Skyview (5283) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUL 15, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled this brew at Cellar’s weekly Friday evening beer tasting. From a 12-oz bottle, pours an opaque, motor oil black brew with a thick and lumpy tan head that hardly goes away. One of the most dense and thickest beer head I’ve encounted. Aroma of sweet Hawaiian coffee, dark chocolate and oatmeal. Taste is smooth, creamy, very light carbonation with flavors of roasted coffee, chocolate and dark fruit. Finish has a light bitter taste at first and then a smooth and velvety coffee aftertaste. Thanks goes to joebrew for sharing this treat!
sthlm (1240) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 14, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2012 [Bottle, thanks a lot Joebrew!] Excellent appearance--pours black with a huge dark head. Aroma was coffee, roasted malt, and chocolate. Taste was dominated by coffee...but I’m definitely not complaining. Excellent beer, I’m going to have to look into getting more of this some time! Original rating: 9-5-8-4-17=4.3
Re-Rate: Wow, this is not nearly as good as I remember it as being. Aroma is just overpowering coffee with a hint of sweetness and toasted malt. Bitter coffee is out of control up front in the taste, however it is redeemed by the super long finish of strong roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. Medium mouthfeel. The finish is amazing in this beer, otherwise it is just a slightly above standard coffee stout. Old Rating: 7-4-7-5-15=3.8
Re-Rate: Another bottle, another change. Coffee is slightly less prominent, with more chocolate and almost a nuttiness to it. I’ll bump it up only a point this time, but another bottle like this and I may have to raise it back up over 4. Old Rating: 7-4-7-5-16=3.9
Re-Rate: This bottle has a few months of age on it. Aroma is dominated by coffee with only a little bit of dark chocolate and a hint of roasted nuttiness also showing through. Taste is quite bitter from the coffee with dark chocolate again and a good deal of malt. Medium mouthfeel with a long, very bitter finish. Would have given a 3.6, but I will bump it a little since I liked some of the other bottles more and leave it at a 3.7.
Re-rate: About the same score, but slightly different than I remember. Not as bitter, but lots of char. Anise pretty prevalent as well. Thicker mouthfeel, and smooth.
SamuraiArtist (292) - portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 12, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Instantly upon beer hitting glass it turns into a huge mountain of cream. Takes 2 minutes to settle. Head is creamy and tan and the beer is black with no real highlights. Tons of coffee aroma. Smells like coffee beans more than brewed coffee. Hints of malt and chocolate. Flavor is slightly sweet with shitloads of coffee flavor with lends a somewhat burnt and dry feeling. Mouthfeel is light with tiny hints of chocolate. I let it sit and warm to room temp and the oatmeal flavors and creamyness come out. Much better served warm. I was still dissappointed by the body and real lack of chocolate flavors.
hopslovin (194) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 6, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz. bottle. Oil black pour, thick tan head, nice lace. Strong coffee aroma on the nose, not much else comes through. Coffee, chocolate, hops in the initial taste. Mouthfeel is very good, feels like chocolate is melting in the mouth and surrounding the tongue in warmth. Slittly bitter in the finish. Very, very good.
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 6, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Puddintane for this great bonus! Nearly pitch black color with a big and thick brown head. Aroma is thick and sweet with lots of dark, well-roasted coffee, sweet and rich chocolates, plus a hefty helping of choco-sugary breakfast breads. Flavor is thick with big and tasty espresso and chocolate. Lots of coffee here plus a thick, bready feel/taste and a light bitter ending. Wonderful brew - especially for us strong coffee lovers
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 6, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2007 Bottle sampled With Mad_indian, thanks to Ohiodad for the trade. Pouts black with a large cola brown head. Aroma of coffee, roast, and chocolate. The flavor is loaded with coffee and roast, chocolate, and a nice bitter bite. Great body, excellent brew.
MadIndian (2526) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 5, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled with Stegosaurus, courtesy of trade with Ohio Dad. What can I say? I love stouts and this was no exception. Great pour, great aroma and great taste. I have had better but not many. A little to strong in the coffee finish is what kept this away from me scoring it higher but an excellent brew.
dmac (4480) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 2, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle shared with willblake and Dickinsonbeer. Best beer I have ever had. Where should I start with this beauty? Poured a dark black with a nice light brown head that lasted. Aroma was tar, coffee, chocolate, tobacco. It reminded me of a chocolate ash tray with an unlit cigar resting on it. Palate was oily smooth despite being very thick. Flavor was tobaco, coffee and some chocolate. This stuff is beyond good, if I could buy this locally I might not ever keep anything else in my fridge.
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2007
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2007 12oz bottle, sampled alongside the Kentucky Breakfast Stout. Pitch black, with a moderate-sized light brown head, that hangs around much longer than that of the KBS. Moderately strong coffee aroma, with notes of sour cherry and milk chocolate. Flavor is primarily roasted coffee, but it’s really smooth around the edges; this doesn’t have the bitterness of the KBS. I believe this bottle is a few years old, and has had some time to mellow. Silky smooth and delicious; I wish I could get this beer on a regular basis.
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JUN 28, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fizzy dark tan head diminishes slowly and fully. Black body, average density. Aroma is monstrously coffee, with lesser notes of chocolate cake, cold-pressed coffee, roasted malt and light caramel. The nose of the last two vintages is a stark contrast to earlier years, which showcased incredible balance of aromatic components and didn’t seem so overwhelming in the coffee department. It still seems nice, but not nearly as impressive as in years gone by. The rating is for the current vintage though, so the numbers reflect a beer that doesn’t stand with the greats any longer. Alcohol is mostly pleasantly concealed. Flavor is utterly dominated by garish coffee that crushes all other subtleties in its path. Moderately sweet, lightly bitter and lightly acidic. Hop bitterness barely detectable in the aroma has a steady presence in the taste, most notably near the finish. The finale is all burned coffee, like scraping the bottom of the pot. Mouthfeel is average, with zippy carbonation. This beer used to be above average.