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RATINGS: 1516   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
The satisfying elements of both stout and coffee come together in this full-bodied treat. A marriage of Sumatra's best with rich chocolate and roasted malt provides for a truly enlightening beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lamas (1491) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 30, 2005
Bottle courtesy of CharlesDarwin. Batch ID #6624. Packaged on: October 28, 2004. A two-finger thick light-brown head on top of an opaque black body. Streaks of lace are present along the sides of my pint glass. Smells like a coffee shop. TONS of freshly roasted coffee, some chocolate and roasty malts are all present in the aroma. Lots of roasty coffee, toasty malts, some cream and chocolate in the taste. A fantastic aftertaste that is equal parts cream and bitter black coffee. This honestly tastes like some good coffee fresh from Starbucks! The coffee-est of coffee-flavored beers I’ve had thus far. An underrated brew for sure. Definitely deserves to be up there with Expedition and Kalamazoo.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kramer (5499) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 19, 2005
12 oz. bottle. Picture perfect pour, a definate 5. Color is black as can be, nice 1/2 head of brown froth with good retention. Aroma is of fresh brewed french roast coffee, burnt malt, earthy, heavy chocolate. Smells like the last time I pulled up in front of Starbucks. Deep hop bitterness up front with with a full bodied mouthfeel. Tastes of espresso, black patent malt, and dark chocolate. Only drawback I can see is maybe a little too lively in the carbonation department. Finish is all Starbucks. This is by far the best coffee beer I’ve had to date because the coffee flavor is just so very authentic, not just a stout with coffee flavor added in. This stuff is awesome!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SB (334) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2006 Pours Motor Oil dark, with creamy tan head. Taste of Roasted coffee all the way through. This is a very heavy beer, good for a cold winter night. Very enjolyable. Aroma is only coffee. It is the flavor of the whole stout.

re-rated 2/4/2006

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Poured dark, thick creamy brown head. Carbonation good. Aroma of roasted coffee. Flavor of mild chocolate up front, but the roasty coffee flavors are more present as it warmed and toward the middle of the brew. Very intense coffee notes. By the end I felt like I was having my morning coffee. Full-bodied, easy to drink, very creamy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kevin (2159) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 8, 2005
bottle dark mahogany pour that has a brown head. coffee ground aroma with some chickory(although it is possible i am imagining it) taste is tasters choice with some folgers and finishes like, well...cold coffee. i can taste the roast beans and i love coffee, but it’s all coffee. where is the other stout flavors? a coffee lovers beer without a doubt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
guzzler67 (1596) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - SEP 7, 2005
Aromatic blend of coffee, toffee and chocolate hits the nose immediately as the foamy, tan head leaves light lacing over this rich, dark brew. Smokey, roasted malt taste with the right amount of carbonation to keep the full bodied mouthfeel from becoming too murky. Bitter, long lasting finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - SEP 6, 2005
12oz. bottle thanks to Sully. Black in color with a small light brown head. Aroma of coffee(duh!), dirty ashtray and roasted malt. Not too crazy about the aroma, even though I love coffee. Flavor of day old coffee, smoke, dark roasted malts, dark chocolate. Slightly sweet on first sip, then turns drier and bitter on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - SEP 5, 2005
Bottle. Nice dark body with a rich red on the sides. Very, very dry coffee nose, like a Starbucks warehouse in the Gobi. Taste-stale coffee, toast, oak, cigarette smoke, chocolate baking powder, roasted marshmallows, some unpleasant must on the front end that fades away to a nicely done beer. Good ratio of bber to coffee flavors-not overdone or one sided.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - AUG 28, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2006 Preface: If you love coffee, especially the dark roasts, you will love this beer. This beer is all about those black little beans. Nose is amazing, smells like a double mocha caramel machiato. Oh man. Probably the best aroma Ive had in a beer. Very rich dark coffee profile. Chocolate and some vanilla may be present as well. Sweet but not too much so. Medium full body with a great mouth feeling. So good. I wonder what it would be like with cream? My next recipe, Bells Double Cream Stout mixed half and half with this beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
IndianaRed (3120) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 25, 2005
Bottle Pours a deep oily black with an extremely thick, light brown head. Lots of persistant thick sticky lacing. Strong coffe and roasted aromas. Very rich dark coffe flavors. Sweetness balances nicely. Very thick and heavy on the palate. Bitter coffe aftertaste. Heavy and satisfying. Thanks goes out to Pailhead for reminding me to keep trying to get all the ’Bells’ I can

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 24, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2006 Thanks to Pailhead for this one. Huge concentrated coffee aroma. Deep black with a head that remindmed of those snake firework things you’d set on fire on the 4th that just raised up as they burned. This head just flew up once the pour was finished. Wow this actually tastes more like coffee than it does like stout. Huge coffee flavor that is so acidic it actually burns the throat. Ample chocolate and minor notes of roasted barley. Touch of cream sweetness in the finish. I could see how some might be put off by this. I however love the hell out of it.

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