afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - APR 19, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours black with a one finger lasting mocha headt that leaves good lacing. Aroma is full on fresh ground coffee beans with notes of bakers chocolate and roasted malt. Taste is roasty and full of coffee with hints of dark chocolate and caramel. Medium full mouthfeel with a moderate to strong amount of bitterness and well hidden alcohol. For the most part the beer is very one dimensional but so well balanced and tasty I just cant get enough. Damn Good.
clubchat (9) - Sullivan, Quebec, CANADA - APR 19, 2008 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excellente bière brassée par des gens extraordinaires. Douce et aggresive à la fois elle ne laisse personne d’indifférent à son arôme et son post-goût torréfié.
douglas88 (7244) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 18, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to robinvboyer. Pours a deep and dark brown body with a nice light brown head. The aroma kinda scared me; pure coffee, rich and roasted. The taste was also up front a ton of coffee, somewhat bitter too. But the real flavors come out later; some vanilla, banana, cloves, biscuit and a smooth malt chocolate. Really nice. The body is very creamy and thick. Just great.
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2008 You know, I’ve been holdin’ off buyin’ this beer because I didn’t want to spend the $10. Anyway, Pours pitch black and oily with fizzy light brown head. Aroma is roasted malt and fresh black coffee. The taste was mainly the same with bitter dark chocolate notes mixed in. Not bad, not worth $10 per 12oz though.
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - APR 17, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured very dark brown, almost black, with a large fizzy/frothy light brown head. Somewhat sweet aroma of roasted coffee and chocolate, toffee, and a bit of acidity. Flavor is intensely bitter with burnt coffee grounds domination with perhaps just a smidgen of bitter cocoa and some light cream. Very little sweetness. Finishes intensely bitter and earthy. A well-made imperial stout, though I didn’t find it very drinkable due to the intense bitterness, which also gave it a bit of a one-dimensional feel. I wanted more depth to the flavor and more weight to the body, but as it pertains to mixing coffee and beer, this beer succeeds. It just feels like a one-trick pony.
nimbleprop (5892) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 17, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Looks absolutely amazing. 12oz bottle pours a deep, thick, oily black with a thick, creamy, brown head that looks like a mocha colored milkshake. Aroma is rather pleasant, obviously plenty of coffee and roasted nuts going on, but there’s also a latent floral, fruit aroma that draws you in. Flavor is mainly coffee bitterness, nuts, roasted malts, chewy biscuits, granola, biscuit and dried fruit. Finish is all coffee bitterness. Appearance and aroma really draw you in. Flavor keeps you coming back.
BossHossBikes (148) - California, USA - APR 15, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. (Bottled on Nov. 7th 2007.) Many, many, many thanks to tronraner. I wasn’t able to visit Montreal during the winter season, as my original plan. I was bummed. So, I am extremely grateful for this moment. The pour is quite opaque with hints of light passing through around the thinner edges creating a burgundy hue. The head is a long-lasting tan head that creates decent lacing. The aroma is very roasty in coffee as well as strong hints of molasses and toffee. There are some slight sour and tangy notes. The mouth-feel is very viscous with some fine carbonation and slight oiliness. The flavour, wow... it’s packed with coffee and lightly sweetened cocoa. Toffee is pretty predominant as well. The tanginess is much more subtle in the flavour than it was in the aroma. The finish is very smooth and slightly bitter. Coffee and cocoa flavours linger for quite some time. Overall, this is very balanced. It’s very delicious. Ah, this is quite amazing.
NachlamSie (2963) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 15, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2008 Bottle, giant thanks to Tronraner for sharing this gem with me. The pour is black with an everlasting dark tan head. Serious coffee going on in the aroma, but it doesn’t completely overtake everything. Rich, defined, roasty coffee is up front with nice level of ash, dark chocolate, and a bit of coconut milk. Mouthfeel is medium heavy, not ridiculous. Excellent delicious coffee makes up the flavor along with subtle sweeter notes of chocolate, toffee to balance out things. I guess I was expecting a heavier, more robust beer, but this is decently big and most certainly delicious.
[September 2, 2008]
Bottle. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my other two samples of this beer and picked up a fresh bottle on my last visit to Bruisin’ Ales. Holy cow, this beer is noticeably better fresh. I mean, don’t get me wrong: the older bottles I had were utterly delicious. But upon taking a sniff of this stuff, I was taken aback by just how mouthwatering it is. What is present here that I didn’t notice before is a very sharp, ashy, toasty quality that highlights the coffee aroma perfectly. It brings Breakfast Stout to mind. The palate is heavy and slick, but not monstrous. That rich ashiness is in the flavor again with delightful coffee and mocha. This is just perfectly sharp and bittersweet with a chocolaty finish for balance. The coffee is not overbearing (which wouldn’t necessarily be bad) but imparts discernable depth on this. man. This is just absolutely superb.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - APR 15, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 16, 2008 12 oz bottle, thanks to gunhaver. Shared with NachlamSie and BossHossBikes. Pours black with mahogany edges and an everlasting tan head. Aroma is obvious coffee and dark malt, some prune, chocolate, and black cherry. The flavor is strong coffee, and good coffee at that. Black cherry, bitter chocolate, raisin and prune are in there, too. But the emphasis is definitely coffee. Slight acidity comes out in the finish. This is a seriously good beer. You gotta like coffee to enjoy it, though. It so happens that I enjoy coffee.
DietPepsican (1526) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - APR 13, 2008
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Side by side 05 and 07 bottle. Poured black with a decent sized tan head. huge ccoffee aroma, a hint of caramel and chocolate to round it out. Flavor was overwhelmingly roasted coffee with just a bit of malt sweetness and chocolate to round it out. Bitter finish on both, slightly creamy mouth with decent carbonation for the style. I think an 06 would have been perfect as the coffee in the 07 was too strong and the 05 had settled down to something a little too bland and thin. Thanks badbeer/cole/dicksmcgee for this!