beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 25, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is another great Stout from this brew. Coffee, dark chocolate, and more coffee flavor. Finishes creamy and smooth.
jburbey (14) - Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 20, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
jables (101) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
FROTHINGSLOSH (6723) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 8, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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!
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAR 7, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
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 (2839) - 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 (7705) - 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 (1153) - 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.