tectactoe (1857) - Michigan, USA - AUG 24, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2014 Bottle: Black as night with a light mocha, thin bubbled head. Aroma is straight up dark roast coffee. Italian espresso roast. Dark, oily, and burnt. Faint creamy sweetness in the back to balance the roast. Taste is more of the same, creamy coffee, dark roast and countered by a mild milky sweetness. Light back end astringency with a touch of deep, deep prune sweetness. Oily, thick mouth feel. Very good stuff.
[Update] Having had a few more bottles of this from various sources, I sometimes get a nice little black cherry / dark fruit tone mid-palate that blends nicely with the coffee flavors. Some bottles are roastier than others, some have a little more creamy sweet balance. All bottles are delicious, though.
Clownoisseur (212) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - SEP 16, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a one-finger tan head. Nice aromas of coffee, vanilla, caramel, roasted malt and cocoa. Taste follows the nose. Loads of coffee in the foreground. This is coupled with cocoa and vanilla and into the roasted malt. Hints of burnt toast. Fairly bold hop profile as well. A nice harmony of bitter and sweet make their way into a lively finish. On the higher side of carbonation for a stout of this size, making the body feel a tad bit thin. Slightly oily, but stays crisp. Really nice stout that keeps a great balance.
bursprak (590) - Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 15, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle poured into a oversized snifter. Jet black pour with a tiny head that quickly settles and leaves tan lacings. Nose has loads of ground coffee, some chocolate and vanilla. Taste follows the nose with some soy sauce and medium bitterness. Pretty nice!
BrewGoblin (310) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - SEP 15, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Oh la la! Les Francais savent comment faire une biere Stout! This is absolutely divine, smells of wonderful dark roast espresso, very dark raw cocoa, roasted malts, some chocolate ilk sweetness and smooth, light, roasted barley. Looks are impeccably sexy, exceedingly brown-black with a tan head that retains itself well and laces the ol’ vessel most kingly. The tongue is treated to everything to nose enjoyed plus some sweet tart cherry and vanilla. Quite sweet to start and ends bittersweet with a warming, playful booziness. A nice smooth, lightly oily mouthfeel with mid-low carbonation makes it all to easy to gulp.
guzgorog (256) - FRANCE - SEP 10, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Noir avec des reflets rouge, mousse chocolat. Nez de café, d’alcool, de bois et de fruits noirs. Bouche sur le café et le chocolat, malts grillés, alcool. Belle complexité. Corps puissant, chaleur de l’alcool présente dès le début de la dégustation. Amertume forte et peristente. Grande longueur en bouche. Superbe bière !
rdixon77 (694) - Georgia, USA - SEP 5, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Super smooth imperial coffee stout. Opaque black with glowing tan ring. Great lacing. Charred malt, black coffee, dark cocoa. Toast follows with great balance between bitter char and boozy sweetness. Great lighter mouthfeel. Excellent beer.
MrW (420) - Londerzeel, BELGIUM - SEP 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample in Alibi Room, Vancouver.
Aroma had coffee, roasted / burned, caramel, chocolat.
Pours black, lacing beige head. Only one of the rack that had a head actually.
Taste had lot of roast, coffee, liquorice.
Finish was light spicy, dry.
Good beer to start my stay in Canada.
charule (1099) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to kansaibeerlvrs. Poured black with thick tan head. Aroma strong with vanilla, pretzel coffee char. Light carb med bod. Charred grill dark choc taste.
biggsbowler (289) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - AUG 31, 2014
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - Pours a dark brown with a tan head. Wow, the coffee smell is amazing. The tastes is chocolate roasted coffee beans. Lots of strong flavors in here but so good. I can’t stop drinking this one.
KansaiBeerLvrs (2048) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 31, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at a few places during my trip, this popular jet black stout lives up to the hype. It has a velvety mouthfeel and a fantastic coffee flavor that is well balanced.
wvhoran (239) - Tasmania, - AUG 25, 2014
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours pitch black with solid tan head. The aroma is amazing--good coffee, burnt malt, some caramel and molasses. It just smells right, reminding of the first time I smelt Speedway Stout. The flavour has some sweet malt initially, caramel, but it’s swamped by hard roast coffee and roast malt bitterness. Loads of roast malt and roast coffee bitterness. The carbonation is excessive, and it lacks body. I find this very ashy and excessively dry--too much so to be a perfect coffee stout. But it is undeniably very good.