oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - DEC 2, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks craftycarl21! This snifter poured about as black as beer can be, with a rich and frothy tan head that sits atop its foreboding body. The aroma has so much coffee character it’s unbelievable. Upon taking my first whiff, I turned to Carl and said, "this smells exactly like Starbucks mocha ice cream." And it did. A bit of hotness in the back with ever present chocolate, espresso, roasted barley, mocha, and creamy cocoa. The palate is ultra rich and thick with tiny little caressing bubbles making for a velvety texture. Amazing!
nimbleprop (7096) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 2, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
4oz pour at Churchkey is an oily, opaque black with one ring of cloudy brown head. Big, sweet, coffee nose, brown sugar, light vanilla, toast, licorice, a little boozy, molasses, Godiva chocolate. Flavor is sweet, licorice, toast, molasses, dark malt, coffee grounds, malt powder, chocolate liqueur. Full bodied, boozy, slightly hot finish.
GT (9933) - Oceanside, California, USA - DEC 1, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap 2010 ed at Churchkey thanks to myself and Travlr. A deep sepia, blood ruby pour generates a thicker, coffee mocha head with sheen appearance and swathes of lace. Nose is quite impressive: massive amounts of creamy espresso, huge hazelnut coffee presence, thick tiramisu, lots of tiramisu cocoa dust, mild hazelnut liquor/Frangelico. One of the most intense coffee noses I’ve experienced that somehow does not remind me of chili or baked veggies/DMS. Quite impressive. I’m giving it an 8/10 but coffee lovers would probably have a freak out. Taste up front is huge spicy alcohol- a giant smack of warming booze and almost hot peppers makes you take notice this is 15% abv even though this is over a year old and partially mellowed out. Thankfully, hot alcohol subsides nicely for more tiramisu character with lots of cocoa dust, intense coffee everywhere, creamy espresso, soaked ladyfingers. Palate is quite the highlight: super rich, creamy, very easy to enjoy. Very light bitterness and no residual sweetness. Probably the most intense coffee beer I’ve ever had that I actually like. No coffee acidity, no lemon, no grittiness, no dirt/ash. Really delicious. Probably made with some baller coffee.
msojka (457) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 20, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is pitch black with a small tan head. Nose is of all kinds of coffee mostly. The taste is very much the same, with some slight chocolate hints as well.
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 16, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Avery. Pours with a pitch black hue and a lasting tan head. Ridiculous lace for the ABV. Glass coating. Aromas are rich, big, coffee, boozy (really a lot of alcohol), dark fruit and roast. Flavors are bitter, tar, fudge, chocolate, boozy and a bit of acrid roast. Very very boozy and very roasty. Big thick and hot with low carbonation. Tasty is small doses but can get a bit hard to drink.
blipp (7898) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 4, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Pours black with a thin brown head. Big coffee sweet mocha aroma. Similar flavor, big coffee notes, chocolate, mocha, roast, and molasses. Good stuff.
Dfonorow (2039) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Rattle N Hum. Pour is deep black with a thin tan ring for a head. Aroma is a huge amount of coffee with some notes of roasted malts, brown sugar, and chocolate. Taste is also dominated by the coffee notes but has flavors of cream, chocolate, and molasses. Booze in the tail-end but not overwhelming. Medium to full bodied.
tgncc (3085) - Bellmore, New York, USA - OCT 26, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma is big time coffee, but not a roasted, bitter Starbucks coffee, but very smooth, plasant coffee. The appearance is the same dark brown/black as any stout, thin tan head. The flavor is heavy on smooth, rich coffee, with some chocolate mixed in. The finish is again coffee, with some pine needles, and finally a booze warming (this is the only place where the booze shows.) Very good.
hivemind (883) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 25, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ RnH w James and Streets. Drank once almost a year ago @ Pony - loved. This time: black pour with solid, medium-sized cocoa brown head (no bubbles). Red hue. Aroma is roasted malts, roasted pine needles, maple and alcohol. Some coffee. Tastes like a chocolate milkshake upfront and gives way to flavors of coffee, molasses and booze. Sticky and syrupy with some hops hiding there somewhere. Great beer, hides alcohol well.
jredmond (7241) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 25, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2011 Draft at rattle with streets. Pours deep black brown body with thin placing. Aroma is coffee. Mouthfeel is coffee with notes of coffee. Coffee is coffee is coffee is coffee. Brrrr