JLAudio (282) - Crestwood, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Perfect beer for my 200th rating! Pours a sludgy black with a very, very nice tan head; fluffy, creamy, and full of lacing. This beer clings to the glass like glue, very nice. The amazing smell of coffee highlights the aromas, but there is also roasted oats, chocolate, and a slight espresso smell as well. This is full bodied and viscous, but not too thick, just right. The initial taste is quite delicious, but confusing. It doesn’t taste like the coffee dominated smell, rather a nice roasted oat, barley, chocolate, coffee, cappucino mix. Didn’t quite love it at first, but every single sip made it even better...It ended up being one of my absolute favorite stouts ever. It was really creamy, delicious, and complex.
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - OCT 30, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle courtesy my brother. POurs a thick black with a creamy brown head with excellent retention and lace. Deep, rich, fresh roasted coffee aroma, followed by bitter chocolate, and some spice. Full body and medium carbonation, with a rich and creamy mouthfeel. Treacle sweet flavor up front , roasty bitterness following, and progressing into a dry, chewy finish. Truly a superior beer.
holdenn (2110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Great Lakes Brew Fest. Pours black with a beige head. Lots of coffee in the aroma. Reminds me of Bunn coffee pot of coffee. Roasted, burnt, nice. Coffee in the flavor with roasted, toasted, and nutty malts. Creamy palate. Burnt finish. Thanks to the guy pouring, I drank a lot of full pours of this fine brew.
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - OCT 28, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2009 Bottle thanks to miketd. Poured a beautiful inky black color with a minimal tan head that diminished to a ring. Just like the description says, roasted coffee and chocolate dominate the aroma, but it isn’t overpowering. The entry is mostly sweet chocolate that leads into a good roasted coffee finish with oatmeal-esque undertones. Creamy and smooth on the palate. Nice beer, I wish this was available around here. A big thanks to Mike for hooking me up with another beer that I have been wanting to try.
BigBang (299) - Indiana, USA - OCT 28, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2008 Pretty much lived up to expectation. Thick chewy foamy head - kinda like a root beer float. Reminded me of Bell’s Expedition Stout but a bit sweeter and heavier on the coffee. Very thick on the palate - I tasted the beer for many minutes after taking a sip. Very enjoyable and would enjoy again (if I can find it anywhere again).
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 27, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle via RagallachMC. Nice! Appearance boasted an insanely huge frothy head - thin lacing, but huge. Very appealing aroma - not overwhelming, but still intriguing. Very roasty/coffee with a huge dash of dark chocolate. Flavor was just about dead on with the aroma. Fairly dry/bitter finish that lingered for quite a while. Expectations were met - I would drink this at all times of the day. A beer that screams balance - its not too small - and not so big it takes over an hour to drink. But, you better like coffee. (I’ll still take a Kentucky though).
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours black with a nice tan head. Chocolate and dark coffee smells dominate. There are several complex flavors going on in this beer. Upfront coffee and oatmeal flavors lead to a nice chocolate finish. Very nice! Heavy mouthfeel with a silk component. Overall a tasty beer.
beermaniac (86) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 22, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma: Complex aroma of roasted grain, coffee, and light cocoa.
Appearance: Jet black with low head retention, brown foam.
Flavor: Intense roastiness, plays between the coffee and roasted barley. No hop to speak of, but the complexity of roasted grain, burnt coffee and chocolate make this very interesting.
Palate: I’ve never had a beer this smooth. Truly like a meal in a glass, silky smooth, huge body from the oats addition. Luscious and silky.
Overall: Excellent stout. Big, tasty beer with a very smooth body. And I hate coffee in beer, but this is an exception.
Hudspart (538) - Byron Center, Michigan, USA - OCT 20, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: Great beer. Pours very, very dark with a good head. Strong aroma of chocolate and coffee. Flavor same as aroma. I can’t wait to drink again.
Tessic (1027) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 20, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This stout poured a deep black colour with a thick deep brown creamy head. To the nose there was scents of burnt beans, caramel, coffee, earthy notes and a l.ittle cocoa. First sip was smooth and biting all at once. Flavours of coffee, cocoa and cream were prodominant at first with the burnt malt flavour following. Wasn’t as much cocoa as I would have liked, but still very rich Palate has a little hop to it just enough for a slightly bitter finish.