ReggieDunlap (2766) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours pitch black with a medium mocha head...nice lacing and retention...looks thick. Aroma of fresh coffee...bold and roasty...smells like a coffee shop! Flavor follows suit...bold and roasty coffee...bit of syrupy coffee sweetness...some roasty burnt notes too. Mouthfeel is full and sticky...finish has coffee and some burnt roasty notes...warming and lingering. Excellent beer for a coffe junkie like me!
Damico (2202) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rich aroma of roasted chocolate and super thick coffee notes cut in the nose. Pours thick dark black oil in color with an awesome caramel creamy head. The flavor has more coffee than any other beer I have ever tasted. Nice roasted malty notes complement a thick but smooth body. It is incredible how there are no notes of alcohol at all!
egajdzis (5116) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Opaque black with a small, tan head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, smoke, burnt wood, dark fruits, and alcohol. Taste of coffee, roasted malts, dark chocolate, smoke, some fruits, and also alcohol in the finish.
TomDecapolis (4331) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - DEC 9, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Capones. Pours a deep black with a smaller creamy tan head that laced. Aroma of freshly ground espresso beans, vanilla, caramel, toffee, vanilla and roasted malt. Flavor of rich sweet espresso, caramel, roasted malt and dark fruits.
hopdog (8225) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2011
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Capone’s. Dark brown pour with a small sized off white head. Coffee, roast, some dark fruits, grounds, licorice, and some vanilla. Very nice coffee presence - which for me, is a huge plus in a coffee beer! Over all the alcohol, for 15%+, well hidden. Very nice.
TheEpeeist (3047) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Capones. Dark brown with a thin tan ring. Nose is coffee bean, mostly, some licorice and alcohol. Medium body with a faint tingle. Taste is coffee bean, molasses, dark chocolate and heat. Maybe the most pronounced coffee brew i’ve tried. Shocked that the coffee even dominates the huge Meph base.
craftycarl21 (2073) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 5, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draught at Churchkey for the Avery tap takeover! Uber black viscous pour with a dense brown head. Nose holds HUGE espresso, dark chocolate ganache, and some boozy heat; a decadent and luxurious combination of sweet chocolate and very prevalent coffee and roasted bitterness. The flavor brings more chocolate and coffee; just huge. Palate hides the booze extraordinarily well; reminds me of Double Black, though obviously not as alcoholic and not quite as complex. Still, world class.
Travlr (9808) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 5, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft courtesy of the Churchkey crew, thank you gentlemen! Very dark brown color, small brown edge head. Aroma of a coffee shooter. Taste is coffee!!! and booze, and some other word I can’t read in my notes. Good stuff anyway.
oteyj (2124) - 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 (3845) - 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.