obxdude10 (2262) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Iíve been searcing high and low for this beer around my area. I missed it a few times on draft at some local pubs and bars. Then on a trip to the newly opened Wegmanís in Collegeville, I found a four-pack in bottles. I immediately scouped it up and into my cart. Iíve heard a lot of hype about a lot of other beers in the past. Some have disappointed, others have lived up and delivered. This stout is definitely the ladder. This beer certainly delivers on all that was promised and spoken of. It pours a completely opaque black color with a small, but long-lasting beige head. There is a little bit of lacing left around the glass. The aroma is truely inviting and offers a glimpse of what is to come. I find hints of roasted coffee, earth, lightly toasted bread, cream, vanilla and a hint of caramel. My first thought after popping the cap and pouring the beer was, íWow, this beer is thick!" And thick it is! This beer actually coats the entire inside of my mouth. Some beers claim to pour like motor oil, but this one actually isnít lying. They arenít kidding when they say you can drink this with a folk. It is really that thick. The flavors are dangerously delicious, extremely balanced and completely drinkable. Iím actually surprised that this beer only registers 8.+%. This could easily reach 10% and higher. Maybe they make a version that high, and I could, at this point while enjoying this, only imagine what that would be like. The flavors are creamy and balanced, with lots of notes of dark roasted coffee and hints of chocolate, thick milk and bread. There is definitely a great mix of floral hops included, as well. The balance of this beer is incredible. Man, is this one delicious and devasting beer!
andyhwcinc (1820) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2011 Had this on tap at a local restaurant. Very interesting coffee colored head, unlike anything Iíve ever seen. The coffee aroma and flavor is abundant, but not overpowering and gives way to a nice chocolate / toffee taste. I will definitely purchase some more of this fantastic brew.....re-rate on Labor Day weekend about 3 years and 600+ beers rated. This stuff is just too good to go by my original rating. The dark chocolate used in this almost gives it a smokey character, itís so incredibly smooth, the Kona coffee gives it a slight bitterness that is rather unbelievable. Fantastic lacing from the dark tan head attributed to the oats used. Bumping up my rating for sure.
Kestral (506) - Ňrnes, NORWAY - OCT 13, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to scrizzz. This one sounded like a gunshot when I opened, it, the cap flew off with much force. Just discovered that it was twist off. Oh well. Pours black into my snifter, with a huge, medium brown, chunky creamy frothy head rising above the rim, and yet nothing runs over the edge. Perhaps it didnít travel too well, seeing other people saying it had a small head. And I was very careful with the pour. Anyways, loads of sticky chunks of head sticking to the glass as the head slowly fades. In short, looks amazing. Aroma is fairly smooth. Sweet chocolate, some slight roasted notes, coffee, but round, not a sharp coffee note. Initial flavours are sweet chocolate, then powdery cocoa, roasted notes, ending in an aftertaste that is probably the purest and most coffee like ale Iíve had. Nice, full espresso finish. Itís got a nice roundness to it, so the coffee doesnít get too harsh. Would have liked to taste it side by side with Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Weasel. Mouthfeel is round and smooth, carbonation is fittingly sparse, yet notable. Medium to thick. Nice one.
cwondo (24) - Rochester, Michigan, USA - OCT 13, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark, dark brown (almost black) no light gets through. Small dark beige head with a little lacing. Smells like coffee, grains, chocolate. Roasted coffee flavor. Coffee coffee coffee, with a hint of toffee and I got an after-aftertaste of oatmeal. The palate was thick and murky and heavy and chewy with mild carbonation. Quite nice. Good luck though if you donít drink your coffee black.
caresville (106) - Vernon, New Jersey, USA - OCT 11, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours dark as night with a skinny little brown head. smells of black coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa krispies and some roasty goodness. i basically just described the taste also. this stuff is great, never pass this up. ever!!
cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2009 Pours thick jet black, thin frothy mocha head that fades quickly. Strong chocolate aroma with some vanilla , and just a hint of pine and earthy must in the background. Great creamy thick mouthfeel, light carbonation. Just a touch of sweet caramel, then a huge bitter coffee finish, nice espresso roast. Fantastic brew.
DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - OCT 10, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle.. Pours black with a thin head.. Aroma is fresh ground coffee.. Flavor is coffee and roasted malts.. Medium carbonation and full bodied. Good stuff.
Weedking4 (33) - Stratford, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 10, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Iím new to this style, so my rating might be scewed. Pours pure black. Tastes of roasted malts and hints of chocolate with a hint of the coffee. Very easy to drink, very smooth and no hint of the alc.%. It still didnít wow me though, but iím a hop head going through an adjustment here to a new style.
patrickfannon (1241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 10, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Pours deep amber/black with a thick, biege head. Dense aroma of coffee, spice, chocolate, malt, and pepper. Heavy body with a bold, creamy finish. Great stout.
tilldeath (109) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 6, 2009
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
One of my favorite if not my favorite. I tried this right after a KBS and I have to say while amazing and a bit more complex I prefer this to KBS. The oatmeal comes through so much better and makes for a thinner more pleasing mouthfeel IMO. If I could get my hands on this easily, Iíd be drinking it everyday.