Beerman6686 (6244) - 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 (5219) - 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 (1279) - 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 (2086) - 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 (693) - 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 (907) - 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
nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2008 Pours like motor oil with a thick brown/ruby head. Loaded with hazelnut, milk cocoa, and coffee. Easily one of my all-time favorite beers -- it’s the best-tasting tranquilizer dart I’ve ever had.