howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 6, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very coffee. Coffee aroma, but a little stale, possibly oxidized. Nice medium-full body and good roasty coffee flavors.
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 3, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Intense aromas of burnt coffee emanate from my glass, there is a bit of off-putting astringency & acidity, as well as a hint of chocolate as well. A deep dense dark brown color, approaching a deep black color. Fairly low carbonation, but when roused the beer produces a thick brow dense head. A thick creamy body. This beer is far better when it is on the warm side, when it is cold it is far to astringent & out of balance. When allowed to warm the sharp acrid roast coffee notes mellow & meld with the rest of the beer. Has a strong roast component as well as a bit of chocolate in the taste. Finishes with a bit of sharp acidity. Perhaps it could use a bit of malt sweetness to balance the roast component. This beer just seems a bit out of balance.
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - JAN 25, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A decent enough stout. Very strong coffee flavor, but not as smooth as other coffee stouts I have had.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 22, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another great stout from this brewery. Great strong coffee aroma and flavor. If you don't like coffee, you'll probably hate this beer. I think it's super. Thick, dark and creamy flavor. It is very, very heavy. Black coffee bitterness. Near perfect balance with only a hint of sourness in the finish. It's a dessert beer if there ever was one.
kathouse (776) - Nevada, USA - JAN 22, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Starbucks only wishes it smelled this good. This is fresh roasted coffee with a hint of chocolate and molasses. Beer is black with just a tint of red around the rim. Nice brown head foam that lingers well. Great body and carbonation. Full and creamy mouthfeel. Strong coffee flavor is prominent. Some mild chocolate and sweetness. If you like coffee and beer, buy this stuff. It's delicious.
notalush (4574) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 21, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is the best coffee stout ever, but you really need to be a coffee lover to enjoy it. If coffee isn't your thing, get as far away from this beer as possible. Walk into your favorite, family owned coffee roasters, stand near the bean roaster and take a deep breath. This is, roughly, what this beer smells like. Take a handful of those beans and chew on them. This is, roughly, what this beer tastes like (with some cream and a touch of sweetness). To most, this would sound repulsive, but to a coffee fiend like me, this is the perfect marriage of the two beverages I love the most.
Indra (2558) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JAN 21, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is pure roasted coffee, perhaps a hint of smokiness and chocolate but otherwise the roasty coffee bean is here in force. Deep ebony color with a slight, subsiding head. Flavor is also highly roasty and coffeeish, and this carries through to the finish and long into the aftertaste, which is actually reminiscent of Maxwell House, not to insult anyone involved in the production of this beer. More real coffee flavor than I've yet found in any other beer, something tells me this packs a significant amount of caffeine. Dry, roasty malt goodness.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 20, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Disclaimer: this has been established as my favorite sub-style long ago, and, on tasting it over 2 years ago, this has been firmly established as my favorite among them. Nevertheless, let's reflect upon it, shall we?
Deep black body, the color of dark roasted beans, topped off with a fantastically tall head, creamy, luscious and mocha-tannish in hue, quite a sight. Aroma: a full immersion into coffee grounds is the best way to describe the encounter with one's sniffer. Some can't take it, don't like it, can't handle it...me, I find it perfect. Oh, so , perfect, such coffee, and that's the point, innit, chaps? Taste: fullest of bodies, little hop presence, thick, chocolatey malt, intensive presence on palate, with coffee taste richly resounding, never fading, lingering long. Yum, yum, yum...this is truly among my first rank of favorite stouts, of stripes and varieties, can't help it, it suits my taste, and to a J, for Java. Oh, man, I could lose myself in this glorious stuff! And, every now and then, I do! Tonight, it happens again...oh, glory, oh, golly, oh, marvelous Java Stout!
DavidP (1746) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 13, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2008
8 4 8 4 16
Pours black with a foamy mocha-colored head. Semi-sweet chocolate aroma topped with coffee bean and roast malt. Chocolate chip base with cold extract coffee & acidic roast malt on top. Good mouthfeel with a lingering bitter finish. What makes this a good coffee stout is that the coffee builds up the malty base but lets the roast malt and hopping simulate the acidity and bitterness of coffee.
1/30/2007 - 7 4 9 5 17
A few thoughts from a fresh batch - still has a great smooth creamy mouthfeel, no chalkiness observed as in my previous rating. A fantastic beer.
1/3/2004 - 6 3 8 5 17
Black color with a short-lived tan head. Wispy bubbles grace the surface. Has a nice coffee roast aroma but it is hurt by a dusty quality. The flavor starts with a sweet smooth malt and finishes with a hoppy, roasty bitterness. Like the aroma, the finish is detracted by a dusty chalkiness. Otherwise, this is a damn fine beer - very smooth and subtle with tasty coffee and dark chocolate elements. It could have used more boldness in the flavor, if anything.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 3, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2004 Pours like used motor oil with an average sized creamy tan head. Strong coffee nose with hints of dark chocolate. Not too overpowering, but good. Flavor is a moderate coffee bitterness. Kind of rich and thick, but not too much so. Definitely better balanced than the Fuel Cafe Stout (Lakefront).