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)
GreatDane1632 (708) - USA - APR 29, 2015
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass -- suprised about the twist off cap but DDC don’t care. I was skeptical about this beer from the get go, but it proved me wrong at every opportunity. Nothing crazy about aroma or appearance, fairly solid; flavor however, now that’s where this beer is magical. Medium to full feel of dark malts, roast and a firm hop bitterness give way to an oak flavor rounded out by a hint of sweetness. Just great.
lightbias (251) - USA - APR 29, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
An onus attached to the bottle with the twist-off cap is obviously not dark enough to dissuade Dieu du Ciel from taking care of business as they see fit, and I certainly don’t find any reason to doubt them when I peel the cap off the neck of this deliciously sexy bottle. The aroma is mesmerizing; a desperately deep espresso flavor dripping in ashes and dark caramel. When I pour, the flow is akin to burnt toffee, the cascading liquid causing the foam to erupt on the surface, shrouding the beer in a thick, latte colored blanket.
The first draw is so many times a light sip, almost an intake of breath. Not this time. The aroma is so powerful that I feel a need to draw a long swallow. I pull the cool brew into my mouth and ply it with my tongue, stirring it into the corners, pushing it into the hidden spots and finding all of its excellent features by letting it warm in the process. The espresso is rich, a dark toffee touching the flavor, but not overwhelming me with sweetness, only soothing the bitterness of the coffee. The creamy, full body and ample carbonation carry the flavors and aroma without a thought, as if they were light as a feather, despite their weight in gustatory gold. This amazing brew finishes as an excellent reminder of what I just experienced and lasts intact for a few minutes before waving a silent and graceful farewell.
I don’t care what the shipping is, I’m finding this again...in multiples!
Tonkun (989) - New Jersey, USA - APR 26, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark brown (almost black) pour with a nice beige bubbly head that dissipated quickly. Coffee, dark dried fruits, soil, lead. Good carbonation. Medium milky body. A lot of great coffee but not overwhelming. Awesome balance of acidity, bitterness, sweetness and alcohol. Long coffee finish that ends with a long alcohol burn in the throat. Hides the alcohol well. Really nice
jksipa (478) - Newmarket, Ontario, CANADA - APR 24, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from the LCBO. Pitch black pour with a tiny tan head that fades quickly with minimal lacing. Nose is coffee, roasted coffee and some more coffee along with a touch of chocolate and some vanilla. Bitter coffee and chocolate throughout with a sufficiently sweet toffee background to support the whole. Vanilla notes are a bit more present in the taste. Medium full creamy mouth with a long bitter finish. Very nice.
dpgjrnhcraftbrew (68) - New Hampshire, USA - APR 24, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very black color in nature with a small tan/mocha head and no lacing to speak of. Coffee in the aroma as well as roasted espresso beans. Tastes like a fresh brewed cup of espresso over ice. Bitter coffee up front with roast and char to follow. A warm finish and smooth on the palate. Wonderful coffee stout; the way it should be!
TATE (346) - Lubec, Maine, USA - APR 23, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours black with a tan head. Vanilla aroma. Very similar to the Aphrodisiaque with a bit more booziness.
CousinBrenden (125) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 21, 2015
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Jet black opaque with tan one finger head and full glass of lacing. Intense French roast coffee flavor perfect mouthfeel and a coffee finish that lasts and lasts.
RhetoricalAns (514) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 20, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
341 mL bottle. Black pour, couple fingers of dark beige head. good retention and lacing. Big roast malt, dark chocolate, espresso. Taste has some licorice, decent bitterness. big, bold, excellent.
Fredd_an (170) - Borlänge, SWEDEN - APR 3, 2015
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Makalöst fantastisk doft av kaffe, blockchoklad, kan inte bli bättre. Smaken av choklad går igenom ölen. Den är fantastisk! Även kaffe.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
budedou (502) - Saint Etienne, FRANCE - MAR 29, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark brown with tan head. Nose is mostly roast and dark fruit with a coffee. Taste is coffee and more coffee. Some spiciness. Coffee lasts way into the aftertaste. Great!!