AlabastorJones (800) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 19, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
black body, no head, malty mocha nose, sweet chocolate flavor, vanilla, creamy mouthfeel, good coffee flavor without the acidic bitterness that some coffee stouts have, licorice/anise, very sweet and very good
kramer (3873) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle, shared by CharlesDarwin. Pours an opaque mahogany brown with a very small brown head that ran to a thin ring. Nice chocolaty coffee nose, a little roasted malt, and minimal to no hops. Flavor is kinda murky, a mix of day old coffee, cocoa, and a heavily yeasty stout. Light to moderate bitterness with a little astringency. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate fizzy carbonation. Lingering wet coffee grounds finish, sort of like that last sip of an espresso with the silt like sludge. Overall, a little muddled, but still a coffee beer (my favorite), and that counts for something with me. Iíd drink it again.
kmweaver (3142) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - SEP 13, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle, courtesy of CharlesDarwin. Thanks, Tom! Pours a murky, dark brown color, like a muddy espresso; minimal head formation. Dense, tootsie rolls and nougat in the aroma; espresso and plenty of chocolate. Medium mouthfeel: nougaty and chewy espresso core; lightly roasted coffee character (no greenness), with a light citrus note; ends with plenty of roasted coffee and oily nuttiness.
3fourths (6933) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 12, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle shared by CharlesDarwin. Nose of sweet candy (tootsie rolls - someone else said it and then I smelled it) and chocolate liquer. Coffee presence is heavy, but sweet. Flavor also leans on the sweet side, with chocolate syrup, cocoa, slick & sweet malts, some nuts, and a heavy presence of godiva chocolate liquer. The coffee itself is very fresh and bright, but the beer overall is a little undercarbonated and/or thin. Still, a decent coffee stout.
GreatLibations (1831) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - SEP 11, 2007
3.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Espresso Love huh ? Well this does pour a chocolate brownish color. Like coffee with just a touch of creamer. There is no froth at all. Bummer! Still as night. Aromas of sweet creamed coffee, not espresso, coffee. So far Iíd have to say this brew doesnít live up to itís name. Medium nectar weight w/ no appearant residual effers. You really have to abuse this one to get any. A watery texture is produced by this lack of carbonation. Another bummer! The flavor profile is primarily toffee, mildly sweet creamed coffee, and caramel held together by a mild roast component. Itís very mild, not espresso like at all. The thinish is bittered mildly and leaves a linger toffee essence. Overall: itís a tastey brew for sure but it doesnít live up to itís name.
auerbrau (2946) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - SEP 9, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a 12 Oz Bottle (Thanks Sean!). Boasting granular coffee aroma, combated with chocolate nibs and faint smoked salt. Rich and chewy nose. Pours a deep black brown pour, with rim of tan. Flavor moves into a slightly harsher coffee flavor then muddles in a bit of mud and caramel. Body tends thin and slightly sour, but not unpleasantly. Chocolate oils settle in and the coffee rests quietly. One of the cleaner regular beers Iíve had from Arbor.
Tmoney99 (8765) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 21, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Corner Brewery. Poured dark brown with an average creamy light brown head that lasted with good lacing. Solid roasted coffee and chocolate malt aroma. Medium body with a creamy texture. Solid roasted balanced flavor with a smooth average bittersweet finish of moderate duration.
redlem (1264) - Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2007
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at Corner Brewery. Beer...maybe.
This is coffee. A very dark brown color, no lacing. Faintly sweet from the oats. Any carbonation seems to be absorbed by the coffee. Completely 1-dimensional and I did not care for it, at least at 4 in the afternoon. Maybe at 7 in the morning.
Goblincat (372) - Westland, Michigan, USA - AUG 14, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. The aroma is almost pure coffee. The taste is pure roasted coffee. Little carbonation, but that seems fine. Iím not a fan off coffee, but I like this.
BBB63 (5406) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 2, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
MiBGF 07: Opaque mostly with a small head. Aroma has notes of espresso, chocolate, toast, and smoke. A nice cherry-like tartness over a layer of chocolate with a bitter coffee finish. A nice smoky after tone adds depth. The mouth feel is very smooth and a tad thin. Okay at best but a solid way to start the fest.