redbeard3 (107) - - APR 30, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour and big amber head. Smells of roasted coffee and chocolate and tastes the same. Rich creamy mouthfeel. If the beer is too young the coffee can come off as tasting like day old brew left on the burner but this one (aug 31 13) is just fine.
markducommun (233) - Wilmette, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Opaque, dark brown. Small tan head. Dark roasted coffee beans, some bitter chocolate notes, some nuttiness. Bitter, some slight sweetness. Heavy body, alcohol is relatively present, slightly oily. Quite strong, not particularly balanced, still very good.
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williamherbert (1315) - Syracuse, New York, USA - APR 14, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brutally dark, no light even at the edges. The head doesn’t go away. Looks like a cold pot of black coffee.
Aroma is cold mocha coffee with a touch of hazelnut. Really does have the most burnt-coffee aroma that I’ve maybe ever had in a beer... but I’m not sure I personally love that.
The taste has a sweet, nutty respite that isn’t in the nose. Adds a rounded sweetness to what is otherwise a burnt affair.
The feel is very slick; just slides down the old gullet with nary a swallow. It’s essentially a cold cup of coffee.
CpyNPrnT (401) - Indiana, USA - APR 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of coffee, I smell more Colombian than Sumatra, maybe its the chocolate. Taste is dark roast, alcohol, malts, chewy in nature, alcohol. I am torn on this one, could use barrel aging of some sort, I would hope oak or maybe a rye bourbon barrel. I do like it, but I think aging can accentuate the flavors. (I know they made an oak aged version, would have been nice to try).
ajnepple (2357) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - MAR 30, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottled 7 months ago, purchased at John’s Grocery ($3.49) and poured into a pint glass at home. Black appearance with a frothy, lasting light brown head, thick lacing. Aroma of strong coffee beans, dark chocolate and dark roasted malts. Similar flavor, adding a mild earthy bitterness and a touch of vanilla and caramel. Medium to full body, creamy and smooth with soft carbonation and a rich finish. Pretty damn good, I’d love to try a fresh one.
pictoman (573) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from 355mL bottle. Dark black with tan head. Aroma of very strong coffee/espresso beans with very subtle dark chocolate in the background. Taste of ash, coffee, and chocolate. Taste is much more balanced than the aroma. Light creamy texture. Medium full body.
Bulk_Carrier (2222) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAR 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reviewed from notes. Rcvd in trade.
The appearance was a pitch black body, half finger white head that quickly dies and has some light trickling around the sides of the glass.
The smell had dark roasted coffee beans, super light chocolate.
The taste had some bittersweetness and combined very well through the previously mentioned flavors, bitter aftertaste, dry finish.
The palate was about a medium, fairly sessionable, smooth, ABV wasn’t felt.
Overall, I think this was a very well done for a coffee-forward American Stout.
rumproasts (3204) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. Near black with small head. Thick pour with rich malt and big coffee flavors. Very smooth.
mrmartin (671) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black pour with tiny tan head.
Strong coffee nose.
Clean roasted fruity coffee front.
Light, carbonated body.
Semidry mild finish
It is dominated by coffee so no surprises.
Motobashi (70) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 18, 2014
1.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Poured a dark chocolate brown. No head. Some carbonation. Unfortunately a poor aroma. Distinct ashtray odour. Wow, Kick in the teeth hit of coffee. Alcohol coming through. Slight bitterness on the finish. Not a fan.