tjwais (42) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 16, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Delicious! Nice dark head, nice smooth texture, very chocolately. Kind of like Founder’s Breakfast, but a little bitterness comes with the coffee taste on this one. Excellent on the whole; I’m very impressed.
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 14, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled. This one is a keeper. Nice dark looking beer. Good roasted coffee flavor to it.
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - APR 10, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A pitch black stout with a foamy brown head - beautiful! Unripe coffee aroma with a roasted tone. Lots of coffee in the flavor, it’s like drinking coffee grounds! Good roasted tone. Definately different and quite strange, but tasty and very interesting!
Ungstrup (30497) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - APR 5, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A black beer with a nice dark chocolate brown head. The aroma is sweet with notes of fresh brewed coffee and chocolate. The flavor is sweet with powerful notes of coffee combined with notes of oil and chocolate, leading to a dry roasted end.
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 (1798) - 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 (10791) - 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 (2903) - 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.