holdenn (2078) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Great Lakes Brew Fest. Pours black with a beige head. Lots of coffee in the aroma. Reminds me of Bunn coffee pot of coffee. Roasted, burnt, nice. Coffee in the flavor with roasted, toasted, and nutty malts. Creamy palate. Burnt finish. Thanks to the guy pouring, I drank a lot of full pours of this fine brew.
BlackForestCO (976) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - OCT 28, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2009 Bottle thanks to miketd. Poured a beautiful inky black color with a minimal tan head that diminished to a ring. Just like the description says, roasted coffee and chocolate dominate the aroma, but it isnít overpowering. The entry is mostly sweet chocolate that leads into a good roasted coffee finish with oatmeal-esque undertones. Creamy and smooth on the palate. Nice beer, I wish this was available around here. A big thanks to Mike for hooking me up with another beer that I have been wanting to try.
BigBang (299) - Indiana, USA - OCT 28, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2008 Pretty much lived up to expectation. Thick chewy foamy head - kinda like a root beer float. Reminded me of Bellís Expedition Stout but a bit sweeter and heavier on the coffee. Very thick on the palate - I tasted the beer for many minutes after taking a sip. Very enjoyable and would enjoy again (if I can find it anywhere again).
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 27, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle via RagallachMC. Nice! Appearance boasted an insanely huge frothy head - thin lacing, but huge. Very appealing aroma - not overwhelming, but still intriguing. Very roasty/coffee with a huge dash of dark chocolate. Flavor was just about dead on with the aroma. Fairly dry/bitter finish that lingered for quite a while. Expectations were met - I would drink this at all times of the day. A beer that screams balance - its not too small - and not so big it takes over an hour to drink. But, you better like coffee. (Iíll still take a Kentucky though).
fiver29 (1026) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours black with a nice tan head. Chocolate and dark coffee smells dominate. There are several complex flavors going on in this beer. Upfront coffee and oatmeal flavors lead to a nice chocolate finish. Very nice! Heavy mouthfeel with a silk component. Overall a tasty beer.
beermaniac (86) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 22, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma: Complex aroma of roasted grain, coffee, and light cocoa.
Appearance: Jet black with low head retention, brown foam.
Flavor: Intense roastiness, plays between the coffee and roasted barley. No hop to speak of, but the complexity of roasted grain, burnt coffee and chocolate make this very interesting.
Palate: Iíve never had a beer this smooth. Truly like a meal in a glass, silky smooth, huge body from the oats addition. Luscious and silky.
Overall: Excellent stout. Big, tasty beer with a very smooth body. And I hate coffee in beer, but this is an exception.
Hudspart (538) - Byron Center, Michigan, USA - OCT 20, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: Great beer. Pours very, very dark with a good head. Strong aroma of chocolate and coffee. Flavor same as aroma. I canít wait to drink again.
Tessic (840) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 20, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This stout poured a deep black colour with a thick deep brown creamy head. To the nose there was scents of burnt beans, caramel, coffee, earthy notes and a l.ittle cocoa. First sip was smooth and biting all at once. Flavours of coffee, cocoa and cream were prodominant at first with the burnt malt flavour following. Wasnít as much cocoa as I would have liked, but still very rich Palate has a little hop to it just enough for a slightly bitter finish.
AOF (306) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - OCT 18, 2007
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a 12 oz bottle. Midnight black with a frothy mocha head. Pours thick in the glass with sticky lacing throughout the drink. Nose is excellent. Fresh brewed espresso and kona coffee with hints of dark bakers chocolate. Nose is definitely this brews best attribute. Full bodied and a bit oily on the tongue. Initial bitterness fades slightly during the drink, but most coffee drinkers would agree that coffee smells better then it tastes. Still, a very good beer.
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - OCT 18, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Aroma is huge and all coffee and a slight chocolate note there. Average sized creamy brown head that mostly lasted and left ok lace. Pitch black hue. Flavor is espresso and dark chocolate. Palate is oily flat with a nice short finish. I didnít really like the kb version of this but this is a new batch and itís fantastic. I think it actually woke me up. Would recommend highly.