Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 11, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours black with thin tan head.
Aroma is strong coffee, some bitter chocolate tones, as well as roasted malt and dark fruit.
Flavour is excellent, smooth and creamy coffee and chocolate flavours giving way to a burnt malt bitterness towards the finish. Alc is blended perfectly.
radagast83 (7388) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - SEP 9, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a deep, rich, thick black color with a small but very brown-tan head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, sweet aroma abounds. Flavor is just fantastic, wonderful and fantastic. Chocolate, coffee, creamy, smooth, and very rich. Alcohol is all but hidden. Fantastic!
inkubus27 (269) - highland, Indiana, USA - SEP 8, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
If you like coffee, this is it... Tons of coffee in the aroma and a good amount of chocolate too... Flavor is much the same, lots of coffee, not as much chocolate... a little bitterness from the coffe... Not bad, but I’m not big on coffee in my beer like this.
jefcon (1656) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - SEP 7, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours thick, heavy and nearly black. Quick-disappearing head. Aromas of dry coffee, percolator coffee, scalded chocolate and sweet hay. Chewy coffee and chocolate flavors, and a thick, viscous palate. Dry and bitter, with a very well-roasted profile. Is it good beer? Yes. Is it an achievement? I’m not so sure.
gkost (1709) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a tiny quickly disappearing brown head. Nose is fresh roast strong coffee, fresh coffee beans, booze, cocoa, roasty malt and sweetness. Flavor is a toasted oat, roasty caramel, rich bitter coffee, creamer, baking chocolate, hints of licorice. Very nice. Cannot believe this was the first time i have tried this.
fogdoctor (41) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2009 Pint class, cool but not cold. Coffee aroma is intense with coffee, coffee, and more coffee on the font with nice bitter sweet chocolate and soy sauce finish. In between you can get some oatmeal flavor and some subtle hop character. Thick like heavy cream with head like whipped cream. The flavor is of French roast and the level of carbonation is just about right. Its a very good brew which would be even better with a little less coffee so that the other flavors could come out.
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - SEP 4, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2010 Bottle thanks to cavie. Pours a very nice looking deep, dark brown/black with copper colored head. Aroma is great, coffee, grain, malty, chocolate. Flavor id EXACTLY the same, very nice dark roastiness as well, semi-sweet chocolate. Mouth feel is heavy body with low-medium carbonation, a little creamy, silky smooth. Overall, a VERY nice tasty brew....I want again! Good Shit!
dben900 (8) - richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 3, 2009 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Yum! 12 oz bottle at Caliente. Pours a beautiful ebony black with a nice cappucino head. Big coffee nose turns into roasted coffee flavors. Bittersweet chocolate keeps it from being too sweet and the oatmeal keeps this beer nice & smooth. All the ingredients for a great breakfast.
bblack99 (527) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - SEP 3, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2009 bottles have just arrived in Kansas City! Easy on the eyes, pours a jet black with no light breaking through under a thin cap of reddish-brown head that took an aggressive pour to generate.
Aroma is so coffee-dominated that it could be described as walking through the aisle of beans in your grocery. Highlights of coffee and a hint of hops manage to sneak out past the coffee as it warms.
Not much in the way of sweetness here, just a punch in the face of blackened coffee beans and high-cocoa chocolate. Bitterness from the coffee and chocolate is met by some lightly bitter hops to make a face-scrunching brew! Oats are noticeable, but just barely. Heavy beer, not drinkable in weather over 70 degrees, but nice on a cool night.
Svesse (7930) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - SEP 2, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle, Monk’s Café, Wallingatan, Stockholm) Black colour with huge, frothy, beige head. Malty, roasted nose with loads of freshly ground coffee, slightly creamy. Malty, roasted taste with notes of heavily roasted coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla and a generous coffee bitterness in the finish. Full bodied, fairly dry, with smooth rounded moutfeel. Sensational balance. Absolutely lovely stout with an impressive coffee character.