johnnyoski (445) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - OCT 27, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Near black pour with one finger wide brown head. Roasty, dark chocolate aroma with coffee and sweet cream in the background. Roasted coffee is the dominant flavor with some cocoa, cedar and dark fruit. Finish is dry and extremely bitter. Lively carbonation with a medium body. A very subtle hint of alcohol warms your pipes as you get closer to the bottom of the glass. A great Fall/Winter sipper.
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 25, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good tan head some good carbonation very dark IMP,aroma strong coffee essence,aniseed and liccorice rich dark chocolate,mild oatmel,flavour strong bitter roasted tastes first up, liccorice,coffee very strong,oatmeal seems drowned out by bitterness,chocolate is mild compared with coffee,finish overdone with the bitter taste,drowns out the full flavours a real dissappointment to me,still good but for the bitter.
Loremonger (3) - Missouri, USA - OCT 25, 2009 does not count
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitch black pour with a nice persistent brown head. The aroma fills up your lungs with a strong alcohol/coffee/chocolate impression, in that order. The first sip explodes with complicated flavor. As the alcohol numbs your gums and tongue, the chocolate becomes apparent, and then the coffee. I’ve never tasted so much coffee or chocolate in a beer. It finishes bitter with a lasting presence. I had to wait about five minutes between sips it was so rich.
SHIG (4385) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - OCT 25, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Poured a black road tar color with a huge long lasting brown head. The aroma was spices, chocolate, and roasted coffee. The taste is rich coffee bean and dark chocolate.
KornDogg (568) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
draft, at the Exton PA, Drafting Room. Aroma of coffee and chocolate, strong coffee flavor with hints of bittersweet chocolate, smokey notes... a ton of flavor pulled together in this stout
brigg (606) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 24, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2014 (Bottle) Pours thick black with a medium, kinetic brown head that dissipates into a think film. Aroma of molasses, dark roast coffee; bold and rich. Flavor is sweet, maple syrup, coffee, and chocolate malt; rich; a hint of fruit, too. Velvety and smooth, medium- to full-bodied, somewhat oily.
(bottle) Pours black with a medium chocolate brown head. Aroma of dark chocolate, coffee and alcohol. Flavor is dry and very bitter with roasted coffee and dark chocolate - there’s a bit of fruit in the end, too. Medium bodied and oily.
(Original rating: 8/4/6/4/15 on 10/24/2009)
(Second rating: 8/4/8/4/16 on 11/30/2014)
matt7215 (2278) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 24, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle from holiday market. pours black with a small tan head. aroma of coffee. oh there was other stuff there too but the coffee is huge on this one. the flavours is of coffee, charred black malts and finishing hops. the mouthfeel is a touch thin for and impy stout but this makes it more drinkable in a way. i really like it.
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 23, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(bottle from Cletus or Riverside AK). Black color. Large brown head. Roasted coffee aroma. Strong roasted coffee flavor with light oatmeal and alcohol. Long duration. Smooth finish with light bitterness. Thin texture. Moderate carbonation. Excellent lacing.
dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - OCT 22, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Poured a jet black color with a creamy tan head. Aroma was coffee, roasted malts, and chocolate. Flavor was very rich and creamy. More coffee, chocolate, and burnt notes. Very complex beer. Very good.
hershiser2 (1903) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 21, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rating #901... too bad this wasn’t #900. Bottle. Pours black with a small brown head. Coffee beans - nice rich and roasted - in the nose. Flavor is bitter coffee and chocolates... thick and oily. Delicious.