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.
BierMeHoos (526) - Maryland, USA - APR 30, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Where: Old Line Fine Wine Spirits & Bistro.
How: 12 ounce bottle.
Appearance: pitch black with almost no head.
Aroma: coffee and chocolate but not overpowering.
Taste: follows the nose, mostly coffee chocolate and dark fruits.
Palate: thin to medium.
Overall: pretty good beer, stout on point.
altonbrownd (5114) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - FEB 29, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Perfect Pour. Dark brown body with thin mocha head. Nose is toasty, dark chocolate. Taste is also roasty, caramel, dark chocolate and of course coffee notes. Itís good but too rounded and easy. Would have wanted more of a kick to it.
drpimento (2865) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 23, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good, but not great. Natural coffee characteristics. Works nice as a sweet stout.
eggraid101 (63) - Virginia, USA - DEC 26, 2015
3.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This a coffee stout that has more actual coffee flavor than any other I've tasted. Which is interesting but maybe slightly overdone. Has an interesting smoky flavor I don't think I could drink more than one at a time
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anders37 (21734) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - NOV 5, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ R.F.D. Washington, Washington DC. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty coffee chocolate aroma. Roasted malty coffee flavor with hints of chocolate. Has a roasted malty strong coffee finish with hints of chocolate finish.
bytemesis (6030) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 3, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours deep black, small tan head, good lacing. Aroma is rich, roasty, espresso, mocha. Flavor is light plus sweet, light bitter, loads of coffee, some roasty malts, hint of ashtray. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel. Solid.
solidfunk (6791) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lots of roast and some caramel. Milk chocolate. Pours black with great head and lacing. Creamy consistency. Bittersweet finish. Tap.
Darwenus (779) - Virginia, USA - JUL 23, 2015
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Maybe coffee stout has just been done to death, but for one to impress me these days it has to be really very good. Evolutionís Rise Up Stout is not really very good. It pours dark brown, the head is average, the aroma is maybe a little burnt. Thereís something slightly off. The flavor is a little better; that burnt quality doesnít transfer to the tongue. After each sip I said "eh." Life is to short for "eh."
Vaiz (4172) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUN 29, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home. Black pour, no head. Aroma of stale coffee, burnt malts, some bread, chocolate and licorice. Flavor is bitter, loads of old coffee and with a decent body. A bit low on carbonation and a bit strange coffee.
bnokk (403) - Lee, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 31, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
APPEARANCE - pure black with a chocolaty thick head. Beauty in a glass.
NOSE - super coffee nose right up front.
FLAVOR - very much coffee flavor in the beginning. Slightly sweet notes hang on the palate almost for ever.
NOTES - really nice balance between coffee in the front and solid stout with a bit if sweetness at the end.