Boutip (4738) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 20, 2006
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a nice dark foamy head with average retention. Coffee aroma is quite overpowering with some subtle roasted malt. Taste is totally overpowered by coffee and as much as I like some coffee characteristic in my stout I cannot drink coffee. Total lack of balance or complexity, just an overpowering of coffee. Definitely not one for me.
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - MAR 20, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(on bottle, thanx to Mads)For the first time I can actually use the trem "oily" in a rating. This beer is jet black and has a oily structure; small lasting, beige head. Aroma wise it´s verymild and creamy. vanilla, small coffee sent, lychefruit and burned wood; all tied very balanced up. Again; an oily mouthfeel and the coffeeness turns it self up, into a bittersweet finish. Like th label too; do 6 year old kids have this stuff for breakfast?
Louipa (121) - USA - MAR 17, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Ok, lets see. Small tan head, hardly any carbonation which is expected. Smell is like coffee. Taste is kinda like mildly alcoholic, mildly carbonated vanilla coffee. I’m not detecting much chocolate. But its quite good.
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - MAR 9, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle via trade with <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?UserID=2 target=blank>OhioDad, thanks Scott!) This comes out of the bottle just like used motor oil out of the crankcase - nearly black and almost as thick. Head is sort of reddish- brown-black, pretty short-lived, recedes to a film. This is barely even carbonated. Only a few traces of lacing here and there. Aroma is straight strong coffee. Taste is straight strong coffee (but really high quality stuff - think I can taste the Kona!). Get a hint of nut flavor as it warms. Bit of bitter in finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and very thick, a bit syrupy. Alcohol well-hiddden. Wow this was good, but really pretty one-dimensional for flavor.
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2006
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
The aroma of this beer is a mixture of malt, caramel, and there is a mild hint of smoke in the background. It is a black solution with a thick cashew colored head. This rich beer offers the palate a plethora of flavors. There are the flavors of coffee, molasses, malt, smoke, and oak pops up in the finish. This beer exits the mouth leaving a strong coffee taste lingering on the taste buds.
drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz. bottle. Oily deep black body with almost no brown head. Aroma of coffee with something bitter. Tasted like a coffee latte with bittersweet chocolate. A great match of bitter and sweet. Palate is wonderful - motor oil smooth with the perfect light carbonation.
jdouglas3 (31) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 6, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Coffee/chocolate/molasses flavor and aroma. Black as night with viscous texture. Thick, creamy, and delicious.
beerprincess (52) - Indiana, USA - MAR 2, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge coffee, toffee nose. Black with light head, some lacing. Great taste! Big coffee flavor, almost taste like my best morning java and extrememly smooth
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - MAR 1, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
London Gathering Nov 05: Nice coffee and chocolate. Very soft oily feel. Easy drinking. Vanilla notes there too. Black with a brown head. Nice.
WhiteSoxFan (152) - USA - FEB 28, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle at the Dilly Deli. Outstanding, one of my favorite stouts. Nice, dark brown smaller head that sticks around, thick black body. Definite coffe in the aroma and flavor, a little sweet, chocolaty, balanced by a nice bitterness. Smooth, velvety, creamy mouthfeel. I wish I could get this one around here.