deepsouth (23) - biloxi, Mississippi, USA - MAY 1, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
this beer poured a black color with a tan head and some rocky bubbles. a good looking beer.
the smell is of coffee, molasess, sweet malt, roastiness, espresso coffe beans... complex as hell.
the taste is divine and complex and consistent with the smell. indescribably balanced. alcohol present. damn near perfect.
the mouthfeel is full and velvety. it doesn’t get better than this.
the drinkability of this beer is off the charts. perfect.
Beerman6686 (5810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour oily black almost gross looking with a dark tan head. Aroma was strong coffee smell. Flavor was also strong coffee with hints of chocolate and a very good job of hiding the alcohol.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 28, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2008 Wow is this a beautiful looking beer! Pitch black pour with a dense 2 finger dark tan head. The head linger for quite a while and leaves a lot of lacing. Roasted malts with dark chocolate and coffee aromas in support. Also faint dark fruitiness in the background. Initial maltiness gives way to a more dominant roasted coffee flavor with figs and chocolate undertones. Extremely complex yet balanced. By far the best tasting coffee-infused stout I’ve ever had. Nice creamy mouthfeel that just coats you mouth completely. Leaves a pleasant lingering coffee bitterness. Wonderful, wonderful beer. This would certainly be near the top of my list of stouts or any beers for that matter.
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - APR 27, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Gorgeous black with tan head. Coffee aromas. Creamy body. Cream is present through ad through making this the beer that most resembles the coffee I drink as opposed to the coffee bean. A superb integration of the coffee and bolstered by an incredibly crafted imperial stout that leaves nothing to be desired except for more.
desurfer (1268) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Oldsmar Tap House. Pours an opaque black with little head. Aroma is huge on roasted coffee and some woodiness. Flavor is loaded with chocolate bitterness, more coffee, and a touch of sweetness. I wish I took more notes, but I definitely enjoyed this one.
Luxury (2) - California, USA - APR 23, 2008 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2012 I a a huge fan of any beer that has coffee in it. I personally donâ€™t care for the appearance of the bottle. When I first tried it I was skeptical because of the bottle looks, but it is incredible.
2012 UPDATE: They’ve redesigned the label since my last too visual review.
sirpsycho (393) - Murrysville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a dense black with a beautiful, creamy tan head. Aroma is dominated by bitter coffee, maybe some caramel and malt. Flavor is at first caramel and roast, then the coffee hits, Ends on a dry hop note with coffee. NICE !!! Have one cellaring for a future tasting, I think aging will only make this that much better.
boto (2007) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - APR 19, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle: I believe this one dates to 2004: paper label and black foil. This one pours an inky very dark brown. There was a thin tan head that didn’t linger. Rich aroma. Mainly Roasted coffee and chocolate, with hints of sweetness and some dark fruits. WOW: is the taste smooth. It is very full bodied, roasty chocolate caramel, definitely some hops to balance it out, but they are masked. Excellent.
brianprentiss (681) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 19, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
the true american king of beers. this beer lives ups to it’s hype. I was so excited when I walked into Hollingshead’s and saw it. I wish I could have aged it longer, but I was too eager to try it. (2008 from bottle.) it’s thick and rich and complex, velvety smooth and bountiful.
Haslinger (901) - The World of Beer, Texas, USA - APR 18, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours totally black with a brown head. Very strong coffee and malt aroma. The flavor is very chocolatey and coffeesque with a little malt but not too much. Leaves a smooth taste in your mouth that has you longing for another sip. As it warms the alcohol becomes more pronounced and the malt stands out.Would buy again