chibuck (3510) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
ccb growler... super dirty motor oil, pours super thick with no head, then a half finger dark tan head rises up for a few seconds to form a thick ring, thick beer lacing... smells great, perfect coffee with a bit of brownies, super rich... tastes perfect with an equal amazing mouthfeel, super thick but in a great way, the taste is unreal, perfect mix of coffee that is roasty and rich with a lot chocolate... one of the best stouts out there period... after drinking more than 8 ounces this becomes super tough to drink. Originally a 4.7.
brokensail (16057) - Dublin, California, USA - AUG 31, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: The beer pours thick and black with a somewhat small mocha head.
S: Enormous amounts of coffee on this one. Tons of roasted malt and chocolate with more and more coffee. A nice vanilla note as well as a touch of caramel and toffee.
T: Vanilla and roasted malt make a brief appearance before being usurped by the incredibly powerful coffee flavors. Some creamy dark chocolate along with a touch of caramel sweetness.
M: Medium to full bodied with a smooth feel on the tongue.
O: Just awesome. Easily the best Cigar City beer I’ve had.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 29, 2011
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
32oz growler most generously sent by Beerlando. thanks, Bryan! rated a couple days ago but entered as rating #999 of my journey to #1000. pours a beautifully decadent, oily, jet-black with a rich, dark, cinnamon/rusty brown head with perfect retention and sticky rings of lace.
aroma is unlike any beer i’ve ever experienced. absolutely stunning with the most intense, rich, world class espresso, charred french roast, fruity, freshly harvested coffee beans, and a touch of spiced, mexican blend and backed by elegant, pure dark chocolate, toasted hazelnuts, and hints of vanilla with subtle notes of cinnamon and topsoil as it warms in my CCB snifter. i literally spent 10 minutes savoring the aroma before taking a sip! so long, in fact, LJ started laughing at me and she’s seen me rate hundreds of beers before this one. flavor is almost indescribable. just on a completely different level than mere mortal imperial coffee stouts with a massive onslaught of rich espresso, freshly roasted $100/lb coffee, and bitter, slightly fruity, spent grinds with a sublime balance offerred by rich, semi-sweet fudge, vanilla, and subtle molasses with hints of fresh cinnamon, dark fruits, and cigar ash on the back end. palate is nothing short of perfect. i mean, this "shit" drinks like a damn frappacino with a silky, slick texture, perfect carbonation, and the most intense, chocolate, roasted coffee finish i’ve ever experienced. overall, truly a sublime beer. no way i can rate this any less that a perfect 5 as it’s definitely one of the absolute best beers i’ve ever tasted.
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 29, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler shared by hophead84 at Woodshop6. Pitch black pour that is extremely glass coating with a small iodine head. Looks good as do most CCB stouts. Aromas are strongly of coffee. To the point of being a bit peppery. Earthy, spicy coffee notes, chocolate, fudge, alcohol. A bit sweet. Flavors are very bitter chocolate and roast. Some coffee notes as well. Big syrupy and warming mouthfeel. Coating. Tasty, but I preferred the coffee notes in Kopi Speedway quite a bit more.
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 18, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled side by side with the Penultimate. Pretty much the same beer, but I thought it was too mellow. I didn’t realize that the coffee was super high end. I didn’t get a whole lot of coffee in this one, unfortunately. Rich chocolate and roasted malts. A nice beer that I’d love to try again. Thanks Kan!
wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - AUG 17, 2011
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
growler courtesy of askdrtodd, thanks a ton! wow! what a beer. this really is a top notch stout, no way around it. beautiful pour, took some good height to achive a good head, and the beer is by no means lacking of carb in the body afterwards. the body is very very viscous, super oily, dark brown head with long lasting cascading action and decent lacing and spotting, beautiful beer. the coffee is the star of the show through and through in this beer, hands down. huge roasty aroma, tons of chocolate, delicious. the taste and body are incredible. tastes like a mocha milkshake, super creamy carbonation and very thick full body. what a terrific beer. i really am blown away by this, its been a minute since ive had a stout of this caliber. this is as good as surly four was fresh. worth the hype when in top form.
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 16, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Another gem courtesy of KAN! Poured basically black with a lovely cap of dark tan head. The aroma picked up a whole bunch of delicious coffee and roasty black malts, with touches of vanilla, nutty, and earthy notes.. excellent nose! The flavor was somehow a notch better, and consistent with the hype machine.. delicious coffee throughout, accented by burnt chocolate and molasses.. heavy roast, but the balance held perfectly.. more coffee and warm boozy undertones on the finish.. absolutely no complaints. Heavy-bodied with moderate carbonation on the palate.. a lot of coffee, and even more deliciousness!
Damico (3144) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow - just as everyone else gave this one mad props, so will I as it deserves. Thanks for opening the growler Vince. It pours very similar to the Hunahpu’s with a dark thick black oil-like appearance and the perfect caramel and dark cinnamon color super-lacey head. The aroma has huge delicious smooth coffee notes and light chocolate notes. The flavors of that coffee come through amazingly - as another review stated - better than the best coffee beer AND best coffee I’ve ever tasted! There are some chocolate and roasty notes too, but nothing tastes as good and shines through on this impy stout like the coffee. Then the body, like Hunah, is creamy, thick but smooth, and perfectly carbonated. That creaminess with the coffee notes are soooo good.
cbfobes (2881) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Growler shared by pantanap at pre-GTMW 2011 tasting, pours pitch black with a nice full brown head, aroma is intense with coffee that over takes your senses, the flavor has so much coffee on the front end but it works very well because it is balanced out with a nice amount of chocolate in the finish, very smooth and enjoyable, by far the best thing we had tonight, thank you for sharing!
biggsbowler (602) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - AUG 9, 2011
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Growler shared by Tony at Coffee District. Holy Crap!!! This beer is so AMAZING!!! The kopi luwak coffee beans add such an aroma and taste to this beer. Even after I empty the glass, I smelled it for another 5mins. When it comes to looks and texture, I think the Doobie Brothers were talking about this beer and not the Mississippi River in "Black Water." This is a great example of how to make a great beer, even greater. There are few beers, I would take over this one.