AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 9, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown in color with a very pillowy inch of head. Smell is very roasty. A very burnt coffee grinds kind of smell. Taste is much the same.
I had the earlier release of this beer a few years back in a bomber and it tasted completely different than this. The earlier bottle had a luxurious, velvety, espresso flavor. This newer release has a burnt coffee flavor. Decent mouthfeel, but I have to think that there is something slightly off with this bottle.
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 8, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2010 [5.8.08 bottle]Thanks to whoever brought this to us on DLD 08! Pours near black, a little bit oily, with an unexpected larger beige frothy head. Incredible cinnamon coffee ground aroma with notes of chocolate, raisins and licorice as well. Great coffee flavor that is just sweet enough. Low dry bitterness. I like this better than Bourbon Kentucky Breakfast. Slightly creamy, but somewhat thin, body with low carbonation. This is a very very drinkable IRS. [rerate 2.6.09 126.96.36.199.17] . . . . . . . . . . [rerate, bottle says early 08, but I’m thinking I meant to write early 09???] Pours beautifully, almost a 5. Aroma of malt flour, mocha, sweet, dark chocolate, a bit of soy, light vanilla... still pleasant, 8. Flavor has held up alright, coffee is stale at this point, sweet syrupy chocolate soy type thing, vanilla and cream, maybe getting a touch vegetal at this point, 8. Body is slick and syrupy light fizzy spreadout carb, 4, 15 . . . . . . .188.8.131.52.15]
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 8, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours pitch black with a thick tan head. Smells like pure coffee. Has a medium to heavy mouthfeel. There is a subtle creaminess to it as well. Tastes like I’m enjoying a nice dark roast coffee. And I really like coffee. The coffee is way over the top and I really like that. Only slight hints of malt and hop appear here. This brew is for coffee lovers only.
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 8, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
11.5oz bottle. To my surprise I found this beer shopping today, I didn’t even think this was distributed here. Pours pretty damn black with a nice big foamy light brown head that has good retention. I can smell the coffee from a couple feet away. Pleasant coffee aroma that is strong but not one dimensional. There’s some sweet maltiness underneath but the coffee is definitely at the forefront. Taste is mostly coffee too. Actually it’s all coffee, with a bitter, slightly ashy aftertaste (though not astringent). Body is medium. This is pretty good though I don’t think it really stands out among other coffee stouts, and I love coffee stouts. I’d say this is on par or a little worse even than Southern Tier’s Jah-va.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 8, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
BB 2011. Pours coal black with a full, tan, creamy, frothy, somewhat rocky head; longevity is great and lace is sporatic. Nose is nice with lots of rich mocha notes to match molasses, a lightly scorched maple wood, and some chocolate shake notes; coffee beans which are nicely roasted BALANCE the sweet notes and are not overly roasted. Flavor is less sweet than the nose suggests but still nice; burned maple wood and lots of moderately roasted coffee beans are most dominant with underlying notes of mocha, resinous hops, and faint molasses. Bitterness is moderately high from the coffee notes and only a bit of itterness noticable from the hops; the acidity is moderate from the coffee but not offputting, it fits in the style well. Palate is nice with a soft carbonation, a full body, and a coating, silky feel; somewhat chewy but falls shy becoming syrupy. Finishes long and dry with plenty of burned and roasty notes including roasted coffee, burnt caramel, and faint burned maple wood. A very nice example of the style and certainly a coffee lovers dream but not the most complex, considering the style. A little more dry than I like in an Imp, but certainly carries enough sweet malt notes to balance the dry coffee notes. While it’s not my favorite of the style, the intense coffee notes create an interesting twist on the ever-expanding syle.
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 6, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
11.5oz. Bottle: Aroma of roasted (or even slightly burnt) malts, dark chocolate, and coffee. I am not sure why everyone seems to think this deserves such high aroma ratings. Poured black in color with a large, dark brown head that lasted throughout. Opaque. Excellent lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of dark chocolate, roasted (or even slightly burnt) malts, coffee, and a little cream. Full body. Tingly texture becomes chalky. Soft carbonation. Dry, chocolate and coffee finish.
DrnkMcDermott (2977) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Offered by glouglouburp at the Flossmoor pre-DLD party! Deep black demon in a glass that admits no light through it. Even my taste poured with a big brown head. Taste is of thick, thick stout... a stoutshake? And, oh, yes, a big taste of coffee comes in just behind it. Wonderful stuff.
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAY 3, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2008 05 bomber with a big thanks to RagallachMC
for the trade. Pours deep brown with a medium head. Intense aroma of coffee and chocolate, vanilla and cream. The decadence carries through to the taste; sweet and rich and a bit like tiramisu.
08 12oz - tasted pretty much the same as the 05, but maybe a bit fresher. In truth, the 05 held up extremely well, but the new bottles are the same beer.
Brian2000 (14) - CANADA - MAY 3, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black and thick with a thick, beige head. Aroma is strong coffee with a touch of roasted malt. Clings to the the palate and delivers a blast of burnt espresso. Bitter finish. Very complex and very nice.
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours opaque brown, almost black, with a moderate brown head; looks a lot like a Bell’s Expedition. Nose explodes with chocolate and coffee. Taste of sweet chocolate, bitter espresso, in wonderful balance, but without the strong hop finish of a Bell’s or the clear hop notes of a Storm King. Wonderful big creamy mouth. Really nice beer, loses maybe a point because of the price, 50% more than a Bell’s and more than triple a Storm King.