ogglethorp (916) - Ohio, USA - APR 7, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours black with a brown colored head. Aroma is dark choclate, roast, coffee, maybe ahint of oak. Flavor is choclate, coffee, burnt sugar, vanilla, metallic, hitn of oak. Palate is full bodied, mild carbonation, finished massively bitter, almost too bitter for my liking. Found this annoying metallic taste throughout that I just couldnít overlook, and distracted from the beer. Decent, but flawed IMO.
curly (2397) - Redmond, Washington, USA - APR 7, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours solid black with a thick brown head. Cocoa and roast aroma. Very heavy feel with a lot of bitter espresso and also a sweet creamy milk finish.
bgburdman9 (856) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - APR 6, 2009
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
After my first bottle shattered on the floor this one poured very black with a small tan head. Aroma was roast, light coffee, and some oak coming through. I dont know if i am a lot more sensitive to the oak flavor in this but i found it way overpowering. It seemed to totally ruin the beer for me. I really wanted to like this one. The lingering taste on the tongue was just not that palatable to me at all.
Cornfield (5274) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Liquor Stop in Highland, Indiana: This pours out a thick brown liquid that turns almost black in the glass and is topped by a tall light brown head full of all sizes and shapes of bubbles. The glass gets coated in pastey sheets of thick lace. It smells like strong coffee and alcohol. Fortunately, the flavor gets more complex. It welcomes the addition of bitter chocolate, charred wood, roasted malt, anise, and a suggestion of vanilla. There a sharp astringent jab at the back end thatís not very welcome... at least to me. It finishes on a bittersweet chocolate note with a burnt nut bitterness and a low alcohol burn. Interesting, but unbalanced.
jmatty19 (3) - Maryland, USA - APR 6, 2009 does not count
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I had this beer at the Great Divide Brewery taproom in Denver on 4/5/09. It had a strong coffee smell but mild coffee taste. Incredible body and flavor. One of the best stouts I have ever had!
BillKismet (3174) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 5, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rich, dark creamy brown color with a molasses hue. Little carbonation. Twinkling of chocolate, espresso, and oak in the aroma--all in balance. A deeper sniff yields ether. Flavor is full of ethyl alcohol, and roast chocolate. A dollop of chocolate covered espresso bean hatches on the palate. Oak and pinches of vanilla on the finish.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4300) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled on draft at the Rivertowne Pub this beer poured thick, black and oily with a medium sized brown head. The aroma was strong, bitter and roasty with coffee and floral hops prominent. The flavor was sweetish, roasty, malty and almost gritty with a rough espresso element. Hints of chocolate, smoke and ripe fruits intermingle. The finish turned a bit dry with a long roasty coffee presence. The body was fairly thick. The alcohol was well hidden. Well done.
zizzybalubba (1259) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - APR 5, 2009
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2009 22 oz. bottle from Coasters. Aroma is pure espresso. Taste is amazing. Alcohol is very well hidden (as long as it is chilled). Belongs in the same discussion as Breakfast Stout and Speedway Stout. An absolutely incredible beer...I have just tried a bottle of this that I purchased 6 months ago. With coffee/espresso beers I donít normally like them aged for too long because it typically tastes like stale coffee. In this case, however, everything that was great about it when it was fresh is still true. An absolute homerun with this one.
MrBunn (2321) - Western, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a massive tan head. Coffee aromas are downright dominating and assault me from afar. Closer inspection reveals a little bit of a pretty good charcoal presence as well. In spite of the dominance of the espresso in then nose, the flavor and mouthfeel are much more interesting. A bit of a creamy mouthfeel and vanilla edge to the flavor keep this from being too abrasive, but as in the nose, most of the complexities are simply buried by the coffee. This is really good, but I donít know that it is what I would classify as great.
AR (944) - Georgia, USA - APR 5, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark pour with a brown head. This is a full-bodied beer with a strong coffee flavor. A little dark chocolate mixed in.