Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, 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 (3504) - 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, donít bother
Ughsmash (7465) - 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 (3976) - 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 (6034) - 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 (5320) - 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 isnít 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 (6101) - 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.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the brewpub in December 2009. Reviewed from notes.
Pours near black with a thin mocha head and not much of any lacing on the way down. Nose brings a decent amount of overly roasted espresso with hints of chocolate. Taste is about the same, as the espresso carries a bit of good flavor but nothing else really backs it up. Feel is medium. Drinks okay but not one of the better coffee beers, and not one of my favorites here.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 10-11-2010
skoll (420) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - FEB 3, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
I got-a stop drinking these brews I hate them! Some people thing that beer and coffee go together but my taste buds say no. Poured thick black gust like granny used to make her coffee on the Beverly Hillbillys. Aromas of stale coffee grounds. Malty taste of coffee on the finish. not my stlyle but as these coffee stouts go Just like the rest. so I guess that is good so I gave it an average score
Petkus331 (380) - Redford, Michigan, USA - JUL 17, 2010
1.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
Brew some coffee, have it sit there two days, and then pour some water in the coffee, and wallah! You have espresso love; my only opinion of this beer is that it should be left in the store for hippies who love to drink coffee piss. Arbor brewing does other beers well, but this isnít even a strikeout, Arbor brewing threw the game. Boooooooooooooooooooo. If you have in the fridge pawn it off to grandma.