jeremyd365 (124) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 8, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
It poured very dark with a thick head that took several minutes to settle down.
It smelled delightfully strongly of espresso/coffee and chocolate.
It felt thick and syrupy in the mouth, and tasted as strong as it smelled.
For being such a thick, heavy beer, I was surprised how drinkable it actually was.
A definite buy.
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2008
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black-brown body. Aroma of sweet, fresh espresso – really great aroma. Large espresso flavor, thou the finish is slightly watery. Other notes – chewy, oatmeal.
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - MAR 18, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, malt. Smaller sized tan head that mostly diminished and left little lace. Dark brown/black hue. Flavor starts sweet and then flavors of coffee and chocolate come through to a roasted coffee finish. A little bitter on the finish as well. Palate is light bodied and watery. Kind of an ugly stout but the aroma and flavor is good. Palate was also kind of a let down. Lot’s of potential here if they thicken it up and work on that head retention. All in all not a bad one.
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - MAR 3, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to Ryan for this one. Black body, fizzy head rose up and then disappeared. Roasted coffee and light chocolate aroma. Flavor is a sour roasted coffee along with a thin body.
rlgk (10534) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - MAR 3, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Hop Devil, NYC. Black, lovely lasting brown head. Sweetish cocoa aroma, coffee, cream, some milk and some vanilla. Vanilla and cocoa flavor, creamy, coffee, milky, some hoppy bitterness bringing balance.
argo0 (11535) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 2, 2008
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
(12oz bottle, thanks artusory) Small tan head atop brown-black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, coffee/roast, light chocolate. Taste is moderately sweet, coffee, some roast, light chocolate. Undercarbonated medium body, some stickiness.
Hudspart (538) - Byron Center, Michigan, USA - FEB 23, 2008
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Pours fairly black with almost no head. Slight aroma of chocolate and coffee (both barely noticable). Smooth drinking (not necessarily a compliment). Not bad.
pforei (338) - USA - FEB 15, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Hop Devil. Black with thin and minute head. Aroma of coffee and chocolate. Flavor of bitter and acidic black coffee and chocolate. I didn’t pick up the oats or lactose. Thin and flat.
hopdog (8940) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle acquired in trade with hoppymeal (thanks!). Poured a dark, dark brown color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of coffee, roast, chocolate, caramel, and oats. Tastes of coffee, oats, and caramel. Has a light tart finish.
Tilley4 (218) - Huron, Tennessee, USA - JAN 24, 2008
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
I didn’t think this one was going to be as bad as the reviews that I’ve read indicated. I was wrong. It’s worse.
Looked the part with a pitch black pour and huge head. Really looked good.
Smelled sort of funny with a sharp acrid wang to it.
Man, after two sips, I had to throw this out. I try to be constructive on my reviews but this was just awful. Watery mouthfeel with an awful sour/old coffee taste to it.
I won’t be having this one again.