chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 17, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Was really excited to try this beer and was very glad to find out I could pick some up in Chicago @ West Lakeview Liquors. Amazing coffee aroma, really overpowering. I could drink this in the morning :) Pours black with a thin tan head. Not as thick as some other stouts, but still very good. Nice mouthfeel, hides the 9.5% very well. Gets better as it warms...I might have to get some more.
LinusStick (3052) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
An outstanding imperial stout. I’ve grown tired of these for the most part, but every once in a while one will slap me. This did that. Strong thick coffee aroma with dark chocolate in there as well. Pour was a perfect near black with a pillowy dense 4 finger tan head. Taste was more choclate than coffee in my opinion with a strong bitter roasted malt aftertaste. Very nice.
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 17, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poor head, but a potent coffee aroma that just leaps from the glass. Wonderfully creamy mouthfeel, slightly oily texture, but the carbonation. Slightly overcarbonated and very odd texture that actually takes away from the other components. The coffee flavour always dominant on the palate. Smooth, good bitterness and adds a great deal to the overall flavour. Overall, a very well-done beer "if" you enjoy huge amounts of coffee in your beer.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 17, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2013 Re-rate draft at DDC. Much brighter with great coffee presence in the fresh draft. Touch sweet with a dry finish. Far superior on draft up here than from the bottle.
5/17/8 12oz bottle from WLV. Nose is somewhat subdued, a bit chalky and coffee. It is rich, though not super strong, if that makes sense. Peppery carbonation, prickly on the tongue. Very coffee in the back end, minimal cocoa. Deep black look with a fuzzy darkish brown head. Not perfect, but very tasty, nonetheless. As far as coffee stouts go, not in the top tier for me, though it is nice.7/4/8/4/15
alexsdad06 (7463) - Ohio, USA - MAY 17, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2013 12 oz. bottle courtesy of illinismitty. Pours black with a med/large pillowy tan head that leaves a fuzzy lace on the glass. The aroma is roasted coffee with bittersweet chocolate. The flavor is similar with roasted coffee or even espresso being blended with sweet chocolate, dark fruits, and the slightest bit of ash. This is smooth drinking from start to finish. The alcohol is only noticable as a warming sensation while drinking, not in the flavor. One of the best coffee stouts I have had.
Vas19 (313) - Maryland, USA - MAY 17, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a thick tan head. Strong roasted coffee aroma with a malty sweetness as well. Very nice coffee flavor with a balancing malty background. Extremely smooth. Tons and tons of coffee. Well made beer, great if coffee is your thing.
mtdshn (173) - Moline, Illinois, USA - MAY 16, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a ridiculous blackish brown with the darkest head I’ve ever seen - think chocolate and cream. Head is very impressive and intense. First aroma that came to mind was dark cocoa, with some prunes and milk chocolate sweetness. Surprisingly enough I don’t detect any coffee flavor in this one at all, it’s predominately heavily roasted malt in the palate, which is why I rate that one at 3. That being said, I have no doubt that coffee is actually added to this beer, but it’s more than likely such a well-balanced mix that I don’t detect anything being more obvious than the other. It’s one hell of an imperial stout though, a great example of one, and nothing intense as to overwhelm the senses. Much thanks to numbleprop for the hookup.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 16, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours pitch black with a dense one-finger head that lingers a bit and leaves a fantastic network of lacing along the side. Slightest bit of mahogany around the edges when held up to the light. Smell is dominated by dark roasted coffee with sweet cream and chocolate and roasted malts present as well. Big bitter espresso taste up front with a nice sweet chocolate and malt taste to balance the astringency. The coffee taste lingers for ages after each sip with alcohol making itself present throughout. Mouthfeel is super creamy but nice and crisp in the finish due to the coffee astringency. Carbonation leaves a nice tingle on the tongue. This is one hell of a coffee stout and I would certainly put it on my short list for best in that category. The coffee flavor comes across a bit astringent but I’m nitpicking.
sstackho (249) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 16, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle purchased from Metro Joanette in Montreal. Pours black with a thin brown head. Nice, strong roasted malt aroma. First taste is very strong - an initial tanginess followed by the roasted malt, coffee and chocolate flavours. The pleasant tang remains throughout to the aftertaste with a decent level of bitterness.
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - MAY 15, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour, small brown head. Aroma is well coffee. Flavor is the same this is a straight coffee bean as if you were chewing it, it’s semi sweet and espresso like but it just comes down to it tasting like the coffee beans were boiled right in and then aged on them to top it off. Full bodied, good carbonation and a slick mouthfeel but with intense coffee bitterness. Really a nice coffee beer if you love a big brutal coffee but it does get to be a bit too much, overall it’s still a nice beer once in a while.