auerbrau (3197) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAY 7, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Oily thick black pour, with a nice very fine creamy tan brown head. Aromas of coffee grounds and fried chicken. A real roasted quality. Flavors are bursting on the palate, rich coffee and espresso with a drop of cream and some smooth backgrounds of butter and milk belgian chocolate. Little notes of raspberry and torte. Like a blossoming rich truffle in my mouth; full of kahlua, rum, and toasted hazlenuts. Palate is surprisingly cool, refreshing and not harsh. Dry and oaky towards the end. Fantastic!
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 26, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Springslicker for the bottle. Pours an opaque black with a thin brown head that dissapated quickly. Aroma is roasted malt and coffee beans, with a tinge of cocoa. Roast malt and cocoa flavors in the nose. Coffee flavors quickly become more dominant. All these roasted flavors create an earthen, coffee bean oil-like bitterness. The alcohol is not very evident, except the warming effect after a few sips. The mouthfeel is thick, at first smooth but after the resinous bitter character coats the tongue enough, feels more sticky. This beer certainly doesnít pretend to be anything it isnít. Whatever that means.
cigarsnbeer (146) - Valley City, North Dakota, USA - APR 24, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
WOW, This is a great brew!! I canít even begin to tell you how much I enjoyed this. When I first saw it, my mind went to The Drew Carey Show and their Buzz Beer. But I have to say this is a must try!
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 21, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I hesitate to give anything a full score, but in my short beer rating life this is the beer I enjoyed the most. This stout is like the smoothest, blackest, coffee. Full bodied, this beer did not dissapoint by being too thin or carbonated. I just couldnít ask anything more from this beer, I do enjoy more of an alcohol warming but this is not an Impy and with a higher abv the palate might suffer. In the end this stout was exactly what I had hoped it to be and that is a first.
rastafar (5) - DETROIT, Michigan, USA - APR 19, 2005 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is an excellent example of a coffe stout (but not michigans best). It has a nice dark color. the head has the color of a toasted marshmellow (mmmm marshmellow). the aroma is like someone just brewed up a nice pot of um..java. the only problem I have with this beer is the price, and I live in michigan, whatís up with that?
Tonsk45 (17) - Santa Fe, California, USA - APR 17, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
not much of a head, extreme coffee smell and taste. the stouty flavor comes through a lot more in this java stout than in the Bells cherry stout. seems more like drinking a cup of black coffee than a stout.
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 Founderís Breakfast, but a little bitterness comes with the coffee taste on this one. Excellent on the whole; Iím 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, itís like drinking coffee grounds! Good roasted tone. Definately different and quite strange, but tasty and very interesting!
Ungstrup (31416) - 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.