hopscotch (9162) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nitro... Pours pitch-black with a small, creamy, beige head. Stubborn retention. The aroma is a swirl of espresso, fudge, caramel and toasted nuts – pistachios and almonds. Full-bodied with a velvety mouthfeel and pillow-soft carbonation. The flavor is akin to a huge cup of cafe con leche and it’s every bit as sweet as dulce de leche. Finishes roasty and sticky-sweet. Even for a major malt-head like me, this is too sweet to drink more than one snifter. Enjoyability is high. Drinkability is low.
juiceisloose (1055) - Windermere, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler from the brewery. Inky black pour that is very thick and dense and crowned by a thick head of tan colored foam. The foam slowly recedes and leaves sticky sheets of lace behind on the glass. The aroma is bold is with notes of roasted espresso, dark chocolate, molasses, and ample piney hop bitterness. The real star is the roasted espresso with the mocha sweetness and coffee bitterness that it adds. The flavor follows suit with more darkly roasted espresso, dark chocolate, and a touch of vanilla. The mocha sweetness is balanced out nicely by the dark roasted malt character and the hop bitterness on the back end. Full bodied and almost chewy as you would expect from a CCB stout and finely carbonated that’s leads to a sweet mocha finish. This is just a solid coffee stout. Wayne is still the master of the dark beers. Good stuff.
Leighton (10987) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler shared at The Bruery - big thanks to Sam! Pours oily, black-brown with a thick, brown foam head. Heavy coffee on the nose with secondary notes of dark chocolate and tangy wood. Medium sweet flavor with more dense coffee, chocolate syrup, bittersweet baking cocoa, chocolate cake. Full bodied with fine carbonation and chewy texture. Rich dark chocolate character to finish with more hefty coffee, dirt and chocolate cake. Robust and decadent but still balanced and exceedingly tasty.
alex4r (72) - - FEB 9, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft and from a growler. Famous thick and sludgy CCB imperial stout pour. Beautiful brown almost red head. Cuban coffee nose! Dark sweet molasses as well. Sick and thick on the tongue, huge cafe con leche flavors just from the head alone mixed with brown sugar. This is a sweet stout with nice chocolate undertones as well.
Wish they would bottle this bitch!
AHSlowhand (41) - - JAN 19, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at Proof. Nice big brown head. Brown sugar, nuttiness, raison, roast malt. Crazy good
HonusWagner (1381) - Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
One note very coffee-dominant stout, but it does that one note pretty well. Not as complex or interesting as the best coffee stouts though.
brokensail (10935) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler @ The Bruery, shared by Sam. Black pour with a small tan head. Really spicy coffee aroma, lots of roast, vanilla, and fudge. Brown sugar, licorice, plenty of lactose, and a slight nuttiness. Flavor is quite sweet and creamy. Lactose, coffee, and toasted nuts. Fudge, brown sugar, and roasted malt. Slight ash and acidity on the finish.
GT2 (8440) - San Diego County, California, USA - DEC 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Flip-top CCB growler thanks to NoSignsOfPain! Typical CCB stout pour- pure ink with low Martian foam. Nose is apple sauce, soy sauce, some dense hazelnut coffee peaks out. More of a savory nose that sort of works. Taste is pretty solid- dense and powerful coffee stout with a mega lactose sugar finish. Coating mouthfeel. Nice hop balance and lacking the typical CCB coffee lemon acid extraction problem. Still, too much soy and apple to be outstanding.
burg326 (3699) - Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On draft at ccb poured dark black with aromas of roast, cuban coffee, vanilla, chocolate, and some earth. Flavors are the same a nice mixture of the aromas. Smooth for the abs could drink this all day another solid stout by ccb.
DialSquare (2659) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 8, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Proof for CC tap takeover. Roasty, cocoa bitter, chocolate, good tinny vibe, chalky, nice stuff. Super creamy palate. 7.8