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RATINGS: 523   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 267   ABV: 8.9%
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Deep black color with mousse-like head. Chocolate, black, and roasted malts. Vanilla and chocolate aroma and flavor. Flaked barley and oats for a creamy texture. Dry finish and slightly roasted coffee after taste. Made with Black Dog Coffee. 8.9% abv.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4831) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2012 Sampled on draft at Smokin’ Joes in Pittsburgh PA this beer poured a black color with a small tan head that produced a bit of lacing. The aroma was faint coffee, roasty malts and a touch of vanilla. The flavor was bitter and roasty with a light burnt presence and notes of coffee, floral hops, faint nut, wood and licorice. The finish was long with coffee, roasty malts and a hint of cocoa. Fairly full and creamy body. Solid.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (8270) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUN 17, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2011 Tap at Paradiso. I liked this one. Not horribly complex, but it is just so much in your face coffee that it makes you think back when stouts had a hint of coffee and people went crazy. It pours a deep brown with a giant brown head that has excellent retention and lace. Aroma is straight up coffee grinds. Not necessarily really good artisanal coffee loaded with vanilla, but more like just normal roasted decent coffee. Taste is straight up iced coffee and not much else. Some roasted malt, roasted barley husk. Gets a little prickly on the palate but is still good. Pretty unilateral but slightly hilarious and loveable at that. 6/17/2010 7/4/7/4/13=3.5

355mL. The pour is a deep cola red to near black with a thin, persistent, mocha head. Nice lace. Aroma is sort of fake vanilla, sweet chocolate, chocolate covered bacon, nice smoke, burnt cherries and pie crust. I’m digging the aroma. Taste is oily and soft up front with nice coffee grinds moving to more smoke, an oily coating palate, and sharp spiciness. Not coffee dominated as it was on tap and a much improved mouthfeel. It’s like they read my previous review and changed the recipe! Or so I’d like to think :’( 1/27/2011 8/4/7/4/14=3.7

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (9998) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 9, 2010
Tap at RFD. Very dark brown, thick light brown head, good lacing. Aroma of weak Starbucks. Taste has alcohol up front, weak/diluted coffee, medium body. Too simple.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (4600) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 2, 2010
On tap at Paradiso Dupont. Pours a watery, opaque black with one ring of beige head. Nice nutty, coffee aroma, brown sugar, malts. Flavor is sweet, malty, coffee, nuts, a little licorice. Full bodied, sweet finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11349) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 31, 2010
Draft. Medium tan head atop black body with brown edge. Aroma is medium sweet, coffee, some chocolate, roast, alcohol, light vinous. Taste is moderately sweet, coffee, some grapefruit, bittersweet chocolate, light alcohol burn. Medium-full body, fairly smooth, light acidity.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Elwood (3027) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - MAY 22, 2010
Serving: On draft at Fireworks.
Pours a very dark brown with slight ruby highlights and a small, creamy, dark tan head. The nose is very roasty with notes of coffee, a bit of husk, toasted oatmeal, and coffee. The taste is malty but fairly dry on the palate. Their are notes of coffee mixed with dark fruit sweetness, slight lactic notes, and roasted malt. Medium to rich body with mediium, prickly carbonation, leading to a roasty, coffee laden finish. Actually a very good use of coffee in a stout without being overpowering. Really quite an enjoyable brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 13, 2010
(Draught) Pours a black body with a medium brown head. Aroma of raisins, chocolate, coffee, some vanilla, and caramel. Flavor of coffee, raisins, chocolate, anise, and caramel with a roasted, bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 1, 2010
Draught. Boulder Strong Fest 2010. Black with tan head. Aroma is chocolate semi-sweet, bitter smelling even. Flavor is bitter with sweeter chocolate and fruit punch hidden. I just had a Meph Addict...what can I say!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (10512) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2011 Tap at the Ginger Man, in NYC. Pours black-brown with a creamy, beige head. Strong aromas of coffee, chocolate and some dark fruits. Flavor holds some nice sweetness up front, then subsides into dryer, burnt malt characteristics. Medium to full-bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Long, espresso finish. Pretty darn good overall.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - APR 18, 2010
Daught sample. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Smells of coffee, some tarte cherries, some vinegar. Tastes chocolatey and bitter with some fruity splashes and a velvety finish.


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