krysztofar (344) - belleville, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. pours thick and viscous. black with only a trace amount of moch colored head. fresh ground coffee beans, molasses prunes, and a trace of hops make up the aroma. intense espresso shot flavor. richly layered with a strong piney hop finish. this quite an intense brew.
ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 25, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2009 A grand entry for the style, but falls short in places for me. The dryness is admirable, but isnít grainy enough to be endearing - like Old Viscosity for instance. As well, I look for a couple more depth metrics in a stout, particularly chocolate, a slight berry, or milk. I drank this right after Surly Darkness (both on tap at the Map) and the difference is vast.
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2007
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I was so excited to finally try this and I was not dissapointed. Pours a very dark brown/black with a nice brown head. Strong aroma of coffee and dark chocolate. Very full bodied beer. This beer is like a meal. Very strong coffee taste balanced out with a decent amount of chocolate flavor.
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 25, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
11-23-07 bottle shared with lb4lb, thanks to demitriustown.
Aroma consists of oatmeal and a rich smokiness, nice and unique. Thick black pour with ideal spotted lacing hovering over the thick beige creamy head. It is smooth and somewhat creamy but not rich or heavy. A bit weaker than I anticipated, but easy to drink. Decent flavor with hints of the smokiness in there, but there is a strange sweet yet sour aftertaste that creeps up on you.
lb4lb (2587) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2008 Big thanks to demitriustown for the 2 bottles of this. Been waiting a while to try this one.
Pours a thick, dark black, oily color with a nice sized robust brown head in a snifter. Smell is almost exclusively coffee, and wet coffee grounds. Not getting any oat or sweetness or chocolate particularly though. The body is nicely slightly thick and creamy. Flavor is also almost exclusively dark slightly bitter coffee grounds. Really would like a touch of sweetness to balance it all out. As it is, a touch more roasty burnt flavor than I expected, but still a fantastic stout. Thanks andrew!
prosqtor (408) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 22, 2007
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is awfully good. So good that itís hard to find things to complain about. First bottle poured almost opaque, with minimal head -- more of a film of medium tan that turned into lace. Aroma was coffee and chocolate, detectable from the pour. Intense coffee and chocolate taste, with roasted malts and just a hint of hops to remind me I was drinking beer and not a lightly-carbonated mocha espresso. Awesome.
hiddenvariable (209) - pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2007 bottle. pours a jet black with a medium tan head that fades to a film and leaves a light lacing. huge nose of coffee, molasses, chocolate, with notes of raisins and other dark fruits backing it up. big coffee taste, with roasty malts and dark fruits bringing up the rear. a light spicy hop note is also present. finishes pretty sweet with a touch of bitterness tingling the back of your tongue. mouth-coating thin oily feel, with good carbonation and a good full body. very tasty.
bp (891) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 17, 2007
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: pours a thick dark black with a quick fading tan head, I could smell the coffee aroma as I was pouring this, also has a burnt, chocolatey aroma, taste is strong on coffee and roasted malt. I donít like this one as much as the Expedition Stout but it is damn good.
Driftwood6 (214) - USA - NOV 16, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Brixieís, Brookfield IL. Wow-- I wasnít expecting that coffee flavor. Right up front-- no doubt about it. I donít drink coffee, but like coffee flavored food, so this was right up my alley. I was glad that there was a strong coffee taste without any noticable astringency or bitterness. Very smooth indeed. What a treat to have on tap in my hometown!
Eladerman (82) - Newburgh, Indiana, USA - NOV 14, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is an excellent chocolate/coffe/oatmeal combo stout. It is a like a sweet stout / imperial stout combined into one. VERY smooth with a robust coffe flavor and aftertaste. Indeed a hearty brew not to be drank during the Hot months ( for it will wick the water right out of you !) This is made for a cold winters night by a roaring fire.