RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 27, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black as night with a light brown head. Aroma is straight espresso. Flavor adds a little complexity with cocoa nibs, and almost a black tea tannin aspect to the finish. Very nice.
Guerde (1280) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 26, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottle from gunhaver) Pours black with a thick tan head that retains nicely and leaves sticky lacing. Aroma right off the bat is strong on dark roasted coffee, but chocolate and a light tart berry smell are present too. Upon warming, a sublte smokiness, graham cracker, and green pepper scent emerges, along with some vanilla. Further warming reveals some dark cherry. This is rather complex. Taste definitely features roasted coffee, but there’s also that tart berry-like flavor as well as some tastes of chocolate and toasted nut. The best quality of this beer is that it lacks the harsh astringency that some coffee stouts tend to possess. The finish is really roasty and chocolatey, bordering on smoky, with a bitterness appearing at the end. Smooth, substantial mouthfeel that makes it easy to drink. This is a well done integration of coffee and stout.
muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 26, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours super dark black with a thick, foamy brown head. Aroma is full of coffee, chocolate, and vanilla. Lots of roasty malt notes come through as well. The flavor has more smoky notes than the aroma leads on, but it is full of dark chocolate, and a robust coffee finish that lingers forever. Mouthfeel is adequately thick. The lacing made black metal band logos.
Rusty (1545) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 26, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared at hellbillys hellraiser II.
Pours a nice viscous thick black with a brown head. Aroma of coffee, barley, chocolate. Flavor of Coffee, barley, cocoa, chocolate. Lots of coffee in this one and quite delicious.
moelikebeer (221) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAY 25, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark black pour. Obviously a strong coffee aroma; chocolate as well. Rich, dark coffee flavor, roasted malt and chocolate. Full body. Nice beer, but for me the coffee flavor overpowered everything else and limited the complexity of the beer.
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 24, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2010 2008 Bottle - Pours impossibly brown/black with a small tan head, aroma is burnt coffee, slightly hospital-like, that is the only negative...flavour is all coffee, bitter chocolate, more tobacco as it warms, leaves you with a great mouthfeel and bitterness in the back of your throat, glad I got a few to sit on, definite potential in the cellar...4.5
Drank from the same vintage as originally...more green pepper, more astringent coffee...I donlt thing the beer has aged and changed so much as my tastes have changed...stilll good, but not great...
TBone (15616) - Pori, FINLAND - MAY 21, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pitch black, small steady expresso head. Very roasted, strong coffee beans aroma in the nose. Tobacco, coffee, some licorice. Ashy flavor. Full-bodied. Some hops in the otherwise coffeish-ashy aftertaste. Good impy, just a bit too much tobacco for my liking.
skoisirius (1892) - Earth, Washington, USA - MAY 21, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Yep...this is one of those beers that makes me glad to be alive. Thank whatever god exists in the Universe that this beer has finally made it to Washington. ’Nuff said.
Davinci (295) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep black pour with large tan head. Aroma is a wonderful sweet almost milky coffee... reminds me of a coffee milk shake. Under the rich coffee aromas are hints of chocolate, wood, and a hint of cinnamon as it warms. The aroma is so rich I dont even want to start drinking right away. The flavor does not dissapoint at all. Starts off with a pleasantly bitter big coffee with some assertive hop bitterness, mildly piney. The flavors transition to a more milk chocolatey note toward the middle. The finish lingers quite a while developing into a pleasant mild roasty flavor. Truly an excellent beer.
dchmela (2991) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours thick and black with a thick dark tan head. Big coffee aroma thats starts to give off roasted grains and chocolate as it warms. Big chocolate malt, roasted grain, coffee taste. A really nice creamy taste with a chocolate malt thickness. Finishes chocolaty and coffe bitter. Insanely awesome.