jeremyh70 (664) - Missouri, USA - JUL 15, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2012 vintage. Pours a completely opaque black with a big, creamy dark khaki head that sustains well and leaves good lacing. Aroma of rich chocolate, mild brewed coffee, sweet molasses, some vegetal and umami and a mild cellared quality. Taste has coffee, fudge, dark chocolate, a little cherry and mild roastiness followed by bitter bakers chocolate. Aftertaste has some charred roasty bitter and a little of the cellared notes and chili pepper vegetal quality. Finishes dry with roasty bitter that builds and lingers. Mouthfeel is creamy and medium/full bodied with low carbonation. Forgot to review this the first time I had it but a year and a half of age hasn’t really hurt this beer as much as I feared. I’m sure the coffee has dropped out somewhat but the vegetal notes that coffee beers get with age were neither strong or distracting. This was a nice surprise and one I enjoyed very much.
bytemesis (3017) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 11, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to RJ5020. Pours opaque black with a small brown head that dissipates fairly slowly leaving a ring that laces well. Aroma is heavy coffee, whiskey, roasted malts. Flavor is roasty, cocoa, anise, lots of coffee, espresso, medium sweet and light bitter, bit of ashtray. Fullish body, creamy mouthfeel, some acidity. Pretty nice.
hockeybeerguy (1618) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUN 22, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Reviewed from notes. Rcvd in several trades.
Sometimes this was poured into a nonic and other times it was poured into a snifter. For the most part, there wasn’t any difference.
The appearance was a nice looking dark brown close to black color with a decent off white foamy one finger head that had a decent amount of fading lacing trying to coat the sides of the glass but doesn’t for the most part.
The smell had a nice authentic roasty coffee of sorts with a decent light milk chocolate entering in on the side (as it warms).
The taste was a decent light sweet overcoating some bittering hops. The aftertaste was super nice and roasty with a super nice dry roasty finish.
On the palate, this one wanted to show me a decent light on the body, but for the most part, it sat closer to a medium on the body. Sessionability, hmmm...maybe, could have one or two in a session...hmmm...it wants to show a decent sipper quality to it, but for some odd reason, its not quite there.
Overall, for the most part, this is still a wonderful brew to have and as someone who lives in Southeast Alaska, this is a super wonderful brew to have almost any time of the year up here because its never overly freakin’ hot. I would love to have more of this.
Daytonbeer (637) - Ohio, USA - MAY 31, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with no head. Aroma of Folgers coffee and chocolate. Taste is the same with dark chocolate and roasted malts, licorice, and soy sauce. Complex, but not very pleasant.
koleminer20 (545) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 24, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 oz bottle. Hot damn. The pour is black with a thin dark mocha head and no lacing at all. The aroma is damn good. Bursting with coffee and chocolate with a light boozy note to it. The coffee and cocoa just meld beautifully with just the slightest bit of licorice. The flavor is just as incredible. The roastiness just powers out with a fantastic coffee presence and a solid, solid chocolate note. The mouth feel is beautiful. Velvety and creamy with a beautiful carbonation and viscous clinging tendency. The aftertaste is all coffee, as if it were chocolate covered, and dry. This is amazing
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
RussianDragon (327) - - MAY 19, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Thanks Darrell! Pours a pitch black with no light passing. Khaki head fades to a lasting cream glaze on the meniscus with dabs of lacing. The aroma is bittersweet chocolate with notes of coffee and roasted malts. Flavor is agressive - roasted coffee bitterness with chocolate syrup sweetness. Well balanced with a silky creamy mouthfeel. Clean finish.
dunn4040 (124) - Georgia, USA - APR 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2014 2013 poured into a sniffer. Nothing like a little lunchtime beer to break up the monotony of a rainy Friday afternoon. Thick dark brown pour with a thin tannish head. Pouring it in the light, it had a bit of a deep maroon color to it as it came out of the bottle. Aroma hits you as your pouring it. Deep roasted malts, dark chocolate, brown sugar, licorice, vanilla, soy sauce and earthy aromas. Much more complex of an aroma than I remember from this beer. It’s been over a year since I’ve had one though. Flavor is more bold than expected as well. Charcoal, roasted malts, soy sauce, hints of bitter coffee on the back-end. Very bold flavors. As it warms up the coffee is becoming more prevalent which balances out the flavor a little more nicely. Feels thick in the mouth, nice carbonation.
JStax (2853) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle poured into a brandy snifter. Pours a thick black with a khaki colored head of foam that dissipates down to a ring of foam around the edge of the glass. The aroma is like sweetened coffee and hot chocolate powder. Some toffee notes come through as well. In the taste, i am overloaded with sweetness. It’s kind of like a rich, intense caramel. Kind of like one of those sugary coffee and whipped cream drinks from starbucks that has caramel drizzled on top of the whipped cream. That’s what it reminds me of. Thick and sticky mouthfeel. Low carbonation. As the beer begins to warm, the coffee gets less and less appealing as it tastes more and more stale. This just isn’t doing much for me, unfortunately.
574deadzone (994) - North Central, Indiana, USA - MAR 26, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours deep dark brown/black with a decent sized mocha head that settles down fairly quickly and leaves some spotty lace. Nose involves a nice blast of roast coffee and milk chocolate, almost some hot pepper notes, some underlying dried dark fruit, some crusty brown bread, nearly some pipe tobacco, some marshmallow, some evergreen and mint. Quite sweet, also quite a bit bitter. Rich, full body, creamy, velvet yet a fair prickly carb, oily yet finishing pretty dry and toasty with lingering roasted marshmallow notes. Very good brew, lots to love about this one.
tmoreau (2314) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared 12 oz. bottle, poured to snifters, and showed a black/brown hue, sudsy, brownish tan head foam, and spots & strands of lacing. The nose was roasted, with a little stale scent, burnt, dry, and more cocoa notes than coffee. The flavor was roasted, with a dry, lingering bitterness, day old coffee taste, medium body, low carbonation, and hidden alcohol. Not bad, but by no means great.