mokanmikey (7) - Kansas, USA - MAR 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle with cork and wire cage into a shaker pint glass.
Appearance: Large off white small bubble head dissipating after about a minuet with minimal effervescence . Color is a dark ruby on first pour but clouds up with sediment further down.
Aroma: You guessed it, Coffee,roasty very pleasant and alcohol more pronounced as it warms.
Palate: Light mouthfeel without the dark heavy feel of the familiar porter or stout with the coffee flavor pronounced but not bitter. Spices and hops well balanced.
Taste: Nice medium bodied to dark coffee without bitter aftertaste of overbrewed coffee. alcohol present but not as strong as the ABV. suggests.
Overall: Very good and surprising. I love a good dark stout with coffee/choclate notes, but a light bodied ale with the complex flavors of a good coffee was difficult to pull off but I believe they did a good job, Want that nice coffee note but are not in the mood for a dark heavy stout, this summertime substitute would fill the bill nicely
thomat (2630) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 21, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from SB. Dark reddish brown with a tiny tan head. Malty and roasted tones. Malt, coffee, fruit and hops. Full body with a nice bitter sweet finish.
anders37 (19545) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 14, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a brown color with a small off-white head. Has a roasted malty spicy coffee aroma. Roasted malty coffee flavor with hints of caramel. Has a roasted malty coffee finish.
Chudwick (2478) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - APR 25, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Some dude at DLD said here try it. I said ok. Very tasty. Hdbdbdhdhduwhdgxvrudhdhfhfhfhdh
BBB63 (6474) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 21, 2015
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Backlogged rating: Plenty of coffee with a bit of walnut, mocha and bredy notes. Slight spicy hop notes. Lively and pretty crisp for a coffee ale but as expected a tad thin with the coffee. Good but got one note after a while.
Fredis23 (515) - Hickory Hills, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Muddy Dark Opaque Brown, Huge Frothy Tan Head, :Decent Lacing, Lots of Tiny Floaters. Coffee and stale Hops Aroma. Sweet, Coffee, Earthy Stale Hops. Not Bad, Just Wish It were fresh to enjoy it to the fullest. Worth A Try...
swoopjones (6986) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle, deep brown colored pour, lots of coffee as expected, brewed & grounds, chocolate & nutty notes. nice flavorful offering
ilovedarkbeer (2479) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep mahogany color. Interesting beer, Notes of dark brown sugar, earthy and chocolaty hops, green coffee, and toasted bread.
StoreMy (29) - Nesttun, NORWAY - OCT 17, 2014
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Looks reddish brown i glas, with OK light brown head. Cold coffee, wood, cinema popcorn (diacetyl) in nose. Kind of chocolateish popcorn.
Aroma confirmed in taste, with buttery finish
Worst of the Smoke Stack Series so far - earlier tastings of the series have been more than decent.
slowrunner77 (7278) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
"I’m curious what this large but easy drinking ale would be like without the coffee. You get the impression it’d be good, but it’s so coffee centric that I can’t really say. Wonderful roasted coffee aromas, good body, little heat. Nice brew. Wish list cross off."
Cunningham (5749) - Halden, NORWAY - SEP 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy amber color with a fine tan head. Looks nice. Ok lacing. Nice aroma for coffee lovers also. I quess this beer is nothing worth trying for those who do not like coffee. Lovely smooth coffee and nutty aroma. Solid body. Tad sweet and a fine bitterness. Balanced and nice. Soft carbonation. Lots off coffee in the flavor as well. What a surprise. Balanced with some caramel and mild nutty. Maybe a bit one dimensional. But the caramel touch gave it something extra. Lovely dessert sipper.
[Bottle from a trade with Inbreak]