BBB63 (6084) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 12, 2007
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Tap at brewery with Aaron and family: Muddy brown with a minimal head or lace. The aroma has notes of coffee, chocolate, walnut, plum smoke, and earthy tobacco vapours. ARRGH! The taste is coffee and a whole lot of muted flavors. Some bitters, chocolate and biscuity malt can be found but sadly so can band-aid and phenols. The mouth feel is thin and sprite, dry finish. Good nose but the off flavors ruined this beer, poor example of the style.
3fourths (8102) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 7, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep brown body with decent legs, leaving a filmy brown residue on the sides of the glass. Nose of spent coffee grounds and some earthy ash and toast notes. Similar flavor, with the cold, old coffee being mostly up front, then some lingering dry stout characteristics, ashy and dry on the back, with maybe a small hint of mold or cardboard (I seem to notice this in a lot of Franklin’s beer). Ok but not great overall, but within the style of coffee stout it is seriously lacking.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 17, 2007
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nitro. Dark brown/black with a creamy, nitro, tan head, fading. The aroma is light, some roast, some coffee. The flavor is coffee, roast, molases and chocolate. Medium/light body with a creamy nitro texture. This might have been a really good coffee stout if not for the nitro butchering all the aroma and flavor.
badlizard (5538) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 1, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
OPaque medium brown with a small head. Sweet oatmeal and chocolate aroma and taste with a dry slightly bitter finish.
nimbleprop (4984) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 9, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2008 Poured a deep, deathly black with only a whispy off white head. Amateurs probably only smell the aroma of coffee, but what strikes me most is the roasted malt and nut smells with a touch of brown sugar. Coffee aromas are prevalent as well. Flavor is wonderful, roasted malts, caramel, brown sugar, molasses but hints of orange and grain. Finish is great, smokey flavor stays on the palate but doesn’t over whelm. This is what great stout is meant to be, roasted and dark, but subtle and soft and completely drinkable. Loved it.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - DEC 20, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Franklins, regular pour (sampled on nitro as well, which was fluffier but took away a lot of the coffee notes). Pours a murky dark brown, almost headless; slightly reddish hue. Served quite cold, but still plenty of fresh-roasted coffee apparent. Medium, balanced mouthfeel: plenty of bitter coffee and chocolate, slightly roasted character, vanilla and spice at the back end; lively carbonation. Warm, creamy coffee finish: ends beautifully.
hopscotch (9242) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 25, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft... Pitch black ale with a small, fizzy, well-tanned head. The aroma is of a melted Heath bar (buttery, sweet and chocolatey). Sweet, malty flavor with lots of Heath toffee and milk chocolate. Short on coffee and balance, but very nice nonetheless. Medium-bodied and a touch oily with fizzy carbonation. Thin, crisp finish.
argo0 (11568) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 31, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2006 (draft, 7/31/05) Brown-black body with an off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, strong coffee, light chocolate. Taste is medium sweet, coffee, light chocolate, roasty. Almost no coffee bitterness in the aftertaste. Watery, albeit smooth, light-medium body. Nice, but unimpressive as far as coffee stouts go. (Re-rate 11/19/06) Exact same component scores without remembering my previous rating.
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 16, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the brewpub on 12/6/07: Pours an opaque black with dark brown edges and a small froth of dark tan head. Aroma of fresh roasty coffee with some sweet dark malts and molasses. Body starts with some earthy dark chocolate and coffee notes with a hint of soapy bitterness toward a drier, bittersweet roasty lingering finish. A decent coffee stout but would be better with a litte more sweetness.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
They had this on both regular and nitro, so I tried some of each. The aroma was nice and roasty, but not very strong. Dark brown/black body, short foamy head, little lacing. Taste was mostly disappointing - very thin; light roastyness intermingled with a layer of alcohol. Nitro version tasted better, but still seemed like all of the flavors were seperated by layers of water.