BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JAN 5, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Botlle courtesy of the generous pailhead: Pours to an opaque near-black brown, the topmost edges shining a medium brown when held to light, with a medium, thick & creamy light brown head. The aroma is a quick prunes and apples as the glass is brought towards the nose, then thick roasted coffee grounds, espresso, roasted malt, mild scents of dark chocolate, dark molasses, and an underlying sticky sweetness that smells very much the boiling wort of a stout. This smell is almost like if you took a scotch ale (not one brewed with smoked malt) and threw it in a frying pan to carmelize it even further, burning it just a bit. The taste is that same sticky sweet molasses, caramelized & slightly burnt scotch ale, definite fresh dark roasted coffee grounds, bitter bakers chocolate, more coffee, caramel, a tiny hint of yeast, and yes there are some hops in there too if you hold it your mouth and search for them. Itís tough to judge, but Iím detecting a bit of earthy pine/citrus, and thereís a definite bitterness present throughout. However those hops are fleeting before the roasted coffee and caramelized flavors take back over. Finishes bitter and dry with notes of coffee, prunes, cocoa beans and light fruit notes that you would expect from quality coffee. Medium-full bodied, pretty dry, moderate-medium carbonation. Reminds me somewhat of Peche Mortel. Very nicely done.
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2005
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Black with brown head, first sniff just did not smell good to me at all, has a very strong espresso taste with coffee beans smell and taste, this just did not agree with me, I donít like and wonít get again. So donít bite my head off for not liking something 325 ratings have.
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle compliments of kramer17801: Pours black w/ a tan, lasting head. Burnt nutty aroma at first w/ some burnt coffee aromas that follow as it warms. Chocolate follows that w/ some minor graham cracker malty flavors and hints of raisins way down deep! Well balanced and no where near as bitter as it smells. Deep coffee/espresso notes at first, like drinking a lightly sweetened cup of coffee. A bit of sugary sweetness balances the dark malts to keep it from being undrinkably bitter. Some brown sugar flavors as well as chocolate. Finish is semi sweet like a Nestle chocolate chip with a lightly bitter coffee flavored aftertaste. Medium body, medium carbonation, and smooth. Very drinkable for a coffee flavored stout. Iím not a fan of coffee beers, but this is a pretty good beer!
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a very very dark black...big deep brown head. Nose is coffee all over the place. This is kinda how I want my homebrew IS to smell. Big full mouthfeel and lotsa chococoffemalt in the taste. I like this stuff. Maybe Iíll mix it half-n-half with some Expedition. Nice roasty flavor is pervasive...finishes with a slight burnt, bitterness I like. Dry and roasty. Great beer.
hopdog (11004) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. Poured a dark black with a huge (5 finger) brown head. Aromas of coffee grounds, roasted malts, and chocolate. Tastes of chocolate, coffee, caramel, and roasted malts. Lots of lacing left on the glass. I really enjoyed this one.
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appears a dark black with a half inch head that retains nicely. Tons of lacing all over the glass.
Smell is of creamy, dark brewed coffee, fruity, and intense.
Taste is of coffee brewed with dark malt coming through.
Mouthfeel is fizzy, creamy, like an ice cream float.
Drinkability...ok but kind of hard to figure out.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Old notes again here.Do not know how old this was. Big strong coffee nose with a big backup of roasted malts.Had a bit of a smokiness to it but no mistaking this for a (coffee )stout. Thick and chewy on the tongue.
brainskins (14) - evansville, Indiana, USA - NOV 18, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - batch # 6624 -Pours black as the night with a small brown head. Smells strongly of coffee with hints of chocolate, roasted malts, and raisin. Very creamy and thick mouth feel. Tastes like an alcoholic cafe mocha with caramel and roasted malts. Nice bitter finish and very coffee/espresso like.
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - NOV 18, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a very dark oily black, with a 1/4 inch head that slowly fades to a thin cap and leaves lots of lacing on the sides of the glass.
Smell: very strong roasted, almost burnt smelling coffee, mild hints of chocolate, malt and hops. The burned coffee smell has me a litlle bit worried.
Taste: the coffee stand out right away, followed by some bitter hops, and a little chocolate. The burnt smell doenít follow through as much as I feared it would in the taste. Mouthfeel is nice and thick, just how I like my stouts. Not my favorite stout, but still glad I gave it a try.
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - NOV 15, 2005
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Via trade w/ kramer17801. Pours black with a tan head. Aromas of chocolate, coffee and licorice. íThicker than whole milkí mouth feel. Coffee and malt flavor is fantastic. A bit bitter but I would guess that would age out in time. Overall a pretty good beer. Iíd enjoy one of these from time to time (if I could get it).