shameusburp (171) - Virginia, USA - AUG 2, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow, that’s some java in that java. Best example of stuffing as much coffee into a stout but very drinkable. Very well balanced. Too bad I only brought one.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mega thanks to SpringsLicker for sending this one my way!
The body sits a true black; and atop, rest a mammoth tan head. The aroma is a strange combination of bitter sweet… sour, a slight spoiled lactic bitterness, yet chocolaty and round within the same sip. The flavor brings the same indications but with more depth. A great unification of oily coffee beans with the roasted chocolate malts… they unite very nicely! I still get an astringent lactic bitterness…. but I like it quite a bit! Nice roasted ashy malts… a tad over kilned…. Espresso with a dash of buttermilk. Am I crazy for drawing this impression?
jcr (2278) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUL 12, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Coffee, coffee, coffee. Why not just drink coffee? Oh, yeah, the alcohol. And the roasted malts that are like adding one lump of sugar. The cream is in the mouthfeel. And then there’s the hint of sweet chocolate. But mostly coffee. Poured dark brown (like a cup of coffee) with big, tan head. Overall, quite enjoyable.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 11, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours thick and black with a tan whipped cream head. Aroma is room temperature whole milk, singed coffee beans and chocolate mousse. Flavor is heavy laden with cocoa powder and the morning’s left over batch of espresso. Nice, full, thick and creamy. Coffee characteristics might be a little too much for me here, but it’s otherwise a nice beer.
waeltzy (53) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Almost opaque color with some rays of light coming through. Nice whiteish brown head. Definitly a coffee brew. The aroma was a mocha latte spiced with a bit of nutmeg. Real strong scent. A ton of complexity in a seemlingly straightforward brew. Very dark dried fruits came through towards the end of my mouth. All that was missing was the caffeine buzz. I can’t wait to have another. Bells bottle sampler case.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 4, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is black with a beautiful dense and big tan head...smell is coffee with a hint of cocoa underneath...I expected over powering coffee bitterness but this was exceptionally well balanced...cocoa and nice mellow coffee finishing it up...nice...
Rastacouere (6154) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 4, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2008 Deep charcoal, light brown head, mostly lasting. Very grainy nose, high DMS surprisingly. Roasted quesadillas, pickles, turnip.. Cigarette and roasted popcorn in mouth, some might call it roastiness, but something feels wrong here, it must have been heat struck because it feels like a mess, the round coffee flavours that were expected were all sparse and eclectic. Nicely rounded palate though, ironically. ////////////////// Had it again, this time on draught at the pub and it goes from 2.7 to 3.4. On draught @ the Eccentric Café. A lacy off-white head stays atop this straight black pour that is served a bit cold. Malt-focused offering where the coffee is not playing a solo. No beaniness helps I must say, but there is also a firm dose of chocolate. All-about Bells’ excellent malt extraction skills. Strongly cerealic, chewy palate that always manages to feel bigger than its size. Not very complex (no fruitiness noticed at all for instance), but just masterly done.
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - JUN 25, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, black pour with tan head. Huge bitter roasted coffee aroma, but not tobacco ashy like other imp stouts brewed with massive amounts of coffee. Flavor is full of bitter roasted coffee, and chocolate as it warms, and maybe some dark fruit hint at the end. Fairly bitter coffee finish.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 22, 2005
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Chick peas, pickles, stale chocolate and roasted malts, chalk and a hint if booze in the nose. Opaque black with a decent tan-brown head that recedes to cover with light, patchy lacing. Strong roasted malts in the very sweet, chocolatey flavour with an undertone of chickpeas. Medium-full body with low, soft carbonation that is very pleasant in the mouth. Flavour and aroma both seem tired, though appearance and mouthfeel suggest freshness. Bottle enjoyed with MartinT, Olivier_MTL and Rastacouere for Martin’s ’Bachelor Party’!
Chick peas and chocolate do not go well together.
MartinT (8351) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 21, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Roastiness and sweetness don’t know what to do with the ill-placed baba ghanouj. Gorgeous opacity creates more curiosity.
A full mouthfeel nourishes with molasses, suave coffee and dark chocolate. Roasted malt bitterness and citrusy hops combine for a tingling, powerful finish.
In a world of champions, a competent performer will not get noticed much.