kosko20 (350) - Hopewell Junction, New York, USA - OCT 26, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A good brew but I do love coffee and this isn’t a good example of a great coffee beer. Black pour, minimal tan head. Aroma is coffee with some chocolate and caramel notes. Flavor is much of the same.
KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 25, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz. bottle. Pitch black pour. Thin, light tan head. Aroma of chock full of coffee. There are also some dark chocolate undertones. Flavor is also of dark black coffee. Some hop bitterness as well. Long bitter finish with warming alcohol tagging along for the ride. What a knockout.
CoachJT (35) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - OCT 25, 2008
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
12 oz bottle pour - picth black with a thin brown head. Aroma of black coffee and dark, semi-sweet chocolate. Great rich, creamy mouthfeel, with flavor to match aroma. Fantastic beer, I plan to take these on my next camping trip and truly have them for breakfast. Wow, wow, wow.
JaBier (5485) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - OCT 25, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at the stout tasting at Blacklick Wine & Spirits on 10/13/08. Pours pitch black with a minimal head. Aroma is coffee, coffee, coffee and a little bit of chocolate. Flavor is pretty much the same. Pretty good hop balance and an outstanding all around brew.
tmohr (37) - Illinois, USA - OCT 24, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle - pours pitch black with a brown head. Coffee and chocolate in aroma. Coffee flavor at beginning, with bittersweet chocolate. Damn tasty.
jcwattsrugger (11560) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - OCT 24, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle-pours a thin dissipating brown head and black color. Aroma is coffee, roasty, some sharpness. Taste is ash/coffee/roasty-dark malt, some sharpness/acidic. Not my taste. Thanks jwc215 for sharing.
phiconners (149) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 23, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Armsby Abbey in Worcester. Dark and creamy with a medium tan head. Excellent, rich flavor, some coffee comes through. Top notch.
demdeac40 (299) - Etowah, North Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark black with a minimal brown head. Rich chocolate and roasted coffee are predominate on the nose. Nice roasted flavor at the beginning. Transitions into coffee and finishes pure bittersweet chocolate. The finish goes on and on like a wonderful gift from the beer gods. Beautiful beer.
Rogueone (506) - I F&ckin’ hate those guys from, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
As Carl on the ATHF would say, ’’This is a Classic!!’’ Anyway. This is one of my favorites; if it’s on tap, I’m drinkin’ it until it’s gone. Pours a dark, dark black with about a centimeter of intimidating creamy tan head. Flavor is a complexity of dark chocolate, french press coffee, Kona coffee, and vanilla with the dryness of oatmeal. Velvety and full mouthfeel. Kudos if you can drink more than two and still function!
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 22, 2008
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks cpferris for the trade. Thick viscosity, pure opaque black with a thin, fine, dark tan head. Nice roasted grain characteristics that aren’t over the top with coffee, soft spicy hops, and a slight lactic quality. The aroma suggests some malty sweetness but comes across dry overall. Not too much coffee or chocolate in the flavor--this is a good thing as it lets the elemental flavors of the roasted grain take center stage. The coffee and chocolate are supporting roles here, along with a finely balanced hop character. There is some acohol sweetness here that contributes a good bit to the flavor as well. The body is smooth with a nice oatmeal-influenced mouthfeel. I don’t know if there’s lactose in this beer or not--it certainly would fit in with the ’breakfast’ theme--and I’m a little disappointed that that characteristic is absent here. The alcohol flows through into a long, warm finish. This is a beer of great power and great finesse. It posesses enormous flavor and strength but is thoroughly drinkable as well.