Sephiroth (66) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - FEB 17, 2008
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottled in 11/04: The initial pour goes into a large tulip with about an inch and a half of foam. The head leaves clumps of lace on the sides of the glass.This beer mantains a fifth of an inch of head throughout the session. The nose is one of coffee and roasted malt.
This beer tastes of coffee above all else. I like my coffee as Ilike my beers, that is fully flavored and over the top. I detect more chocolate flavor as I progress through the bomber. This is beginning to look more and more like a frothy cup of coffee. It tastes not just as though someone put 2 packs into the coffee maker; it tastes of gourmet coffee. I deduct a half point only because this brew is one dimensional in flavor.
Its mouthfeel is that of a rootbeer float with lots of melted ice cream in it. It is simply world class. The drinkability is good for the style. I have drained this bottle with efficiency but would certainly not drink another in the same sitting. If you find a bottle for less than $20, consider yourself lucky and buy every last one of them.
TheEpeeist (3520) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
22.3 oz, bottled 2005. My 700th rating. I was going to include this in my top-rated stouts blind tasting series but decided to drink the four from the coffee-ish group over the next week to better enjoy each. Dark brown with a settling tan head. Nose is dusty coffee and dark chocolate with a touch of boozy raisin. Medium body with tongue buzzing carb. Taste is like sucking on dark roast Sumatran coffee beans. Some plum and grassy, bitter licorice. An elegant coffee showcase.
brewandbbq (269) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 13, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle dated November 2007.
Pours opaque black with a one-plus inch head of dense, brown froth. Very pillowy and soft in appearance.
Aromatics are loaded with strong coffee, bitter chocolate, and roasted malts.
Very roasty and chocolatey with plenty of espresso notes.
The mouthfeel is smooth and thick. Chewy with gription aplenty. Drying but still plenty of residual tackiness.
The pallet is assertively packed with heavily roasted coffee oils, dark chocolate, and char.
All the flavors are layered perfectly, even for a beer so top-heavy with coffee.
Hopping is minimal, and the biiterness seems to come from the coffee.
Finishes slightly warming, with lingering coffee and chocolate, and a hint of vanilla.
I think the key to this beer is the an extremely high grade of coffee beans, and the balancing thats achieved with them.
I would love to try this one after spending some time in a bourbon barrel.
GreenWall (54) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - FEB 13, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2008 Pours opaque jet black, with the merest hint of the suggestion of red highlights at the edges. Tan, almost reddish head that disappears into a lingering film.
Aroma: notes of coffee, rum, port, roast malt, with hazelnut and dark chocolate as it warms.
Flavour: strong coffee flavour, complemented by a nicely balanced sweetness. Plenty of dark roasty bite, but not unpleasantly astringent. Finishes with plenty of dark chocolate nuttiness. Port. For a beer this strong, it hides its alcohol well. Until it warms up, I would never have put this beer at 9.5. Not at all harsh, even when the alcohol starts to come out.
Chocolate milkshake mouthfeel.
Just enough carbonation to enliven it. Wonderful.
Christian (11700) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 12, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black with a disappearing light brown head. Coffee (cold, day old coffee), ashes, licorice, charcoal in the nose, the coffee so dominating that I don’t sense beer. Intense flavour mixing coffee, chocolate, roast malt, and a touch of hop bitterness on a sweet background. A pleasant surprise after the aroma. But as always with flavoured and spiced beer, I prefer the flavouring subdued and the beer in the foreground.
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - FEB 12, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Phil for this one. Dark black body with a tan head of sea foam consistency which recedes in the center while the edges cling to the glass for dear life. The aroma has a dry chalky coffee front backed up by a sweet mocha and floral hop backbone. The flavor is expectedly coffee like along with the chocolate notes. The body is lighter than expected for a stout with such intense aroma and flavor.
BlackDonald (1126) - Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA - FEB 11, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a very murky oily deep rich black with a small ring tan of head that recedes into a wispy ring of foam bubbles. Big malty nose, yields a very tannic aroma of dark fruits, alcohol, milk chocolate and sweet creamy coffee. What an amazingly heavy and heavenly mouthfeel. Rich and creamy cocoa and coffee. This is so delicious, oily and smooth, with just a hint of vanilla and bourbon like heat. Nicely balanced with a roasty coffee acidity.
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - FEB 9, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. Aroma is big coffee, with some hints of port and smoke. Average sized brown head that mostly diminished and left fair lace. Pitch black hue. Flavor is coffee and some smoke and chocolate. Nice burnt finish. Palate is smooth and medium bodied with no alcohol detected. Very good imp stout with smooth burnt espresso flavor and aroma. Nice.
Ibrew2or3 (7411) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 7, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of wetherel who opened this gem at the fordest tasting sharing it with fordest, toncatcher, padrefan98 and wetherel. Pours very dark with deep amber and thin head. The aroma is a fist full of coffee grounds and cigar ash. There’s mild roasted malts and burnt malts out the back. The taste is an initial bolt of rich chocolate followed closely by coffee grounds, some mild astringency from the coffee and a hit of licorice. It is smooth and ends rich and creamy. YUM.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - FEB 6, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2005 22 oz. bottle via trade with bentley78 well over a year ago - Pours a dark brown color with a 1/2 finger thick tan head. Light lacing. Aroma is mainly coffee. Flavor is coffee and chocolate. Has a slightly dry palate. Medium body. A good beer. Thanks Ben.