Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle served in a Half Acre snifter. Thanks to eorwar for the share.
A: Pours a dark black color with a dark tan head forming on the pour. It recedes slowly to a bubble ring that leaves some sticky lace down the glass.
S: Some bitter coffee grounds, espresso sweetness and vanilla upfront. Dark chocolate with a heavily roasted malt body round it out.
T: Vanilla bean sweetness, light maple with some milk chocolate. Roasted oats with a dark chocolate bitterness. Espresso sweetness with a black coffee bite to it. Interesting and delicious.
M: Velvety smooth with a medium heaviness to the body. Medium carbonation level with a sweet finish.
O: Sweet, but in a good way. The bitterness from the dark chocolate and coffee ground flavors was able to cut the sweetness and make it palatable. As always the great mouthfeel from a CCB stout put the beer over the top.
Serving type: bottle
tastybeer (1847) - Indiana, USA - FEB 9, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pour is inky black, tan head, good retention/lace. Aroma is great: vanilla, maple, chocolate, cream, coffee, roast. Taste is sweet, chocolate, cream, vanilla, espresso, roast. Palate is soft, creamy, rich finish. Outstanding.
DedicatedToFun (3935) - Santa Monica, California, USA - FEB 8, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Chocolate times a thousand yes so good dark and hits the spit every single time you drink it
GT2 (9360) - San Diego County, California, USA - FEB 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2013 750mL thanks to tastybeer! Pours inky with thick, reddish, coffee foam. Nose is green coffee, vegetal, heavy green olive and pimento. Taste is thicker, vanilla, bitter chocolate, acidic coffee, ash, more green olive. Light bodied for srm. Decent. 6/4/7/4/13=3.4
750mL thanks to my aunt! Inky pour, massive Martian red head. Good retention and Wispy lacing. Nose is still olive heavy but moves to excellent vanilla, cherry dark chocolate, cherries jubilee. Taste is sharp coffee, melted semisweet chocolate. Palate is sugary, lactic, sweet latte. Great for coffee lovers. Not as harsh as Zhukov.
mwbrady12 (469) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Incredible aroma and taste of carmel and vanilla with a dark pour and satisfying mouthfeel.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Ibrew2or3 (7489) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 1, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big thanks to BMMillsy for sending this west in trade. Also thanks to dak for opening a bottle as well. This is yum. The 750mL pours an inky darkness sort of body supporting a mocha colored head of foam. The aroma is smooth rich dark roasted coffee goodness, a bit of earthiness, some sticky sweetness and something like chocolate too. The taste is smooth sweet smoother smoothness and perfection. I get rich oily dark roasted coffee notes, some thin sludgy melted chocolate, a touch of spicy wood and this is all covered in a thick layer of yum. Solid brew rich smooth mellow and bold. What a treat.
jbruner (2940) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JAN 30, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From notes, guess I forgot to rate this a while back. Pours an opaque black from the bottle with pillowy tan head and good lacing. Aroma of dark and sweet chocolate, lactose sweetness, roasted malts, slight coffee. Taste follows, but more of the roasted and less of the dark chocolate, with a dry, dusty finish. Easy to drink considering the abv, the lactose hides the alcohol very well. I wish this wasn’t a limited release.
peteinSD (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 25, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Black, black pour with a large very dark tan head. Aroma is sharp fresh coffee with chocolate bitterness and dry cocoa roast. Taste is bitter and sharp coffee with chocolate , milkiness, and light hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is dry, precise, and clean. Excellent coffee heavy stout.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JAN 24, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750mL bottle, purchased at Luekens Liquors. Pours an oily, pitch-black core with cola edges; dark-tan head beautifully formed, persistent. Restrained cocoa sweetness in the aroma, quite mild and well-integrated coffee character (I think that may be the most compelling part of this beer: an edge-less coffee addition), with additional rounding notes of vanilla and caramel. Lush. How do you even make a coffee addition like this? Flawless presentation in terms of texture: moderate acidity, medium-full body, modest fine-bubbled CO2, and a welcome jolt of bitterness from the specialty malts and coffee (along with a bit o’ pine and herbal hop character tucked in). Plush, velvety chocolate, coffee, and a touch of woody tannins along with auxiliary notes of vanilla, caramel, and maple syrup (or is that just the maple veneers talking?). No discernable alcohol, intensely drinkable... F**k. What do you dock a beer like this for?
BOLTZ7555 (2969) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The complete absence of light in this one...literally a black hole with a latte head. Hadn’t seen a stout as dark as this since Hunahpu...not sure how they do it but there aren’t many that compare. Baker’s chocolate, brownie batter, lactic qualities, cocoa, and molasses. A little chalkie...dry...but flavorful.