ThisWangsChung (638) - 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.
mike5326 (466) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a bottle. Dark brown color, short lived medium tan head. Burnt malt aroma. Coffee and chocolate full body with a fairly light finish.
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sharkweek (87) - Statesboro, Georgia, USA - DEC 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is a good stout. There are lots of coffee and dark chocolate notes. It is also pretty creamy and pleasant enough to drink. I had very high expectations for this one as I have repeatedly heard it is Terrapin’s best beer. It is a good beer, but there are better imperial stouts out there.
Emeister84 (633) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aromas of coffee, milk chocolate, and vanilla. Black with ruby highlights and a lasting tan head. Off-dry, roasty, and chocolatey. Creamy smooth, medium-full bodied, with lingering soft roasty flavors of coffee and chocolate.
rdixon77 (354) - Georgia, USA - NOV 26, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smooth drinker. Black pour with tan head. Strong coffee aroma of course with a nice tobacco hint. Taste is strong coffee and roasted malts with a hint of booze. Especially smooth tasting. Great coffee stout.
Howlader (73) - - NOV 22, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle in a Dogfish Head signature glass. Great coffee taste. Mixes well with the oatmeal stout style. Great work
gerbewa (165) - - OCT 18, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Delicious stout with strong notes of coffee. Had this with Erik and James from growler at beverage world.
Erikh04 (66) - - OCT 8, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not a strong coffee smell but you definitely taste it. Hides the higher alcohol well. Smooth finish. Great stout.
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jmarsh123 (163) - Indiana, USA - OCT 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured into my duvel tulip. An extra from someone about a month ago, but forgot who.
Pours a jet black with a wispy tan head that immediately fades to nothing.
Strong aromas of coffee along with some semi-sweet chocolate as well.
Starts out with a strong coffee flavor rounding into a sweeter taste of chocolate. A little bit of earthy hops round out the flavor profile.
A tad thin for a stout, but better as it warms. The chocolate also shines more once it approaches room termperature.
Solid beer, but not fantastic. Definitely will go back to it again though.
ROGUE (2078) - Newark, Delaware, USA - SEP 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Pours a rich dark black color with a thin brown head that falls to a thin cap leaving light lace. The aroma is of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt, with a little alcohol in the background. The flavor is chocolatey up front and lots of roasiness and coffee in the middle and the finish thatis very creamy. There is a little bit of an alcohol presence all the way through. The mouthfeel is full bodied, rich, medium carbonation.
tleaver33 (58) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 27, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle poured into a tulip. Dark brown color with tan/brown head. Nose is raisins, roasted malt and coffee. Was hoping the coffee aroma would be more prevalent. Taste is initially sweet, with a chocolatey/coffee bitterness finish. A little too sweet and not enough coffee for me.