ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle says 6.7%. Poured into a pint glass and consumed relatively warm.
A: Pours a dark burgundy color with good opacity. The head is a two finger khaki shade. I donít like how fizzy it looks, nor do I like its poor retention. Forget about lacing on the glass, ícause there isnít any. Addendum: at a colder temperature, the head has a creamier texture and retains itself more solidly. Therefore, it deserves a higher mark here.
S: Itís got the coffee character I like in my coffee stouts - not too stale or mild. A hint of balancing chocolate sweetness and mild hoppiness helps to break up the monotony. But even if it was completely one note, Iíd still enjoy the coffee character a great deal.
T: At first, thereís a mild chocolate and caramel character. After the midpoint, coffee takes center stage. I also notice a distant aftertaste of mild hops. Itís mostly a coffee bomb with only touches of chocolate, so thank cripes that it seems very fresh and flavorful to me.
M: Quite thin in body. Since this is a single stout, I can forgive that. Itís not really creamy, either, which is perhaps less forgivable. Still, the mouthfeel succeeds in providing a bone-dry finish while leaving lingering tones of coffee and chocolate on the palate. Superb drinkability as a result.
O: Iíve seemingly had a billion coffee stouts recently, but this is the one that could be mentioned in the same breath as the FBS/WnB pantheon and not get embarrassed as a result.
Matt_Foran (50) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Coffee and caramel on the nose. Pick up more malt and coffee on the first taste. The coffee stays on the palate throughout the whole taste. Nice stout.
zizzybalubba (1505) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - DEC 21, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle from Total Wine, Virginia Beach, VA. Dark brown pour with a frothy khaki head. Strong roasted coffee aroma with faint floral hops. Coffee nearly overwhelms any other flavor that may try to make its way through but I do detect some cinnamon. A great coffee stout.
Maxbier (401) - Maryland, USA - DEC 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at source. Very dark nearly black. Roasty chocolate aromas. Taste is quite roasty up front, not boozy (if I didn't know the ABV I would have incorrectly guessed 5%). Medium to light palette. Finish is light toast black coffee and cocoa. Very nice stout, I'd like to try it on nitro.
kidobutai (424) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 19, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a bottle. Terrific thick brown spongy head. Sharp aroma and taste of strong coffee. Chocolate notes.
robgibbens (417) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - DEC 2, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Got growler of this fine brew at Gillyís Craft Beer and Fine Wine in Rockville, MD. Pours dark black, of course and the foam is short and tan. Looks great for cold weather drinking. Good mouthfeel with nice coffee and chocolate notes. Great balance and flavor overall. This is nice...
GJF (1279) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - NOV 22, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted on a trip to St. Michaels. Dark pour, brown head. Incredibly rich aroma. Lots of roasted malt and coffee flavors. Rich and delicious.
TheBeerGod (5347) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black bodied with a tall, dense brown head. Big roasted malt notes and coffee with bittersweet chocolate and burnt caramel. Taste is big coffee, roasted malt, chocolate covered oily coffee beans and burnt caramel. Body is medium with a dense bubbly carbonation. Ends with more roasted malt and coffee but gets a touch sweeter here with more of a sweet chocolate blended with it.
katrinaez (121) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2014
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Really tasty stout. Great flavor. Chocolate AND coffee but light and not overpowering. Coats the tongue a little.
JDBaker11058 (1366) - Maryland, USA - OCT 12, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance: near black, short, creamy tan head shrinking to a thick collar, minimal lacing. Aroma: strong notes of cold-pressed coffee, dark chocolate, some soy sauce and a bit of licorice. Taste: as the aroma indicates, with bitter, slightly acidic coffee most prominent. Finish: long finish, a bit acidic and astringent, very roasty. Notes: Loved the palate--smooth and silky. Coffee was just a tad on the wrong side of the scales, with too much acidity--thatís the only thing that kept this from being amazing.
Voodoo (357) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an inky, opaque black with a dense light brown head which lingers......aroma is coffee, chocolate.....taste is burnt chocolate, coffee grounds, sweet then dries a touch in the finish but still overwhelming coffee....needs a touch more complexity.