temporrari (373) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 27, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled 11-04. Pours black, large and very lasting brown head. Aroma is strong coffee with some dark chocolate bar backing that up. Flavor is pretty much the same, but not as strong on the coffee as the aroma. There is no alcohol detectable. I mean none at all. Fairly one dimensional beer. Mouthfeel is thin for this big a beer, especially this style, and the carbonation is quite lively. Mostly a let down based on what has been said about this beer, but still nice. There was a post today in the forum from someone in Montreal about the difference between the bottle and draft versions of this beer. I can imagine how good this could be, how good it probably is on draft, and I’d almost be willing to commit savage and brutal murders to find out.
jtw (1039) - farmington, Michigan, USA - APR 27, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle bought at charles st. liquors in boston. fully carbonated with a monstrous ocean-foam head. quite bitter coffee aroma, with some reddish strawberry-like fruits hidden in there. super smooth velvety body, perhaps thanks to the high level of carbonation, but also perhaps to a lot of residual caramel sweetness and starchy oatmeal. less coffee in the taste than in the smell. lots of people have said "overhyped," but i disagree, the hype is mostly true. it is, however, overpriced--designed to be a rare treat.
IPFreely (1471) - Sanborn, New York, USA - APR 26, 2005
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2005 Bottle. Pours a very dark pitch black, full brown head. Quite interesting aroma, a different type of coffee aroma, more of the coffee beans than liquid coffee like I’m used to getting. Also some molasses, chocolate, some roast, and some cherry. Medium to full bodied, not the biggest of stouts, but very well hidden alcohol and if I had tons more I could easily drink and drink and drink. This is a very unique (read: excellent) beer and it kicks the shit out of Speedway (although I wouldn’t mind giving Speedway another shot now that I’ve tried this lovely beer). 8/5/9/4/17
On tap: blows the bottle version away. I smelled this beer for literally almost 20 minutes. Coffee, vanilla, cocoa, mocha, espresso. God, this is heavenly. Full bodied, yet very drinkable, no alcohol, smooth beyond smooth. Shit, I’d go back to Montreal just for this.
Cornfield (5276) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2005 This is a very good beer. I’m not sure how its reputation got so overly-hyped, but it’s not the great brew that I was led to believe. It does have a very handsome pour, dark, thick black with a creamy brown head. The aroma is mainly coffee backed up by a roasted barley smell and traces of anise. The flavor of coffee overwhelms the contributions made by tastes of roasted malt and barley, licorice, some chocolate, and a hint of alcohol. The finish is a long dry one, filled with coffee. As I wrote, this is a good ale, but it’s a bit too one dimensional to be "great."
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meadlover1959 (14) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 25, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very good looking beer - very dark as it poured. Also, I had been warned before openinging and even though I chilled it well, it still foamed over the top of the bottle when opened. I left it a few minutes to settle down before drinking. I guess that for the price I paid, I had high expectations. These expectations were not met. It was good but not exceptional.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - APR 24, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle- Pours a pitch black color, medium tan head that sticks around. Aroma is of coffee grounds just brewed. Flavor is espresso, dark chocolate and molasses. I found it a little thin for an imperial, but still damn good. (Think Bells Java Stouts "big brother)
rudolf (2276) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 24, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
#600. I’m approaching this one with a bit of trepidation. It’s ratings have dropped quite a bit since the bottles were released. Lets see what I make of it.. Pours jet black with a mammoth (for the style) tan head. Nose has coffee, iodine, more coffee, bitter chocolate. The nose makes me think of of chewing on a chocolate covered coffee bean. That superb coffee carries over into the flavor. Tremendously dark molasses, slight cherry or woodiness and that glorious coffee. They do a superb job of hiding the alcohol. I should have bought that second bottle......
shadey (1756) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 24, 2005
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black pour with a beautiful creamy mocha head. All coffee aroma but not too sharp. Rich. Despite what I have read this is very subtle and smooth. I wasn’t sure how I was gonna feel about this. Everyone hyped this in the begining and then some people naturally fight that hype. I personally enjoyed this very much even though I did not enjoy speedway stout. I managed to get 6 bottles. I am trading off 5. More people need to give this a try if it is going to be a top 50 beer.
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - APR 24, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2005 22oz bottle. Dark black color with a thick tan head. Odd aroma of bitter coffee and dark smoked malt. Kind of reminded me of an ashtray. Flavor was much better than the aroma. Coffee is the dominant flavor along with dark roasted malts. Dry, bitter finish.
Had the tap version at Spuyten Duyvil and was as disappointed as I was by the bottled version. Don’t get me wrong, it is a good beer, but just didn’t knock my socks off. The tap version didn’t have that ashtray taste as bad, but was still very one dimensional and bitter.
TheBeerGod (4632) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 23, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to matta and BuckNaked for sending a bottle. Starless midnight pour with a surprising bubbly brown head. Dense microbubbles surrounding medium foamy bubbles. Leaves a nice lace sticking to the glass. Aroma is steeped in coffee, rich dark chocolate, roasted malt, burnt double chocolate chip cookies, light burnt oatmeal, and hints of brown sugar. Taste is RICH! Strong coffee, dark chocolate, burnt oatmeal, roasted malt, more burnt cookie notes, some chocolate milk notes and fresh cream. Leans heavily on the coffee. Body has mild lactose acidity and lingering bitterness but is full and moderately carbonated. Finishes with more coffee and chocolate compounding the roasted malt and chocolate chip cookies. VERY similar to Founders Breakfast Stout. As a matter of fact, I’d have a hard time differentiating between the two in a blind taste test. Both are great and very drinkable, however, it’s a shame both are so limited.