Sammy (8017) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 18, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2010 On tap at The Ginger Man. Bartender says it was brewed by prisoners. Big coffee ad barleywinish colour with white head. Chesnut. Not too drinkable.
j12601 (6585) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Ginger Man. Pours a deep black with brown edging and a thin mocha head. Loads of coffee on the nose, covering most everything else, but there’s a hint of some roast and chocolate behind it. Astringent coffee, roast, more roast, bitter, creamy, sweet. Bitter cocoa, malt, light creamy caramel. Finishes bitter, with more roast, and a lingering bitterness. Slightly one dimensional and a touch thin, but still good.
beerguy101 (5250) - Newark, California, USA - NOV 29, 2009
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sampled on 11/27/2009. This herb/spice beer pours a light brown color from a 33cl bottle. Small sized white foamy head. Aroma is chocolate and coffee. Medium to light bodied ale. The malts are chocolate and coffee. The hops are herbal. Not sure what this beer is supposed to be , is it a stout a coffee flavored brown ale. Its way to thin for a stout and a touch thin for a brown or amber ale. Kind of bland and uninspired, it does hide the 7.5% well. Mouthfeel is thin. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - NOV 12, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Pours a brune body with an off white head, quickly diminishing to a bubbly lacing. A dull thin malt coffee body more burnt then fresh. Stale, thin, and just roast y. A light etoh burn withing nothing else to shine. Eh.
SSSteve (3630) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 9, 2009
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
bottle. muddy brown under a small beige head. coffee and water aroma. no body. really watery texture. flavor has light coffee notes. really low carbonation. weird and pricey. drinks fast considering the abv. i downed it in minutes.
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 8, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Pizzeria Paradiso in Dupont Circle. Dark murky amber with no discernable head. Aroma of redwood. Taste of rose wine and red seedless grapes. Finishes with light smoke. Interesting.
argo0 (11163) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 2, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(draft) Murky brown/tan with tan head. Aroma is moderately sweet, coffee, some lactose. Taste is medium sweet, coffee, lactose, light chocolate. Light-medium body, low carbonation.
zach8270 (3163) - Henrietta, New York, USA - OCT 1, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle - 330 ml) Clear copper color with a fizzy white head. Aroma is rich and full of coffee. Lots of coffee and some sweet malts. Flavor is bitter at the beginning with a nice roasted coffee flavor. The middle has a mild nutty and caramel flavor with a bitter and roasted coffee ground finish. I really liked it.
fiulijn (13371) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 23, 2009
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Eataly, Bologna
Cloudy brown color; gushing bottle; medium head. The coffee aroma is very nice, real, with some malt too. It has a medium-light structure, a dry mouthfeel, the coffee flavor is still good, pretty much like an espresso, but this burnt feeling grows at the end and I don’t like it too much; aftertaste of candy liquorice. Well done, quite extreme in it’s style, but not for me.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 18, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the Brick Store.
Pours a hazy tea-like brown with a small bubbly tan head that retreats quickly to a small collar with bubbles coming up to the top.
The aroma is an interesting mix of heavily toasted malts, coffee and some light spices. The coffee is certainly not overpowering and there seems to be a bit of oak in the nose as well, though maybe I’m making that up.
The taste starts out with a slightly more sweet caramel malt flavor with a heavy spice kick. The toasted malts are big in the backbone and carry through the finish where it mixes with the slightly bitter coffee presence.
The mouthfeel is light bodied and overcarbonated. Reminds me of drinking a soda actually.
Well, I knew it would be unique when I saw it was Italian as the Brick Store seems to get all kinds of oddball stuff from there. It’s got a decent aroma and flavor but the mouthfeel really does hurt my overall impression of the beer. I may try a bottle version of this one to see if the carbonation is less of a problem.