TheAlum (5909) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 22, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
16 oz fliptop courtesy of fishingnet. Thanks, Ben! Pours an opaque blackish thicker pour, dark and ominous with a frothy darker brown head that dies to small ring, light lacing. Aromas are strong roasty coffee and espresso, cocoa and cream come into the fold, some real nice sweetness pairs with strong assertive coffee and espresso, touches of mocha, cocoa. A strong nose. Initial is heavoer end of medium bodied, offering healthy coffee and roast, lots of espresso, touches of cream and dulce de leche. The roast and coffee element stay dominant throughout, the middle shows some cream, vanilla, and thorough roasty flavors. Really pretty rich, good flavors... Sweetness melds into the backend. A nice experience, seemingly a coffee treatment of Ben’s sweet stout.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 21, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
16oz bottle again contributed by Adam. Thanks again... Pours a deeper shade of black with less intense edges while topped with a moderate solid tan head that quickly dissipates... Aroma is assertive in the coffee espresso front, a little burnt and somewhat sour and fruity, a touch of lactose. A bit more roast comes through as it warmed... Flavors are nice with a thicker, chewier mouthfeel to go alongside the charred roast and coffee notes with a somewhat of a sour milk note. The thicker body improves its overall enjoyment.
markwise (4543) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 29, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap for the BA Hunahpu Release. Pours a dark brown/ black with an off-tan head. Nose is freaking tiramisu! I get cinnamon, cookies, vanilla, vague espresso, and milk chocolate with hints of lactose. Flavor is also freaking tiramisu. It really does taste like a lady finger espresso chocolate dessert. The base sweet stout does an outstanding job- much better than when this combo was in Maduro. I get a bit of lactose or milk porter playing a supporting role. Light to medium in body for the style and very well balanced and easy on the palate. Very enjoyable sweet stout.
GT2 (8741) - San Diego County, California, USA - SEP 26, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at CCB for the BA Hunahpu release and then again the next day on tap at Kickback’s in Jacksonville. The pour is quite a dark mahogany, not quite ink with thankfully a nice beige head descending with sheety lace (no head on the CCB pour). Pretty. Nose is beautiful. Not so much "tiramisu" as much as just melted chocolate bar along with fresh coconut and toasted coconut. Getting close to all time CCB greats like Coco Loco that fell off the planet earth. Taste...yes this is what I’ve been waiting for. Extremely yummy- toasted coconut, marzipan, milk and dark chocolate. No chalk, no astringency. Lots of oil and silk. Delicious. Version at CCB was definitely 4.1 level type stuff. Draft at Kickbacks gained lots of detergent and soapiness. Nowhere near as good :(
gkost (1714) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 25, 2011
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at CCB. Pours jet black with thin tan head. Nose is giant vanilla and caramel, hints of licorice, sweet malts, chocolate cake. Flavor is all the same as the nose with more subdued vanilla and chocolate notes. Beauty!
jredmond (5610) - Manhattan, New York, USA - SEP 25, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draft at Jimmy 43 with Streets and Andrew. Pours a deep brown body with thin soapy lacing. Aroma is chocolate, coffee and maduro brown ale. Mouthfeel is thin to medium with notes of chocolate cake, cinnamon, brown sugar, molasses, sweet chocolate malts. If this is truly a brown ale - it’s got to be one of the best in the world.
brystmar (1289) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 25, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at Jimmy’s 43. $9 for a 200mL pour, c’mon guys!
Pours dark brown (nearly black) and totally opaque. Minimal tan head that disappears quickly. Sweet malts, lactose, caramel, bready; smells like delicious tiramisu! Aromas are a little too faint, though.
Sweetly roasted malts, vanilla, candied sugar, lactose again. Smooth and oily body. Really does taste like tiramisu, not sure how they did that.
Goes down smooth, low ABV makes it seem sessionable. A touch too sweet for a real session beer, and far too expensive too, but I’d certainly entertain the thought. A delicious brew, but not worth $9 for a tiny 200mL pour.
burg326 (3866) - Florida, USA - SEP 25, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a burnt black color at BA hunahpu release. Aromas of coffee roast, vanilla, cake batter, and chocolate. Taste is simply amazing, you get all of the aromas that are really well balanced and they do not overpower each other. I hope they do this one again, because it was awesome.
scotchzi (302) - Florida, USA - SEP 24, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is dark thin laced white head. Smell is sweet cake vanilla brown sugar. Taste is really good coffee roast sweet vanilla decent roast.
drowland (6144) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - SEP 24, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
9/24/11. On tap at BA Hunahpu’s. Jet black pour with a small brown head. Huge sweet vanilla aroma with some chocolate and coffee. Awesome vanilla and coconut flavor with chocolate and bitter, roasted coffee. Lovin’ it!