pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 11, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2-24-08 bottle shared at tasting
Thick black pour with little to no real head. Smell is roasted and smoky and coffee. Flavor is nice and full of nuts, chocolate and loads of coffee. It has a great coffee presence that doesn’t overpower the beer but the palate is disappointing - it is weak.
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A Mes rate: Bottle at the Struise Farm during Urbain’s Post Zythos Struise Tasting.
Well the first line of the commercial description covers this one for me. Stunning, almost black, mahogany red with a very good tan head. Very roasty aroma with amazing, freshly ground coffee, great earthy notes and some really delicate hops give it a lot of added depth. Flavour is stunning. You have to really enjoy coffee for this one. It’s like espresso concentrate. Gorgeous chocolate malt and alcohol remind you that this is actually beer but I am having to fight the urge to put cream in it and start dunking the speculoos. Big nutty notes on a dry finish and a superb mouthfeel round it off perfectly for me. Damn it’s good. There is enough coffee to get high upon. F**kin’ amazing. Claudia says: "Can I have some sugar?"
pforei (338) - USA - MAR 10, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2008 On tap at Dieu Du Ciel. Black with dense brown head. Huge Coffee, molasses and cocoa aroma and taste. Flavors meld together perfectly. Very sweet but strong vibrant black coffee flavor keeps the sweetness from cloying. Thick smooth body with soft mouthfeel. Bitter finish comes from the coffee instead of the hops.
harrisoni (14460) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Post Zythos Struise Tasting 08. Funny, but I didn’t even know how highly this beer was rated before I had it. Lovely coffee, ground flesh (fresh) aroma. Bit of paint??? Enormously coffee in mouth, extreme espresso. Too much coffee, but it is a stunning beer. Not enough balance though.
henrikb (1259) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 9, 2008
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black body, thick brown head, lacing; Very pleasant deep dry a little green nose, roasted and relaxed; Soft textured body with an unfitting sharp carbonation, lacks fill and power to fit the amount of bitterness even though it ain’t huge; Medium long finish with to little aroma and to little fill. Alright but nothing like I expected.
railcat1 (701) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - MAR 8, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was a good mix of coffee and chocolate malts ,a fine dark thick almost no head beer with the ABV well hidden.The little head that was on there was tan and tasted very smooth and coffee like.CHERS!
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - MAR 8, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Spuyten Duyvil: Opaque with a deep brown head. Intense coffee aroma. Some anisette notes as well. Molasses, borderline offensive; a bit over the top. Creamy thick body. The flavor has an extreme coffee bitterness throughout. It was hard to detect any nuances from the malt. Not enough balance but still a semi-tasty concoction. Over the top on the coffee IMO, and I love coffee.
BuckeyeSammy (550) - Palo Alto, Ohio, USA - MAR 6, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
No carbonation.. Chocolate milk consistency. This stout reminds me of a delicious version of guinness. Nose of coffee, toffee, and chocolate. Very Dark beer, brown head, great lacing.
TheRealBastard (145) - The-No, California, USA - MAR 6, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle thanks to Beerlando!!! The nose is roasted coffee and hints of cocoa. Alcohol is somewhat hidden behind the overloaded coffee bean flavors. This beer packs a huge expesso punch to your mouth. Solid just not great.
BeerZack (288) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAR 5, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to geuzelover for this sample.
Completely Black. Nice brown creamy head that leaves good lace.
Smokey charcoal, herbal coffee-like notes, bitter chocolate, some alcohol smell.
Slightly bitter coffee and dark chocolate flavors almost balance each other out, with the coffee having the edge. Herbal hop finish, tad astringent.
Soft creamy mouthfeel and medium body make it more drinkable.