wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 3, 2005
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, snifter. Dense, frothy and whipped browned-marshmallow colored head sits on a nearly opaque black beer that only yields to a deep garnet hue under the brightest of lights. The head is mostly fading outside of a thick ring about the edges. Aromas of French Roast and espresso are so strong up front that an element of charred oak is noticed. Balancing that are the bittersweet notes of Dutch/Belgian ďpuur chocoladeĒ. Some bourbon is present, albeit without that alcohol sharpness. Though, the aroma does have a vinous quality to it. Raisins coated in brown sugar help balance the roastiness as well. Much more simply: espresso + bourbon + Irish cream + Kahlķa. The flavor does not live up to the aroma for me; it starts off with a mild sweetness like Folgers coffee and milk chocolate. Thereís a touch of grape tartness as well. Some roasty acidity makes itself known towards the end but itís still more of a fruity acidity/tartness. A little dark chocolate creeps in at the finish. However, all of those beautiful aromas feel damp and muted in the flavor. I simply canít get red grapes out of my mind while drinking this beer and that really bothers me. Medium bodied with a half oily, half watery texture. Carbonation started fairly rough but has quickly descended to a soft level, more in line with what I think it should be. Itís not a bad coffee stout, but I feel the coffee element hasnít melded well out side of the aroma.
fordest (2362) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - NOV 2, 2005
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle from the great SuIIy. I really really really really really liked this stuff. What an aroma. Triple Espresso. Flavors were great. Very thick/oily. Such a dark pour. What a great Beer.
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - OCT 20, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful big and billowy brown head. The aroma is intoxicating in and of itself: coffee, dark chocolate. The taste is thick and silky with ample bitterness that balances out the dark coffee and chocolate. I am loving the hops in this. The thickness is perfect. I really think this is top 50 material.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2005
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle batch #6624 via trade with SuIIy - Thanks Mike! - Pours as black as any stout Iíve ever seen with a small mocha creamy head that stays pretty well and laces in layers all the way down the glass. Aroma is amazing roasted coffee. Not the cheap kind the good kind that comes in the nice foil bag a touch of chocolate, and even a bit of caramel.. Wonderful rich.. I had to swirl this one several times and enjoy the aroma. Flavor is amazingly rich coffee just pure dark roasted coffee blended with sweet roasted malt, chocolate and caramel.. Amazing bitterness. Smooth creamy palate.. amazingly full body for 7.5% alcohol. This is a very unique stout and I have to say it is a coffee loverís dream.. This seems very underrated... I guess if you donít like coffee you wouldnít like this either, but you should know that since it is called Java Stout.. Another very nice stout from Kalamazoo. I really enjoyed this one!
Ughsmash (7505) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 15, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, batch #6731. Beautiful black pour with a nice creamy caramel head. Lacing was fairly nice. Aroma was sweet, roasty, and a bit tart. Rich, roasted coffee was at the forefront.. backed by bakerís chocolate and some caramelly sweetness. Burnt coffee provided the bulk of the flavor. Chocolate also played a major part, and this brew was smooth and somewhat coating across the palate. Bitterness was evident at every facet of the drink, which provided a nice balance for the deep roasty malts. Excellent dessert beer.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - OCT 12, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 13, 2008 Pours beautifully, jet black with a big creamy tan head. The head is mostly lasting with tons of lacing. Aroma is a blend of bitter and acidic espresso and sweet chocolates and molases. Flavor is a wonderful treat. Creamy chocolate coffee, lots of roast with balancing bitterness and acidity. Meidum/full body with a dense, creamy texture, very smooth drinking.
lamas (1532) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 30, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle courtesy of CharlesDarwin. Batch ID #6624. Packaged on: October 28, 2004. A two-finger thick light-brown head on top of an opaque black body. Streaks of lace are present along the sides of my pint glass. Smells like a coffee shop. TONS of freshly roasted coffee, some chocolate and roasty malts are all present in the aroma. Lots of roasty coffee, toasty malts, some cream and chocolate in the taste. A fantastic aftertaste that is equal parts cream and bitter black coffee. This honestly tastes like some good coffee fresh from Starbucks! The coffee-est of coffee-flavored beers Iíve had thus far. An underrated brew for sure. Definitely deserves to be up there with Expedition and Kalamazoo.
kramer (5737) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 19, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz. bottle. Picture perfect pour, a definate 5. Color is black as can be, nice 1/2 head of brown froth with good retention. Aroma is of fresh brewed french roast coffee, burnt malt, earthy, heavy chocolate. Smells like the last time I pulled up in front of Starbucks. Deep hop bitterness up front with with a full bodied mouthfeel. Tastes of espresso, black patent malt, and dark chocolate. Only drawback I can see is maybe a little too lively in the carbonation department. Finish is all Starbucks. This is by far the best coffee beer Iíve had to date because the coffee flavor is just so very authentic, not just a stout with coffee flavor added in. This stuff is awesome!!
SB (334) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2006 Pours Motor Oil dark, with creamy tan head. Taste of Roasted coffee all the way through. This is a very heavy beer, good for a cold winter night. Very enjolyable. Aroma is only coffee. It is the flavor of the whole stout.
Poured dark, thick creamy brown head. Carbonation good. Aroma of roasted coffee. Flavor of mild chocolate up front, but the roasty coffee flavors are more present as it warmed and toward the middle of the brew. Very intense coffee notes. By the end I felt like I was having my morning coffee. Full-bodied, easy to drink, very creamy mouthfeel.
Kevin (2185) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 8, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle dark mahogany pour that has a brown head. coffee ground aroma with some chickory(although it is possible i am imagining it) taste is tasters choice with some folgers and finishes like, well...cold coffee. i can taste the roast beans and i love coffee, but itís all coffee. where is the other stout flavors? a coffee lovers beer without a doubt.