doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 10, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at PP Solana a few weeks back. $7 a snifter. Worth it though. Pours black with a thin tan head that leaves specks of lace. Smells of coffee grounds and chocolate. Sweet overall. Tastes of coffee and chocolate, lots of big, sweet, dark chocolate or milk chocolate or both. Bitter coffee notes. Very nice, and potent! Full body, thick with good carbonation.
beernbourbon (1370) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - APR 9, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Publican. Pour is pure black with a circle of thin brown head. Aroma is not complicated but quite good: huge espresso and a subdued roasted malt. I like it a lot. Flavor is rich French roast coffee with notable brown sugar and lots of roasted malt. Nothing subtle here, but I still like it.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 8, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 9, 2010 Tap at publican... Pours a dark brownish black pour with lesser edges at which a thin tan head presides... Aroma is of assertive ashy coffee grind. , somewhat burnt but not totally there... Flavors are very sweet, full, and thick with huge boozy notes accented by burnt roasted coffee, dark bitter chocolate, and a viscous feel. somewhat one-dimensional but i kind of sickingly enjoyed the onslaught of its brashness.
bu11zeye (12112) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 4, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Draught) Pours an oily, opaque black body with a medium creamy tan head. Aroma of coffee, caramel, toffee, anise, butterscotch, vinous, plum, and roasted malt. Flavor of coffee, roasted malt, vanilla, marshmallow, caramel, toffee, rum raisins, coconut, wood, and light bourbon qualities with a dry, bitter, warming finish. Lots of layers of complexity in this imperial stout.
Fratto (2803) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 1, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Ft. Worth Saucer. Cavie was nice enough to share his. Black pour with a small brown head. Aroma is coffee, alcohol, dark fruit, malt, wet firewood, licorice, and bacon. Taste is Chocolate! Wood, a little beefy, coffee, and alcohol. Coffee, chocolate finish.
Cavie (4000) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - APR 1, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at the FW Saucer. Pitch black pour with a light ring of light head. Hello brown sugar and spiced nose! Smells like a Jack-o-lantern. Autumn spices and Ginger. The sweet spice dominates any smell of coffee. This is only the case at cold temperatures however. As it warms the aroma profile changes drastically. Taste is very intense. Alcohol tingle is felt right away with bitter coffee and spice present. Dark malts also play a part in this. Dry wooded coffee is a large part of the upfront flavor. Slick smooth mouthfeel. This has some strength behind it. Geez as it warms it gets so much better. Big coffee smell shows up late in the game. Reminds me of the inside of a Denny’s. I am loving the hell out of this! A lovely twist on one of Avery’s best.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 30, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sample at pizza port Solana. Didn’t think I would ever get to try this!! Deep coffee / cola brown / black with tiny tan bubbles for a head. Nose was bursting with fresh ground coffee, cocoa and lingering booze. Coffee, vanilla, coconut and booze heat in the flavor and finish, not bad for 16% though.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 27, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2010
Date: February 27, 2010
Source: Brewfest, Brewvival
Appearance: black, frothy tan head, drippy lace
Aroma: big roasted coffee aroma mixed with bitter black chocolate
Flavor: rich roasted flavor, lots of coffee, black chocolate, sweet dark fruits
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 16/20
Score: *** /4
obguthr (4425) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - MAR 6, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Brewvival: Strong coffee nose, with chlorophenols underneath. Black pour with a thin brown head. Espresso flavor, with a chocolate finish.. Alcohol very evident and magnified. Despite the fact that I like coffee and coffee infused beer, I did not enjoy this very much.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 1, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft brewvival. Okay I want to first start of by saying that I strongly dislike the standard version of Mephistopheles. I think its a hot cloying mess. With that being said some people really eat up the under-attenuated stouts, its just not my thing. So onto meph-addict.. Thick viscous dark pour with a thin tan head . Nose is punch you in the face coffee. Flavor is much of the same. The coffee really improved a mediocre base beer. Alcohol well masked