ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUL 5, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 13, 2008 Bottle from Styles. Thanks man. Pours thick and black with a small tan head that quickly fades to a hazy cover. The aroma is incredible, lots of chocolate, coffee and molases. The flavor is rich and decadant, bitter dark chocolate covering espresso beans. The mouthfeel is soft and silky with a long, bitter finish.
TheEpeeist (3047) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle. Black licorice rises from a squid ink pour. Cookie dough head rings a bubbling espresso center. Settles to a wafer. Bittersweet chocolate, oatmeal cookie, dusty coffee beans and dark fruits. Chocolate liquor with some herbal notes. Sours leaving coffee and lime peel. Medium plus body with a little carb. Smooth and rich without being heavy. Mmmmm!
CamdenD (1027) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 26, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not my favorite and unfortunately so because I had been really looking forward to this one. The pour is fantastic, almost syrupy, like black limoncello, but there the beer peaks. The smell is nice and full of toasty, almost burnt, coffee. The taste is off mcdonald’s coffee with 5 sugars; with a bit of hops, not terrible, but not overwhelmingly good either. Aftertaste is bitter.
thornecb (3968) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 23, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours thick black into an english pint. Mocha micro head quickly recedes with no evident lacing. Abundant chocolate and coffee aromas - smells like an italian cafe. Spectacular up front sweet chocolate with a dry bitter chocolate finish. Wow.
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - JUN 15, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark exxon valdez pour thick and oil. Short deep burgandy head with non uniform bubble size. Nose is strong on coffee, a deep roast; with notes of powdered sugar, and alcohol. Extremely chewy and full in the mouth. Fairly simple molasses and coffee. I detect some lactose or other unfermented adjunct. Coffee and maple, with a flour thickness.
TrevorFloyd (309) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 14, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
No doubt about it, this belongs in the stout hall of fame. Incredible silky body, smooth flavors of subtle dark chocolate and roasted coffee, a hint of bitterness. Not overly sweet, but just incredibly smooth. That 8.3% is nowhere to be seen. This is about as good as I could imagine a sweet stoud could be, brilliantly balanced, thoroughly refreshing. My thanks to Carl.
AlKHall (161) - West Hartford, Connecticut, USA - JUN 14, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I have to say that this is about as good as it gets! Get your A$$ to Grand Rapids and buy some Founders. This beer is everything it should be and more: its got roasted coffee, dark bitter chocolate, mollasses, malt flavor, oats and then more coffee. Its very thick and filling - truly an amazing beverage.
puzzl (3216) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 4, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured deep black with a miniscule though beautifully dark head. Aroma is rock-your-socks-off bitter belgian coffee chocolate (ho ho some surprise there) with slight oats (see I’m just reading the label here). The taste is an interesting experience as it starts kinda watery and lacking though it finishes with an all out blast of said flavors, perfectly balanced and brutal though still delicate and wonderful. The coffee is not as pronounced as, say, Bells Java Stout, and makes a nicer addition rather than being an all-encompassing force. This is a delicious beer, no doubt.
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - JUN 3, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle sampled in a snifter at 55*F. Pours a viscous inky jet black with virtually no head to speak of. Exquisite, up front aromas of freshy ground dark roasted coffee beans and semi-sweet baker’s chocolate with some licorice and molasses lingering in the background. Mouthfeel is almost perfect for this style; round, slick, smooth and slightly oily. Intense, rich flavors of espresso coffee, dark chocolate and black malt come agressively to the forefront, supported nicely with hints of vanilla, caramel, molasses and charcoal. Very well balanced overall, starting out slightly sweet but quickly finishing with a moderate, but long charred oak, hoppy bitterness with the alcohol warming the finish up admirably. I wish I did indeed have another one of these for my breakfast tomorrow morning! Great stuff!
slcbrewer (44) - USA - JUN 1, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very nicely balanced stout. Noticeable aroma of coffee and chocolate above a deep dark color and a medium brown head.
Very smooth taste, with coffee, chocolate and vanilla all apparent. Not too much roasted flavor, just enough to balance out the sweetness.