redmosquito (172) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - OCT 30, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep opaque brown with a brown head. In the light, the edges appear a nice amber. Good solid lacing. The aroma is initially chocolate, giving way to roasted malts and coffee. The flavor is bitter and malty, chocolate and roasted malts. This is a great stout, not relying too heavily on the coffee for character. It has some body and a slightly astringent aftertaste. I enjoy the balance here, it makes it more drinkable.
brewess (43) - Iowa, USA - OCT 28, 2004
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A creamy tan head with a black beer underneath. A bit of coffee in the aroma and smooth dark coffee in the flavor. No other discernible flavors or aroms than the coffee. The coffee flavor is fresh, roasty and not bitter or astringent.
Grandpa (327) - Verona, New York, USA - OCT 21, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I has a tight, tan, long lasting head. Coffee and roasted grain tastes are there but they don’t seem to complement each other. It came up short of my expectations. The result is a slightly bitter (coffee, not hops) less than full-bodied flavor.
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 11, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
i love beer....i love coffee...i love coffee beer; wonderful coffee aroma; the taste is more like coffee BEANS, not the actual coffee; although i think this is a great beer and a great stout overall, i still prefer FOUNDERS BREAKFAST STOUT (which tastes more like coffee than it does coffee beans per se....then again, that is my favorite beer)
jcanj (23) - Michigan, USA - OCT 10, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Coffee Coffee Coffee. Not the best stout in the world but by far not the worst. If you do not like coffee do not try this beer. The flavor is very evident. A very black brew that can be pleasent on a nice cold day.
PhrankSlovacek (54) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 9, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours thick and deep dark brown. Nice and strong, roasty coffee smell. Strong coffee, esspresso taste. This is a good beer, and the strongest coffee flavor of any beer I’ve ever had. I could drink this for breakfast everyday.
hopnpop (69) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2004
4.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Couldn’t pick up much aroma, but what a fantastic brew! Great mouthfeel and balance. Overtones of coffee & chocolate linger pleasantly after taking a sip.
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - OCT 4, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2005 Pours a very thick shiny black liquid with a tan head. It smells like fresh coffee grounds just after a pot has been brewed. Roasted but it also has a cool fresh presense in the aroma. The taste can not be described as anything but a strong rich coffee flavor. There really isn’t much complexity to it, as additional malts stay hidden as does most of the bitterness I expected, but it is a very robust flavor that I enjoy. I did catch hints of some vanilla that played quite nicely with the roasted malt. It has a fairly full and very lasting bitter malt finish.
April 05 tasting of ’04 botttle Very creamy feel. Still an increadible amount of coffee and now a plesant chocolate finish. Increadibly roasted, fabulously coffied, wonderfully strong. This beer improves with age. Perviously a 7,3,8,3,15. Now 7,3,8,3,17.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The pour is pitch black. The head is dark yellow, handsome, thick, creamy and mostly diminishing.
Intense coffee, vanilla, mocha and beans in the aroma.
In your face coffee notes, with nuts, burnt malts and more dry and bitter coffee.
cathcacr (642) - Oregon, USA - SEP 29, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Really roasty all-around. From the aroma (roasted whatever-it-is), to the back-mouth feel on the finish. A slight touch of sweetness worked in there as well in the finish. If stout is your thing, and coffee is your thing, definitely go after this one.