no chocolate on the tongue either. however, this is a very drinkable, very pleasant tasting stout. smooth, not overly roasted, which i appreciate. there is a faint alcohol burn.

mouth is about medium.

overall, a smooth drinkable stout, which at 9.2 could be pretty dangerous. just not sure what happened to the chocolate.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Knapp85
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of CreightonSM
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Droste Effect from AleWerks Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 48 ratings
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