dmac (4632) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 28, 2009
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a deep dark black body with a full foamy beige head. Aroma was a nice combo with fresh roasted coffee, burnt malts, vanilla and fresh whip creme topping. The flavor had lots of sweetness from the pumpkin and spice coming through which cut the roasted notes substantially and and the coffee flavor seemed watered down compared to the aroma. The body was way to thin for a stout and the aftertaste was very qucik to fade away. Although I never really picked up any pumpkin in the aroma or flavor there were additional flavors/aromas that you don’t normally find in a coffee stout and was reather interesting.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - NOV 6, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a brune black body with a coffee hued head. Roast y coffee tones, coffee grind, weak coffee finish, chocolate, char, and a hint of spice but not really.
j12601 (7700) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - OCT 31, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Paul’s place for Kan’s visit. Pours a thick black with a thin white head. Coffee, spice, chocolate. Medium body, malt, chocolate, roast. Slightly acrid on the finish, roast and char.
yayforbeer (753) - Orange Park, Florida, USA - NOV 19, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pint at the brewpub at the CASK Homebrewers meeting. Dark brown/black beer with tan head. Aroma of coffee, dark malts, and a hint of spice. Flavor is a big blast of coffee with some dark sweet malt, molasses, and chocolate in the background, and a bit of pumpkin spices. Pretty good stuff and an enjoyable brew, but you really have to be a coffee drinker for this one.
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 1, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber shared by jcwattsrugger! THanks. Pours a deep black with a lasting off beige head. Aroma is low on the pumpkin spic- maybe just a hint of cinnamon, with tons of sharp strong espresso. fresh coffee beans, and a fresh earthiness with almost an anise/licorice bite. Flavor turns out a bit weaker some light chocolate,, light spice, some roasted barley, burnt malts, and sharp pungent fresh roasted coffee/espresso, nutty with some light sweetness and earth- thins out a bit at the end, and the body is a bit weak overall. Interesting and somewhat unique, but just a bit watered down.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 22, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a hazy deep chestnut color with an off-white head. Big coffee in the aroma. The coffee in the flavor had a tartness to it though. Like when coffee gets old. Light bodied.
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - NOV 3, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark pour with a small head. Aroma has some roasted malts, coffee and sweetness. Not much detectable pumpkin or spice. Didn’t know it was there at all. Flavor is light with roasted malts and a slightly earthy flavor. Some coffee and burnt nuts.
jcwattsrugger (11454) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAR 20, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle-pours a light brown head and dark brown color. Aroma is coffee/acidic, molasses-dark malt. Taste is coffee/acidic, molasses-sweet dark malt. Body is more Porter than Stout. Not my style. 635311 2.8
2nd bottle I brought to Paul’s-got some spice-pumpkin with the roasy dark malt. Nice, no acidic this bottle. Can’t tell why the inconsistency. 647313 3.3
GT2 (9273) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUL 18, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2009 Yay! I was at Bold City for the release of their second specialty beer. This is a vast improvement over the "B" Coffee Stout. Pours a very deep ruby that is nearly opaque with a good, one-finger tan head that has good retention and leaves some spotty lacing. Big aroma of pumpkin pie, maple syrup, hazelnut coffee. Taste is slight molasses with the flavors above. Has a nice background of spiced pumpkin pie and something like carrot cake. Eventually as this beer warms the body moves to some cardboardy dryness and nutty bitterness. Probably will try this out again when it gets bottled. 3.6
Re-Rate: Bottle. Lacing looks great along the glass. Big, light tan, very rocky head. Aroma is almost sour fruits. Not much pumpkin or spice at all. Taste is mostly cheap coffee. No pumpkins or spice. Watery body. Thin. More like Sierra Nevada porter than a pumpkin stout. Disappointing. 2.9
egajdzis (5551) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown / black with a small, light tan head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, some cocoa, cinnamon, nutmeg, and light smoke. Taste of roast, chocolate, pumpkin spices, and a dry, roasty finish. A little thin.