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RATINGS: 1580   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
The satisfying elements of both stout and coffee come together in this full-bodied treat. A marriage of Sumatra's best with rich chocolate and roasted malt provides for a truly enlightening beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 25, 2004
This is another great Stout from this brew. Coffee, dark chocolate, and more coffee flavor. Finishes creamy and smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jburbey (14) - Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 20, 2004
This beer was very interesting. It is extremely dark, with a foamy light brown head. It smells like roasted and almost burnt coffee beans. The coffee flavor is almost overpowering, but rather enjoyable. It is moderately bitter like a cup of strong coffee made with burnt beans. Surprisingly, the finish is pretty clean. Overall, it was very different from anything that I usually drink, but I kind of liked it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jables (101) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2004
Poured pitch black and opaque. Smells strong of coffee and dark chocolate. Tasted much like a cold, strong, bitter coffee. The bitter notes came from the taste of bitter dark chocolate and the coffee taste is obvious. The mouthfeel is a little thinner than perfect but still nice and heavy. The drinkability is nice and easy, multiple brews can be had. And for an extra treat, enjoy with frozen snack size Snickers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2004
Poured dark brown with a small dark head. Distinct coffee aroma, but it's not as strong as I had expected it to be. Tastes like a cup of black coffee. Not sure I could drink more than one because of the sweetness. Still a tasty, well-crafted beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6723) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 8, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2014 Another excellent stout from a company who makes a great range of them and one of my favorite coffee beers. +++Sampled from a 12oz brown bottle this beer pours thick, black and oily with a thick foamy dark brown head that lingers and left good lacing. The aroma was strong fresh ground coffee. Strong espresso flavor. There is no sweetness. Palate is gritty like espresso. Taste is very strong of coffee.Very long finish. Moderately full bodied. Tasty!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAR 7, 2004
Black as black can be. Kind of like a kalamazoo stout with a little less body and a not so impressive coffee profile. Had better coffee stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 29, 2004
Coffee and chocolate from beginning to end, color of coffee, aroma of both, taste of both, finish of coffee or bitter chocolate. Enough said

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Shag (2839) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - FEB 27, 2004
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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 26, 2004
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtw (1153) - farmington, Michigan, USA - FEB 17, 2004
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.

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