Kralmajales (25) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 13, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great taste and milky palate. Organic coffee with a little chocolate moo to it. Great dessert beer.
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Guest tap at Willimantic. Very dark maroon brown color, thick tan head, solid lacing. Aroma of coffee, prunes, plums. Taste is dark fruity coffee. Light body. Tasty.
BeerandBlues2 (9376) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUN 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Willimantic. Pours clear black with a large, creamy tan head, long retention with excellent lacing. Aroma is chocolate and coffee malt with prunes and leather. Flavor is malt dominant with light hops and medium bitterness and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.
blipp (5842) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - JUN 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black with a beige head. Coffee, chocolate, and lightly roasted malts and grains. Pretty good.
szinck1 (25) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - APR 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From the tap. Heavy nitro characters surprised me a bit; poured more like a stout with fine, thick head; lots of retention. Roasted coffee bean aroma, some vanilla. Sweet, dark malt taste with mild caramel to finish. Some lingering, but not heavy bitter coffee which is good.
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a clear amber tinged brown with a thin white head. Soft roast on the nose, light chocolate, cocoa and toast. Medium bodied, soft cocoa and toasty malt. Smooth bitterness into the finish. Easy drinknig.
radarsock (882) - Vermont, USA - JAN 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 mL bottle purchased from Leary’s for $5. Pours a burnt ruby brandy brown with a smallish, lacy off-white head which rested nicely atop. Smells and tastes predominately of Starbucks beans (Blonde Roast), cherry tomatoes, wax, caramel and a tinge of yeast and vanilla by swallow.
ineedbeer (624) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is dominated by a nice coffee note. Behind the coffee is some nice milk chocolate and a bit of roast. A bit of dark fruit esters - cherry and fig but the coffee is really the highlight of the aroma. A touch of a vegetable note as it warms.
Pours almost jet black with just a bit of brown on the edges. A moderately thick tan head that recedes fairly quickly leaving nice lacing on the edges of the glass.
Flavor starts out sweet with chocolate and dark fruit. Once again the fruit is mostly cherries and figs but there is also a prune note. Mid palate you get some roast and then the coffee hits you as you swallow. Fairly mellow coffee flavor with some more chocolate notes. Low bitterness and medium low astringency. No hop flavor and no alcohol flavor. There is something in the flavor that bothers me though - I think it is the way the fruit from the esters is combining with the coffee.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and surprisingly creamy. Has medium carbonation and medium low astringency. Low alcohol warmth.
Overall it's not a bad beer, but it's not amazing either. A bit sweet for me and the odd fruit and coffee mix in the end isn't great. The coffee aroma is quite nice though.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
hivemind (697) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 9, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at James’ from parts unknown. Deep deep brown, reddish tinge. Deep tan head. No laing or very little. Aroma is sharp cocoa bean, not necessarily coffee. Some offputting quality to the smell that I can’t pinpoint. Thin-bodied beer with a chalky quality and subtle aftertaste. Notes of dark chocolate and dry roasty coffee, but not overwhelmingly java.
jredmond (5207) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JAN 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared with Brendan. Pours a deep black body with off white lacing. Aroma is coffee grinds, wet dog and light cocoa. Mouthfeel is medium to light with notes of bitter roast, earthy coffee grounds, cocoa, chalky and light sweet chocolate notes.