DMRz (230) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 9, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from this yearís release. Pours the darkest brown/black that one could imagine. Aromas of expresso, dark chocolate, and more coffee. The taste is much like the aroma only more intense: bitter chocolate and coffee with a lasting coffee finish. It has a nice effect of starting out sweet and finishing somewhat bitter. I had to remind myself that I was drinking beer not coffee. Very interesting, although not my favorite stout, still a respectable brew.
MaxxDaddy (413) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 7, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured inky black with a thin layer of tan head. The aroma was predominantly coffee and chocolate, as to be expected. The flavor was predominantly coffee, though the chocolate and oatmeal were present as well. The finish was coffee and chocolate as well. The mouthfeel was very nice on this one...very full. My only complaint is that the roastiness is kind of overdone here. Still, it wonít stop me from drinking another one.
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - MAR 6, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. This beer poured a dark dark blackish brown, almost no head at the start and then rising to a thick dense brown foam. Aroma is chocolate ice cream with hop overtones. Flavor is rich and dense. Thick and chewy with strong chocolate flavors, sweet to start with a bitter dark chocolate finish. Good long duration on a heavy palate, not a huge range of flavor as it pretty much sits in the sweet chocolaty zone. Smooth. Very drinkable and a great dessert beer, or for breakfast.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 5, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Poured opaque, thick, and oily. Black as night. Head was thick and light brown with good retention and lacing. Smelled of dark chocolate and coffee. Sweet on the tongue up front. Very thick stuff. Delicious with a strong coffee flavor accented by chocolate, vanilla, and burnt marshmallow. The sweetness eventually gives way to a rich lingering roasty bitterness. Mmmm good. If itís this good from a bottle I canít imagine the draft version.
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
ahh.....good old breakfast stout.....rare as hell this year i take it.........being that antzman was kind enough to hold a case or so in the back of keg liquors for those of us that were not fortunate enough to get in on the initial breakfast stout feeding frenzy. Thanks Todd! pours thick dark black. much more thick and black than a lot of beers that claim to be imperial stouts. great dark brown head that settles into a thin film. aroma straight fresh roasted coffee beans. great aroma. a hint of chocolate but wow......coffee....so good. flavor straight sweet mocha goodness. sweet mocha with a heavy handed pour of espresso with a nice touch of cream. lovely. finish bittersweet slightly acidic slightly dry coffee with a bit of spicy black pepper. full thick body. carbonation just a bit too much at first but after it sits for 20 minutes or so it becomes very nice. great stout. for coffee lovers only.
hrking (140) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAR 1, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I just got this in bottle.Pours like a very nice porter with just enough kick to shove it into the stout catagory. Very smooth on the palate for a stout a pleasure to sip. Met the guys at Michigan Winterfest last weekend the pleasure was mine for sure. This is a truely amazing beer!
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 1, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2009 Tap at Boston Brookline Publick House. Black body topped by a long-lasting medium tan head. Roasted coffee beans, cacao, toasted bread, bitter black chocolate, floury choco-dessert. No fruity taste, floral hops or anything like that. Just pure ďblack stuffĒ. All the flavours you want from a stout, itís all there with a slight focus on the roasted coffee beans taste with a dry floury cacao finish. This now sits on top of all the <insertprefix> Stout I ever had. I donít know about the bottle (and to be honest Iím afraid to be disappointed) but the draught was simply perfect. The only thing wrong with it was its name, itís some much more than that, itís also a lunch stout, a dinner stout and a late night snack stout.
tranum (34) - delafield, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 26, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2007 what a great beer. pours black with a very small head. Tastes of coffee and chocolate are balanced very well. The taste of alcohol is almost non-existant.
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
"double chocolate coffee oatmeal stout." Already, I like it. Pours black, with a very small brown head. Looks like a less heady Expedition almost. Deep aroma of coffee (a very bold "bean" smell, not a weak brewed coffee), dark chocolate, milk and sourdough toast. I taste the strong black coffee first, with a lot of chocolate and caramel swirling around as equal players. More coffee-y than any other coffee beer Iíve had yet. Finishes with a strong roast flavor and the bitterness is all black coffee, toast, nuts, and a medium acidity. Itís coffee finish, rather than hops, but perhaps the hops only emphasize the coffee. Either way, this is a great stout. Very strong on the coffee flavors, but itís not like thatís all thatís here. I can see why not everyone would enjoy that, but I think it tastes great, and fits in with the rest of the flavor profile.
Sombeast (151) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 25, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Served in a snifter. An aggressive pour of this viscous stout grudgingly yielded a small and short-lived head. The liquid itself is impermeable to light, and the small ring of dark-drown head is the only clue as to its real color. The aroma is of a fine, coffee-flavored dark chocolate. The mouthfeel is dense, syrupy thick, almost oily in nature and with a modest carbonation. The flavor has a rich roastiness with strong bitter-coffee notes. The long-lasting finish is dominated by a robust roasty bitterness.