ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 11, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz, red waxed bottle via trade. pours a deep, dark brown and sits like the blackest coffee in the glass capped by a dark mocha head with a hint of rust around the edges. aroma is amazing, perhaps the most coffee forward beer i’ve had in a while, with huge notes of freshly ground beans, strong espresso, massive roast, smoke, and hints of vanilla backed by subtly notes of cinnamon, brown sugar, oatmeal, cocoa powder, and cedar. flavor is simply superb with immense notes of roasted espresso, mocha latte, belgian chocolate, and hazelnut creamer backed by smooth vanilla, molasses, figs, and a hint of spice on the back end. palate is smooth as silk, truly like drinking an iced espresso, with light carbonation and a lingering finish of roast coffee and chocolate. overall, this is a truly fantastic imperial stout for the coffee lover.
RobertDale (4741) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - FEB 6, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle. Thanks Mike! Pours black with a smallish tan head. Aroma of coffee, malt, and chocolate. Taste is strong coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, and dark fruit. Excellent.
Theydon_Bois (15022) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 5, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Keg at Toronado, SF, 02/02/16.
Black topped with a decent tan swirl.
Nose is rich espresso, coffee cake, roasted tones, chocolate, dark malt.
Taste comprises coffee grinds, coffee cake icing, toasted brown sugar, toffee fudge, light cocoa nibs, roast malt.
Medium + bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close with a well restrained alcoholic intermission.
Mighty fine coffee drool.
Klimaet (1110) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - FEB 5, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours pitch black with a medium brown head. Aromas of roasted malts, cocoa, dark chocolate, lots of coffee, dark fruits, pepperish. Taste is roasty, lots of coffee, dry, bitter, chocolate, malt, sweet licorice.
djd07 (7224) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 2, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Toronado. Pours black with small beige head that lasts. The aroma is strong roasted malt, cocoa, wood. Thick mouth, chewy, dark chocolate, roast, wood, dry finish, very nice.
Homer321 (3554) - Melboring, Florida, USA - FEB 2, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Toronado. A huge chocolate and rich coffee nose. Dark brown pour. Taste is more coffee forward than anticipated. Medium mouthfeel. Pretty dang good.
Leighton (16286) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2016
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Toronado SF. Pours deep brown-black with a creamy tan head. Massive espresso aroma, with secondary notes of roasted malts and cocoa. Big sweet flavor, offset nicely by the bittersweet espresso and baking cocoa, some earth, ash. Full bodied, chewy, with fine to average carbonation. Warming and ashy on the finish, with more bittersweet baking cocoa and lingering espresso. Solid.
VsXsV (3647) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 2, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at Toronado SF. Opaque black liquid with medium tan head. Aroma of coffee, espresso, licorice, light ash and toast. Taste is light sweet and light to medium bitter with notes of coffee, espresso, licorice and grain. Full bodied with low to medium carbonation. Nice. Lots of coffee.
JulienHuxley (5210) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 2, 2016
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Toronado. Black pour with thin white head. Aroma is really rich and roasty, tons of coffee, so much coffee, caramel, caramel latte. Taste is med sweet, very roasty, tons and tons of coffee. Palate is full bodied, med sweet, tons of carbonation. Good stuff.
erikbergy (1) - - JAN 27, 2016 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2015 bottle with a red wax top. The coffee in this beer is the prominent taste you get first. Portola Coffee Lab coffee is amazing. There’s a reason it’s being used in Mocha wednesday. One of the best coffee stouts I’ve ever had.
bytemesis (5580) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 27, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 2014 with thanks to GT2! Pours opaque black, small brown head, creamy and slow to dissipate, nice lacing. Aroma is coffee, roasty espresso, cocoa. Flavor is light sweet, medium bitter, espresso forward. A bit of ashtray. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel.