jgb9348 (5430) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep dark brown coloured body with a thinnish tan head. Aroma of cream, coffee, nuts, earth, caramel and some light hops also noticeable. Medium-bodied; Assertive coffee notes at first with a relatively light and subdued nuttiness with a little earth and caramel. Aftertaste is mild and only showing some light coffee flavours - not so great, actually. Overall, a good smelling and looking beer, but the flavours and complexity just aren’t there. Nice to sample, albeit quite expensive - still good to find and sample. I sampled this stubby 33 cL bottle purchased from Liqour Outlet in Boonton, New Jersey on 24-July-2011 for US$9.25 sampled on the Eastern Shore of Virginia on 11-November-2011.
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2011
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a dark caramel brown that appears pitch black and opaque in the glass with a one finger beige head that quickly fades into a lasting ring. Streaks and spots of lacing left behind.
Roasted malt aroma that is dominated by deep roasted gourmet coffee that doesn’t smell burnt at all. Slight lactic presence along with hints of dark chocolate, toffee and toast but this beer’s aroma is all about the coffee.
Medium bodied but on the thinner end with a decent balance of deep, roasted coffee and sweet malt notes. The coffee isn’t as dominant as the aroma suggests and it’s a bit more acrid as well. Lots of roasted coffee up front with a subtle astringency giving way to burnt malt notes. Hints of burnt toast, dark chocolate and toffee but it’s still a bit harsh. The lactic presence from the nose is there but very faint. Not as bold or flavorful as I was expecting, especially after the nose was so promising.
GRM (3581) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 25, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown bottle, 33 cl, best before 15 06 11, via Importations Privées Bièropholie (merci Hughes!), savoured on October 25 2011; eye: black with a bronze hue, opaque, dark brown head that disappears completely, no lacing; nose: roasted malt, burnt malt, black coffee, lactic; mouth: roasted malt, burnt malt, lactic, black coffee, dry finale in roasted malt, medium-full body, not much carbonation, mild astringency, slick texture; overall: quite fine
Bouteille brune, 33 cl, meilleure avant 15 06 11, via Importations Privées Bièropholie (merci Hughes!), savourée le 25 octobre 2011; œil : noire avec une teinte bronze, opaque, mousse brune foncée qui disparaît complètement, pas de dentelle; nez : malt torréfié, malt brûlé, café noir, lactique; bouche : malt torréfié, malt brûlé, lactique, café noir, finale sèche en malt torréfié, corps moyen-corsé, peu carbonatée, astringence moyenne, texture coulante; en résumé : bien bon
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml Bottle: Aroma of coffee, cream, lactose, malt, light roasting, and a hint of chocolate. Poured very dark brown in color with a small, tan/brown head that diminished but lasted throughout. Opaque. Sparkling. Flavor is light to medium sweet. Tastes as it smell, of coffee, lactose, malt, light roasting, and some chocolate. Medium body. Thin, then slightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Medium sweet, malt, chocolate, coffee, lactose, and some roasting.
chrisv10 (14125) - DENMARK - OCT 22, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
33 cl bottle. Dark brown with small beige head. Flavour is roasted malt, caramel, bitter coffee and chocolate.
Rasmus40 (15767) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 27, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black with a big light brown head. Aroma is dry, roasted malt, coffee and dusty. Flavor is medium sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and roasted moderate bitter finish. High carbonation. 270911
Marheb (4197) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 26, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Notes de café plutôt subtil. Mince mais agréable en bouche. Facile à boire.
thewolf (11838) - Kolding, DENMARK - AUG 29, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. [thanks Feldthaus]
Bought @ LIVA, Kolding.
Pours completely black with a nice, small, staying, beige-brown head. Aroma has lots of coffee, light roasted malts. Dry and fairly light palate, prickly carbonation and some creaminess. Flavour has lots of coffee, dryness, chocolate, mild roasted, nuts. But mostly elegant coffee. Top balance.
harrisoni (16583) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 20, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from GBBF drunk at home on a day of coffee stouts. Black beer with thin lasting tan head. Clear coffee aroma. Quite full in the mouth. Solid coffee flavour throughout that is balanced. Not too powdery or dry. But full enough not to make it too watery. Coffee is like a coffee liquer, coffee flaoured dark choc truffle. Touch of tingle on the tongue on the finish. Very drinkable and good balance like I said.
TheBeerGod (5861) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - AUG 13, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black pour with a rocky, almost swiss cheese-like foamy brown head. Strong coffee and roasted malt in the nose along with dark chocolate and burnt chocolate cake. Taste is big coffee, chocolate covered dark, oily coffee beans, chocolate cake, roasted malt and faint milk notes. Body is medium but the carbonation is bubbly and a bit thin. Ends with more coffee notes, chocolate covered coffee beans, more cake notes, roasted malt and light milky flavors. Lacking a bit body-wise but still tasty!