ThisWangsChung (826) - 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.
Bulk_Carrier (2577) - Temporarily, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with no head nor lacing.
The smell had a huge amount of dark bitter coffee beans and as it warmed there was a nice sweet balance of cocoa to broaden the aroma.
The taste was mainly bitter and lead to a decent dry sweet balance to the cocoa. A dry sweet to bitter coffee/cocoa aftertaste leads to a dry coffee bean finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation seemed good for the style and for me. Bitter dry coffee sticks to my tongue.
Overall, I say this was a pretty good Foreign/Export Stout that I would have again.
chinchill (2769) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 23, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Pours very dark brown, opaque in the glass, with a decent head that leaves a nice coat of lacing on the glass.
Fairly full and creamy smooth body with light+ soft carbonation.
Well chosen level of coffee allows the rich dark roasted malts to contribute nearly as much flavor.
Excellent sweet-bitter balance.
Johnsense (944) - - JAN 19, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown pour, medium to heavy body, smaller head. Aroma of fresh coffee grounds, roasted malt. Coffee dominates, but some molasses and brown sugar det cted as it warms. Quite smooth.
Sammy (9326) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 19, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very smooth, nice coffee. Little in the way of hops probably because its been a while. Very drinkable. Very brown bodied.
brigg (534) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 18, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Black body with a big, disappearing brown head. Aroma of coffee and molasses. Medium body, creamy texture. Sweet, burnt sugar, coffee flavor; light bitterness.
Luvystypotables (965) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 17, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Wonderful aroma of coffee, roast malt and hints of chocolate. Pours a dark brown color with a thin tan well laced head. Medium body witha dry feel and a slightly bitter coffee taste with a short lasting coffee finish.
GenDV138 (2875) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
4 ounce pour on draft at Evolution Craft. Black with light tan head. Aromas of coffee, dark chocolate, roast. Tastes of big coffee, coffee beans, dark chocolate, roast. Medium body with a dry finish. Nice!
Matt_Foran (90) - 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 (1592) - 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 (651) - 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.