Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAR 28, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pros: The guys that make it are super cool.
Cons: Doesnít have a lot of richness to it. Seems lifeless to me....tastes dead due to the lack of natural carbonation. No layers. The espresso element isnít very bold, lacks intensity. Thin bodied. Iím liking oak chips less and less. A lot to dislike here for me.
Ibrew2or3 (7077) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 28, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Big thanks to keifdog for sharing this. Pours dark brown with thin mocha head. The aroma is roasty to burnt malts to go along with nice levels of coffee, chocolate and solid wood notes. The taste is roasty malts, chocolate malts, a bit of molasses and then moving right into robust wood notes and earthiness. The wood seems on the bright side and a bit too strong for my tastes and overshadows the tasty beer notes. The coffee makes a solid appearance as well.
Under-age Drinker (96) - Colorado, USA - MAR 28, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Just had one on tap at the Great Divide Cask beer release party...absolutely amazing, right up there with Founders Breakfast stout...heavy roasted, coffee nose....body is full of yeti goodness with deep espresso mouth feel, finish is smooth and dry, just delicious...
TAR (2518) - 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 (582) - 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 (2729) - 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 (552) - 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 (4202) - Beaver Valley, 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.