dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 29, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Coffee and chocolate from beginning to end, color of coffee, aroma of both, taste of both, finish of coffee or bitter chocolate. Enough said
Shag (2603) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - FEB 27, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2006 Dark black appearance with a tan head. Aroma is chocolate and coffee. Flavor is creamy with a chocolate, coffee, and cappuccino flavor. The finish is mostly sweet with a hint of bitterness. My god what an awesome stout. This is very different from other stouts Ive sampled, and I am thankful for that!
motelpogo (6693) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 26, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
why is it called java stout if it contains sumatra's best? anywaze, pretty thick with a beige head which is always a good thing. aroma of toffee, some espresso and a little weirdness, maybe some swimming pool. quite tasty, burnt but with some bitterness at the right time. i dunno, i think i'd prefer a normal stout
jtw (1098) - 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 (1015) - 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.