raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - MAY 30, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black as night. Creamy,mocha,head leaves sheets of lace all over the snifter. Aroma dominated by coffee,bitter chocolate,and alcohol. Really, it’s hard to find malt in the aroma. Extremely,smooth and creamy,texture while still have a substatial,thick,body. Coffee overload(not complaining),with more malt in taste expected. Coffee,chocolate,malt,blend well together in mouth. Finish is creamy,with bitter chocolate,coffee,and some malt. Lingering creamy,oat/malt flavors. The longer is sits,the more evident become the malt flavors. Really enjoyable,even at 10:30 in the morning.
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - MAY 30, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thick opaque black pour with a huge dark brown head. I think it’s the darkest head I’ve ever seen poured. Strong roasted aromas mingling with a nice coffee aroma and a sweet chocolately malt presence. Very plesant beer. A sensation in the glass. Coffee flavors quickly followed by chocolate malts and a warming alcohol with wiskey character. Very smooth, creamy flavor and feel, creamy head is still lingering. Sweetness is more presant later in the pour. Strong, big, and with nice complexity. I had a Peche Mortel last week, and both are great beers, but this one is the best of the two because it is a more complex beer.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAY 29, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz - Aroma is thick with coffee, chocolate, and brunt malt. Black body with a very small brown head that quickly disappears leaving little lacing. An overwhelming brunt coffee flavor that leaves a ’bottom of the mocha’ chocolate aftertaste. Smooth oil slick palate rounds out this tasty brew. Not for the weak of palate.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAY 28, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful opaque pour with a tightly packed, cocoa head. Freshly ground beans dominant the aroma, along with notes of semi-sweet chocolates, smoke and pipe tobacco. Some of the ABV peaks through as well. The body is silky smooth, starting with espresso and moving into a creamy, yet slightly bitter, finish. Coffee dominates both the aroma and body, almost overpowering the other (notable) aspects of this beer. Still wonderful for what it is - a java stout.
sandwichpants (117) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - MAY 26, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2005 Wow, I enjoyed this more than I thought I would (I usually go for medium bodied beers, strong ales and such). From a bottle purchased at Holiday Market in Royal Oak, Michigan (they still have a lot left, so stock up!), served in an english pint (the kind with the bulge). Small, dark brown, well retained head, with wonderful lacing, very dark pour, but not as dark as an imperial stout or anything like that. Aroma dominated by coffee and chocolate, with malt underneath, all very rich and lovely. Flavour is the same, only more complicated and less rich. Medium to heavy mouth feel, coats well, rich finish, not too bitter. So roasty and rich and nice without being too overbearing or one dimensional, and not ridiculously thick like some stouts. Best served as dessert.
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - MAY 26, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 0z. Bottle: Enjoyed this one on the golf course. Poured pitch black and thick, nice big brown head formed smooth and slow, lasting. Big nose of coffee and chocolate (look at the name), nutty/earthy, toasted oats. Flavor is just as large, smokey cocoa and coffee, with smooth oat characteristics. Velvety smooth finish, though it does dry out a bit in a very long finish.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 24, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours opaque black, medium sized creamy dark brown head. Coffe bean and unsweetned chocolate aroma. Coffee nose, followed by a blending of coffee flavors with an earthy roast malt character. Somewhat bready, with a oily cocoa bean finish. Mouthfeel is velvet smooth.
joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 24, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark with brown lace, fairly thick with aroma of duh, coffee and expresso., Taste is roasted coffee beans, good mouthfeel. Best coffee beer ive had.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 24, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is black with a nice dense tan head...smell is coffee and flour?...taste is a little more chewy sweet than bitter chewy...coffee definately there, but cocoa and and chocolate cake doughnut were slightly overwhelming...the coffee returned in the finish...very good, but over-rated I think...
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice black color with a soft light brown cream foam clinging on the side of my snifter. The aroma in intense coffee, overshadowing the chocolate, caramel and oatmeal I was hoping for. The flavor is strong with the coffee at first, but lies down to a smoother chocolate and oatmeal taste. It all ends with a dry coffee aftertaste.