ElGaucho (2114) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JUN 10, 2005
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Delectable aroma; unique. I canít imagine a better aroma. I canít say itís coffee because Iíve never smelled coffee like this. I do smell hops. Perfectly opaque. Refreshingly large tan head, lasting. Excellent lace. After I opened this brew and read the description, I realized that perhaps I shouldnít be drinking a rich coffee beer shortly before retiring to bed. Hopefully the alcohol from this brew and my previous brews this evening: Dark Horse Reserve Special Black Bier and Kuhnhenn Fourth Dementia, will put me to sleep. I pre-warmed this beer a little bit, and it is was immediately ready to drink. Man, is this stuff good. It blows me away that, despite the high beer prices in Michigan (read: Ann Arbor), that I can get a beer this good for "only" $2.89 a bottle. Not sure I would choose to drink this at breakfast time, but it would be good any time of day. It is really hard to find any flaws in this brew. I can see what the fuss is all about.
smoosh (533) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - JUN 7, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - well, this rates very highly and it had better be good! What a nightmare - I was carrying my bag-o-beer containing a four-pack of this on eand a sixer of their Centennial IPA from the and the bag broke. So did three of these four bottles. The one that did not break still spilled about half. That sucks! Well, here goes. Huge - almost a whole bottleís worth of roast and coffee in the nose. Black as night with a medium brown head. Fairly quickly dissipating. Big chocolate flavor upfront with a mighty coffee finish - beautiful!!! Nice creaminess, as expected from the oats ... now Iím really pissed!
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This stout looks more imperial than most imperials. Pours black with a dark brown, frothy head. Aroma is dark chocolate and coffee. The flavor is thick, not imperial thick, semi-sweet chocolate, oatmeal, and coffee. The finish is velvety smooth and slides like oil. Iíve wanted to try this forever. Thanks MIBRomeo!!!!
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 30, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Coffee auroma and a perfect dark pour. Coffee flavor to this beer, but a bit of a sour aftertaste spoils it. Good, but not great.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - MAY 30, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black as night. Creamy,mocha,head leaves sheets of lace all over the snifter. Aroma dominated by coffee,bitter chocolate,and alcohol. Really, itís hard to find malt in the aroma. Extremely,smooth and creamy,texture while still have a substatial,thick,body. Coffee overload(not complaining),with more malt in taste expected. Coffee,chocolate,malt,blend well together in mouth. Finish is creamy,with bitter chocolate,coffee,and some malt. Lingering creamy,oat/malt flavors. The longer is sits,the more evident become the malt flavors. Really enjoyable,even at 10:30 in the morning.
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - MAY 30, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thick opaque black pour with a huge dark brown head. I think itís the darkest head Iíve ever seen poured. Strong roasted aromas mingling with a nice coffee aroma and a sweet chocolately malt presence. Very plesant beer. A sensation in the glass. Coffee flavors quickly followed by chocolate malts and a warming alcohol with wiskey character. Very smooth, creamy flavor and feel, creamy head is still lingering. Sweetness is more presant later in the pour. Strong, big, and with nice complexity. I had a Peche Mortel last week, and both are great beers, but this one is the best of the two because it is a more complex beer.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAY 29, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz - Aroma is thick with coffee, chocolate, and brunt malt. Black body with a very small brown head that quickly disappears leaving little lacing. An overwhelming brunt coffee flavor that leaves a íbottom of the mochaí chocolate aftertaste. Smooth oil slick palate rounds out this tasty brew. Not for the weak of palate.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAY 28, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful opaque pour with a tightly packed, cocoa head. Freshly ground beans dominant the aroma, along with notes of semi-sweet chocolates, smoke and pipe tobacco. Some of the ABV peaks through as well. The body is silky smooth, starting with espresso and moving into a creamy, yet slightly bitter, finish. Coffee dominates both the aroma and body, almost overpowering the other (notable) aspects of this beer. Still wonderful for what it is - a java stout.
sandwichpants (117) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - MAY 26, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2005 Wow, I enjoyed this more than I thought I would (I usually go for medium bodied beers, strong ales and such). From a bottle purchased at Holiday Market in Royal Oak, Michigan (they still have a lot left, so stock up!), served in an english pint (the kind with the bulge). Small, dark brown, well retained head, with wonderful lacing, very dark pour, but not as dark as an imperial stout or anything like that. Aroma dominated by coffee and chocolate, with malt underneath, all very rich and lovely. Flavour is the same, only more complicated and less rich. Medium to heavy mouth feel, coats well, rich finish, not too bitter. So roasty and rich and nice without being too overbearing or one dimensional, and not ridiculously thick like some stouts. Best served as dessert.
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - MAY 26, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 0z. Bottle: Enjoyed this one on the golf course. Poured pitch black and thick, nice big brown head formed smooth and slow, lasting. Big nose of coffee and chocolate (look at the name), nutty/earthy, toasted oats. Flavor is just as large, smokey cocoa and coffee, with smooth oat characteristics. Velvety smooth finish, though it does dry out a bit in a very long finish.