yespr (31592) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 6, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Handbottled, courtesy of cgarvieuk. Pours pitch black with no head. Roasted dark malty, herbal coffee and dark malty. Rich chocolate and coffee flavoured. Dark malty, breadish and roasted. Herbal coffee and lingering dark malty into a smooth rich malty finish. Light bitterness coming through.
Bullit (4030) - Burgos, SPAIN - NOV 2, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hand bottled, halloween tasting @ cgarvieuk. Black colour, no head. Aroma is absolutely great: roasted malts, coffee, tabacco, licorice, bit of candy. Flavour is deep roasted malts, coffee, tobacco, licorice. Very bitter, very dense. Low carbonation. Very happy to be able to try this one.
cgarvieuk (14912) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 30, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2010 hand bottle at halloweeen tasting ... nice solid black ... no hea due to hand bottling ... little oil body ... solid rich dark woody roast ... little toffee ... little tobacco nose .. low carbonation but not flat (again hand bottled) ... big sweet roast malts ... big toffee ... little pine in back ground ... again a little tobacco.... some dark fruits ... 4.2
tk 2 ... black ... rich oily ... meaty ... tabacco nose ... light oily body ... rich chocolate malts ... light meatyness ... light silky mouthfeel ... light tobaccoo ... really nice ... complex but balanced 4.3
guntlipz (19) - Portland, USA - OCT 29, 2010
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
GABF. The is the blueprint for coffee beers. roasty complex. viscous and lots of weasel shit coffee
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught. Black tan head. Aroma is all huge coffee, burnt up and beautiful with awesome awesome, burnt wood, oranges, bitter chocolates, tobacco, roasted feel. Flavor is the same with some added sweet syrup feel. BUt now still just all so burnt up great coffee! Iíll really was amazed
lassem (652) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 4, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Had the pleasure to enjoy this together with Mikkel. Shared a "six-pack" handbottled beautys that normally only are available at the brewery. The pour is black black black with a fine dark brown head that stays there all through the glass. Heavy curtains when rolled in the glass. The aroma is packed with bitter freshly made coffee notes. Lots of cacao, wooten notes, a little fart somewhere. The taste is so smooth with a nice sweet and very balanced taste that fades out in a somehow raw bitterness with the sweet notes as backing group with edgy salty notes, that traditionally goes along with an russian imperial stout. Reminds me a little of a cake dough. Its roasted to the max, but never gets over the top. The palate is creamy and very dilicious. Not to thick, but spot on. The finish is dominated of the coffee. Best imperial stout I have had this year.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2010
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cigar city final push poured into a snifter.... Aroma jumps out before
I can even admire the pour... Pours a deep black as night pour, very
slick oily and impenetrable. A careful pour didnít yield much head but
a light swirled revealed a definitive darker tan head... Assertive and
robust, strong amazingly fresh coffee nose, roasty with some subtle
yet fair vanilla notes on the backend. Almost like fresh pressed
beans, the aroma is splendid... Flavors fall just a tad short of the
nose but still quite delicious. Silky smooth with in your face fresh
coffee action from beginning to end supplemented by velvety
bittersweet chocolate. Very light carbonation which def doesnít
detract yet enhances it to expose the natural flavors. Some light
coffee rind finish that puts a nice ending to a great tasting
craftbeerdesign (2193) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 25, 2010
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
sample from the pitcher @ GABF on 9/17/10. pitch black oily pour with a small tan head (imagine it would be a bit stronger in a snifter glass). intense deep roasted coffee nose with some big malts. the Kopi Lowak coffee is so dark and intense - love it! huge coffee infused body with layers of chocolate. dark coffee ground finish with more chocolate notes and big roasted malts. this is the perfect coffee beer.
Sean9689 (285) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 24, 2010
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured into CCB snifter.
A - Pours black, no head, motor oil. Black and viscous, just like "night in a glass". Small bits of bubbles but really just a lot of black.
S - Oh boy...awesome coffee notes...so good. Itís like walking into your favorite coffee shop in the morning and taking a big whiff. Phenomenal. Chocolate, caramel, burnt sugars, some bitter notes.
T - Coffee beans, expresso, chocolate. Not quite as good as the nose, but hey, itís still pretty fín excellent. Itís like drinking a snifter-sized expresso with alcohol notes. Very, very good. A nice coffee bean-esk bitter finish.
M - Full, rich, smooth, and creamy on the finish that also dries out after a bit.
D - Just. Wow. The nose on this beer is just mind-blowing. This beer is what CCB does well...a dark, rich, stout. Worthy of the hype? Very much so. Right up there with Brandy Hunahpuís.
TheAlum (5833) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 24, 2010
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Epic. Pours an inky opaque black hue, thick and ominous lacing with a syrupy brown film. Small dark brown head dies to a small ring of lace. Big thick and brooding. Perhaps a reddish edge. Aromas are big sweetness of cocoa, roasty coffee, big bitter roast with sweet caramel, maple syrup, chocolate syrup, roasty barley and coffee, quite potent roasty poo coffee, which strikes a note as BGB Weasel similar. A lot going on, rich and ridiculous. Initial is thick and full bodied, lays strong on the palate, roasty coffee and creamy vanilla, big roasty coffee and dark chocolate, a bit tamer than the nose would have suggested. Covers the palate with sweet maple syrup, vanilla, caramel, roasted malts and big coffee roast and bitterness. The roasty coffee is rich and bitter, pretty big, the sweetness aids it along, preventing it from becoming acrid. Sweet and roasty, the sweetness lingers thickly on the palate at the back, roasty coffee comes through in powerful jabs, light piney hops. Quite rich and bitter. Thick and palate sticking, lingering roast and bitterness, sticky sweet syrupy caramel, cocoa, syrup.. Really, the aroma hits a home run, the taste is great, but the aroma is the far away strength. Best version Iíve had of Zhukov yet. Roasty and rich, big bitterness with good dark chocolate influence. The flavors are deep, the complexity is there, and the strengths of base Zhukov (My favorite stout by CCB to date) are all present. The Kopi Luwak adds a deep roasty and bitter coffee feel, rich and strong and earthy. An honor to try. Aroma wins it, but the beer itself is no slouch. Cheers!