JDBaker11058 (1540) - Maryland, USA - MAY 29, 2015
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: viscous, oily, inky black with a short, creamy, tight-bubbled dark brown head that was almost purple. Aroma: beautiful aroma, full of finely ground espresso (reminded me of Café Bustelo), bitter dark chocolate, a hint of molasses, with some dark fruit, black bread, and licorice. Taste: café mocha, with earthy undertones; there’s a lot of cold-pressed coffee here, with good dark chocolate and maybe some dark fruit. Finish: lingering roasty character and coffee flavors, but thankfully without the acidity that can be so common in the style; alcohol seemed well hidden, but I was left with a bit of a fuzzy tongue. Notes: Enjoyable. Palate seemed fulsome and rich (with some almost granular notes) to me, and it was coffee forward without that bright acidity I hate in coffee infused stouts. Weird mouthfeel after it was all said and done was the only down note for me. Bottle from the Rare Beer Club.
jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - OCT 4, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Happy Gnome 3Oct2012, Side by side with breakfast stout I think most people would be hard pressed to find a difference, this ones nose is more anise to it, and the mouth is a little thinner than breakfast stout, but its a wonderful brew with a touch more heat for the colder MN winters, really good stuff.
Guerde (1218) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle) Pours a jet black color with a scant thin tan head that leaves a ring around the glass. Aroma instantly transports me to cold press coffee territory, with a smorgasbord of scents flitting in and out of perception. Getting a definite hit of chocolate, stinging alc, a certain greenness that teeters right on the verge of the dreaded green bell, but restrains itself from entering that olfactory abyss. Also some peanut butter shows through, with further scents of maple syrup, and even more coffee. Most of the aromatics are dominated by the coffee, and the imp stout qualities are subdued, although the undercurrent of chocolate is nice. Gets quite brownie-like with warming. The flavor is really well composed for a coffee beer and the integration is seamless. There is a nice, even, roast profile that carries well on to the finish, with only a slight streak of snap pea and soy sauce skittering through near the finish, which does take a bit away from the flavor, but its presence is brief. Mouthfeel is medium, carbonation is fairly soft, and the alcohol is noticeable. Overall this was a surprisingly well-executed beer.
Steasy66 (1086) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fairly old growler, need to try fresher. Not quite black, little head. Roasty coffee aroma. Tasrte is smooth and chocolately. Smooth and nice.
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 29, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this at the Dabbler yesterday. I prefer Adversary in its stock form as this has too much coffee for my own taste, but still nice.
mnmike (1067) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at Winterfest. Stronger coffee aroma and flavor on this one. Misses the mark slightly in a bit off putting aftertaste and mineral-ly palate.
Johnsense (998) - - JUN 28, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black body, this mocha head. Aroma of black coffee, roasted malt, very light treacle. Huge coffee bean up front, hints of bitter bakers cocoa, roasty. Thick body.
vikingguy (927) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - MAY 9, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Black. Sweet malt aroma. Taste is very rich. Notes of dark fruit, chocolate and coffee. Also some alcohol. Thick and full bodied. This was pretty good but so rich I couldn’t drink it all.
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle served in a Jester King Chalice. Shared in line at KBS.
A: Pours a dark black color with a tan head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin ring that leaves some splotchy lace down the glass.
S: Roasted malts with a ground coffee bean note. Mild hints of sweet espresso with some pale sweet oats and a little dark fruits. Unsweetened chocolate as well.
T: Heavily roasted malts with espresso bean sweetness. Bitter coffee grounds with a mild dark fruit character. Some chocolaty notes as well.
M: Medium to heavy bodied with a medium carbonation level. Bitter and roasty finish.
O: Solid offering, although I prefer Worthy Adversary to this beer. The coffee bean was a little too bitter for my liking and needed another level of complexity to put this in the upper echelon of coffee beers.
Serving type: bottle
Dr_Fellini (831) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 1, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to glass. Pours a pitch black color with a creamy tan head. Aroma has a huge coffee presence, with a slight vegetal character. Flavor is roasty, coffee. Medium body with a lingering burnt coffee character. Not bad.