jamestulloch (2698) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 26, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from BottleDog, Edinburgh. Black body with a medium beige head. Lots of sticky lacing on the glass. Aroma of ash, espresso, dark chocolate, vanilla pods, cocoa powder and Weetos. Flavour of liquorice, coffee, fruit cake and treacle with a peppery finish. Thick body with a chewy mouthfeel. Light fizz. A bold, luscious beer. Delicious.
justinbkk (3) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 25, 2015 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Definitely one of the best stouts I’ve had the pleasure of drinking. Nice, thick, full of coffee and balanced like a sensible dinner after a slim fast shake for breakfast and lunch.
Alengrin (3884) - BELGIUM - DEC 14, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dieu du Ciel’s famous RIS, draught at Gollem in Antwerp. Lacing, thick, coarse, yellowish beige head, very dark bronze colour, as good as black. Intense and seductive bouquet of fine espresso beans, bitter chocolate, smoked horse meat, bayleaf, stewed beef, coffee grounds, dried banana, green pepper, sage, fried mushrooms, chestnuts. Subtle and extremely well-dosed candied sweetness in the onset balanced perfectly with meaty umami flavours and a basic elderberry sourishness; soft carbo fit for the style, thick, oily and viscous mouthfeel, seaweed umami flavours progressing towards the finish where they are met with lovely thick chocolate maltiness and coffeeish roasted bitterness, along with spicy hops and a glow of warming, bourbon-like alcohol; the ’chocolate bittersweetness’ lingers deep into the throat. World class stout, that much is clear (I went back for another one the day after) and surely the best Canadian beer I have tasted so far. A must if you are into imperial stouts!
leaparsons (9271) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, Brewdog Leicester. Near black with a beige head. Coffee with dark chocolate and cherry stone. Earthy and oily with hints of bonfire smokiness. Dark berries with hints of cheese. Nutty, dry, peppery finish. Very good.
wlajwl (5061) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - DEC 13, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is coffee, dark malts and dark fruit/cherries/slight funk. The flavor is coffee, dark fruit/cherries, dark malts, chocolate and a mix of acidity and slight funk in the finish.
esp0r (2541) - NORWAY - DEC 13, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at What’s Brewing 2015
Black, beige head. Smell of chocolate, coffee, dark malts. Moderate sweet, alot of delicious coffee, dark fruits and roast. Moderate bitter finish
ContemplateBeer (1878) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 10, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2015 11.5 oz. bottle all to myself, from Louisville Beer Store (bottled 7/15). Pretty sure I had this some years ago and rated it, but this gives me a good reason to pick up another bottle. Aroma: Big french-style coffee roast with chocolate brownie and a lighter, woody smokiness. Appearance: Oily black pour with a towering mocha head that settles into a sticky, patchy ring. Flavor: Coffee-centric up front with an undercurrent of brownie; dries out very well towards the finish, which is a little bitter. Palate: Medium body, sticky texture, soft carbonation, bitter finish. Overall: Not a overly complex IS, but delivers nicely nonetheless.
jamesewelch (242) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 9, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From 12oz bottle, poured into shaker pint glass
Aroma: coffee, sweet, caramel, bread, roasty
Appearance: black, tan head, mostly clear
Taste: light sweet, medium bitter
Palate: full body, creamy texture, average carbonation, bitter finish
Overall: A really great coffee beer. Great balance of coffee and stout. Alcohol is well hidden by the coffee and roastiness. Nice bitterness too. I like my coffee beer more like coffee than a flavored coffee-like drink. A very solid coffee stout. Highly recommend picking up at least a single or pour, if you see it.
samsmith33 (772) - - DEC 7, 2015
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle to goblet. Look: oily black pour, small head. Thick looking stout. Aroma : strong coffee, smoke. Coffee is a very dark aromatic. Taste is Dark coffee, deep roasted malt and roasted coffee beans....almost burnt, but enough sugars to keep it smooth. Dark chocolate. Deep down are some dark fruits and nutty flavors, but they are overwhelmed by the coffee. Feel is thick but light, minimal carbonation. Very tasty. Would love to try the bourbon barrel aged version.
katrinaez (947) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong coffee scent. Some cocoa bitter. Very syrupy. Sweet but strong and bitter at the same time. No carbonation. Very thick. Bottle