jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - MAR 18, 2009
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
22oz bomber. Pours a deep, very dark brown/black with dark garnet brown highlights (at the edges of the glass, only when held up to the light). It pours with a thick but short-lived, dark, orangey-brown head that fades to almost soapy bubbles that leaves small worms of lace on the glass. The beer has a thick, dark roasted malt aroma with an intense fruitiness, coffee roastiness, subtle vanilla, strong tobacco, rich earthiness, and some alcohol. Flavor starts very roasty with amazingly rich espresso , earthy hop flavor, and a pleasant cherry-chocolate-coffee sweetness.At mid-tongue, the flavor combines a rich cakey malt sweetness with chocolate-covered espresso beans and more earthy hop flavor. The finish is dry, roasty, and bittersweet with growing sweetness and warming alcohol. There is a very subtle peppery, smokey note in the finish that accentuates the dryness in a pleasant and complex way. The mouthfeel is elegant and silky with a creamy, full, voluptuous body and soft but sufficiently lively bubbles. Overall: orgasm in a cup. No wait - that doesn’t look right :) Perhaps a less gross expression (i.e. without bizarre innuendo) would be: stupid good. A stupid good imperial stout.
Codythegreat (149) - Carrollton, Georgia, USA - MAR 18, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark, 10W-30, black color with a brown head. When first drinking it it was like a hammer to the face. Very strong and very bitter. And of course very good. I was unable to taste the espresso but I was a little fargone at that point (St Patrick’s Day). I drank this out of a shaker.
beerchugger (708) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - MAR 18, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a tremendous opaque black with a full and thick brown head that laces the glass well. Smells of roasted malts and coffee. The flavor is rather mild. Tastes of roasted coffee with some chocolate hinting in the back ground. It finishes with some bitter earthy notes. It’s full bodied and a little oily. It’s rather smooth and creamy and the finish doesn’t last too long. I was a bit disappointed in that the flavor was not as intense as I was hoping. The earthy notes seemed to detract more than add to this beer. I’m glad to have tried it, but there other stouts out there that I like better and so I will probably not be getting this one again.
MeisterBrew (138) - Cheyenne, Wyoming, USA - MAR 17, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 4, 2009 Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a large reddish brown head. Aroma is of burnt coffee and chocolate with a hint of molasses. Flavor is somewhat like the aroma. Starts out great with a chocolaty coffee punch. Unfortunately ends with a slightly metallic oakey bitter finish. Impressive overall. Maybe with a bit of aging, it will impress me more.
markwise (4425) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks kiefdog for the share. I expected a lot more from this beer. Pour dark brown with dark brown head. Nose is espresso (shocker), earth, chocolate, and roasted malt. Flavor is earthy chocolate, some bitter coffee, and maybe a hint of whiskey. Flavor is nice, but coffee sits in the back seat. Medium to full-bodied, but could have been much better.
HonkeyBra (3255) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black oily pour with thick tan head that leaves a tone of lacing. Aroma is intense coffee. Huge coffee. Great coffee. Flavor is all the intense coffee with some chocolate and light hops. Lightly bitter. Smooth, creamy finish. It changes oak aged yeti in an interesting way, but I enjoyed this. Not as much as the original, but I still liked it.
craftbeerdesign (2166) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 16, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2010 2009 bottle on 9/25/10. pours a dark black with a 1 finger tan bubbly head which fades rather quickly. coffee (which has faded due to age), chocolate, licorice and light oak nose. medium to semi-thick body with big roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, layers of dark fruits and light oak. bigger coffee finish with a burst of licorice and a touch of alcohol. much better fresh as the coffee flavors will diminish with age.
on tap at The Brick Store Pub, Decatur, GA... first class beer... this is by far the best coffee stout I’ve had to date. The espresso has taken a top notch beer in Oak Aged Yeti and has transformed it into something even greater. Thick black with a solid 2 finger tan head... which eventually results in a quarter inch throughout. HUGE espresso aromas flood the nose... extremely smooth over the palate. There is obviously a ton of coffee, as well as some underlying vanilla, oak and roasted malts. A solid hop presence appears on the tip and throughout the finish... And the finish is top notch... bitter, smooth, roasty and delicious. Seriously one of the best beers. Had to stop off at Green’s and pick up a couple bottles on the way home.
discogoatboy (15) - , Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was a great beer, with a strong hops profile. Definitely one of the better stouts with coffee/espresso. It came on strong with the coffee and in the aftertaste there was a distinct hint of vanilla. It had an excellent color profile.
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle, deep brown pour under a thick chocolate shake foam, vanilla, prune, floral notes, flavor is creamy vanilla, bitter cocoa, fermented fruits, chocolate sundae, finish is a little light and has an odd bitterness
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, courtesy markwise. Thick yummy black pour with huge creamy head and tons of thick lacing. Nose is earthy grass with some hops and very bitter coffee and roast. Flavor is pretty weak, some dry earthy bitter coffee and herbal notes. The coffee is yuck. Dry, balanced, I guess, but not that good. Haver’d the hell out of this.