sepia5 (237) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 9, 2011
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black, but slightly translucent around the edges with a fair amount of tan head for an imperial stout. Nose is coffee and alcohol, but not particularly strong. Flavor is bitter coffee and the hops are apparent. One thing I’m struck by is a very nice, lively mouthfeel. This beer is definitely well carbonated for an imperial stout. I really enjoyed it.
deepeary (237) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 15, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
On tap at The Only Cafe. Hands down the best coffee stout I’ve tried. I can’t imagine anything more rich and delicious. Tonnes of coffee, chocolate on the nose and mouth. Bitter chocolate finish. Thick, creamy mouth feel. A joy to sip. Definitely lives up to my expectations.
coachd (235) - Missouri, USA - OCT 19, 2014
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smells great. The aroma gives off mostly espresso, but has some other cream-like sweetness to balance it out. Looks great too - black with a small ring of tan foam that sticks around for the whole glass. Taste is coffee bitterness but has a slightly sweet aftertaste that belies the balance suggested in the aroma. Very drinkable for 9.5%. Palate is pretty watery, which I believe is it’s only true flaw. Coffee stouts should have their own category in RB; this is a good one.
coldmeat23 (232) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 17, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
No light can penetrate the blackness that this liquid has. Truly black. Very nice dark tan colored thick two-fingered head of dense foam. Good retention. Excellent ’curtain-like’ lacing. Not so much ’lace’, as it is more like a solid sheet of film. Excellent!
Very nice hefty malt nose. A small swirl brings out notes of dark fruit. Light coffee scent is present, though not as much as expected.
Big dark malts mixed with espresso shots hit you first. Chocolate notes mingle with dark fruit sweetness. An ever so light hint of vanilla kind of levels things out to a very nice balance.
Very nice and silky in the mouth. Creamy smooth, yet light.
Excellently drinkable. I can’t argue with so many before who have rated this brew so highly. It truly is worthy of it’s praise.
kenwall17 (232) - new york, New York, USA - MAR 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Too heavy in coffee for me. Tasted along side with Founders Imperial Stout, found the Founders to be much more appealing.
Melker (231) - Varberg, SWEDEN - OCT 10, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Ölrepubliken. Served a little bit too cold. Color is dark red-brown, minimal head. Aroma of coffee, hints of smoke and red berries. Low sweetness, moderate bitterness. Long aftertaste, really tasty.
nickchalk (229) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 17, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Served in a tulip. Tan one inch head, black as can be. A classy looking beer. Aroma is alcoholic-caffenated hops, burnt chocolateness. Taste is chockingly full of contradictions: candy sweet, yet hoppy bitter, while roasty coffee beans do their job well. Really thick on the palate, a sort of syrup almost, though it still presents real substance and body that many nitro-beers lack. A real treat. Draught.
toncatcher (228) - Santee - SAN DIEGO, California, USA - JAN 10, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle shared at Fordest Tasting, thanks wetherel. WOW! Pours black with no head. Aroma of Coffee. Flavors of strong coffee grounds. I love a coffee stout as much as the next guy, but this was over the top.
plaugher (228) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAR 7, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz on tap in a tulip. Pours a deep black with a light fluffy mocha head. Big nose of roasted coffee and caramel, with a very rich, warming, coffee flavour. Smooth, silky and oh so warming, with a light bitter finish. Doesn’t feel boozy at all, which is mildly disconcerting; however, the richness ensures that this does not turn into a session beer. A gorgeous stout.
dmradus (227) - Ithaca, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2008
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Ebenezer’s, Lovell, Maine. Black pour, small and continually diminishing brown head. The aroma is amazing - unadulterated dark roast coffee, strong espresso, slight sweet molasses. I’ve never smelled something like this in a beer, much less in a cup of fresh coffee. The nose is simply stunning - everyone tries to do a coffee stout but I’ve never smelled anything that approximates this. Taste is much the same if only a bit of a letdown from the amazing aroma. Upfront chocolate and a nice interplay of roast and sweetness in the malt character. Nicely bitter finish (not hop bitter, but coffee bitter) which I remember describing at the time as ’morning coffee wrapped in a chocolate bar.’ Just a great taste, as much interesting in the absolute absence of dark fruits as it is with the amazing coffee and roast flavor. Smooth and thick on the palate, very slight carbonation, creamy. Long-lasting, pleasing aftertaste. Did not want this beer to end, ever.