notalush (4853) - 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 (2618) - 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 (1747) - 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).
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 26, 2003
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
This beer poured a dark color with a small tan head and left a little lacing on the glass. The aroma was mostly comprised of a coffee smell. Nothing much else in the aroma. The taste is totally dominated by the coffee - very strong blend of coffee at that. There is a hint of a roasted malt but it is well covered by the strong coffee. Not being a coffee fan, I found this beer to be OK. It is a well made beer if you're a coffee fan.
bu11zeye (11942) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Draught) Pours a dark brown (almost black) color with a medium tan head. This brew has a HUGE coffee taste. Will only be liked by coffee lovers. I like a good stout, but the coffee taste of this one was way to strong for me.
andy609 (143) - Auburndale, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 20, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Coffee bean aroma emerges during the pour. Dark brown body. Beautiful, huge dark brown head of small bubbles. Totally gorgeous head. This is my first beer in two and a half weeks, so I think that's what's making it look so good. Should I add sugar? It's coffee with malts on the first sip, but later you notice the different flavors. A little oily,--at 7.5% you could call it a quasi-imperial--with some fruity flavors (plums). Big roasty coffee finish. Thanks to PABobcat for sending this for Secret Santa.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 18, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Same dark black/brown color with lots of head and lacing. Aroma is filled with lots of coffee, very well rounded, roast, chocolate. Flavor has a perfect balance with the sweet malt and sour/bitter coffee presence. This is a terrific beer. Super stout, Thanks ClarkVV
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 18, 2003
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black. Opaque. A huge tannish head of large bubbles accompany this beer. Good lacing. Bam! Coffee hits you right in the face. Burnt coffee at that. No other noticable aromas. The flavor surprised me. From the aroma, I figured it would be all coffee. While the coffee is there in full force, it's not offensive. Chocolate comes out as well as some roasted malt. Very creamy palate, with a full body. Leaves you with an almost mocha aftertaste. Very nice.