drseamus (103) - Troy, New York, USA - DEC 6, 2007
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I served this at cellar temperature into my DFH snifter. It pours jet black with a very thin mocha head that falls quickly. The aroma is all strong coffee and dark chocolate. There is also some sweetness in the background. The taste is really powerful. The coffee just smacks me in the face and brings its friends roasted and dark chocolate to work me over also. The dark chocolate lingers beyond the rest of the flavors and there is some sweetness as well. I expected a bit smoother flavor from the oatmeal, but it wasn’t there. This is a good beer but certainly not a session beer.
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 3, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours a loose quick black with dark caramel head. sweet chocolate, prominant coffee aroma, sweet front with coffee middle and slight bitter finish. good and smooth, loose palate, very well balanced and complex, good stuff.
incutrav (577) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - NOV 30, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 14, 2008 This brew pours black as night. Creamy head, Very smooth and drinkable, for a higher abv, heavy looking brew, Lots of great coffee taste. one of the best coffee brews out there
yjb (113) - Davis, California, USA - NOV 29, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2007 I woke up this mornin and somethin was stormin inside of me. A dark walk through a black fruity oatmealcoccoforest.Before i likd coffee I mixed a packahe of swiss mix in it every morning. I i had this beer then, i would have been an alchy.
Breakfast for breakfast lunch dinner & dessert
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - NOV 28, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a 12oz bottle and served in a snifter. This beer poured a deep, dark brown with a thin, tan head that quickly diminished into a few lingering bubbles. A small amount of slippery lace was left around the glass. The aroma of the beer was made up of freshly ground coffee, dark chocolate, and some charred malts. The flavor consisted of strong coffee, oats, charred malts, molasses, and a touch of smoke. Not overly complex, as the coffee tends to dominate, but still delicious. The mouthfeel was full-bodied but not overly heavy or filling. The carbonation level was minimal. Very drinkable for the style. A really nice beer that was as enjoyable to smell as it was to drink. A must try for coffee or stout lovers.
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I have been wanting to try this beer for almost a year!!! Had on tap at Brews...Poured a beautiful deep thick dark brown. Nice creamy head. Smell was all coffee...I enjoyed this with a sweet dessert, and WOW...What a delightful brew...Nice creamy texture, taste was cream, coffee and just a slight hoppy finish...This was perfectly blended too. DELIGHTFUL.
emerson430 (95) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2008 As a drinker of black coffee (lots of black coffee i.e. 10-15 cups a day) this is heaven in a glass. The thick mocha colored head is most inviting and the distinct coffee and chocolate flavors are like an epiphany in a glass. Think Drew Carey’s buzz beer but in the extreme and only for those that love the not so subtle flavors of the morning. Oh, and the balance between hops and coffee is something to behold ... watch out!
WickerBrew (311) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very happy to give this a shot, and it pretty much lived up to it’s billing. Very thick and a deep coffee taste, this is a great stout that does not need to be barrel aged. The ABV is high, but not too noticable, which is great. Only need one of these, I would think that the taste would be wasted by the time you are halfway through the second.
krysztofar (344) - belleville, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. pours thick and viscous. black with only a trace amount of moch colored head. fresh ground coffee beans, molasses prunes, and a trace of hops make up the aroma. intense espresso shot flavor. richly layered with a strong piney hop finish. this quite an intense brew.
ajm (1066) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 25, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2009 A grand entry for the style, but falls short in places for me. The dryness is admirable, but isn’t grainy enough to be endearing - like Old Viscosity for instance. As well, I look for a couple more depth metrics in a stout, particularly chocolate, a slight berry, or milk. I drank this right after Surly Darkness (both on tap at the Map) and the difference is vast.