michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml Bottle: Aroma of malt, roasting, coffee, slight hops, burnt grain, slight vanilla, and a hint of chocolate. Poured very dark brown/black in color with a large, creamy, dense, rocky, brown/beige head that greatly diminished but lasted throughout. Opaque. Sparkling. Flavor is light to medium sweet, and lightly bitter. Tastes of malt, roasting, coffee, lactose, caramel, hops, chocolate, and a hint of vanilla. Medium body. Lightly chalky, lightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Malt, roast, hop, coffee, chocolate finish is slightly chalky and lightly dry. 7.5%ABV is completely hidden throughout.
joeneugs (4305) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 16, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at the Livermore Saloon. It pours dark brown with a tan head. The aroma is interesting with some chocolaty notes and some hints of vanilla and hazelnut. Some coffee. The flavor and mouthfeel fall a bit flat with some muted coffee, chocolate and hints of nuts.
Ughsmash (7387) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 14, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL bottle, 2011 vintage. Poured deep brown with a dense, sticky beige head. The aroma picked up lots and lots of roast, with coffee, molasses, and black patent representin’.. pinches of vanilla and cocoa accented.. didn’t come across as big or overly complex, but it was enjoyable. The flavor found a whole lot of dry roast too, coffee, cocoa, and black patent this time.. more ashy roast and coffee on the dry finish. Medium-bodied at most on the palate.. well-carbonated, dry, and earthy.. this was solid, but not super interesting.
drjay44 (2996) - Salida, Colorado, USA - NOV 13, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml. bottle. Dated 9/22/11. Pours a thick, creamy, lasting beige head, with some lacing, over a clear, black (SRM 40) body.....nose is heavy coffee, lighter chocolate, touch of beef and soy....taste is heavy coffee, lighter chocolate, finishing with a coffee bitterness and a touch of toffee/caramel....mouth feel thick, chewy, carbonation adds creaminess to the overall sensation. The roasted malts plus the additional coffee dominate way too much. As a result, this does not have the depth of complexity in either aroma or flavor that many in this style have. A long aging might help, but it will not be in my cellar. BJCP 7/3/12/4/7
brenn79 (1741) - Idaho, USA - NOV 12, 2011
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml. bottle 2011 vintage- Pours black as black with a nice thick three finger tan head and cobwebby lacework. The aroma is nice quality espresso coffee, very nice aroma, cocoa also comes through. The taste is the same, all coffee and cocoa, nice creamy coffee, somewhat nutty and caramel too, the finish is somewhat dry and mild bitterness. The body is full and carbonation is medium. This is what I look for in these kind of beers, almost a perfect beer if you like coffee in your beer, and if you bought this, I am sure you do. Excellent!
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 11, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(750ml bottle). Pours dark brown with thin khaki head. Aroma is strong coffee, chocolate, dark fruit. Taste is sweet malt backbone with bitterness. Medium bodied with an oily texture. Dry, roasty finish. Decent beer.
portableparty (2096) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 8, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle to snifter. Pours a dark brown black that looks oily and creates a nice foamy tan head that dissipates to a whispy film and kahki collar. Aroma is very nice roasted fresh coffee with malt mixed throughout and a little coco in there as well. Taste is big roasted coffee and malt with a burnt bitterness. Palate is medium and chaulky that finishes dry. Not a bad brew, I found the bitterness a little off putting.
tmoreau (2985) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2011 22oz. bomber shared at a recent group tasting. Poured to a sampler with a black/brown hue, brownish tan, bubbles & cream head foam, and decent spots & streaks of lacing. The aroma was roasty, expressive coffee, with subtle notes of caramel and cocoa. The flavor presented a strong but tempered hop bitterness, along with hints of wood and smoke, and a finishing roasty dryness. Very enjoyable, and looking forward to being on tap very soon at Lunar Brewing Co.. Next, on tap and snifter served at Lunar. Not much nose, but noticed a hint of sausage-like yeast. Burnt and dry coffee notes in the flavor, with no sweetness to speak of. Full bodied, but I liked the bottle better.
adnielsen (10137) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 5, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ home. Deep brown appearance with a dark brown head. Robust, roasty, deep chocolate, a touch burnt malty, cocoa, roasty black coffee, light vanilla aroma. Soft velvety mouth feel. Roasty, somewhat bitter, dark roasted coffee, cocoa, toasted chocolate malty flavor with a moderately bitter coffee finish. Surprised that they didn’t make this a little stronger though it’s nice that not everyone is trying to maximize the booze in their beers.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - NOV 3, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big bottle, 750? 1ltr maybe. Rating #17. Dark black pour with a creamy tan head and some real nice lacing on my glass. Big roasty aroma, the coffee is very evident. Light bitterness, the roast starts out mild and then it really knocks your tastebuds around pretty good. Picking up a slight ashy smokiness that is very enjoyable. Nice beer. (1983)