zach8270 (3217) - Henrietta, New York, USA - APR 10, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle - 1 L fliptop) Dark black with a thick and fluffy tan head. Rich and roasty coffee aroma with some mild chocolate notes. Flavor is roasted malts and coffee. Some very light sweetness but mainly a nice and bitter roasted coffee. Slightly thin-bodied but really good flavor. Bitter and lingering aftertaste.
dionysus (1449) - Arizona, USA - MAR 28, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared during AZRBWG. Pour is deep brown/black with a tan head. Aroma shows notes of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and plenty of rich roasted coffee. Flavor shows the same with additional notes of vanilla, smoke, and a touch of green pepper. Overall body is moderate.
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 27, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle, thanks to thirdeye11, dark brown pour with bubbly tan foam, aroma is spicy sumatran coffee, flavor of malty roast coffee, karo syrup and vanilla
Fred82 (2093) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 25, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at friday night hotel tasting at EBF 2011.
Appearance : Deep black with a small head.
Aroma : Peppery with roasted malt and light rubbery phenols.
Taste : Peppery with nice coffee and roasted malt. Dry finish with notes of coffee and light hops. Thin palate and weak finish.
Overall : .Nothing really exciting. Nice notes of coffee on the finish. Don’t like rubber...
deyholla (5968) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 19, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to whoever shared this at the tasting after NotB. Poured a dark brown with a brown head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma was full of coffee with a bit of a dark chocolate backing and slight roast. Flavor began with strong coffee throughout with a bit of roasted malts but mainly coffee.
j12601 (6585) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 17, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had this at the hotel tasting after Night of the Barrels at EBF. Pours a deep brown to black with a thin white to beige head. Spicy jalapeno, coffee on the nose. Creamy, chocolate and toast. More jalapeno, coffee. Spicy pepper and roast, with some cocoa on the finish.
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
1L swingtop shared with a buddy. Poured into a pint glass.
3.5 A: Black color. Two fingers of creamy light brown head with average retention for a coffee beer and a good amount of lacing.
4.0 S: Not surprisingly, coffee is the main attraction here. Not too strong and not too weak, it works well with the base beer. Base beer is roasty, smoky, and grainy to an extent. Fairly dry with a touch of char.
3.5 T: Again, a good amount coffee, smoke, roasty barley, and a touch a char. Again this is dry. It’s good, but it could use some crystal malt or something to get some sweetness in there.
3.0 M: Mouthfeel suffers from the same problem in the taste. Not enough residual sugar so not enough body. Lighter medium body. Carbonation is at a good level, but it would be so much better coming out of a thicker, richer, creamier body.
3.5 D: Pretty good beer, but not worth the price. I bought two so I could see how it ages, but give me the bill for some FBS anyday over this.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 03-10-2011 05:13:17
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 6, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Flip top thanks to aliendan. Pours opaque black brown, thin tan head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, smoke. Flavor is coffee, caramel, anise, roasted nuts, pine, and smoke. Good porter, fairly bitter.
Beerman6686 (3870) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This poured a medium to dark brown color with a light tan head. Aroma was lots of dark roasted malts, freshly roasted coffee, and light vanilla notes too. Flavor was much the same as the aroma, very dry and dark roasted, but the coffee part of it tasted a bit old and stale. I prefered the first Eye Opener more.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
1L Bottle: Aroma of lots of coffee and roasting. Poured dark brown/mahogany in color with a small, tan head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Lightly sparkling. Decent lacing. Flavor is light to medium bitter. Tastes of bitter coffee, roasting, and a hint of lactose. Medium body. Thin, slightly chalky, then lightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Bitter roasted coffee finish is slightly chalky and lightly dry.