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.
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 27, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
MI brewer’s guild fest-Tap- Dark oily pour with a thin mocha ring.Pungent coffee hits hard, and drives it home. Huge roasty qualities, with a unique earthy espresso-ness. Bitter roasty upfront, with cold morning black coffee flavours flanking, and filling the mouth. Mochachino finish. Silky smooth, and silky. A brew ha ha, this is good.
Gorbalev (2924) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 27, 2006
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2006 I re-rated this on a night where I also had Speedway, Stone IRS, Peche Mortel and others. And I still loved it, but it seemed a little thinner and too much coffee compared to the others. So I am going to knock it down from the extremely lofty heights of my original rating: 10/4/10/5/19 until it blows me away again! Great stuff though...
Mmmm, been waiting to crack this one open for 2 months or so, and have been waiting longer than that to try it! Thanks for the trade Captain Cougar. Bottles shared with GregClow and Jerc and a couple of stout lovin’ spouses. Pitch black pour, like tar out of the glass. Incredibly dark brown small head. Wow, what an aroma - lots of coffee, smoke, dark malt, even some hops - wow. The coffee was strong as expected, but I thought it mixed well and did not dominate. Taste: Another wow. Sure there’s lots of coffee, but there is a ton of chocolate. Very sweet, lingering bitter hops and coffee roast. Some acidity as well. Lots of alcohol but pretty well hidden. Maybe just needs a hint more of body, but the mouthfeel is thick and creamy and the whole package is incredibly drinkable. One of the best stouts I have ever tried.
igneous1 (1497) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - FEB 25, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
opaque..ebony as can be. head is medium brown, very creamy. aroma is 1/2 coffee, 1/2 chocolate...sometime i think i pick up lactose notes..no vanilla though. flavor is dominated by the coffee with bittersweet chocolate playing a supporting role. alcohol basically undetectable. hoppiness and earthiness come through in the finish...really is a fantastic product. better than i expected.
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 23, 2006
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle compliments of acertain... Pours a dark black with a thin brown head. Smells like strong espresso....with a hint of alcohol and some chocolate ice cream. As someone who loves a good espresso and a good beer(I went to a bar that dropped shots of cold espresso in my Guiness for me in Europe), I’m really looking forward to tasting this. It does not dissapoint...Wonderful espresso flavor. Has a great sweetness to it. Reminds me of a mild "mexican hot chocolate"(with cinnamon in it) mixed with coffee and a stout. Thick beer with a soft finish.... Love it....pretty close to perfect for my tastes. I’ll be getting more of this in the future for sure.