TAR (2401) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - FEB 19, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nov., 2004 bottling: Virtually opaque black. Big rich-tan bubbles condense into a fine layer of cream. Heavily charred aroma with tar, smoke, richly earthy java, burnt custard, and potting soil. Fairly phenolic. Pleasingly dense in body. Mostly soft and velvety carbonation, yet with a fine tingle of spritz. Opens with a poignant sting of char and a snappy but relaxed phenolic bite. Sneaky java intensity slowly develops an extremely smoky and nutty earthiness and glides down like liquid tar and burnt chocolate fudge. Bittersweet notes of unsweetened cocoa and black chocolate truffles fuse with well managed coffee- and malt-derived acidity to add more layers of depth. Rich java anchors the drier char elements and tugs the palate downward with significant force. Meaty as all get out. Tannic alcohol warms the body and lends dryness, but is otherwise a non-factor. Perceptible nuttiness and roasted grains complement the rounded inky and salmiakki overtones. Finishes with snippets of vinous acidity and ashen malt dryness, but otherwise decidedly punishing and potent with lingering espresso beans bathing in fudge and tar. This is a journey in a bottle. (9/4/8/4/17=4.2)
Draft: Dark brown. Creamy gray-tan foam. Bittersweet aroma of charcoal and coffee. Surprisingly simplistic. Somewhat dense in body, but overly gritty from the nitrogen. Initially nutty with roasted malts and softening hints of coconut milk. Mild buttery espresso flavor cuts the acidity and dryness from the heavily charred coffee character. Bittersweet chocolate center. Gobs of char flavors, ranging from burnt matchsticks to charcoal. Hint of crystallized sugar compounds the firm char. Moderately slick ink flavors. The coffee begs for some malt complexity to curtail its acridness, but it never arrives. Finishes dry and gradually more subdued in its intensity. After judging this from the bottle, where it really sparkles, I see no reason to nitrogenate this. (7/4/7/3/14=3.5)
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - FEB 18, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2006 Pours jet black with a big tan head. The aroma is lots of dark roasted coffee, chocolate, and figs. Big coffee flavor with bitter chocolates and dark fruits. The mouthfeel is thick and sticky.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2006 Finally found a good time to crack this one open. Nice black pour with a decent sized creamy head. Strong roated coffee smell, that was really inviting. Dark bitter coffe up front with a chocolate and just a hint of dark fruit. Nice dry finish.
rajendra82 (932) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - FEB 15, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Picked up this bomber a little while back while visiting Charlotte and making a stop at Brawley’s. This is the last of a series of Coffee flavored Stouts I have run into lately. The beer poured out dark and opaque like a Stout should. The color was not quite completely black, and showed a bit of red at the edges when held up against the light. The head was two finger tall, creamy, and displayed excellent stability and longevity.
There was no mistaking the presence of coffee while smelling the beer. The dark espresso roast smell came out quite clearly and beautifully. There was also some floral hoppiness coming through in the aroma.
The taste was dry, roasty, and decadent. Dark bitter coffee was certainly in the forefront, followed by bittersweet chocolate, sticky toffee, and finishing up with grape skin. The alcohol was very warming, but not overly pungent. Mouthfeel stayed dry and got a little grainy at the end of each sip.
This was certainly not as easy to drink as Founder’s Breakfast Stout, or my local favorite Terrapin Wake and Bake. Unlike those beers, this was missing the rounded oat texture. Without that aspect, it felt slightly harsher and edgier.
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - FEB 10, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle thanks to hey_kevin and hopdog. i am not a coffee fan i have never liked it but this is wonderfull. pours a nice pitch black with a large brownish tan head just a little lacing. aroma is a very rich coffee with a nice smoked malt backround taste is dark chocolate, coffee, malt, hops and just a little sweet. a fantastic beer. very surprising for a non coffe drinker.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - FEB 10, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle courtesy of hopdog. Wow. This is like Founder’s Breakfast Stout on crack. Really, smooth, drinkable beer. Coffee dominates nose and mouth. Subtel alcohol. REALLY GOOD! BELIEVE THE HYPE!
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 4, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Serious malt and coffee nose. Dark medium foam. Extreme coffee chocolate flavor. Alchohol is masked beautifully. A rarity as far as being available in bottles. Available at Colonial Spirits.
beastiefan2k (2260) - 2nd City (formely NYC & KS), Illinois, USA - FEB 3, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Well, it cost $35 at the Hop Deveil Grill bu it was worth it. The commercial description on top tells you everything you need to know, it beer and coffee. Not just hints of coffee but taste and smell of coffee, good smelling coffee as well. Unlike, any coffe stouts out there. There is some taste of alcohol when it goes down. There is not much after the coffee thing but it is a great coffee angle.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - FEB 2, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
It’s coffee in a glass! Pours very dark with a big, puffy head. Smells like, not surprisingly, coffee, but it’s not incredibly overpowering. Flavor tastes, not surprisingly, of coffee, but there’s at least some beer-ness in here competing with the one-dimensional coffee character. Nice malty sweetness at the end plus a bit of smoke makes this actually decent, and I don’t even like coffee.
JK (4244) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 1, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2009 This is like an iced coffee. Coffee aroma, coffee flavor; coffee everywhere. Black with a small tan head. Thick and heavy on the palate. It is a little simple for a 100th percentile beer, being all about coffee and nothing else, but what it does offer it does amazingly well.