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 didnít pick up the oats or lactose. Thin and flat.
hopdog (9829) - 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 didnít think this one was going to be as bad as the reviews that Iíve read indicated. I was wrong. Itís 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 wonít be having this one again.
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 21, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
pretty basic for a coffee stout..aroma of fresh-brewed coffee and chocolate..flavor is a muted, watered down version of what i expected from the aroma...a tad thin and oddly sour...not bad, but a step below its competition
jeffwilliams11 (310) - hooterville, Michigan, USA - JAN 19, 2008
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
smells good. looks good. tastes like crap. aroma is that of a nice cup of strong coffee from your local bistro....flavor is that of truck stop sludge that has been left on the burner to ferment. my wife loves it off tap, but bottle is definately not my thing.
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2008
2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Thanks for sharing SoLan. The initial aroma is sweet coffee and a decent roastiness. The flavor is simply unbearable for me, there is an off putting acidity that reminds me of coffee that has been allowed to sit for far too long. Simply not my thing.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2008
2.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Courtesy Styles. Dark brown/black with a quickly disappearing, small tan head. Aroma of fresh roasted coffee, bittersweet roasted malt, and a bit of an acidic twang. Acidity takes over the flavor and not in a good way. The malt and the coffee take a back seat. Medium body, carbonation is just a bit less than balanced. The aidity is overpowering.
Hollywoodt (239) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2007
2.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
12 oz. bottle. Poured a dark brown color with no head at all. The aroma on this was amazing... fantastic coffee, with a little malt, as well. Unfortunately, the rest wasnít so good. The flavor was sour, kind of tart, and just not good at all. Add to that this had almost no carbination. Disappointing, because the aroma has you believing it will be fantastic.
MrBunn (2572) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. An explosion of foam right out of the gates makes me wonder a little about whether this is spoiled or not. It covers a blackish body (and the floor of the kitchen) and releases coffee and roasty aromas. There is also a bit of smoke and peat. Flavor has a bit of a sourness to it (maybe not the freshest bottle?) but is not completely gone, and I kind of like the mixture of sour and stout notes. There is also a bit of a sweetness to it (vanilla & cream?). I think Iíll have to try this again later.
SturmWulf (65) - USA - DEC 25, 2007
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is of a rich cup of coffee, A hint of roasted malt. Touch of vanilla and a slight hint of chocolate. Smell made my mouth water.... smells delicious! Poured a black with a very small and fast dissipating tan head. Very, very light lacing on Pint. Flavor is of rich coffee, light touch of vanilla, light hint of dark chocolate, slightly bitter roasted malt ending in a rich coffee.Very pleasant! taste. Not overpowering, but very nice! Body is medium, a creamy texture, soft carbonation, with a short, pleasantly bitter finish. Iím not usually a big fan of coffee dominated stouts, but this is well done! I really enjoyed this Stout and will definitely drink again. The only thing wrong with this fine brew is the very soft carbonation and the lack of a great head on it. But, the excellent taste and balance of this Stout more than makes up for it. Not in my favorite rotation, but will definitely drink this often! Give it a try! Its worth the experience! Great job by Arbor!!!