BeerBunker (956) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2009
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a brown head. Lots of sediment floating around in the beer. Didnít expect that. Nice head retention. Aroma is of chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, dark fruit, and nuts. Taste starts off with a very sharp coffee bite. Aside from the coffee bite, there is a decent amount of chocolate and dark fruit. The backbone is of dry, caramel malt. Lingering chocolate and nut taste. Mouthfeel is creamy, and very sticky. Kind of dissapointed by this one, nothing too special.
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - JUN 29, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Sicilianoís, Grand Rapids, MI. Opaque black with medium to full burnt beige/tan head. Sweeter espresso, chocolate aroma with a nice amount of maltiness. Sweeter chocolate flavor with burnt coffee, a little cherry oxidation but not too prevalent yet, a little ashy, a little tobacco, a little lactose. Medium body with creaminess, active carbonation. Pretty tasty, but the burnt coffee and ashiness is a little offputting.
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JUN 7, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle was a huge gusher when it opened and spilled out all over my desk. Black color with a short lived tan head. Lacto sour aroma with lots of sweet chocolate and coffee and a hint of dark fruit. More lacto sourness in the flavor with a cloyingly sweet coffee and chocolate character. Medium-thin and over carbonated body.
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - MAY 20, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle fresh from Oadees. Why the haters? Itís a decent coffee stout. Yeah, I know you can find me better out here in MI. But why hate this beer? Itís got coffee, itís got stout, itís got some chocolate notes, it ends on a bitter finish. Straight up. Boring, yes. Hateable, I donít know.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - MAY 4, 2009
2.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
How do I hate thee? Let me count the ways. What an absolute abomonation of a beer. How can a brewer take something so beautiful, which is a coffee infused stout, and crank out something so obscenely awful and distasteful itís embarrassing? Not sure exactly, but thatís exactly what was found lurking inside this bottle.
If the show started and stopped with just smelling the beer, I think everything would be rosey. A nice choco/mocha nose with a touch of black walnuts. Perhaps I should have been concerned with the eruptive head that appeared with this beer. Very large, 4-5 inches thick with a color of dark biege with medium sized bubbles. First sip and it was all over. Itís like someone figured out a way to melt sweet tarts and dump a gallon or two into the fermenter, because tart and acidic was exactly what this was. Sure, there was some underlying coffee notes but this was no espresso love. This was infected love and quite nasty at that. Embarrassing was the word, because I shared this with 4 other guys and they both looked at me like I had snakes coming out my nose after I explained to them about coffee stouts. Just plain awful.
madvike (3149) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - APR 1, 2009
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle - Pours deep black with a big, tan, bubbly head. Aroma is milky malt with a little coffee and chocolate--a little sweet. Flavor is lot of sour lactic maltiness, a little roasty, and surpisingly little coffee. Itís a little bitter on the end, and not in a good way. Pretty creamy on the mouth, but with distracting harsh carbonation. Bleh.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2009
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
12oz bottle from a trade awhile back..... almost black pour with a quickly disappearing head that leaves no sign that one was ever there..... decent coffee aroma at first but quickly turns sour and vegetal....flavors continue along the same front but the sour notes are even more distracting. canít even finish a bottle of this.
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tasted at GABF 2008. Coffee nose with some off flavors as well....I wrote down metal. Flavor was coffee, but odd coffee.
grandridge (224) - Port Clinton, Ohio, USA - FEB 18, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Took forever to pour this one as the head just kept exploding out of my glass. Aroma has a decent amout of coffee but there is an odd metallic aroma in there and some lactic notes maybe? Flavor has some coffee in there but there is some sour notes wtf? Theres some wild in my breakfast? Why is there metallic flavor in my breakfast mommy? For real though this is out of a bottle. There is a nice coffee flavor in there but not worth savoring becuase you get punished with sour metal in the finish. So close to drain pour but the good coffee flavor makes this one barely drinkable.
DuffMan (8628) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 21, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
GABF 2008. Near-black, thin brown cap. Lots of coffee and chocolate in the nose. Palate is heavy on the coffee, but chocolate is lost. Pronounced vegetal hop tones in the finish. A tad thin in the mouth. An average take on the coffee stout style.