atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - OCT 4, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2005 Pours a very thick shiny black liquid with a tan head. It smells like fresh coffee grounds just after a pot has been brewed. Roasted but it also has a cool fresh presense in the aroma. The taste can not be described as anything but a strong rich coffee flavor. There really isn’t much complexity to it, as additional malts stay hidden as does most of the bitterness I expected, but it is a very robust flavor that I enjoy. I did catch hints of some vanilla that played quite nicely with the roasted malt. It has a fairly full and very lasting bitter malt finish.
April 05 tasting of ’04 botttle Very creamy feel. Still an increadible amount of coffee and now a plesant chocolate finish. Increadibly roasted, fabulously coffied, wonderfully strong. This beer improves with age. Perviously a 7,3,8,3,15. Now 7,3,8,3,17.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The pour is pitch black. The head is dark yellow, handsome, thick, creamy and mostly diminishing.
Intense coffee, vanilla, mocha and beans in the aroma.
In your face coffee notes, with nuts, burnt malts and more dry and bitter coffee.
cathcacr (636) - Oregon, USA - SEP 29, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Really roasty all-around. From the aroma (roasted whatever-it-is), to the back-mouth feel on the finish. A slight touch of sweetness worked in there as well in the finish. If stout is your thing, and coffee is your thing, definitely go after this one.
EnderKiller (26) - Athens, Ohio, USA - SEP 19, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A super-thick pour with a thin tan head. Ever sniff fresh coffee grounds? Yeah, that’s what it smells like. Bitter grounds and hazelnut/toffee/caramel round out the taste with a very strong aftertaste. Tastes woody and stouty and very thick. Should i add some cream and sugar perhaps? pretty good, But I dont think i could drink very many.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - SEP 18, 2004
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma has bitter chocolate with lots of over-roasted coffee, some creamyness. Dark black color with a big reddish brown head. Flavor is chocolately and bitter, nice thick mouthfeel.
Radek Kliber (6519) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - SEP 4, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown, average head that vanished rather quickly.
Aroma of dark, organic, deep, fine grained coffee. Great mouthfeel, coffee is everywhere here. Dark malts, cocoa, and hops made this even more interesting! Nice.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 2, 2004
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
not my favorite stout. loads of coffee, alcohol well hidden. seemed like it wanted to be a speedway, but has a long way to go. probably wont do more then the 6’er i bought.
shadey (1909) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 28, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I poured this from a 12 oz bottle thanks to Robertsreality. The aroma was all dark roasted coffee. The flavor matched. Quite a tastey stout.
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - AUG 27, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark black color as expected. Coffee aroma. Taste is creamy coffee with some bitterness. A pretty good beer.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 23, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black w/ thin, frothy light brown head. Huge aroma of coffee, fruit (cherries, pears), chicory, & a hint of smoke. Full-bodied chewy feel. Complex flavour of roasted coffee, green coffee bean, bitter chocolate & dark fruit. Also as a nice earthy hoppiness to it.