durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 29, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by the turd. Thanks, Sam! Deep beautiful black pour with one-finger rich brown head. Looks lovely. Strong vanilla nose from the oak. Sweet coffee notes instead of bitter espresso on the nose, but the taste is more pleasantly bitter. Roasty and not overly harsh on the palate. Not bad at all, but a bit too much vanilla for me.
emacgee (3875) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 29, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks turdferguson for sharing. Pours an inky black (and I fucking loved it) with a one finger chestnut tan head. The nose shows smooth coffee, some bitter chocolate, roast, warm alc, sharp oak. The flavor is rich, chocolaty, coffee, nice and tannic, buttery oaky flavor, roasty, warm alc. Palate is spot on, nice and velvety mouthfeel with a tannic roasty finish. Tasty
bconley (352) - Fern Park, Florida, USA - APR 27, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Like coffee sex. Very dark, strong espresso smell. Thick and roasty. Delicious. Like a chocolate espresso milkshake.
sebletitje (6341) - Enghien, BELGIUM - APR 26, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
courtesy of gunhaver.
pours black with beige/mocha head, light golden lacing.
Aroma light coffee notes, some malts and chocolate.
Taste, chocolate, thin oak/wood palate, some coffee and malt.
What a let down, might want to re rate.
ajm (1063) - 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 (1714) - 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.