ericmc83 (207) - Arkansas, USA - DEC 17, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I really donít know how this is in the top 50. Sure, it smells/tastes like coffee, but that doesnít mean that it smells/tastes good. It tastes like Iím drinking Folgers coffee grounds...not beer. Iíve had very coffee-ish brews before that were good, but this is too heavy on the cheap coffee.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to a few tremendous Raters for sending me bottles of this beer! You all Rock!!!
Pours with a darkness of the earths deepest caverns. The head is a dark hue of khaki, think and enduring. The aroma is most obviously a huge espresso coffee likeness, but there is a vinous, tart lightly sour character to it as well; like the oily slug on the bottom of a Arabic or Turkish espresso shot. Loads of bakers chocolate, the bittering bite of chocolate covered coffee beans, highly kilned black patent barley, chocolate malts, maybe even some rye in the finish. Fairly fruity: dates, figs, raisins, some cabernet grapesÖ some molasses and vanilla bean ; but mostly a bold coffee and chocolate. The body is exceptional: creamy, sticky, chewy and burntÖ great amount of carbonation for the style, tranquil effervescence placed but not motionless.
- I have greatly enjoyed this beer!
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 12, 2005
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black Coloring with Tan Ring. Fairly Subtle Aroma. Hard to Get Much Other Than Coffee Roasts and Some Oats. Dry Chocolate, Dusty Malt, Oats and Coffee Roasts Come Immediately on the Tongue... a Clean Milky Mouthfeel Wraps it Up and a Roasts, Malty Aftertaste Concludes. Really a Very Nice Brew. The More You Drink, the More Enjoyable the Lactose is Complimenting with the Coffee Roasts and Malt Background. And The Oats Pop Up Here and There Making This an Incredibly Wonderful Breakfast Stout!
antzman (315) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - DEC 8, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a deep black with a very thin brown head. The aroma is all coffee, with a bit of chocolate. The taste is awesome. Coffee, chocolate, a little cream, a bit of cinnamon. Not sure if you can eat it with a fork, but who wants to?
badgerben (4385) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2009 Original Rating, December 7, 2005. Black color with no head. Lovely aroma of milk and coffee. The taste is spot on for breakfast: oats and barley with a milky finish and the ever present coffee. For me, everything just blended together in a magical brew. A great way to start your morning!
2008 Vintage, Tasted Fall of 2009. I had been hoping and kind of expecting this to age wonderfully. Black color with no head. Glorious aroma of milk, sugar, coffee, oats and a light earthy hop. See? Good call on aging it! Or... not. Light cardboardy malt and stale coffee taste. Thin bodied. Light roast. If I was going to score this one, itíd be 8/4/4/2/11, however I will leave this extra rating as a warning not to age this magnificent beer. Now excuse me while I go finish off this yearís stash.
pineypower (2479) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - DEC 7, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, thanks Jeff! Didnít have it for breakfast as I think it might be a bit intense for the first meal of the day, but afterall it is the most important meal. Nice aroma of coffee and chocolate. Pours out deep black with a gigantic tan head, head is almost too big for the beer( and yes it was in an English pint as it suggests, haha) . Very nice taste of coffee, chocolate and some sweetness due to the oatmeal. Also notes of roasted malts and some smoke? Very good beer, and I never thought Iíd say this, but I think it has the biggest coffee flavor of any beer Iíve had.
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2007 Pours Black, brown head, huge coffee aroma, huge coffee flavor, what else to say this ruled and tasted just like coffee, I loved it
chriso (7347) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled at the London gathering, November 2005. Thanks to Captain Cougar for bringing this one over. Very black. Coffee, coffee and more coffee. Just as well I like coffee. Not sure about 8.3% for breakfast, although Iím sure that feeding this to children (a depicted on the label - surprised it hasnít been banned!) would keep the little brats quiet for most of the day. I thought this was quite dry for a sweet stout. Slightly oily texture. A sumptuous and delicious beer, if a little one dimensional.
thedm (4920) - Fort Wayne, USA - NOV 22, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This bottled brew poured a small sized head of foamy finely sized mostly diminishing bubbles that left behind an opaque black colored body with no visible carbonation and a fair lacing. It had a chocolate malt nut brown malt raisin coffee aroma. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and finished with a strongly tingly hop end with a lingering mild coffee chocolate aftertaste. The flavor contained heavy malts hops and mild coffee chocolate nuts and roastiness.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - NOV 18, 2005
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strong black coffeee with a hint of chocalate in the nose. Pours black. Despite the commercial description, I didnít see any trace of a "frothy head that never seems to fade". Flavor is pure coffee w/ a hint of chocalate, hop bitterness, and alcohol spiciness. Really good beer overall.