foundmd (210) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 4, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle. Pours black with a large mocha head. Dark chocolate, coffee, and espresso dominate the aroma. The flavor is bitter coffee and hops with oak, vanilla, bourbon, and roasted malt. Finish is bitter and dry with medium astringency. Full bodied and slightly fizzy. The espresso seems to add a lot of bitterness, but not much deep roast flavor. A tasty beer overall.
Drake (11781) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 4, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle from State Line. Pours an extremely dark brown with a large brown head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma is assertive citrus and minty hops, chocolate, espresso. Taste is assertive citrus hops, huge chocolate notes and bitter espresso. Full bodied.
jrob21 (3433) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 4, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This one had such a possibility of sucking hard with all of the things it was trying to do but amazingly they pull off all the ingredients and flavors here well. Aroma is where the chocolate and cocoa comes in. The flavor gives you the espresso at first with that fading to some vanilla. Next up is some heavy roasted malt and all of that finishing up with some bittersweet chocolate sweetness. Smooth and delicious and full bodied and tasty.
Kinz (3737) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - APR 3, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2011 Last brew of the Richmond Gathering, 2/13/09 bottling. Black with a decent head. Coffee aroma. Flavor is coffee, chocolate, and espresso notes complement. Coffee unfortunately adds some acidity to this that I found detracted from the overall enjoyment. RERATE: 2/6/11. Glad to get to try this as a full bottle without my palate blown out. 12/20/?? bottling - maybe 2010 would be my guess? Black with a large deep brown head. Aroma is coffee, slightly burnt, a hint of chocolate. Flavor is a match, but hops definitely come through on the end with a fairly robust pine note. Not nearly as acidic as I remembered, and the hops had been lost before. I have to say that the hops didnít quite hang with the espresso, and actually overwhelmed it a bit in the end. But not bad at all. 1 point higher for aroma, everything else stays the same.
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - APR 3, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle thanks to Odeed. Black with a creamy brown head. Espresso, roastiness, and dark chocolate aroma. Tastes of dark roasted espresso, cereal grain, oak, more coffee and a woody vanilla and bitter chocolate taste to the dry finish. Quite good.
SB (334) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On Tab @ Dís six packs and dogs. Poured motor oil dark. 1/2 dark brown head. Aroma of malts, coffee, and vanilla. I could smell it as soon as the waitress put it in front of me. Flavor of roasted coffee, oak, and malts. Slight bitterness in the end. Tastes mess very well. Nicely complex flavors. Canít notice the 9.5% ABV at all. Thick bodied. Smooth, velvety mouthfeel.
ewestern (257) - Ohio, USA - APR 3, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice black color with a dark tan head, very nice lacing. Aroma of dark chocolates and coffee, seemed a tad weak. Flavor was coffee and chocolates with some licorice and fruit in there as well. Full bodied with a bitter coffee finish that doesnít hang around. Very enjoyable.
beerbill (3605) - Laurel, New York, USA - APR 3, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by notalush. Pours a thick, dense black with a moderate brown head. Very pleasant aroma of roasted malt, coffee, oak and a bit of alcohol. The flavors are very intense with tons of coffee, heavy malt, and lots of oak. The oak and the coffee clash a bit for me and the flavors just donít become cohesive. Strong coffee bitterness at the finish is a bit overpowering, at least for me. This one is a slow sipper for sure!
hophead21112 (218) - Louisville, Colorado, USA - APR 2, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2009 Pours thick and black with a 2 1/2 finger mocha-colored, rocky head that sticks around for a while and leaves nice, decorative lacing. Coffee and chocolate on the nose, a touch of oak. Extremely complex mouthfeel. Minimal carbonation and heavy on the tongue. Starts off with the malty sweet chocolate and vanilla from the oak and ends with the hop bitterness that lingers, finishes with light alcohol. Seems nowhere near 9.5%, which is nice. Espresso all over this one. Great brew!
zathrus13 (1764) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - APR 2, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours black, with a brown head. Aroma is coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, and a little alcohol. Flavor is coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, hops, alcohol, and a touch of vanilla. A little more sweetness, and this would be even better.