TrevorFloyd (309) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 14, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
No doubt about it, this belongs in the stout hall of fame. Incredible silky body, smooth flavors of subtle dark chocolate and roasted coffee, a hint of bitterness. Not overly sweet, but just incredibly smooth. That 8.3% is nowhere to be seen. This is about as good as I could imagine a sweet stoud could be, brilliantly balanced, thoroughly refreshing. My thanks to Carl.
AlKHall (161) - West Hartford, Connecticut, USA - JUN 14, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I have to say that this is about as good as it gets! Get your A$$ to Grand Rapids and buy some Founders. This beer is everything it should be and more: its got roasted coffee, dark bitter chocolate, mollasses, malt flavor, oats and then more coffee. Its very thick and filling - truly an amazing beverage.
puzzl (3252) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 4, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured deep black with a miniscule though beautifully dark head. Aroma is rock-your-socks-off bitter belgian coffee chocolate (ho ho some surprise there) with slight oats (see I’m just reading the label here). The taste is an interesting experience as it starts kinda watery and lacking though it finishes with an all out blast of said flavors, perfectly balanced and brutal though still delicate and wonderful. The coffee is not as pronounced as, say, Bells Java Stout, and makes a nicer addition rather than being an all-encompassing force. This is a delicious beer, no doubt.
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - JUN 3, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle sampled in a snifter at 55*F. Pours a viscous inky jet black with virtually no head to speak of. Exquisite, up front aromas of freshy ground dark roasted coffee beans and semi-sweet baker’s chocolate with some licorice and molasses lingering in the background. Mouthfeel is almost perfect for this style; round, slick, smooth and slightly oily. Intense, rich flavors of espresso coffee, dark chocolate and black malt come agressively to the forefront, supported nicely with hints of vanilla, caramel, molasses and charcoal. Very well balanced overall, starting out slightly sweet but quickly finishing with a moderate, but long charred oak, hoppy bitterness with the alcohol warming the finish up admirably. I wish I did indeed have another one of these for my breakfast tomorrow morning! Great stuff!
slcbrewer (44) - USA - JUN 1, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very nicely balanced stout. Noticeable aroma of coffee and chocolate above a deep dark color and a medium brown head.
Very smooth taste, with coffee, chocolate and vanilla all apparent. Not too much roasted flavor, just enough to balance out the sweetness.
TPaliga (212) - Munster, Indiana, USA - MAY 26, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours black with very thin tan head that leaves almost no trace. Aroma is a sweet chocolate roasted coffee sweet malt and molasses. Taste is the same. This beer is excellent. Tastes like a slice of choclate cake and a fresh cup of joe. Finishes sweet, malty, and dry.
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appears a dense dark blackwith a creamy dark tan head that slowly fades out into a a strong color. Absolutely marvelous looking rings of webbed lacing around the glass.
Smell is of some outstanding aromatics with plenty of coffee, cream, cocoa, and perhaps a bowl of fresh black grapes.
Taste is a smooth mix of the aromas. Definitely not overkill of the coffee like many of the coffee infused beers that I’ve had. Damn!
Super smooth and creamy with just the right amount of sugary cocoa with cocoa doused with whipped cream. F’in great, man.
8.3%, huh? I don’t notice it. I probably wouldn’t notice it if it were 15% either. This is seriously like a liquid dessert. Imagine tiramisu without the rum soaked lady fingers. Absolutely amazing. I love this beer.
Much thanks to trbeer for this treat.
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - MAY 19, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From a twist cap stubby brown bottle with no bottled/freshness date, sampled at cellar temperature.
Made a good appearance, poured a thick, deep coffee black with a tan soapy head that settled into a semi-sticky, thin foamy lacing, moderate carbonation.
Had a big roasted malty nose, coffee and chocolate with hints of sweet oatmeal.
A textured, creamy smooth full bodied mouth feel, very good drinkability.
Sweet oatmeal and roasted malty taste, big hits of morning coffee, chocolate and caramelized sugar, milky flavor, a herbal hoppiness, a subtle alcohol warmth and a dryish coffee and sweet roasted malt finish with the maltiness lingering in the palate.
An excellent double stout, a must try, tasty and balanced.
Psylocke (91) - st-constant, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 19, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
a really great aroma of coffee, great appearance too with a nice brown head, a litle bit sour but i suppose its cuz mine is a bit old its 100% coffee at the end great but more fresh could be better
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - MAY 17, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
After having Peche Mortel I always get excited to try new coffee beers. Thanks to px2grafx for trading me this. Poured a dark but not quite motor oil dark body with a huge head. I thought I was pouring a saison. It was pretty frustrating waiting for the head to die down before I could finally drink this. Aroma had coffee, oats, and a hint of chocolate. The aroma wasn’t nearly as assertive as the flavors. This thing is loaded with coffee. Unfortunately, it wasn’t like the coffee used in Peche Mortel. It wasn’t like what’s in Speedway. Those coffee flavors are good, this is like adding Folger’s (generic, bland, etc) Coffee to a beer. The coffee flavoring added a light bitterness. The mouthfeel was also a little bit too crisp for my liking, it felt overcarbonated. It looks like WWS has some competition for being the most overrated beer in the top 50... at least IMO.