FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 15, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle Batch #2, Sampled November 2005
Pours with a frothy, three-finger thick light brown head that sits atop a rich black hue. As I pour the beer I get a rich note of burnt fruit. Up front the burnt fruit notes of raisin and prune are evident, but quickly the nose is dominated by the a strong burnt roast character that is reminiscent of black coffee and roast barley. There is also quite a bit of burnt grain husks; sharp, slightly acidic, and a bit tannic.
The taste is immediately rich and full in the mouth, though not intensely so. The beer has a sweet malt character that coupled with the roast character makes me think of a sweetened black coffee, or even better a mocha that is heavy on the espresso. The finish is quite long, it loses its richness though, it is strong on a burnt acidity, almost with an acrid burnt note that lends a certain burnt bitterness to the finish. The finish definitely makes one want to take another sip of this beer. Up front and through to the middle, this beer is rich and well matched between the mouth coating sweet malt character, the over the top roast barley & coffee notes, and rich dark chocolate flavors. The finish though is a bit too acrid, and the malt notes die off way to fast, if it lingered a bit more this beer would have a much better finish.
Don’t get me wrong this is quite an enjoyable beer, for the most part; The finish really is a bit too harsh, and the nose has a bit of the harsh notes as well. I wish that all of this beer had the balance and richness that is found up front in the taste.
fatty (363) - Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black as night with a medium bubbly tan head. Instant and obvious aroma of fresh ground coffee. Taste blends the strong coffee with some roasted bitter chocolate. Nice palate that leaves you wanting more. I’m just getting into good coffee, but I’m thinking I should take a cup of this to the office every morning instead.
adrian910ss (2387) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark motor oil black color with a thin creamy beige head. Aroma is dominated by fresh roasted coumbian coffee. Taste is ALL COFFEE. A very interesting imperial stout loaded with fresh roasted coffee flavor. Very unique and very good.
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2008 Poured solid black with a frothy brown head. Aroma is a lot of coffee with dark chocolate and hazelnut. Flavor was dark chocolate, strong coffee, smoked and toasted malts. I kind of expected this to be as thick and cakey as the D.L. but it was very smooth. I’m very interested in seeing how this ages.
On tap at Dieu du Ciel.
You haven’t had this beer until you’ve had it on tap. A world of difference! All of the flavors were still there but just better balanced and very smooth with some serious banana bread notes. My trip to Montreal was ALL about this beer.
Ungstrup (29988) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
[Tap at the brewpub] A pitch black beer with a small brown head. The aroma contains strong notes of primarily coffee and vanilla - reminds me of a good ice coffee. The flavor has strong notes of roasted malt, coffee, and again vanilla. Wow.
Dorwart (2410) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 13, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottled Nov 2004) Very large light brown head from a way to vigorous pour. Quite unattractive head of all different sized bubbles from very small to very large. Big and frothy. Decent carbonation for an imperial stout. Lots of coffee in the aroma with dark malts, roasted grains and a bit of bitter chocolate. Maybe a little of french vanilla also. Color is essentially black. Lively in the mouth and remains free flowing. Not as thick as I would have expected. Plenty of coffee, smoke and a little bit of sweetness. Bitterness of dark chocolate in the background. Pretty complex. Finish is roasty with a lingering aftertaste of bitter coffee. I am NOT a coffee fan but this one is pretty smooth and mellow yet very powerful. Alcohol is hidden very well. A very good imperial stout. I can understand why people go bonkers over this one.
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 9, 2005
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2006 Poured black with a tan head. Head resembles a capuccino. Aroma of vanilla coffee bean, roasted chocolate, wine, caramel and courant. The coffee flavor is really incredible. Palate is so thick with a soothing alcohol bite. If this weren’t so pricey I would drink this instead of coffee. Awesome beer.
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - NOV 5, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The aroma is a deep rich roasted coffee. The appearance is a deep black with a long lasting tan head. Mortel’s flavor is a rich and robust roasted coffee. The mouthfeel is full and deeply satisfying.
notalush (5156) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 29, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2007 Tap and Spuyten Duyvil - as one that loves his coffee as much as his beer, and one that has tried quite a few coffee stouts, I must say that I really haven’t seen any beer that has "married coffee and beer so naturally and seamlessly" - the mouthfeel is oil and rich, but not overly thick and heavy - jet black with minimal head - aroma of, yup, coffee, with hints of sweet cream and roasted malt - soft carbonation accentuates the creaminess of the flavor - coffee, cream and a hint of chocolate - I’ve never tasted such common flavors put to such good use, or taste quite so complex - a great beer all around.
joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - OCT 24, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2006 Had the bottled version last year...Lots of ,duh ,coffee. Quite carbonated. Bitter, ash tray finish that bothered me a bit . Had on tap last night at Spuyten Duyvil. Very little carbonation. Beautiful Pour. Black with nice brown head. Lots of coffee, and only a touch of the unpleasant ash tray/ cigarette flavor. Had again in the bottle, this time was blown away, awesomely flavorful.