joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 24, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark with brown lace, fairly thick with aroma of duh, coffee and expresso., Taste is roasted coffee beans, good mouthfeel. Best coffee beer ive had.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 24, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is black with a nice dense tan head...smell is coffee and flour?...taste is a little more chewy sweet than bitter chewy...coffee definately there, but cocoa and and chocolate cake doughnut were slightly overwhelming...the coffee returned in the finish...very good, but over-rated I think...
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice black color with a soft light brown cream foam clinging on the side of my snifter. The aroma in intense coffee, overshadowing the chocolate, caramel and oatmeal I was hoping for. The flavor is strong with the coffee at first, but lies down to a smoother chocolate and oatmeal taste. It all ends with a dry coffee aftertaste.
Oakes (11874) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 19, 2005
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2005 Murky very dark brown. Very coffeeish aroma, like cold-ass Tim Horton’s. Blech. You go into a good coffee bean shop, something like Casa Acoreana in Kensington Market. You smell the beans, it’s wonderful. Nothing at all like this beer. Massive coffee flavour, very green and vegetal. Hint of chocolate. Big and thick, but simple. The coffee bludgeons everything with its vegetal harshness. Probably the most overrated beer I’ve ever had.
JoeMcPhee (8216) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 19, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Dark black, tending toward purple. Thin tan head. Massive aroma of coffee overlies an almost spicy oatmealy character. Oily texture apparent in the glass. Going down is like drinking silk with a complex coffee, chocolate, cocoa, with the faintest touch of soy on the finish. Hard to describe the complexity in words. Nice roasted finish is almost charcoal flavoured in intensity. An absolutely fantastic brew.
MIBRomeo (2494) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 18, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours a rich black color w/ a thick brown cream of wheat looking head that laces very well. Smells good... aroma is a big roasted malt w/ some light hop and a nice roasted coffee a little bit of bittersweet chocolate and maybe even some marshmellow. palate is a big heavy body very creamy thick and num. The flavor is of a nice roasted malt and lots of it and a good roasted coffee finish and even a touch of bitterness the aftertaste is a little like burnt toast. Overall a damn good brew.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 16, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2006 Much thicker pour than expected. Khaki brown colored head fizzling down on the otherwise impenetrable black beer. I pick up the snifter and I swear it’s never felt heavier. Aroma is roasted malts, burnt rye bread and strong roasted coffee. Some chocolate chips wafts jump out as well. Flavor is brown sugar oatmeal, bitter mocha java, cocoa puffs and burnt toast. Very heavy on the palate, finishing like you just took a lick from a stick of margarine. Strong coffee bitterness in the aftertaste. Oh, if I could only brew this each morning before leaving home for work.
<h6>(Rerate update based on overall enjoyment level and love of this beer. The only change to the rating was by raising the numeric scorings.) </h6>
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 16, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured black with a small tan head. Aroma of sweet chocolate and coffee. Flavor follows suit with a rich thick chocolate flavor and a sweetened coffee with a bit of roasty bitterness. Nice thick mouthfeel..
Darkover (1512) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 15, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with a big dark brown head. Coffee aroma. Thick and creamy body. Flavor of roast and coffee with some bitterness at the finish.
willblake (2632) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAY 13, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
05.07.05 12oz bottle at Heavyweight open house. Again, I have no idea who to thank for this gem of a beer. Thick, black, coating, unctuous on the pour. Yum! Aromas and flavors are nearly identical in this rich brew. Burnt marshmallow, thick old coffee, thick young coffee, thick coffee with cream, thick coffee with cream and burnt marshmallow. Creamy throughout. Soft body. Glam. Bitter finish clears up the oily and coating palate. Rad beer, it’s no wonder it’s rated so highly (4.23 average at time of my rating). Thanks to whoever shared this wonder!