Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - MAR 28, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Whoa! What a coffee dominance! Poured black with a very small head, slow drinking, but that’s good, very rewarding. Alcohol was subdued. nice.
brentfeesh (1207) - Gadsden, Alabama, USA - MAR 25, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I think, though I’m not sure, that the thanks to this brew goes to mmather! Very happy to have had this little treasure. Poured the blackest brown I think I’ve ever seen. Has a lite brown quickly dissipating head. The aroma was packed with dark chocolate covered espresso beans and some burnt malt. The flavor started with burnt and primarily toasted malts, with the pleasure moving to a chocolate, Kaluah, coffee mix. Slightly sweet. Great stuff with a mildly alcoholic finish at the end. The body is very nice, with the oatmeal (I assume) giving it some staying power in the form of oiliness, and some creamy business as well. Very nice!
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep, dark brown body with a light tan head. Mouth-watering and complex aroma of espresso beans, roast, some burnt phenolics, chocolate, and spice. Flavor is like an intense, robust cup of the best coffee you could ever have. Has a lot more dimensions than most coffee beers. Lingers for a long and enjoyable eternity. Perfect fullness and texture. I like this better than AleSmith Speedway Stout. This is a great experience and has to be the world’s best beer with a twist-off cap. Thanks for sharing, Eric!
csbosox (1217) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - MAR 22, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
First of all, thanks to CaptainCougar for the beer. It was in the 70’s this weekend, now it is snowing on this Tuesday afternoon so I might as well get a little liquid warmth and at 8.3%, this fits the bill. Served from the cellar @ 50.5° in my NB worthy glass. Pour is pretty much as black as it gets with a brown head. Right away this aroma hits me and I haven’t got anywhere near the glass. When I dive in for a smell, I am struck by the huge coffee aroma. Besides the coffee there are some roasted malt notes and a hint of chocolate, but mostly coffee. The taste is coffee at first, a LOT of coffee, but then that fades away a bit to let the sweet, roasty malt and chocolate by, followed by a fruity, hoppy finish. Quite tasty. The coffee flavor is one of the strongest I have ever tasted in a beer, so far, but as much as I thought it might overwhelm the flavor, it does not. Mouthfeel is full and smooth. The head leaves little foam dots along the sides of the glass as I drink it and the beer leaves a clear coating when swirled. This is a pretty big beer, are you sure this isn’t an imperial stout? I guess there was a reason for this beers meteoric rise up the top 50, it is that good.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - MAR 20, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Trade from Styles,a damn fine trade at that.dark,dark brew with a fine bubbly lacing.Aroma is like coffee that has ben sitting on the warmer for a day or two.After another sniff I start to get a well rounded,like my girlfriend,blend of dark chocolate,molasses and coffee.This thing is awesome.Ever walk into a truffle shop and ask for a expresso truffle??? Do so and this is what you might come up with,if you’re lucky.
meadlover1959 (14) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 20, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This dark java brew is excellent. The coffee aroma is very prominent. Yet, you can still taste the chocolate.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 20, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2005 Pours dark with a brown/reddish hued head. Smells of roasty, toasty oats and dry chocolate. The taste is phenominal. Super deep in chocolate, but also a hint of coffee and caramel. Amazing beer.
dorfrx (21) - Glenmont, New York, USA - MAR 19, 2005
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The black coffe jumps right out, making this a real treat to someone passionate about coffee and stout. Excellent
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 12, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brown with some head and small spots of lace. Coffee and chocolate aromas with bitter roast and smoke. Coffee grounds in the flavor with cocoa and roasted malts. Bitter hops. Nice.
hopdog (8773) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a dark, dark black with a large, 4-finger brown head. I could smell the chocolate once I popped the cap off. Other aromas of coffee, oatmeal, smoke, tobacco, and subtle dark cherries. Tastes of roasted, espresso, chocolate, and licorice. Finishes dry with a bitter bite. Thanks to goldtwins for trading me this one.