Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 7, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of the shockers of EBF! Pours a black as night abyss with a yellow coffee tan head. This has a fantastic coffee nose. Undertones are roast y, bitter sweet, coco, chocolate (dark), licorice, and some booze of course. Big coffee notes transfer quite nicely to the flavor, no hint of pepper whatsoever, huge bitter dark chocolate warming. Honestly astounding for the given ABV, hats off!
deyholla (8573) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled from the tap at EBF. Poured black with a dark brown head that dissipated to the edges slowly. Aroma had a creamy coffee note with a hint of espresso bitterness and backing roasted malts. Flavor had a nice balance of creamy coffee, roasted malts and a nice backing note of chocolate and just a hint of dark fruits.
daknole (10346) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 14, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
FINALLY! YES! Black pour. Aroma is coffee, coffee, coffee, coffee and a little chocolate. Flavor? ALL COFFEE ALL THE TIME. Rich and sweet. Espresso and coffe overload and I love it!
50belair (3031) - Florida, USA - MAR 14, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pitch black pour with a small brown head. Expresso nose. Dominant coffee flavors with roasted malt and chocolate undercurrents. WOW...
Doodler (316) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 22, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tried on tap at the Boulder Strong Ale Fest. Pours a viscous black with a thin brown head. Smells predominately like espresso / roasted coffee. Tastes of strong malts and bitter dark chocolate with an enormous coffee backbone. Incredibly roasty with loads of alcohol throughout. Touches of vanilla. Finishes creamy with a tinge of bitterness. Did I mention coffee?
adnielsen (10145) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 18, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2011 Tap @ Boulder Strong Ale Festival. Deep black appearance with a dark brown head. Nose is like a fresh cup of coffee, so very nice. Big strong, mildly alcoholic dark roasted chocolate stout flavor with a huge coffee flavor. Really a legendary beer.
Butters (3983) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 18, 2011
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled on draft at the first brewvival. Jet black pour with a ring of brown head. Huge coffee nose. The flavor is syrupy coffee and huge roast and alcohol. I’m not a big fan of coffee flavored beers, but this one is pretty damn good.
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 8, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep black pour with creamy tan head. Aroma is dominated by coffee, along with chocolate and a bit of alcohol. Flavor is Sweet with a load of added coffee. Pretty good.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Charleston Brewvival on 02/27/2010. Dark black body with a medium creamy brown head Sweet coffee and caramel aroma. Big coffee, chocolate, roast and fruit flavor. Full body with moderately low carbonation.
imeshuggahi (31) - golden, Colorado, USA - SEP 2, 2010
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
If I was able to purchase bottles of this brew, coffee in the morning would become obsolete. The only reason my rating is not 5.0 is because I do not believe in perfect beers (I had to re-evaluate my beliefs after drinking this one). The possibilities of stout variation is pretty extensive, yet the coffee/espresso (see great divides espresso yeti, muy bueno) still remains one of my favorites. It says something about a big, black brew, that while in the heat of summer "I will still crave thee". On to the next...