vtafro (4925) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Backlog) Draft. Black pour with some head. Roasted, coffee aromas. Some roasted, mostly coffee flavors, some sweeter tones.
one4ethanol (5) - - APR 17, 2014 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Aroma-- pure rich Aribica coffee, carries right over to the flavor.
Tastes of Expresso well balanced with mild hops, maybe noble hops. Alcohol is there, but not upstaging anything.
Light mouth feel, but more malt isn’t necessary. Maybe Lactose would add and interesting element (like coffee with cream).
Overall-- well above average-- worth choosing this over anything coming out of Dublin, which I rate the gold standard (14 kt-- this stuff is 21kt!)
Imaena (2086) - Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE - JUN 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Barcade: Brooklyn. Thick and hoppy. One of the best balances for a coffee beer I have ever had.
boFNjackson (4191) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ Captain Lawrence... Poured near black with a light tan head. Nice roasted malt flavors. Coffee too, but didn’t taste like the best coffee out there. Earthy hop tones, a little thin on the body with smooth mouthfeel. Finished with a nice roasted barley and coffee bitterness.
BMan1113VR (7904) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Pours with a black body with a large tan head. Aromas are of espresso, brown sugar, roast and nutty some chocolate. Mostly all malt aromas, medium coffee, clean otherwise. Flavors are of vanilla, esters, floral, dark chocolate. Espresso character isn’t extremely strong, but it is a rich coffee flavor. Medium bubbles, thinner bodied, dry.
zdk (1833) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Captain Lawrence event - sweet candy with dark malts, light chocolate and espresso roast. Very dry with some peaty, earthy notes. Piney hops and a touch of sourness.
dagimp (837) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a growler at the brewery. Pours a very dark, yet somehow opaque black. About an inch of creamy brown head. Nice dark woody aroma with plenty of espresso in there. Mouthfeel is excellent. Neither heavy nor light. Very porter-like, which is perfect for a non-imperial (i.e. regular stout). Taste is full of coffee, wood, burnt roast. It’s very powerful at the beginning but you can definitely taste the individual flavors after a few sipps. Over all a real solid stout. I also really like the fact that it’s only 6% and not 8-9%+ so I can enjoy a few. I wish I drank mine quicker, as it’s been sitting in the growler for a few weeks, but still darn good.
DiarmaidBHK (3785) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours jet black with an inch of light brown head which rapidly disappears and doesn’t leave a lot of lacing. Pungent espresso on the nose and on the tongue. A bit overpowering really and the finish leaves behind this strange slimy residue.
Ernesto987 (4709) - Arizona, USA - APR 30, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very strong roasted coffee flavors, bitter hop flavors, tons of coffee on nose, sweetness on palate very good beer
nickd717 (3671) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 27, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Growler thanks to alfrantzell. Dark brown in color with a one finger tan head that fades to bubbles and swirls. The aroma has nice coffee to it along with charcoal and dark chocolate. On the flavor though some of the not-so-good aspects of the coffee come through. Slight sourness and excessive charcoal dominate. The palate is a bit astringent with thinner body and average carbonation. This is paradoxically both good and bad at the same time, if that makes any sense at all.