MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 23, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2008 A Mes rate: Bottle at Chris_Oís HogTownHarry minifest.
Thanks again to Harry. Absolutely loved this one. Iím a real sucker for stout with coffee and this really hit the spot. Black and tan looks with a nice thick consistency. Lovely malts, amazing fresh hoppage and heavy heavy black coffee. Really amazing stuff. Perhaps a little straight down the line but the balance of flavour and that huge slew of coffee left me wanting so much more once I had drained my glass. Excellent.
awaller05 (305) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 20, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
An excellent stout that stands out. Poured a dark brown light black, with a small head. Great smell of chocolate, coffee and a bitter smell that I cannot identify. First taste was of a thin liquid with a awesome palate. Starts bitter with coffee ends on a sweet note with the chocalate taste apparent. Wish I had more than one bottle.
drewbeerme (3907) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 16, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2008 on tap. pours black with creamy tan head. nose is really nice, fresh coffee aromas with chocolate and toffee. flavor is much of the same, really tasty stuff. mouth feel is med, not thick and syrupy making this really drinkable. no alcohol taste. wow this is like one of those smaller imperial stouts but it really tastes like the bigger ones. iím enjoying this a lot more on tap than i ever did in the bottle.4.2.
11/13/07, had a fresh bottle of this and it was the most enjoyable FBS from the bottle I can recall. Almost as good on tap, i really think freshness is the key with this stout. the coffee just really works with the beer when fresh..4.1.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - SEP 15, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2007 Bottle from iowaherkeye. Thanks! Twist off the cap and a fog appears as if hiding something evil. A whiff of bitter chocolate follows. I pour into my snifter revealing a tiny medium bubble dark tan head, that quickly dissipates to a small bubble ring around the glass. The liquid is pitch black. The aroma is smokey and earthy. A tiny bit more roasty aroma for than I prefer. Possibly too young. Initial sweet pleasing palate extremely quickly morphs into the bitter astrigency of putting cocoa powder on your tongue. Too harsh. Not my cup of tea, or I should say my cup of beer. My 3.5 rating is generously skewed because the beer is rated high. I just donít prefer these coffee stouts, probably in the same way I strongly prefer coffee with cream and sugar. This is too dry and the coffee roastiness overpowers everything.
KAME (160) - California, USA - SEP 4, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle purchased at the brewery. Pours a pitch black with a gorgeous frothy tan head. Palate is a bit thin but being that this is just a "stout" I guess thatís to be expected. Aroma is slightly bitter coffee, but it seems to have mellowed out a bit since the last one I had. Flavor is roasted malts, coffee, with a nice bittering hop finish. I actually enjoyed this more than I anticipated.
gunnfryd (12953) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 2, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Black colour with a tan head. Aroma is coffee, hop, roasted. Flavour is coffee, hop, roasted, sweet, chocolate. Coffee and bitter finish. very nic beer.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2011
Date: March 19, 2005
Appearance: black, thin tan head, light roasted malt aroma
Body: light creamy body making an easy drinking beverage
Flavor: multiple layers of rich malt flavor, starts with roasted malts melding into coffee then followed by a rich chocolate finish that lingers, an instant belly warmer, no aparent alcohol, great easy drinking brew
Date: February 25, 2006
Source: blind coffee stout tasting
Appearance: black, thin fine brown head, nice lace
Aroma: big roasted coffee aroma
Body: big creamy body, rich roasted and chocolate flavor, nice coffee character
Date: February 11, 2007
Source: Public House Boston
Aroma: rich roasted coffee and chocolate aroma with an initial blast of the ashy character but it quickly settles down
Flavor: rich roasted coffee and chocolate flavor, the chocolate comes out in the draft version and smoothes out some of the edge
Date: October 29, 2011
still the best creamy cup of coffee ever,
Date: November 02, 2011
Source: tmac woodstock
the bitter ashy character is showing up again, same batch as last week, different lines?, last beer tonight vs first beer last week?
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 10/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 15/20
Score: *** /4
Date: December 16, 2006
huge coffee aroma and flavor, lots of coffee bitterness, a bit ashy, over the top, but still tasty, the rinse water produces a beautiful copper hue
Date: July 18, 2008
ages well, coffee and chocolate are well integrated, very creamy, just a touch of the ashy character,
Date: December 05, 2008
Aroma: sweet chocolate aroma with a hint of sherry, light espresso
Flavor: rich chocolate and coffee flavor, nice and mellow even with a strong espresso character, no ash
Date: December 05, 2008
Aroma: big coffee and dark chocolate aroma
Flavor: rich dark chocolate flavor with a big bitter black coffee character, long bitter finish
Date: December 27, 2008
Aroma: picking up a bit of an ashy character in the big bitter black coffee aroma
Flavor: the bitter black coffee is the dominant flavor, dark chocolate comes in to take the edge off
yngwie (15605) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 29, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, from trade with the_epeeist. Jet black pour, with a small, tan head. Dry, coffee-ish nose with chocolate and some burnt malt. The flavor has coffee, bittering hops, roasted malt, pines and chocolate, leading to a finish with coffee and chocolatey bitterness and piney, resiny and hoppy bitterness. Oily, full, slightly warming mouthfeel. The hoppiness in this one is a tad better than in Terrapin Wake íní bake oatmeal imp stout, else that one is just slightly better. Both being just lovely. Yum! By the way, the commercial deScription says you have to love coffee to appreciate this beer. Thatís nonsense. I do not like coffee at all. (070719)
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 27, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
A less than careful pour resulted in an immense head reminiscent of a rootbeer float. Aroma is filled with strong coffee and background notes of chocolate. Flavor is all coffee and chocolate but the oatmeal comes through nicely in the mouthfeel and the finish. This would be a damn tasty breakfast.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 19, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2008 12 oz bottle courtesy od RollinHard! Pours pitch black with wonderful dark head. Espresso aroma and very viscous. wonderful lacing. coffee, chocolate, oatmeal for flavors. finishís bitter. this beer has it all!!!