Bov (10218) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JAN 11, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
from Erzbierschof - clear dark brown beer with a modest head retention; earthy, biscuity maltiness toped by coffeish notes; pretty full-bodied, tasty and quite hoppy; biscuity malty hoppy and coffeish aftertaste - very pleasant
Ernest (6597) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 6, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Head is initially large, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting.
Body is medium to dark brown.
Aroma is moderately to heavily malty (coffee, coffee, coffee, roasted grain, caramel, chocolate milk), lightly hoppy (herbs), with a light note of gum.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, creamy/velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic.
Well, it’s definitely over the top with the coffee, no argument with the "double coffee" name. It’s kind of one-dimensional as a result, though...the coffee is a bit acrid in the nose but fortunately not in the mouth. Fairly sweet, but not in a syrupy-cloying way, and there’s just enough bitterness in the finish to keep it drinkable (and it’s quite clean as well...no huskiness or foulness). Nice creamy mouthfeel and lasting head give it a few extra points, but as a whole it’s a bit of a novelty.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Frisco: pours a clear bright mahogany with a stringy lacing light tan head. Has a big fresh roasty coffee nose with some lightly sweet toasted malt underneath. Starts with pretty good fullness and toasted malty sweetness with lots of roasty coffee flavor and bitterness before a drier bittersweet finish. An interesting and well-made brew.
jkwood04 (4515) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle in a plastic cup. Pours brown with a lacy head. Aroma of caramel and chocolate malts, coffee, and some floral hops. Flavor the same with a good blend of coffee, floral hops, and malts. Average texture. A pretty good brown ale.
kermis (6581) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 29, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Craft Beer Company, Clerkenwell. Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is intense stale coffee, dark chocolate and big roasted malts. Flavour is moderate sweet and bitter. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.
jmgreenuk (5615) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - DEC 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the Craft Beer Company, Clerkenwell. Poured a dark brown colour with a thin tan head. The aroma is hugely coffee and liqourice. The flavour is bitter smoky liqourice and dark chocolate. A superb, tasty and very satisfying beer.
Benzai (9783) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - DEC 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled from 50cl bottle thanks to Joes. Very dark brown to dark red color with a deep dark red color, medium sized beige head that diminishes fairly quickly. Smell malts, dark malts some roastyness and a lot of coffee. Taste malts, a tremendous amount coffee and roastyness, slightly cocoa, some earth and bitter. A bit too much coffee for me though it has quite a nice balance. Medium body and carbonation.
DutchDrebus (4598) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - DEC 27, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ joes. Dark brown colour with some ruby shining through, small off-white head. Smells coffee, chocolate, roasty, lovely. Tastes lots of coffee, roasty, dark chocolate.. Amazing aftertaste! Could use more body (it’s thin to medium), carbo is nice.
shoulderbroken (2639) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg at Craft Islington.Ultra strong coffee smell and taste. But more like coffee grinds. Not much else. Nice but one dimensional. I quite liked it, but it was quite predictable.
lusikka (6957) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 22, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle.
Pours a black colour with a small head. Aroma of roasted malts, smoked wood and roasted coffee. Flavour of strong roasted malts, salty licorice, smoked wood and almonds. Medium bodied, slick mouthfeel and high carbonation. Quite unbalanced.