Emil (6067) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 11, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanx to Engelsmann. Black colour with a small baige head. Roasted coffee, oat aroma and a dry roasted oat, coffee prun taste. Medium to full body and a dry finish.
auerbrau (3117) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JUL 11, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2007 Original Rate - 7/11/2005 - 12 Oz Bottle (948418-4.3)Deep, smooth silky rich oil pour, with a mostly diminished thin line of smooth nut brown head. Bouncy blast of spicy roasted coffee, blended with a super lucious backing of ganache and cinnamon. Great vinous notes in the aroma, with cherries, currants and plum. Aroma is tantalizing! Most complex bouquet I can ever remember a beer presenting. Flavors are a continuation of the aromas, blending with interesting textures. Taste is dominated by strong presence of roasted dark chocolate, roasted grains, and deep coffee. A warming alchol brings up the background nicely, with a soft hint of hops. This beer is thick! Like a smooth sugar syrup. Palate is a ubiquitous and coating, leaving an oily slick of rich hazlenuts and coffee dregs with sugars on the tounge, with a hint of dryness on the smack. This beer is fantastic all around!Rerate - 1/17/2007 - 12 Oz Bottle (848416-4.0)Ripe coffee berry and sweet cinnamon cream aroma, lots of bold grocery store coffee ground dusts and faint wisps of licorice-infused chocolate. Seemingly flat and a little stalish. Pours beautifully, with oil black humours and a frothy mexican chocolate and cinnamon roast head, rimming with large bubbles and lots of lace. On the palate a yeasty, biting sweetness, jam packed with a profuse coffee dance and a myriad of dark chocolate brownies, cakes and cremes. Truffles and divine hot fudge syrup, spooned over an oaty rich, lightly roasted chipotle and seared lamb rack crust. Bright esters hold unique wintery spices and a lot of depth. Ebbing into the background are some minty hop flowers and a parching coffee and hop balance to the ubiquitous sweetness. Coffee plays a little heavier than I remember and the density isnít quite there. True, this isnít the breakfast stout of old, but it hasnít suffered that much.
TimE (2943) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 11, 2005
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
On Tap RBSG 2005: Dark brown head, subtly floats over bubbling opaque goodness that is about to erupt its fantastic flavour up through my sinuses. Hot damn, piquant BBQ sauce, cocoa, salsa, chillis, dark chocolate hot sauce in the nose. This is the most amazing nose I have ever experienced on a beer. Big coffee mouth with salsa, negro mole, fire pit, caramel and dark chocolate notes. The finish is somewhere between jalepenos cracking over a firepit and a spoon full of cocoa being dumped into a cup of strong coffee, all with a lingering bitter finish. Out of this world.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - JUL 10, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a tan head. Earthy, cocoa, coffee aroma. Quite sweet. Very rich in body. The chocolate and coffee come through great and blend in well with some dark caramel and roast flavors. Very nice. Would love to try on draught. The alcohol is drowned out by the thickness of flavor.
GonZoBeeR (2800) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 10, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the rbsg mtl..
Aroma:big coffe aroma,rosted....
Appearance:Dark,good brown head...
Flavor:Coffe,chocolate,good rosted flavor...
My favorite stout
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 10, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
body is black like used motor oil. head is thin and foamy, burnt umber. roasted chocolate malt aroma, a little coffee and faint vodka too. slick & slightly creamy mouthfeel, dry rosted coffee malt flavor. lively carbonation. smooth and mild in the middle with coffee finish. a little chocolate malt at the back of the palate. a bit of bitterness with a coffee aftertaste. the alcohol is so well hidden, it isnít noticable until itís in the gullet! this is my favorite as a coffee stout, which I also think should be a separate style. would like to try this beside the peche mortel, but I think Iíd like this one better.
notalush (4583) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 9, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Completely opaque with a thin ring of dark tan lace - rich aroma of freshly ground coffee (kona or harrar, Iíd wager), dark chocolate - full-bodied with a slightly oily mouthfeel - just a hint of lactic sweetness - lots of dark chocolate qualities, with touches of smoke and dark fruit, followed by espresso, leading to a moderately dry finish - reminds me of Bells Java Stout, which is a good thing.
jcr (2112) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUL 8, 2005
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a stick-to-your ribs stout. Pours opaque black and thick. Smells of chocolate and malts. Tastes like mocha java leaning more heavily toward the mocha than the java. Goes down smoothly with a touch of bitterness in the aftertaste. For me, itís just not for breakfast anymore.
Dextolen (151) - Michigan, USA - JUL 8, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours oil black with a brown head that left quickly. No lacing. Aromas of molasses, coffee and caramel. Mouthfeel was oily and somewhat hot. A bit unpleasant like cough syrup. Coffee and toasted caramel flavors dominate. Not bad, but not the greatest either.
Zeswaft (1336) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 7, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2006 Rerate. First time was on tap and awesome. This time it was out of the bottle. It seems totally dominated by coffee but cheap coffee. Actually tastes like a glass of cold coffee. Alcohol isnít noticable and the texture isnít as thick as i remember. Still quite good.
wow, this stout has it all. Really thick and sticky. Lots of coffee and chocolate notes. Smokey flavor but not like cigarette smoke which can be common in stouts. Well balanced and sophisticated. On some sips i could detect some alcohol.