beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - JUN 13, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(04.29.06) One pint, 6.3 oz brown bottle from DiCarlo’s, Mundelein, IL. 9% ABV. Bottled 8/05. Poured opaque black with medium tan head. Soft carbonation. Intense expresso coffee aroma. Medium-to-full bodied stout that starts with light malt sweetness and pronounced black coffee and licorice flavors. Finished with lingering roast malt bitterness and coffee flavor. Smooth and robust. Alcohol well hidden behind the coffee flavors. Well-balanced, this is an excellent coffee stout that reminds me of a high quality expresso coffee with a shot of sambuco.
alobar (2623) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2006
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thanks to richlikebeer for sharing! Pours a dark brown-almost black. Small tan head. Strong, powerful coffee aroma. Taste is almost black coffee, with some molasses, with some roasted malts. One of the best I’ve ever had!
beerBB (132) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2007 Wow is this a coffee experience. Very black, small head. Compared to many of the reviews I got much less coffee aroma than many. The coffee flavor was perfect however. I tasted this with my brother (thanks Chris) and would have bet him there was much less alcohol. The 9.5% is perfectly disguised. One of the best beers I’ve tried
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. The said it was coffee and coffee it was. Delicious all around. Pours an opaque mindnight black. Small tan head and a bit of lacing. Aroma is like walking into a Starbucks, but better. Lots of coffee, sweet malts and maybe a touch of fruits. As much coffee was in the aroma, it tasted like it more so!! Much coffee flavor, a good bit of malt, a touch of molasses. Wonderful mouthfeel. Divinely drinkable. I would never have guessed at the 9.5% abv.
eaglefan538 (2830) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 2, 2006
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2011 On draft at SL on 6/2011 - Just awesome. Everything great said about this beer holds. Seemed slightly more balanced this time thought (still coffee strong but not dominated), man this thing is a great one, although admitedly not a session brew. Sampled a 660ml bottle from 11/04 at Monk’s in Philly. It could easily be argued that the mg’s of caffeine should be included on the label, right beside the ABV. I could smell the poured black beer sitting a foot or two away from it. Strong coffee aroma and flavor with a thin head. The alcohol was hardly noticeable and this one is a GREAT after dinner "apertif." Ironic that I found this in Philly the same day I flew back from Montreal and the Diue du Ciel, which did not have any (US only they said). A nice treat. Rerated on 2/3/06, bottle from 8/05. Ratings stand. Outstanding. Re-rate, Mar 07 (1.5yr old bottle from 8/05): just as fantastic as ever, truly a fantastic beer, although it is one dimensional. So very nice and holds its own (more of a desert beer, though) against Speedway and Mephistopheles batch 2 in this horizontal. Rerate (4/08) of 12oz bottles on separate days, once in horizontal alongside two vintages (08 and 07) of ST Jah-va and a KBS. Clearly the winner, excellent coffee depth and richness, yet finishing with a nice bitterness, a wonderful beer, albeit a one dimensional beer. ST just doesn’t have the coffee depth and richness and is also stickier sweeter.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 2, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
From 22oz Bottle, 2005 Vintage. Pitch black, opaque pour with a soapy head the color of broken-in leather. Lots of coffee in the nose, along with some musty ashiness. The flavor is much more interesting, to my grateful appreciation. The mouthfeel is lightly creamy, and contains some sweet malty tones of molasses dipped prunes grilled over a charcoal blaze. Some very acidic french roast coffee blasts across the palate, bringing a somewhat destructive wave of caffeinated excitement to my heart. This beer is really interesting. There is an initial taste of black truffles at the very beginning, followed by a second wave of oily coffee beans before being rounded out by a hoppy finish that is in pleasant harmony with the rest of the flavors. This is the first beer I’ve had that has left me more wired than drunk upon completion, so hats off on that score as well. Intriguing and deliciously unique overall, where the only really weak point is the acidic burn of the coffee beans.
auerbrau (3126) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JUN 2, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2008 660 mL 08/05 Bottle. Pour of pitch oil black, a sparse foamy head of banana coffee and cream, lacing superbly. Aroma of rich colombian roasted
coffees and a bucket full of cold grounds from a long post church coffee hour. Touches of ash, mixed with manhattans. Really
not all that enticing, more like my grandmother’s kitchen after a long morning of swilling coffee mixed with bailey’s and
smoking a pack of Virginia Slim Menthol lights. The coffee acidity is a touch harsh and lightly overbearing, at first.
Overall, the complexity is high and the mixture of chocolate dougnut frosting, sweetness from the dredges of Ghiradelli
chocolate syrup in the bottom of a coffeehouse, and a run of blackstrap molasses flow together to form a sensation that
beautifully counters the sometimes too strong coffee acid. As my cohort points out, this is a three phase beer. First,
coffee and tamarind dry acidity. Then, secondly, a run of nice sweetness in a series of complex darker forms, like molasses,
heavily roasted malts, and wicking oaked currants. Finally, after a light wash of fruit and a more coffee drippings. In the
end, a beautiful transcendance of hop behaviour. The coffee bean flavor fade away and a gentle tinge of Simcoe lands on the
tounge in a graceful drying and balancing method. I really think that the coffee acidity hides the hops acidity for a
majority of the time that the beer is in the mouth, so that hops only show themselves at the very end in a nice lemongrass
rich smack. A few notes appear. A musky white truffle like sensation is first in the profile and also part of the aroma,
which is peculiar. Also, the coffee flavor here is heavily focused on the bean and it’s oils, more so than the actual brew,
which is fantastic. Overall, scrumptous, but the acidity is a little hot. Alcohol supremely hidden.
vidbellegueule (30) - CANADA - MAY 27, 2006
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
incredible beer. On tap at the brew pub. Nice dark color and brown head. Creamy. Lots of cofee taste. Real good beer.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 20, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma,like sticking my nose in a pile of coffee beans,and starbuck quality one at that,easily the most intense coffee aroma I have ever experienced in a beer,full rich coffee malt taste, some sweetness some coffee bean bitterness,but this is pretty much one dimensional. Expense(its more expensive then Dark Lord) makes it a once a year purchase. Added bonus,there really is a reviving wonderful buzz with this brew. I judged at a huge homebrew competition starting at 9 in the morning,I was home by 3PM and it seemed like the rest of the day was going to be a wash out. Drank a bottle of this,wow, I’m good to go for the rest of the night. Better than any energy drink
bager (2121) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - MAY 9, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Wow. Blck in colour with a medium brownish head. Coffee, coffee and coffee. Very creamy and nice carb. Also a hint of liquorice. Fantasitic.