nolankowal (937) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 10, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottled April 2005. Wow! A very hard pour leaves a opaque, pitch black liquid with a super bubbly medium tan head that dissapates rather quickly. The aroma is smokey, with some dark chocolate and lots and lots of coffee. The flavor is an even bigger kick of coffee, with some dark chocolate, some hazelnut,carmelized sugar, dark fruits and some smoke. I’ve had plenty of coffee stouts, but this one really hits the mark if that is the flavor you are looking for. This beer is big...chewy and oily over the tounge with a bittersweet coffee/dark chocolate finish. At first I thought this beer was kind of full of itself for the price it was charging for admission, but in the the end I feel it was worth the money.
Juelze (1141) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 4, 2006
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2008 Bottled 8/05. Pours a black color with nice tan frothy head. Aroma is of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, and a bit of smoke. Taste is dark chocolate upfront, coffee, and the sweet malt in the end. This beer lacks the coffee punch I was expecting until it warms up to room temperature, that’s when the coffee comes alive. However, if I never had Founders Breakfast Stout I wouldn’t be so biased as Breakfast Stout delivers in the coffee category. Palate is dry and a bit acrid but the alcohol is cleverly hidden. This beer is very complex and very tasty. However, I think it’s WAY overpriced. It’s a great beer however for this price it should be perfect.
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer offers a hearty aroma of sweet coffee and almonds. It is a black solution that produces a decent mocha colored head and heavy lacing. This thick beer introduces itself with a healthy coffee taste that has infusions of nuts and malts. The taste fades leaving a mildly sweet smoky chocolate taste lingering.
fordest (2133) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - FEB 26, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
660 ml bottle bottled on 8/05 special thanks to pineypower. What a great beer. Pours darkest black with a brown head. Head pretty decent for an Imperial. Left decent lacing too. Aromas were coffee right off, then some chocolate and dark fruit came through. Chocolate covered cherries with coffee on the side. Flavors were were more coffee and rich roasty malts. A slightly bitter finish kept it all from being too sweet. Awesome stuff.
TAR (2518) - 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 (3186) - 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 (986) - 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!