ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Reviewed 12/23/2012. 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a pitch black color with great opacity. The head is a one finger khaki color with low retention. On the plus side, this leaves nice lacing where it can.
S: It’s very rich with coffee, as expected. There are also underlying notes of dark fruit, roasted malts, and plenty of chocolate. It really does strike me as being similar to a good mocha cappuccino. Actually, make that a great one.
T: Well, it smells like mocha cappuccino, and it tastes like mocha cappucino. Man, this is fuckin’ tasty. It starts off with subtle roast, before giving way to an explosion of bittersweet chocolate, dark fruits, and coffee - lots of coffee, actually. I love how it stays in balance despite all of the intense yet competing flavors. I’m amazed how the coffee comes across as being both subtle and monstrous at the same time.
M: On the sweeter side of a stout in terms of how it finishes and lingers on the palate. There isn’t much coffee or roasted dryness here - the oats dominate the palate with lush, decadent smoothness. The low carbonation is appropriate for this beer’s profile.
O: The only thing this really lacks is drinkability - but that’s more of a testament to the staying power of the brilliant flavors than anything else. This is everything I want from a coffee stout. I expected something great here...yet this is so much more. It’s bold and massive, yet there’s a real sense of finesse and sophistication here.
pcshotsauce33 (61) - Columbus, New Jersey, USA - FEB 28, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2014 Vintage...Pours dark black with a medium laced foaminess and medium depth. Roasted grain, oatmeal, coffee, and light hints of chocolate. Creamy feel to the palate but not heavy. Excellent IMO...Cheers!
demmbonz (619) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 27, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle to breakfast stout mug. Nice coffee aroma and flavor. Creamy mouth from the oats.
BillWyce (781) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured opaque black with a 1-finger dark tan head. Aroma of dark-roasted coffee, maybe a touch of anise underneath. Full body, smooth and just a touch oily. Mild finish. Flavor of coffee with a light note of grain in the base.
radio_nowhere (966) - Maryland, USA - FEB 8, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle into tulip glass, opaque deep brown color with dark tan head. Aroma of dark coffee, chocolate, brown sugar, black liquorice and a woody note. Taste adds notes of caramel, dark fruits, oats, ash and slight nuttiness. Heavy body, low carbonation, soft, creamy with coffee roast finish. It’s a delicious imperial coffee stout, great body.
pino (31) - - FEB 1, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Taste of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, caramel. Slightly sweet flavor with subtle bitter finish. Very complex and heavy. Lingering chocolate notes.
samsmith33 (455) - - JAN 31, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark black color. Creamy white head.
Aroma is strong coffee, sugar, molasses.
Taste is strong coffee, some chocolate.
Vinegar like after taste.
Medium carb. Some thick syrupy feel.
Pretty good, but not Founders.
mbgrayson (577) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - JAN 30, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Twelve ounce bottle, 9.4% ABV. Trade from Jason. Pours very dark brown, with a cream colored head. Aroma is richly of coffee and malts. Tastes of coffee, with a nice sweetness and is very drinkable. A thumbs up for sure.
ajnepple (2822) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - JAN 30, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle into a thermos, shared while disc golfing. Black appearance. Aroma and flavor of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts and light earthy bitterness. Medium to full body with a rich and smooth finish.
beeratarian (130) - cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Paula in jersey. Pours a medium to dark black(not as thick as some others). Aroma is huge coffee and chocolate, some smokiness and alcohol. Flavor is black coffee, some burnt chocolate, a little dried fruit and alcohol. Finish is very dry and ashy. Very nice coffee stout. Probably will age well. This was a 2014, 10th anniversary model. Only complaint is a tad thin for the style. My bottle said 9.4% not 8.1%
Beers4Abigail (11) - Florida, USA - JAN 27, 2015
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of my favorite beers from Terrapin, roasted black coffee aroma, full bodied, pours jet black, strong flavors of coffee and chocolate, light notes of ash and tobacco.