ThisWangsChung (638) - 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.
alobar (2506) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours tar black with an aroma of coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, and vanilla. Flavor of coffee, vanilla, anise, and roasted malt. Very nice beer.
McWop (19) - Laurel, Maryland, USA - NOV 3, 2013
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown, almost black in color with a light, tan head and heavy coffee aroma. The coffee flavor is pronounced.
radio_nowhere (596) - Maryland, USA - OCT 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle into snifter glass, deep black color with dark tan head. Aroma of coffee, roasted malt and some dark chocolate. Taste has little sweetness, very much strong bitter black coffee, char, some vanilla, slight anise with some earthy hop bitterness. Medium body, low carbonation, creamy, rich, bitter with lingering coffee roast finish. Very good, for me a perfect balance of roast malt sweetness and coffee bitterness.
Boutip (4286) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Poured a deep black color stout with a nice large dark brown foamy head with light retention and almost no retention. Aroma of floral coffee notes is quite enjoyable. Taste is also dominated by floral coffee notes with some light black chocolate notes. Body is a bit thin for style and lack some creaminess. Coffee notes are really great but body is a bit too thin for the style.
Rustyham (1685) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - AUG 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep dark color, surprisingly light in body, and very fizzy, almost like a coffee cola soda.
keanex (1133) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - AUG 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled February 2013.
Appearance: The body is pitch black with a tall and dense brown head that settles into a thin but all covering brown coating.
Aroma: Cocoa is the most prominent aroma with bitter roasted coffee, though the aroma on the whole is a bit restrained.
Taste: A slightly bittersweet, moreso leaning sweet, chocolate greets the tongue initially with hints of caramel underlying it with cocoa powder and mildly astringent roasted coffee come in towards the finish.
Palate: Full bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: I bought this from the fridge so I figured itíd be super fresh, I should have checked the dates. This is good, but itís definitely lacking a bit. Even so at 6 months old it drinks decently. Worth trying.
ROGUE (2078) - Newark, Delaware, USA - AUG 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Pours a dark brown color, with a one inch dark tan head and light lacing. Smells of coffee grinds, roasted malts, espresso, sweet chocolate, vanilla. Tastes of bitter coffee grinds, cream, chocolate, and roasted malts. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy.
TheJester (1644) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
355 mL bottle. Iím a fan of the style, but that also means that I measure everything against Peche Mortel. Which isnít fair, I suppose. This one pours pitch black, with a small, short-lived brown head. Roasted malt and black coffee in the nose. No sweetness, which is nice. A little caramel up front in the mouth, but all coffee after that. Good coffee. Roasty bitterness in the finish. A tad thin, but thatís the only real complaint. Nice beer.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 28, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from the Perfect Pour, Elkridge. Pretty nice, though understate, coffee stout. Robust dark pour, medium carbonation with a fairly slick body. Notes of harsh roast, molasses, and deep choc in the nose. Fairly hoppy and bitter flavors, seems to suit the roasty profile fairly well. But the beer lacks much complexity and fails to stand out overall.
Beergeek23322 (1685) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - JUL 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at the brewery. Black pour with a tan head. Aromas of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. A little sweet, but the bitterness sets in on the finish. Nice medium mouthfeel.