keanex (1144) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - JUN 15, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Joe Canals West Deptford.
Appearance: Black body with a creamy brown head that has excellent retention.
Aroma: Strong earthy coffee with hints of cocoa. Coffee is the star here.
Taste: Coffee overlies a cocoa and caramel base, like a caramel cappuccino. Excellent.
Palate: Medium to thick bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Excellent coffee stout, certainly coffee heavy, but the subtle undertones make this.
CJfromPhilly (138) - Aston, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours from the 12 oz.bottle a dark brown that borders on being black with a HUGE 2 1/2 finger beige head that seems to last forever before settling into a thick collar. Itís impossible to judge the carbonation level by looking for bubbles in the darkness. The aroma is somewhat faint, but there are hints of coffee and smoke. 1st sip brings a mellow mixture of black coffee and unsweetened dark chocolate. The flavors are somewhat subdued and underwhelming at first taste, but they linger and get more noticeable on and after the swallow. The mouthfeel is somewhat on the thin side, but has more heft than your average macrobeer. Overall, this is a good offering. Quite a nice introduction to this brewery and itís beers! Looking forward to more!
strongpieman (1322) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Complex stout taste with some sweet and coffee flavors. Dark brown, thick, sharp finish but doesn't linger too long.
ThisWangsChung (638) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.
A: Pours a borderline black color, albeit one that lacks impressive thickness. The head is a four finger khaki shade featuring nice retention. The head leaves behind some nice lacing, also.
S: Thereís a good espresso presence here, but itís not overpowering or even super-strong. Beneath the coffee notes lie notes of licorice, chocolate, roasted barley, cream, and even some leafy hops. Really damn pleasant, if not massively bold.
T: Initially it opens up with some light roasted barley and chocolate. Coffee builds up on the finish and aftertaste, backed by some licorice, nuttiness, char, and even a touch of piny hops. I donít think the espresso used here is amazing, which is my biggest quibble. Decently deep and enjoyable, though.
M: Indeed, this one lacks body. Itís not the driest coffee stout either, choosing to err slightly towards a sweet finish. It goes down superbly, which is my #1 desire for a good coffee stout.
O: I donít think it can compete with WnB or FBS. I do think, however, itís a solid alternative, and a superbly priced one at that. And it delivers the drinkability and the coffee-ness I look for.
cheap (3659) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2013
2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
decent stout aroma. big black alky laced coffee nastiness. think grampaís shot or two in his evening coffee. same with the finish. tho it did have a slight milk stout aroma, this stuff is far off from sweet stout. think imperial coffee stout, wew. in conclusion, the label on the bottle is eye candy. looks good, smell pretty good, but what looks and smells like sweet stout is not, near 10% and its completely inyer face.
kramer (4380) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a clear dark brown, almost black body, with a minimal fizzy light brown head that quickly faded to a thin ring. The nose is just bursting with citrusy coffee and roasty maltiness. Smells like itís pretty dry and thereís zero alcohol noticeable. The flavor is driven mostly by the coffee, which is very well done, itís lightly citrusy and the bitterness is kept completely in check. Some slight sweetness below the coffee, but itís not clingy or sweet. Just a nice well rounded coffee stout, I have a hard time believing that this is 9% ABV, there really isnít any hint of booziness. Medium bodied with soft minimal carbonation. Lingering dark-roast coffee finish. I really liked this one, but then again, Iím kinda a sucker for good coffee beers.
zickbeer_ye (186) - Virginia, USA - MAY 1, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Malty dark coffee and chocolate smell with sweet nutty carmel in the end. Light tannins head and dark brown body. Spicy black coffee with a dry choclate that gets a little hot. Smooth a little carbonated and spicy on the palte. Pretty tasty
Darwenus (451) - Virginia, USA - APR 29, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I enjoyed this at first, but it grew overly sweet by the end of the glass. The body is jet black with no real head and the aroma is strongly coffee and chocolate and a little vanilla. Thereís a slightly boozy quality to the smell, too. The flavor is strong chocolate, and itís very sweet, but by the end it was far too sweet and kind of artificial tasting. I liked the first half of the bottle a lot, though.
dmac (3543) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - APR 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Surf Taco. The aroma on this is a close replacement to Breakfast Stout. The body was only medium at best but towards the end of the 12oz glass it seemed a tad bit thin,carbonation was a tad bot on the high end to make the body seem even thinner. Flavor was great, basically a cup of black coffee with some hops and burnt toast. Overall this is one solid underrated beer.
boxofrane (1718) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Total Wine. Pours black with a small tan head that is dissipating fairly quickly. The aroma is fairly one dimensional with a whole bunch of coffee, coffee bean, even some coffee grinds. The taste is pretty similar with a big coffee flavor and some light lactic qualities that give it a nice mouthfeel. Very good brew that could really go somewhere if they added another dimension.. maybe some dark chocolate and even a dash of pepper.