llafoe (40) - Greenwood, Indiana, USA - JAN 30, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. This is Espresso beer! I donít know what else to say... it looks like coffee, smells like coffee and tastes like coffee. Therefore, it must be coffee. It drinks very smooth and has no hint of alcohol. The only negative is an odd bitter coffee taste that lingers. Iím certain you could take this to work and pass it off as COFFEE!
Erdinger2003 (127) - West Union, Iowa, USA - JAN 28, 2007
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This poured very nicely at room tempurature and kept the smooth flavor of coffee with a slight hint of chocolate. The mouthfeel was so smooth too!! I am glad I have plenty of this beer. ;)
jason (1737) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2007 Bottle courtesy of Stoutlover72, thanks! Poured a deep black body with decent size head that dissolved pretty quickly. Aroma was great, coffee, chocolate and a touch of hops. Flavor was very bitter at first, not really in a bad way since I like dark bitter coffee. But in the end it seemed a little too thin. This was a good stout but nothing that wowed me like the high ratings this has. 3.8
Update. Had a fresh bottle that blew m,e away. The coffee and chocolate and sweetness of the oatmeal were a fine blend. This beer was so smooth and creamy. 4.3
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 27, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Now this is truly a beer worthy of its title. Chocolate, coffee and oatmeal definitely makes your mouth water with anticipation in its aroma. Layers of complexity hit your palate and send you into visions of an early morning breakfast consisting of a good cup of joe and chocolate chip pancakes. Big mouthfeel and the sweet silky character of the lactose sugars blend beautifully with the assertive coffee flavours. Just a barely perceptible level of hops make their appearance to balance out the maltiness of this wonderful brew. A finish that just lingers on the tongue well after the experience has passed. Well done and a must try!
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2007 Bottle. A coffee loverís dream. Aroma was dominated by roasted cofeeealongside a good dose of dark chocalate. Poured pretty thick and it coated the mouth nicely, very velvety. Taste lingered for a while with its strong coffee and dark chocolate notes. I wouldnít mind getting my hands on a few more of these.
EithCubes (5306) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 26, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Lots of coffee, roast and chocolate in the nose, but the coffee is really exemplary. Easily the darkest black pour Iíve seen (through 926), not just opaque, but seemingly drawing and absorbing light from sources around it. Little, sticky dark brown head. Robust salty flavor, dark chocolate and roast and coffee. Really salty. Dryness increases to an almost unbearable level toward the end, and the brutally dry and roasty aftertaste is memorable to say the least. Full body also has light sour notes, but the mf is light with a creamy texture. Redefines the scale for coffee flavor in stouts; the minor flaws here are found in the body (not as full as it could be) and the aroma (not as intense as others in the style), but theyíre really just little nits. Intense!
marcus (8001) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 26, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle from Artusory. This dark brown ale poured with a thin dark tan head, eliciting a malt and alcohol aroma. There is a lot of chocolate and coffee in the flavor, with a spicy alcohol finish. One sip can be savored for quite a while, as the chocolate sticks to the palate. This could be a standalone meal - delicious.
Optigon (562) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JAN 24, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a dark, creamy head. Strong aromas of chocolate and coffee. Excellent mouthfeel, not horribly thick, but clings for a decent period of time. Excellent beer.
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2007
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured from bottle to my Delirium Tulip glass.
Pours black as can be with a slight 1/4 inch head. Nice ring of lacing around the glass.
Smell is roasted coffee(mostly), a slight alcohol and some chocolate notes coming through.
Taste is roasted, robust dark coffee. Iím also getting somewhat of a tobacco taste in there as well.
The secret to this beer is letting it warm up to close to room temperature. Directly out of the fridge, the coffee taste is too dominant. Letting this warm up allows the mouthfeel to get a little thicker and creamier. It also allows the other flavors to come out and make themselves known. Mainly the bakers chocolate and molasses.
This goes from an average beer to a world class stout at room temperature. Glad I have more of these to look forward to.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JAN 24, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rating #333. 12oz bottle, fresh from Michigan, courtesy of artusory. Thanks, Ryan!! Pours a pitch black core with thin brown edges; medium tan head with patchy, fine-bubbled lacing. Full aroma: enormous amounts of roasted coffee and chocolate. Full, velvety mouthfeel: layers upon layers of bitter chocolate and coffee beans; roasted malts, hints of dough and bread; nice balancing bitterness from what I can only guess are light, piney hops. Long, balanced, dark and milk chocolate finish, with plenty of roasted coffee threaded throughout. Iím not normally one for coffee-based stouts, but this is incredibly good and not green in the slightest.