green (186) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 28, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cellar Temp. I was really looking forward to a coffee bonanza but instead this is more like a bitter stout. Smells like black patent and burnt coffee. Still has that magnificent texture that Bell’s stouts have. After a few sips, getting more coffee but dosen’t seem well balanced with the bitterness. Still, its not bad and worth trying.
Odeed (1796) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAR 22, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
thanks to the growler for this coffee like brew.the java pours a beautiful black with a small off-white head that leave nice lacing as it sits down.the first sniff gave me LOADS of roasted coffee beans,some chocolate,and malts.as the glasss met my lips my tounge gathered notes of well.....COFFEE!!!but thats not all,i also tasted a bit of chocolate,hops,smoke,and alcohol.the coffee does dominate,but as the same time the other aromas/tastes compliment it well.
beerhandy (195) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 22, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle Served in plastic cup (Hotel Room) Black Brew with a nice beige head. Burnt espresso aroma, faint fruitiness and some fusels. Is the cup dissolving? Nice medium body, black malt dominates the taste ,very dry with a nice roastiness.Finishes with coffee and bitter chocolate. Draft please!
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - MAR 21, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanxs to John. Poured a very dark brown, with red highlights and a foamy reddish brown head. This smells like a chocolate covered espresso bean. YUM! WOW, Taste is espresso with cream and chocolate and malts. This is great. Full body with a nice smoothness and a small warming (alcohol) and just a little bit of alcohol taste. NICE! another great one from Bells.
madsberg (10593) - Søborg, DENMARK - MAR 18, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2006 Bottled @ sk8vikings blind porter/stout tasting Beer no. 1. Pitch black coloured. Dark brown dense head. Sweetness, coffee, roast and cocoa in the nose. Flavour is heavily roasted with some smooth coffenotes and sweetness and cocoa. Niceliy balanced. Full bodied. Dry bitter roasty and. Original rate (8-4-8-3-16) Bottled: Totally black colour. Brown head. Aroma of fresh coffee beans. Quite impressive. It totally dominates every other scent. Coffee, roastyness, smoke and some fruit. Ends on a bitter note with some evident coffee notes. Thanks Springslicker for trading.
DrnkMcDermott (2865) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled. Yep, a big coffee smell when the bottle is opened and poured. Also a rocky, espresso-foam brown head. Sure enough, it’s black as a coffee and stout together could be. Taste is a bit off to me, though. Very astringent and grainy. I get some smoky character, chocolate roast, and even a bit of chile pepper. I bought this last October (5 months ago), but maybe this could stand a little cellaring to smooth it out.
gsmitty80 (1902) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 14, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Being a java stoudt i expected it to have very strong coffee tones but what i tasted was more than i imagined. If you like cold cofee this is your beer. I wouldnt mind starting a long day of drinking off a 10 am with a cold one of these or maybe as an after dinner treat.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAR 10, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2005 The aroma quite closely mimics a pot of freshly brewed joe. The body is nice and chewy with lots of roasty flavor. I’m not a coffee drinker, so it seems pretty one-dimensional to me as any choclate underbelly is overpowered by the java. Good, but not a first choice for a stout.
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - MAR 9, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured black with a thick chocolate head and heavy lacing.
Aroma of roasty malt, chocolate and coffee.
Flavor is coffee! with a thick heavy body.
chrisfrey (15) - Franklin, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 8, 2005
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The aroma was the best thing about the beer. The coffee taste overpowered the other flavors in the stout, although one can tell the presence of chocolate and roasted malt. There was a lingering coffee aftertaste. The color is very dark and appealing.