rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 13, 2004
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nose is strange. Bitter coffee, iodine, smokey (or is that me associating iodine w. smoked peat?) Iodine continues into the flavor. Burnt coffee and toffee flavors. Smoke/peat. Astringent. Something like superbitter coffee ice cream
burgerlicious (308) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - NOV 12, 2004
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
At the initial pour I was taken aback. The black body, the thick, tan, bubbly head, the oh-so-strong aroma of coffee overpouring in a very good way...the sight and smell were almost too much to take in at once. And now the flavor and palate....both are indescribably smooth. This beer is so similar to my morning cup of coffee, I might just begin waking up to it instead.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - NOV 12, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Motor oil black, extremely strong coffee aroma with some chocolate in there too. The flavor is good but doesn’t *quite* live up to the heavenly aroma. Flat, smooth. Coffee overpowering throughout, well done.
Pailhead (6249) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - NOV 11, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2005 Bottle: Excellent coffee aroma with some chocolate. Pours a dark brown virtually black with a nice tan head with fair retention. Flavor is all coffee. Very light sweetness in the front is quickly overtaken by a strong black coffee finish. There are some stouts that are all coffee flavored but they tend to be watered down or not as flavorful all around. Don’t think you can get a much stronger, yet still relatively balanced, coffee flavor than this. Very nice stout.
mpurdy (9) - Energy, Illinois, USA - NOV 3, 2004 does not count
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is an extremely strong-flavored beer... Very thick and rich. Take the earlier advice- if you don’t like coffee don’t even try this beer. Good stuff, but too rich to drink all night long.
For a more subdued coffee/choc combo try Sam Adams Cream Stout (my favorite beer!)
heemer77 (5235) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - NOV 1, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark black coloring with a thin tan colored head. Aroma has coffee, chocolate and other roasted goodness. The coffee flavors hit you over the head. Certainly not a subtle beer, but you know what you are getting. I would like something that is a little more subdued. But if you are a fan of coffee, this is your beer.
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)