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.
blueshockey24 (184) - Colorado, USA - FEB 5, 2016
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Pours black with think tan head. Aroma is coffee chocolate and malt. Taste is sweet coffee and malt/chocolate with a coffee finish. Very good!
dlovell2 (1476) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 21, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a tan head. Aroma is coffe, caramel, and vanilla. Flavor is roasted malt, black coffe, caramel, vanilla, and unsweetened cocao. Roasted bitter finish. Underlying tart berry flavor.
jandd1983 (3451) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - JAN 18, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at gregwilsonstl’s tasting. It poured a black color with a beige head. The aroma was of coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla and some oatmeal. The taste was similar to the aroma with more coffee, oatmeal, vanilla, chocolate, roasted malts and some cocoa. Awesome.
gregwilsonstl (1708) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 16, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Lots of coffee. Jet black. Tasted side by side with French Toasted and Cinnamon. Tasted at my variants themed tasting.
BeerdedDave (1071) - - JAN 14, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
black with a thick, tan head; chocoalty, coffee aroma with wiffs of alcohol; super smooth, choclaty, espresso flavor; fairly bitter; very well balanced; medium bodied
ARH (1049) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 14, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap, poured into an IPA glass. The aroma is a sweet, smooth cold brew coffee with a grass and oats dry character, and a light, nutty Kahlua hint. It pours a dark, brown-black topped by a dense, soapy brown head with mild retention and good lace. The taste is a medium high bittersweet that’s nicely balanced. The texture is chewy with creamy smooth carbonation and a full body. Flavors of coffee are most prevalent with an undertone of oats. The finish is nutty and smokey with a slight ash and grass cleanliness that’s crisp and, as it lingers, reveals coffee and a dank herb / pine cleanliness. The aftertaste is bitter, dark coffee, but has a clean, fresh grass note to it.
olr1984 (1500) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 13, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle pours a dark brown with a tan head. roasted malt coffee and dark chocolate taste
jeffreylee (13) - HHI, South Carolina, USA - JAN 12, 2016
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
If you don’t like coffee and stouts, you wouldn’t buy this, but if you do, you’ll be rewarded with a delicious beer loaded with great coffee flavor wrapped in a rich stout. Very dark brew with light foam and loads of coffee flavor. Very rich and full flavor.
odinstyr (667) - Howell, New Jersey, USA - JAN 6, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown with a small tan head. Smells of coffee and kahlua. Taste is bitter and sweet - dark roast coffee, bread, mild hops.
NikkTwist (2243) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Bru Craft. Opaque black pour with a layer of brown foam. Nice splashes of lace. Coffee forward. Felt thin when cold but warmed thick. Dark roasted coffee. Burnt pecans. Caffeine. Liquorice root. Molasses. Hints of complex dark fruit. Dried blueberries. Black curants. Vinyl. Solid stuff. Betters greatly as it warms. Grew on me.