strongpieman (1459) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - DEC 29, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Thick balck, opaque, nice tan head. Creamy and full body. Coffee is prevalent. Very good all around.
beerbill (3324) - Laurel, New York, USA - DEC 11, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle courtesy of a trade with mikem409. Pours more like a cola than a beer with a black body and a head that fizzed away in seconds. Pleasant aroma of coffee with notes of roasted malt and chocolate. The flavor is coffee with a bit of cardboard and tobacco. Moderate bitterness at the finish. Medium bodied.
ip2k (8) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 9, 2011 does not count
2.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Aroma like stale coffee and syrup, but strangely delicious. A very intriguing smell.
Pours a mostly-opaque black with a medium head of tan micro bubbles. Looks like...coffee+beer.
Tastes like bad coffee (which is a shame, because they’re using Ugly Mug coffee in here which I know is delicious -- if you’re ever in the area, hit up The Ugly Mug in Ypsi for some of the best espresso and other drinks in metro-detroit, roasted on-site) combined with stout. Too bitter, a big hit of...medicine...or something...I just couldn’t enjoy this and I only made it through half a pint while I was having it with dinner at Arbor Brewing Co. Very oily on the palette and leaves a lingering bitter medicinal/chemical taste.
Overall, this one is a real shame and a big let-down based on how it looks and smells. I wanted to like it, but it’s just not very drinkable. Honestly, you’d be much better off pouring a cup of Ugly Mug coffee into a bottle of Guinness extra stout.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle from The Beer Depot in Ann Arbor, MI. Pours a black colored body with a thin, frothy, tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves a moderate lacing. Aroma is big, fresher coffee and espresso with a nice chocolate sweetness. A touch of cream and vanilla. Flavor is big coffee and an odd sourness. A bit of an acidity to the espresso. There is a nice chocolate and some caramel sweetness as this finishes roasty and dry with a light bitterness. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium body and a moderate carbonation. Overall, a distinct coffee and chocolate stout with a bit of an odd sourness/acidity on the flavor up front. It does finish nicely once the weird sourness passes. If this had a better flavor up front, it could be much better.
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 23, 2011
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
bottle... light watery brown, watery light tan head... this is a thin terrible beer, don’t bother
Ughsmash (7086) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 16, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Poured a not-at-all-lively deep brown with nothing going on for head. The aroma picked up sweeter, roasty espresso paired with vanilla, milk chocolate, and some rolled oats.. sweet overall and rather enjoyable. The flavor found sweeter coffee, chocolates, and vanilla throughout.. just a touch of odd medicinal stuff around (more pronounced as it warmed up).. coffee roast and sourness on the tacky finish. Medium-bodied with low carbonation on the palate.. a little too much odd sourness.. overall OK, but with some definite flaws.
superspak (2411) - Michigan, USA - SEP 27, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle into snifter, no bottle date. Pours clear dark brown color with an instant 3-4 fingers of foamy tan head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin cap of lacing. A little bit of lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of dark fruits, molasses, dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, and caramel. Some interesting and decent aromas here, but it is definitely improving as it warms up. Taste of espresso, dark chocolate, roasted malt, and caramel; with a bit of dark fruits and molasses. Finish is a bit too dry for my liking, but there is lingering notes of dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, and caramel. Not much bitterness other than bitter coffee on the finish. Medium body and carbonation; with a decent creamy mouthfeel that goes down pretty smooth. No alcohol other than a warming on the finish noticed. Overall this is not as bold as I was hoping for because of my love of FBS, but this is a solid stout.
Strykzone (4782) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled at an esbls tasting. Quite dark with a light tan head. The nose is ashtray and coffee. The flavor is a mish mash thst just does not wirk. Coffee, dark fruit, earth. Unfortunate.
jgb9348 (4628) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown coloured body, slightly muddy with absolutely no movement and a very sterile, placid enviornment - not too exciting here. Aroma of cherries, oak, alcohol, vanilla, mushrooms, meat and a bit of coffee - also not too exciting in the nose. Medium-bodied; Deep roasty and chocolate flavours with a lot of coffee, some light cherry and sweetness comes through as well as a touch of lactic flavours near the end. Aftertaste is pleasant, a little bit complex and having a touch of spice and oak along with the coffee overtones and sweetness. Overall, not a good looking or smelling beer but the flavours and aftertaste try to redeem the beer, although this isn’t a great beer by any means. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Beer Baron in Livonia, Michigan for US$2.39 on 30-April-2011 sampled at home in Washington after having a family reunion from my family in Michigan on 06-August-2011.
JaBier (4730) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 5, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by a friend. Had this once before prior to my rating days and it was infected and gross, so not terribly optimistic this time around. Darkest brown pour with a thin beige head. Aroma of espresso, cream and malt with a slight vegetal character. Malty and chocolatey flavor with espresso flavor before a semi-sweet finish. Certainly better than the first time I had it.