elektrikjester (90) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 17, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black, with a relatively thin, moderate brown head. Head is a bit frothy, but with little in the way of retention--dissipates quickly. Aroma is absolutely dominated by coffee, with a somewhat sour character. Some chocolate malts are detectable, but they’re definitely in the background. Taste is of coffee with a mainly tart, sweet-and-sour character. Some fruitiness, too--like cherries. Not much in the way of burnt malts, almost porter-like. Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin-side, but I wouldn’t say watery. Lively carbonation, but the effervescence is not overpowering. In sum, this beer is somewhat uncharacteristic of many coffee stouts because of its almost porter-like presentation, but a very fine beer nonetheless. If you’re a coffee lover who is disappointed with that coffee stouts that privilege burnt malts, then give this one a try. A grower, but I like it a lot. Bears a lot in common with the Bell’s Cherry Stout (which I love), but with a coffee kick. Another fine showing for Bell’s.
OnTheTrail (228) - Virginia, USA - FEB 13, 2016
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with a big tan head. Intense coffee aroma. Slightly sweet and bitter coffee flavors alternate, also some dark fruit. Highly carbonated mouthfeel.
BierMeHoos (471) - Maryland, USA - FEB 8, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Where: Old Line Fine Wine Spirits & Bistro.
How: 12 ounce bottle.
Appearance: pours black with a thick foamy tan head with excellent retention.
Aroma: roasted coffee, burnt chocolate, cocoa.
Taste: Roasted coffee and unsweetened cocoa, followed by sweet milk chocolate.
Palate: medium bodied and smooth.
Overall: very good roasted stout, good for anytime, especially winter.
coachd (438) - Missouri, USA - JAN 16, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of black coffee, oak and roasted malt. A bit one-note, but nice. Looks great - Midnight black with the slightest amount of light tan foam. Taste is strong coffee bitterness with undertones of roast, cream, oak and vanilla. Underwhelming palate. Good beer, but I could use more. A thicker palate and higher ABV would help. The coffee just overpowers everything.
blueshockey24 (199) - Colorado, USA - JAN 16, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Pours black with thin tan head. Aroma is Coffee, Chocolate and Malt. Taste is sweet malt coffee up front with a coffee finish. I like it.
sudomorph (994) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 14, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
355ml bottle bottled 09/11/14. Pours a near black with a thin tan head that thins to a ring. Aroma has big, smooth notes of roasted malts, coffee, nut shells, dark chocolate, and traces of caramel. Taste is balanced with lots of cold-pressed coffee, dark roasted malts, chocolate, slight dark fruits, and an espresso bitter ending. Medium-full body with a medium carbonation. Clean in the mouth with a bone dry finish. Overall a really nice coffee beer. Still lots of coffee with smooth roast. Highly recommended.
daleharshman (1010) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 11, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle from Bine & Vine, purchased 14 months ago ($3.49). "Packaged 09/11/14." POURS dark brown (almost black) with a half finger of brown foam. AROMA of rough-ground dark coffee, roasted and lightly smoky malts, roasted nuts, with some fading chocolate. FLAVOR mainly of strong coffee (creamy espresso-laden cafe au lait comes to mind), with additional notes of vanilla, creamy chocolate, and Kahlua (though this is not very sweet at all). Some lingering coffee-bitterness. A nice creamy mouthfeel. Not particularly complex but really very well executed, and that goes a long way. (1532, 1001)
Dorkenstein (257) - - JAN 9, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aromas of roasted malts, coffee, and milk chocolate. Taste is roasted malts and coffee, also some milk chocolate in the finish.
parkerj (49) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JAN 6, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Solid beer, but the coffee flavor doesn’t come through as much as I’d like in a (borderline) Imperial Coffee Stout
jflopsu (925) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 4, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark black. Has a strong chocolate, coffee, and malt aroma. A nice mixed flavor of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, caramel and a malt bitterness. A sweet but dry aftertaste.
k0mpsa (2107) - Tuusula, FINLAND - DEC 30, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from whole foods, orlando. Black color, brown head. Aroma has black chocolate, coffee, vanilla and spices. Full roasty body, vanilla, coffee, chocolate and spices. Very nice.