Eructoblaster (3896) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - 500ml. Dark brown cloudy/muddy body with a thin off-white foamy head. Robust, complex malty/hoppy aroma with coffee, chocolate, and vanilla hints. Alcohol is well hidden. Taste carries vanilla, woody, yeasty, and coffee notes. Ends with a strong, moderately warming bittersweet finish. Enjoyable.
umich03jm (3513) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - AUG 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle. Pours a murky brown color with a small head that quickly fades to a ring. Aroma is strong coffee with some nuttiness. Taste is strong bitter coffee, some light chocolate and nuttiness. Very little sweetness. Some light alcohol noticeable in the finish. Overall, it’s very overpowering but a decent beer.
TaktikMTL (7068) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bouteille de 500 ml obtenue via Importations Privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Odeur de café avec une pointe de céréale et de tabac. Apparence: La couleur est brune foncée avec une forte densité de bulle. Présence d’un moyen col beige mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de café et de chocolat avec une pointe de caramel. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Présence de café en arrière goût. (Rating #5042)
Patrickctenchi (6105) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - AUG 18, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cola-brown with a huge, frothy, tan head....
Strong coffee, roast aroma, a little chocolate.
Flavour is ashy, burned coffee.....bitter....a bit of earthy hops.
REALLY strong coffee bitter....not a bit sweet....huge flavor.
keanex (1790) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - AUG 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Couldn’t find any bottling information, there was some but I guess it got rubbed off.
Appearance: The body is murky brown with a huge tan head that dissipates slowly creating a plateau as the sides dissipate much quicker than the center.
Aroma: Very astringent earthy and spicy coffee, coming off a bit sour even, upon swirling. The aroma settles to earthy coffee with sweet cocoa. The aroma is a bit restrained though.
Taste: The flavor tastes much better than the aroma indicates with prominent syrupy chocolate matched by earthy and spicy roasted flavors. Definitely a unique type of coffee to my palate, I’ve never tasted one this spicy. The coffee and cocoa match each other nicely while there thick caramel underlies it.
Palate: Full bodied with crisp carbonation.
Overall: This is a good beer, but it looks ugly and the aroma is a bit off-putting at times with a slightly sour astringency. This drinks nice though, probably better if it were fresher. I would buy this again if I saw it fresh.
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep brown body with slow moving carbonation and a rich and lasting creamy khaki head. Awesome lacing to boot. The aroma is tons of coffee, tobacco, brown malts, and a light toffee. The flavor is rich and full of coffee, hops, and bitter brown malt. The palate is thick and creamy. Bitter.
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle, shared with caterwaul. Mostly hazy red / brown color. Thin khaki head. A couple loose, airy splotches of lace. Very big, strong bitter, musty coffee flavor. Very roasty. Stronger roasty almost burnt malt bitter taste. Not much else, no sweet at all. Some earthy, herbal hop is noticed late under all that coffee. Medium-plus body. Initially, kind of a soft, stronger carbonation, but it gets more agreeable as I go. More dry finish. Nice long, bitter strong coffee aftertaste. Gets much better and and more enjoyable as it sits and warms up; gets more integrated. Coffee works well with the nutty malt, hint of dark chocolate to it. Complex, powerful flavor. Really good, assertive strong bitter coffee ale. Love the long, bitter roasty coffee aftertaste.
Caterwaul (51) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
s/o to DrSilverworm for the share. Translucent dark brown,fluffy tan head. Intense coffee smell and taste- almost... Hmm. Very roasty. Yes. Charcoal? Maybe not, but I reserve that for later. Smells burnt. I like that sometimes. This is one such time. Sweet. Roasty. Bitter. I wanna see more coffee browns. In stouts, sometimes it’s just too much. I thinkbrown ales are just right for coffee. Smooth, rich, creamy mouthfeel. Not that bad!
beerbastard (841) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUL 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle with a redish brown pour with little head. Big coffee aromas. Bold coffee flavors followed by nuttyness. The beer doesn’t support the coffee. Not what a brown ale should be. That said, if you like strong coffee beers, this is really good.
MartinT (9411) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
Iced coffee dominates this strong ale’s entire profile with its roasty, biscuity and sweet-ish currents, culminating in a surprising show of resinous hop bitterness.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the dark brown.
-Light strawberry fruitiness appears in the middle.
-Earthy connotations are also tasted.
-Mouthfeel is relatively lean and bubbly.
-This is a fun drink, and a well-made one too, but coffee is simply too much for my tastes.