jtw (1092) - farmington, Michigan, USA - FEB 17, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2005 rerate after a good long while. reminiscent of the founders breakfast stout, but this doesn’t have the balance. slightly more balanced than i remember it, which makes it worth a couple points higher. from 12 overall to a 15.
bitter coffee dominates the aroma, with some chocolate and nutty notes. hits you extremely bitter, then gives way to a *surprise* coffee-like finish. seems just a little too bitter, almost seems like a porter. interesting, but nothing spectacular.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 13, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Been saving this bottle for a while. Coffee flavor decent; I'm not a huge fan. Head is quick to fade, a effervescent character is present.
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 (3800) - 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 (997) - 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 (4833) - 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 (2607) - 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!