drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz. bottle. Oily deep black body with almost no brown head. Aroma of coffee with something bitter. Tasted like a coffee latte with bittersweet chocolate. A great match of bitter and sweet. Palate is wonderful - motor oil smooth with the perfect light carbonation.
jdouglas3 (31) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 6, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Coffee/chocolate/molasses flavor and aroma. Black as night with viscous texture. Thick, creamy, and delicious.
beerprincess (52) - Indiana, USA - MAR 2, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge coffee, toffee nose. Black with light head, some lacing. Great taste! Big coffee flavor, almost taste like my best morning java and extrememly smooth
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - MAR 1, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
London Gathering Nov 05: Nice coffee and chocolate. Very soft oily feel. Easy drinking. Vanilla notes there too. Black with a brown head. Nice.
WhiteSoxFan (152) - USA - FEB 28, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle at the Dilly Deli. Outstanding, one of my favorite stouts. Nice, dark brown smaller head that sticks around, thick black body. Definite coffe in the aroma and flavor, a little sweet, chocolaty, balanced by a nice bitterness. Smooth, velvety, creamy mouthfeel. I wish I could get this one around here.
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 27, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
MI brewer’s guild fest-Tap- Dark oily pour with a thin mocha ring.Pungent coffee hits hard, and drives it home. Huge roasty qualities, with a unique earthy espresso-ness. Bitter roasty upfront, with cold morning black coffee flavours flanking, and filling the mouth. Mochachino finish. Silky smooth, and silky. A brew ha ha, this is good.
Gorbalev (2952) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 27, 2006
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2006 I re-rated this on a night where I also had Speedway, Stone IRS, Peche Mortel and others. And I still loved it, but it seemed a little thinner and too much coffee compared to the others. So I am going to knock it down from the extremely lofty heights of my original rating: 10/4/10/5/19 until it blows me away again! Great stuff though...
Mmmm, been waiting to crack this one open for 2 months or so, and have been waiting longer than that to try it! Thanks for the trade Captain Cougar. Bottles shared with GregClow and Jerc and a couple of stout lovin’ spouses. Pitch black pour, like tar out of the glass. Incredibly dark brown small head. Wow, what an aroma - lots of coffee, smoke, dark malt, even some hops - wow. The coffee was strong as expected, but I thought it mixed well and did not dominate. Taste: Another wow. Sure there’s lots of coffee, but there is a ton of chocolate. Very sweet, lingering bitter hops and coffee roast. Some acidity as well. Lots of alcohol but pretty well hidden. Maybe just needs a hint more of body, but the mouthfeel is thick and creamy and the whole package is incredibly drinkable. One of the best stouts I have ever tried.
igneous1 (1503) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - FEB 25, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
opaque..ebony as can be. head is medium brown, very creamy. aroma is 1/2 coffee, 1/2 chocolate...sometime i think i pick up lactose notes..no vanilla though. flavor is dominated by the coffee with bittersweet chocolate playing a supporting role. alcohol basically undetectable. hoppiness and earthiness come through in the finish...really is a fantastic product. better than i expected.
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 23, 2006
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle compliments of acertain... Pours a dark black with a thin brown head. Smells like strong espresso....with a hint of alcohol and some chocolate ice cream. As someone who loves a good espresso and a good beer(I went to a bar that dropped shots of cold espresso in my Guiness for me in Europe), I’m really looking forward to tasting this. It does not dissapoint...Wonderful espresso flavor. Has a great sweetness to it. Reminds me of a mild "mexican hot chocolate"(with cinnamon in it) mixed with coffee and a stout. Thick beer with a soft finish.... Love it....pretty close to perfect for my tastes. I’ll be getting more of this in the future for sure.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 21, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2007 Bottle. Pours a dark viscous black. Nice dark brown head that diminshes to a ring. Very strong pleasant coffe aroma with some notes of molassess. Velvety mouthfeel. Initial flavor is similar to the aroma. The finish is creamy, and hits you with a nice flavor of bitter chocolate and mild coffee as it goes down the throat. This one gets better as it warms, and II found slightly above room temp to be optimum. Very nice beer as long as you like coffee. Maybe a bit too much coffee stood out for my tastes.Thanks to Founders for this treat AND for not putting this in Bombers. Now if only Alesmith would follow suit with the Speedway in 12 oz bottles.