wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - APR 22, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Awesome rare mini-growler. Small hiss when opened. Pours black thick with little carbonation. Loaded with rich flavor of smooth coffee. Hints of smoke, tobacco, earth. Finishes dry. Very easy to drink. Some bitterness. Well balanced. Very good.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 12, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Redlight at RBWG 2010. Pours a deep dark oily black with a massive sticky bright orange head and good lace. Aroma is insanely fresh powerful coffee, clean roasted, not dirty, herbal, fresh, creamy, nutty light chocolate, and just smooth fresh coffee and big espresso all around. Flavor is intense coffee, fresh roasted, bright, with hints of leather, chocolate, tootsie roll, sweet toffee, caramel, roasted barley and a cream smooth fresh coffee finish with a moderate bitterness from the roasted grains and coffee. Smooth as silk finish. Awesome!
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 19, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On draft at CCB. I have heard a lot about this one since RBWG, so I was happy to finally try it. Pours pitch black and almost syrupy with tan head. Aroma is a huge burst of strong coffee with notes of chocolate, toffee, molasses. Flavor is another huge burst of coffee, chocolate, fudge, and more coffee. Full body with a thick, syrupy mouthfeel and burnt coffee finish.
TheAlum (5108) - Lisle, 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!
Sean9689 (269) - 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.
pantanap (3340) - 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
That1Guy (1857) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - JUN 19, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Crushed at GABF 10. An eye-opening and palate-wrecking combination of an Imperial Stout and coffee. Jet-black pour that leaves about four coats on the glass. Huge coffee aroma and flavor for sure with plenty of roast and some chocolate. Definitely one of the highlights of the fest this year.
Pwn3d (1961) - Manhattan, New York, USA - SEP 14, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at blind tiger. Rich coffee syrupy flavor... Reminds me of the weasel breakfast. Pour is near black with tabacco and rich roast espresso aroma. Little bit of sharpy marker, tobacco, and espresso in the mouth.
italarican (1383) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - SEP 15, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Blind Tiger in honor of Mike Eyedrinkale; thanks Victor (if you actually got me any of this). Pours a good looking thick, syrupy black with a slight polish to it. Aroma is massive of espresso and chocolate liqueur. Flavor is similar: primarily delicious espresso with a bit of chocolate liqueur. Velvety and thick body with loads of fresh coffee in the finish. This was a bit simplistic but just too ridiculously delicious to rate lower.
blipp (5595) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - SEP 20, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft. Pours black with a thin head. Big big big coffee aroma with roasted malts and some light molasses-like sweetness. The flavor, again, has huge coffee notes up front, with molasses, chocolate, and roasted and burnt malts. Really good.