TAR (2384) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAR 28, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 6, 2009 Deep ebony with hints of brown at the base. Creamy khaki froth establishes a thick collar after slowly dwindling. Well-integrated nose of tar, pen ink, malted milk balls, burnt toffee, and chocolate-covered espresso beans. Underlying licorice, vanilla cake, smoke, and sweet resin. Soft, semi-creamy carbonation lightly pricks the tongue. Fairly viscous. Body is densely layered with oily espresso and juicy citric-tinged hop flavors. Artfully understated hop bitterness surfaces softly and gently hugs the palate. Pleasingly restrained oak contributes trace vanilla and soft tannins, but otherwise remains secondary to the beefy espresso and weighty malt girth. Clean alcohol and metallic char, soon to be tempered by the oily espresso and inky aspects, zing the palate as they merge with a dusting of black pepper. Twang of black licorice and plums accompany the multilayered waves of malts which continually slather the palate. Espresso forcefully reemerges as the hops retreat, lending a bittersweet edge to lighten the rich chocolate and robust roast. Cottony roast swipes the palate clean as it yields a bitter cocoa dryness. Belches beautifully with the occasional citric flash of hops echoing the brightly fruity core. Finishes bittersweet with dark chocolate and bitter espresso which persistently lingers. While this isnít quite exquisite to me, itís very close. The hops are bright and juicy yet composed, the alcohol sharp yet clean, the esters succulent and on point, good attenuation, skillfully structured malts, etc.
bigtaster (481) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 28, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours black with a brown head that sticks around. As expected an aroma of coffee and a nice malty base. Instant coffee on the first drop, nice and smooth at first with a hot chocolate type creaminess, long bitter finish. The bitter finish is not a good one, more like day old coffee than a nice tart hop bite. Texture is impressive, only thing against this beer is the burnt coffee taste.
drjay44 (2342) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAR 27, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
650 ml.bottle. Bottled 2/13/09. Pours a thick gradually deminishing mocha head over a nearly black (SRM 30) clear? body.....nose heavy with coffee, chocolate, sweet malts. roasted malts.....tastes initially of coffee, then caramelly malts finishing with a lighter hop/coffee bitterness, mocha seems to dominate...mouth feel is medium to heavy and very enjoyable. Although a thoroughly drinkabIe and well balanced stout I really prefer coffee flavor to be from roasted malts, not the bean.
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - MAR 27, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Inky black pour with a huge, rocky, brown head. Dark roasted coffee and malt aroma. Flavor is burnt coffee beans, vanilla, wood, cocoa, and alcohol. Thereís an oily, full body although the alcohol taste really seems to make it feel thinner. Itís got some nice flavors and aromas but it is coming out a little too hot for me. A little more age might do this nicely.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - MAR 27, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thick and dark, this stuff doesnít pour, it drips. Rich semisweet chocolate on the nose. Viscous on the palate with gritty roasted coffee. It has it all, just like the label says and doesnít disappoint.
allfreej (540) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 27, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at Birreria Paradiso in Georgetown. Black pour, dark brown head, decent lace. Intense coffee nose and flavor. I like coffee, so I liked this beer. If you donít care for coffee, youíll find the espresso to be too much. The finish has nice hints of alcohol and a nice oakiness to it.
cheap (3657) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2009
2.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
On tap at the Mad Mex in Robinson. Coal black appearance. Nice creamy head. Seems to be on nitro. Big coffee aroma. Absolutely no carbonation on the palate. Lots of tuff liquor and alky flavors. Quite strong and over the top for a lager lover. A little too much for this beer guzzler. If you are into whiskey in your black coffee, this is for you. Impy stout style all the way. In yer face, dog. A long lingering medicinal finish, wew.
trevor211 (1254) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 27, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good lord is this one roasty. Pours black, with a thick, dense, dark tan head. Beautiful. Aroma has some deep, dark roasted coffee, nearly masking the normal notes of chocolate and molasses. Flavor is right on the nose (so to speak) - it almost tastes burnt. Lots of oak, for sure, but it doesnít have the sweetness Iím used to finding in this style - the acrid bitterness from the coffee covers it. Glad I tried it, and Iím a huge fan of the normal OA Yeti... but this one seems a bit much. I feel like there needed to be something else to counter the sharpness of the coffee, and it wasnít there. Big, big brew - you canít believe how thick it is - and the mouthfeel is great... the flavor just isnít my cup of tea (or coffee).
JaBier (4332) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAR 26, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2009 Sampled at the GD tasting at Blacklick Wine and Spirits on 3.26.09. Black pour with a light brown head and very sticky, very much like regular Yeti. Malty coffee aroma with some chocolate. Malty flavor up front with some vanilla from the oak. Very good, but the flavor that immediately follows is a bit plasticky before the bitter espresso finish hits. A truly delicious beer, but the hint of plastic keeps it from being a top 10.
t4h2c0 (89) - seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 26, 2009
4.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours thick dark blackwith thick creamy light brown head. not much of an aroma but there are slight notes of coffee. strong upfront coffee flavor with oak notes. strong boozy flavor that coats your entire mouth and is strong on the palate and is somewhat creamy/velvety. lingering coffee flavor. pretty drinkable for an extreme beer but it is definetely a meal in a glass!