SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 16, 2004
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black, opaque with a moderate tan head that leaves some lacing. Aroma is coffee grounds, cigarette smoke and dust - smells like a stale break room to me. Flavor is much more appealing, chocolate, lots of coffee and roastiness - very dry. Nice full body, mild carbonation. Pretty good, but the smell put me off a bit.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - DEC 14, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This beer poured a very dark brown, blackish color with a thick orange and tanned head and very small amounts of lacing but apparently an active carbonation level. The aroma wafted strong at first but weakened dramatically as it warmed...fairly strange. Aroma of coffee beans, chocolate, malt, a hint of alcohol and perhaps licorice. Flavor-wise thereís quite a mid and finish hop bite here to counter the sweet coffee and chocolate malts. Fairly mild carbonation, medium to almost light mouthfeel....coats the tongue thorougly though, and you can almost feel the caffiene kicking in! Bitter dry finish, sweet and nicely balanced, a thin mouthfeel as it warmed however and a lack of significant aroma. A pleasant beer to have a sixer of sitting around however.
Lubiere (11373) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep dark stout with thin white head. Dark chocolate aroma with lactic points with ashes. Dry bitter chocolate with anice nutty finish which lasts, covers the sweet character of the malt. Medium bodied. Bitterness increases as beer warms up.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with a huge rocky brown head. Aroma has a giant burnt coffee aroma. Flavor has the Bellís stout taste to it accompanied by a "coffee thatís been sitting on the warmer too long" taste. Bitterness comes from the roasted grain. After the initial flavor shock, this was pretty tasty.
qdog (201) - Cleveland, Mississippi, USA - DEC 9, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, very dark, thick creamy brown head, very nice lacing, definite aroma of coffee, taste of chocolate and of course coffee, leaves an earthy bitterness. i like it.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - DEC 9, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Deep black color. Thin brown head. Big coffee aroma coming off this beast. Side notes of roasted malt and chocolate. Full bodied. Smooth. Very coffee in taste. Bitter, whether from hops or coffee I donít know. A nice beer if you know what you are getting into.
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - DEC 9, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Mr. Facto for this beer!
Poured like motor oil: a thick, onyx black with a brown head that left a lacing on the glass. Some creamy stout aroma, though not as strong as I thought it would be. Taste is coffee, jo, coffee, some roastedness, coffee, java, cafe, some cream, chocolate, and coffee. It tastes like someone crushed fresh coffee beans into the beer. I used to eat fresh coffee beans whole, so I like this a lot. Becomes somewhat sweeter as it warms, balancing out the heavy roasted bitterness. This stuff is really unique and enjoyable. Iím glad Iíve got two more bottles! Thanks again, Matt!
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2004
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Looks great...deep brown with a tan head that floated for a decent amount of time...the smell was another story though...it was the scent of the used coffee filter on the next day when you go to make the next pot. The flavor is heavy, heavy roast and coffee, and a little on the harsh side. I like coffee, and I like beer, so I thought this was gonna be a festive bottle, but the bottom line is, Iím glad I only have one bottle.
piwodevo (53) - chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2004
2.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
What the hell? Java? They should have named this "wood ash stout." This tastes like something has gone amiss in the brewery, as though the place went up in flames and burning embers fell into the brew kettle as they tried feverishly to finish the batch......Everything started out nicely: nice coffee & rosted malt aroma, tight caramel-colored head, inky black body, then everything fell apart. This is too much java flavor, and I (like maltdog) consider myself a coffee achiever! I donít often ditch a beer, but I gave this one 9 oz, then pitched the last 3. Unpleasant beer. Way overrated.
steview (1036) - Petaluma, California, USA - DEC 4, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2005 bottle from Crane Alley, Urbana, IL / coffee coffee coffee ! ! ! and cremey, also. pours like motor oil, and it tastes so damn good. a fruitiness comes out as it warms, which iím not too fond of, but iíd definitely have another when i can. this was my dessert beer at Crane Alley. after a Bellís Two Hearted and White, this was a good end. UPDATE 2/11/05: bottle, english pint, room. temp / aroma and flavor is dominated by coffee... BEANS! yes, did the filter break? wow. wonderful appearance and palate, but the whole java thing is nearly way too much for me. a good beer, though, but this is the thickest chocolate flavored coffee i ever had! (and the thickest, but this is a stout, ha) / uprated appearance, and no notes of an odd fruitiness this time.