JoeTheYounger (1171) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - JUL 22, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
50th rating. Growler shared by DuffmanSW compliments of laroja. Poured a dark brown with light brown head. Aroma was awesome with lots of coffee, vanilla, prune juice, cinnamon spices. Taste was bitter roast coffee, pungent, cinnamon, burnt toast, and chocolate bars. Thick beer with good carbonation that coats the glass. Overall this was very very good.
juiceisloose (1163) - Windermere, Florida, USA - APR 11, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nitro tap at Redlight for the RBWG. This one pours absolutely pitch black with no light escaping through and topped by a thick and foamy tan colored head that shows great retention. The head slowly receds and leaves a solid sheet of lace around the glass. By far one of the best looking beers I have seen in awhile. The aroma is a chocolate and coffee delight with the darki, roasted coffee up front followed by rich and decadent milk and dark chocolate. There is also a touch of cream in there too. The flavors follow suit and are just as rich and decadent. The freshly roasted coffee comes through in the flavor first and perfectly balances the dark chocolate malt. Sweet milk chocolate and cream round out the flavor profile. The coffee is really well integrated without being overly roasted at all. The palate is full bodied, creamy, and extremely smooth with perfect carbonation and avoids any kind of stickiness. The smooth body helps it go down so easily and hides the 11% alcohol really well, which is a little scary. I could easily drink a lot of this beer. I think I can say this is the best coffee beer I have ever had. I hope they do this one again.
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.
knickskicks (946) - - AUG 1, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pitch black pour, dark brown head with reddish hues. Nose is huge gourmet coffee. Wow. That’s all I get initially--just a huge gorumet coffee bomb. Hard to tell it’s not just a cold cup of black coffee. As it warms the roasted malts come through. In the taste I get some dark chocolate and roasted malts, but mostly just huge kopi luwak coffee. Smooth big body but not quite as thick as regular Zhukov or AB Huna.
wavers1 (915) - 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.
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 8, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
[Mini growler] shared by tytoanderso. Thanks Tyler! Pours a ridiculously dark black with a small, soapy tan head. Aroma is smoky, super roasty, thick and lightly oxidized coffee, and some creamy dark chocolate. Flavor has just a touch of peppers, some coffee, and is super ashy and a touch astringent. Medium mouthfeel and a chalky finish. Little to no hop character.
hivemind (808) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 14, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Blind Tiger with Andy, Streets, James. Dark pour with no real head. Aroma is intense sweet resin and alcohol. Palate is smokey coffee with dark, dark chocolate malts. Pretty unique. Medium-bodied and drinkable. Gets points for complexity.
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 21, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2010 Nitro tap @ Redlight Redlight for RBWG. Ok, so I know I’m a homer yada yada yada…but jcwattsrugger gave this a 4.1 which in itself speaks volumes. This beer really was sublime. Poured black with a thick, dense, creamy brown head. Bodies don’t come any fuller, this beer has the mouth feel of a milk shake. Nose has huge notes of coffee and chocolate both very pronounced and balanced with the lighter notes of roasted malt and vanilla. More of a breakfast than a beer. This beer was fantastic probably my favorite of RBWG and of Cigar City for that matter.
darkguardian (727) - Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2010
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Nitro!) Draft at RL/RL for RBWG thanks to Degarth. Nose is like sticking your face in a mound of Kopi Lawak beans. Its so intense. Some roasted malt manages to peak through but its just ridiculous. The flavor is huge roasted malt and massive amounts of the richest thickest coffee you can imagine. This is no longer a beer. Its an espresso with a shot of beer it it. Insane. Creamy as all get out with really a mouthfeel second only to Hunahpus. For all that though its lacking some depth. Its one dimensional. Its an amazing one dimension, but it makes me wonder what might have been with the Hunahpupu.
Anker (723) - Hillerřd, DENMARK - MAR 19, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Papsř tasting with courtesy of PapFather. :)
Pours pitch black with a tiny brown head.
Theres loads of coffee in the aroma along with heavy roasted malt, soy and liquorice.
Flavour is dark roasted malt, tar, coffee, smoke, caramel and a hint of soy.
Leaves a pleasant long lasting dark and roasted after taste.