ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 26, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2009 Bottle at Papago. I am surprised this is coming out so high, so all I am prepared to defend is that this is damn tasty, and the reason it works for me: both aroma and flavor are like eating chocolate-covered coffee beans. I think the espresso is beautifully realized. There are the faintest notes of oak and vanilla (faintest - as hard to find as the actual Yeti) but mostly it is just liquid dry dark chocolate and coffee beans - that dry Colorado rocky mineral quality even makes it seem crunchy. Boom.
mwelsh13 (499) - Maryland, USA - APR 26, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle pours deep black and very opaque. Deep coffee, wood, earth, and chocolate in the aroma. Smooth body with lught cabonation. Bitter coffee, sweet cream, and chocolate fill the flavor. Slightly dry at the end. Bitterness lingers. Easily drinkable for >9% Very nicely done. One bottle will be kept for a while to see what happens.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - APR 26, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at the ’09 Fish Fry. Pours black with small tan head. The aroma is espresso, some chocolate, a bit of ash, and not much else. The flavor is lots of espresso, with some chocolate, vanilla, oak, and nuts. The finish is roasty coffee. Very heavy on the espresso in this beer, but, fortunately, I like espresso, so I found it quite tasty.
gkost (1709) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 26, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark brown/black. Oaky, coffee, sweet sugar nose. Tastes of wood, espresso, caramel malts. Medium body. Overall a good beer.
Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Popped a bottle of this at DLD ’09. Really delicious beer. Very coffee-forward (not a bad thing) and so dark, yet still so very smooth.
cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2009 Bottle from Malt & Vine. Pours thick jet black with a very nice bubbly brown head. Nice roasty aroma with the coffee present. Incredibly smooth with strong vanilla and milder coffee and caramel lingering on the tongue. Can also pick up hints of the oak as well. Fantastic beer.
AndyReynolds (1085) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2009
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a rich, dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma is strong with espresso and chocolatey roasted malts. Hints of vanilla also stand out. The flavor was really about the same. The finish was dry and bitter. This was an awesome beer. Great to drink in the morning to start a long day of drinking.
Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - APR 25, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good stuff. Jet black with an amber mocha head. Aroma of dry chocolate and vanilla beans. Taste is dry, light sweet, espresso dark. Fine finishing bitterness.
DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - APR 25, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to BA’s Mikeandi, shared with Hop and Spin Doggy... Pours jet black with a brown head... Smells is vanilla, bourbon and some sweet cream...Chocolate and a little espresso bitterness comes through in the flavor with a bittter dry dark chocolate finish. Very smooth... This stuff is Jefe
Moggman (235) - Columbus, USA - APR 24, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours absolutely black with brown head and good lacing. Aroma is sweet espresso, chocolate. Flavor is dark roasted malts, espresso, chocolate, slight vanilla flavor in the finish. Smooth finish with roasted malt notes.