fluffy (1602) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
like a Mackeson’s, only better. definitely get some of the maple and woodiness, vanilla and black coffee. pours like used motor oil or espresso. rich and heavy, a bit oily on the tongue. definitely one of their best ive tried so far.
cheap (4015) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Smells like imoy stout. Nice pour with a choco moose head. Not really imperial but tries to get there. Sweeter fer sure. Chocolate fer sure. Not bad, I am surpized that it is not over the top like so many ther CC i’ve tasted. Goes down fairly easy but it does not hide its alky well. Very slight co2 makes this palatable. Yes, very glad this is not the typical cc BS. Good overall experience.
BBB63 (6019) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 22, 2012
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Much much thanks to Eric for the hookup of this much wanted brew: The bar is set very high for this so it have a hard time exceeding expectations and will do good just to meet them:
Nearly pitch black with a lovely tan creamy head and outstanding lacework on my .rar Expedition snifter. The aroma starts with a big hit of vanilla bean and cocoa followed by lots of pipe tobacco and leathery esters. Moderate espresso and charred malts along with a dash of oatmeal bread and herbal hops. LOVELY NOSE!
The taste is quite nice, I like the earthy notes, tobacco and "TAMPA LIKE" character this provides. My biggest beef is that that vanilla is too strong for the coffee and therefore makes it sort of cloying sweet. Dial back the vanilla and this is a world class sweet stout. Also not much of that Canadian Maple Wood notes, sort of just the standard CCB woody character. The mouth feel is slick and oily, surprisingly not all that sticky or heavy. Overall this rocks socks and MET MY EXPECTATIONS which really says a lot. Great job Joey and the crew.
CLevar (376) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 21, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pour thanks to Armin...Beer of the night in my book! Pour is a thick and rich black, with a dark mocha head that sticks around to leave some sticky candy lacing. Aroma is bakers chocolate, vanilla, milk caramel. Lots of coffee as well. Lightly bready. Taste...holy god this tasted amazing. The amount of chocolate present in this beer was insane. Chocolate covered whoppers! I have a hard time believing that chocolate was not used in any way here! Truly just a great blend of sweet malt, chocolate, and coffee. Finish is sticky sweet, with a lingering coffee taste. I would take this over KBS or any number of other coffee stouts. Fantastic beer!
arminjewell (6158) - Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA - DEC 21, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, big thanks to Paul! Thick black pour with creamy tan head, aroma has big, big notes of coffee, vanilla, some big dark chocolate, slight maple syrup, big roast and toffee. Taste is a nice mix of coffee, vanilla, hints of maple syrup, nice green espresso bean, touch of milk, big malted milk ball, dark bakers chocolate. This is delicious, and very well made, although rich.
DalzAle (1976) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - DEC 21, 2012
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Armin! Inky dark black pour, ring of dark carbonation and an aroma of rich coffee and green pepper. Flavor is extremely rich bakers chocolate, a little bit of vanilla and plenty of rich peat. Really damn nice, thanks Armin!
Bacterial (1521) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 21, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by Armin - thanks!! Pours a deep black with thin tan head. Nose is smokey burnt chocolate with a smidg of coffee. So smooth and chocolatey - amazing finish, really yummy. Fantastic beer!
Damico (2562) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours dark, unlcear thick black coffee in color with a smaller, cocoa-colored head. Aroma is similar to KBS, fresh potent coffee and some sweet chocolate notes, so nice. Flavor is absolutely delicious! Brings notes of chocolate, light vanilla, smooth coffee sweetness, and some freshness, not quite minty but herbal fresh. Body is not too creamy but full and delicious still.
mar (4821) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour cream head. Nose is rich chocolate, vanilla, sticky, fudge, light alcohol. Very smooth on the palate, syrup, fudge, chocolate, brownie dough, and chocolate chips.
DialSquare (2619) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From scant phone note: shared by scotchzi up at Proof. sweet milk chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, cocoa, vanilla, wood, maple, sticky, vanilla, earthy, 7.8 -- would like to try again.