fredandboboflo (1570) - East Setauket, New York, USA - JAN 14, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap from Big Z. Aroma of soft-as-a-down-comforter, but prominent coffee, seemingly quite high quality coffee too, though Iím about the opposite of an expert on coffee. Equally soft, sweet roasted notes mingle nicely as well. Flavor brings no surprises, a very nice meshing of the coffee tones with the elegant malt base. Very nice brew.
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewery. Dark brown in color, with a light of red highlights at the bottom of the glass. could be darker. Aroma of fresh coffee, and some chocolate, molasses. Taste has a moderate amount of coffee, not overdone, with a touch of roast, chocolate, relatively dry with just a few touches of caramel sweetness. Body is on the lean side, which does tend to happen quite often with coffee stouts that arenít imperials. I personally would have liked some more roast character, and a bit of a darker appearance- as well as just a bit more sweetness to balance. This was solid though, especially for a first batch.
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - JAN 12, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Half Growler from Big Z: Consumed the next evening. Pours brown, with a deep ruby hue and a dense khaki head. Fresh coffee aroma- not overly charred like many examples of this style. Notes of chocolate and mild peanut butter are present as well. Full creamy/silky mouthfeel. Lots of fresh coffee in the flavor. Though the coffee is present, the malt character is still detectable- smooth and clean malt base with light peanut character, and very smooth creamy cohesive flavors throughout. The roast is smooth and elegant in the finish, and is surprisingly succinct and clean. A very quaffable coffee stout, a style I usually judge with harsh discretion.
TeamTrappist (829) - jericho, New York, USA - JAN 12, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler at Big Z. Nice roasted coffee and malt nose, followed by similar flavors. The mouthful was on the med-thin side, but the flavor is not, nice and robust, not overpowering, but very drinkable.
beerbill (3178) - Laurel, New York, USA - JAN 11, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at the tasting at Big Z yesterday. Pours a very deep brown, not quite black, that allows no light to pass. There is a very pleasant aroma of fresh coffee with some notes of chocolate and roasted malt. While the coffee is certainly the "star" ingredient, it does does not dominate the aroma. The flavor is equally lovely with coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt all present, with coffee being the dominant attribute. I was pleased that the coffee does not result in a bitter or acrid finish, which is sometimes the case with coffee stouts. This beer is smooth on the palate. A bit thin-bodied, which would be my only criticism. Overall, a very nice coffee stout.
LilBeerDoctor (3225) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Big Z. Pours black with a small dark tan head. Aroma of light coffee grounds and roasted malt. Flavor is not as coffee-rich, mostly just roasted malt and sweet malt. Smooth palate with a full mouthfeel. Very nice and drinkable.
notalush (4456) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 10, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler from Big Zís - pours a very dark brown, with soapy lace - strong, roasty espresso aroma, tempered by a lactose sweetness - the same can be said of the flavor - it has a potent, tasty espresso flavor, without the strong bitterness associated with coffee - their is just enough sweetness to keep it at bay, and let the complex notes of the coffee bean really shine through - some roasted malt accentuates this - the (relatively) light body makes this more like a porter, but you canít split hairs with a beer this tasty - I love coffee, and coffee stouts, and this one does not disappoint.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 10, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mini 32 oz growler filled at Big Zís. Pours a nice deep dark brown almost black with a nice lasting small head and some nice lace. Aroma has a very dark strong almost dark chocolate like roasty espresso I get from some french roast coffees, and also a bit of earthy almost green beans as well which is kind of cool- has a nice yeasty doughiness and some roasted barley and some chocolate malts as well. The coffee almost comes out more in the flavor though- with lots of strong cold french pressed coffee, tons of that smooth chocolate character from a smooth espresso, a fairly light body and some mild coffee astringency which was ok. Smooth finish overall. Solid Coffee stout- served on CO2 but would be cool to see what happens if served on Nitro.
dchmela (2481) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler at my buddy Joe’s house. Pours a dark brown with a thin off white head. Aroma is dominated by the fresh ground dry coffee aroma. It is really nice if you like coffee. body is just a bit thin and has a big coffee flavor, very dry. As it warms a little, some of the bitterness dies down and hints of chocolate come out, but coffee still really dominates. Great after dinner beer.
j12601 (6403) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewery tasting room. Pours a dark cola color with a light white to tan colored head. The coffee in here is certainly not shy, but it is far from the only thing coming through in the nose. Aromas of roasted malt and even a bit of smoke come through along with the rich coffee smell. Mouthfeel is medium, bordering on thin, but the ample carbonation fills out the body a little bit. Even more coffee flavor in the mouth leading to an incredibly long lasting finish redolent with coffee and a lovely gentle bitterness. The big downside to this beer? I was so anxious to try it that I had it first, and then had to sit around for about 10 minutes afterwards until my palate cleared up enough that I could try something else. Dominates the tongue, which is certainly not a bad thing.