MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - NOV 28, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a 12oz bottle and served in a snifter. This beer poured a deep, dark brown with a thin, tan head that quickly diminished into a few lingering bubbles. A small amount of slippery lace was left around the glass. The aroma of the beer was made up of freshly ground coffee, dark chocolate, and some charred malts. The flavor consisted of strong coffee, oats, charred malts, molasses, and a touch of smoke. Not overly complex, as the coffee tends to dominate, but still delicious. The mouthfeel was full-bodied but not overly heavy or filling. The carbonation level was minimal. Very drinkable for the style. A really nice beer that was as enjoyable to smell as it was to drink. A must try for coffee or stout lovers.
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I have been wanting to try this beer for almost a year!!! Had on tap at Brews...Poured a beautiful deep thick dark brown. Nice creamy head. Smell was all coffee...I enjoyed this with a sweet dessert, and WOW...What a delightful brew...Nice creamy texture, taste was cream, coffee and just a slight hoppy finish...This was perfectly blended too. DELIGHTFUL.
emerson430 (95) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2008 As a drinker of black coffee (lots of black coffee i.e. 10-15 cups a day) this is heaven in a glass. The thick mocha colored head is most inviting and the distinct coffee and chocolate flavors are like an epiphany in a glass. Think Drew Carey’s buzz beer but in the extreme and only for those that love the not so subtle flavors of the morning. Oh, and the balance between hops and coffee is something to behold ... watch out!
WickerBrew (311) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very happy to give this a shot, and it pretty much lived up to it’s billing. Very thick and a deep coffee taste, this is a great stout that does not need to be barrel aged. The ABV is high, but not too noticable, which is great. Only need one of these, I would think that the taste would be wasted by the time you are halfway through the second.
krysztofar (344) - belleville, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. pours thick and viscous. black with only a trace amount of moch colored head. fresh ground coffee beans, molasses prunes, and a trace of hops make up the aroma. intense espresso shot flavor. richly layered with a strong piney hop finish. this quite an intense brew.
ajm (1066) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 25, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2009 A grand entry for the style, but falls short in places for me. The dryness is admirable, but isn’t grainy enough to be endearing - like Old Viscosity for instance. As well, I look for a couple more depth metrics in a stout, particularly chocolate, a slight berry, or milk. I drank this right after Surly Darkness (both on tap at the Map) and the difference is vast.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2007
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I was so excited to finally try this and I was not dissapointed. Pours a very dark brown/black with a nice brown head. Strong aroma of coffee and dark chocolate. Very full bodied beer. This beer is like a meal. Very strong coffee taste balanced out with a decent amount of chocolate flavor.
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 25, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
11-23-07 bottle shared with lb4lb, thanks to demitriustown.
Aroma consists of oatmeal and a rich smokiness, nice and unique. Thick black pour with ideal spotted lacing hovering over the thick beige creamy head. It is smooth and somewhat creamy but not rich or heavy. A bit weaker than I anticipated, but easy to drink. Decent flavor with hints of the smokiness in there, but there is a strange sweet yet sour aftertaste that creeps up on you.
lb4lb (2574) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2008 Big thanks to demitriustown for the 2 bottles of this. Been waiting a while to try this one.
Pours a thick, dark black, oily color with a nice sized robust brown head in a snifter. Smell is almost exclusively coffee, and wet coffee grounds. Not getting any oat or sweetness or chocolate particularly though. The body is nicely slightly thick and creamy. Flavor is also almost exclusively dark slightly bitter coffee grounds. Really would like a touch of sweetness to balance it all out. As it is, a touch more roasty burnt flavor than I expected, but still a fantastic stout. Thanks andrew!
prosqtor (408) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 22, 2007
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is awfully good. So good that it’s hard to find things to complain about. First bottle poured almost opaque, with minimal head -- more of a film of medium tan that turned into lace. Aroma was coffee and chocolate, detectable from the pour. Intense coffee and chocolate taste, with roasted malts and just a hint of hops to remind me I was drinking beer and not a lightly-carbonated mocha espresso. Awesome.