ineedbeer (751) - 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.
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hivemind (711) - 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 (5352) - 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.
Imaena (1837) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nitro Draught. I like the way they balanced the coffee flavors in the beer. Not too much so the flavors of the grain bill still cut through the bitterness.
freeofthoughts (655) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - DEC 8, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nitro pours hazy reddish black with dense tan head. The smell is thick roasted barley. The flavor is smooth dark grains and drying earthy bitter sweet with a light coffee flavor.
matthewgerke (67) - - NOV 26, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nitro tap. Poured a dark brown with a thin caramel head. Coffee aroma up front with a hint of chocolate. Same flavors come through on the taste but also some good roasted malt and vanilla notes. Good finish.
Jow (2177) - New York, USA - OCT 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from micro beer stand at foxboro stadium as I was watching patriot game. Poured into large plastic cup I think 20oz of jet black goodness. Nice beige head and coffee nose. Tastes of coffee, cola, chocolate, earth and light cherry. Nice I’m excited there was decent beer here
DrinkEmUpJones (1063) - Georgia, USA - OCT 8, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with thick, light brown lacing-good looking beer! Coffee and roasted nut on the nose. Creamy, smooth chocolate milk and cafe au lait flavors. Wonderful.
TURDFERGUSON (3954) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 12, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
All of the above. Probably the BBC beer I had the least ( but were still talking at least a case of bombers over 4 years) and coincidentally one of the best ones. I went more for certain styles back in the day than particular beers and tended to stick to double ipa, American strong, Belgian strong, and imp stouts, basically all the high grav stuff. Well balanced coffee porter, could be a bit stronger ( in the coffee) for my taste this year but shows nice balance and tastes like a real beer when in good condition.
Drake (8617) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - SEP 10, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Served on nitro at Julians, Providence. Pours a clear dark brown color with a thin tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of rich coffee, roasted malts and chocolate. The taste is rich chocolate, coffee, vanilla, roasted malts, stone fruits and a mild hop finish. Medium bodied. Very nice beer.