Guerde (1161) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 11, 2011
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(can) Pours jet black with a large dark tan head that retains pretty well and leaves some nice lacing. I wasnít expecting too much out of this beer, and the aroma confirmed my low expectations. Dull, stale, and sour cold-pressed coffee scents waft out of the glass. The smell is really off-putting. There are faint glimmers of good coffee here, with slight peanut-buttery kicks of what Iím guessing are Sumatra beans. Thereís also a pleasant undertone of chocolate, but that soured spent grounds scent overrides these positives.
The flavor, however, is a complete 180 from the aroma and the coffee is really well integrated and maintains a semblance of freshness. The flavor is very smoothly roasted and coupled with a strong undercurrent of dark chocolate. Thereís some elements of roasted nuts here and the sourness detected on the nose is present, but faintly so. The finish has a lingering roasty flavor. Mouthfeel is a touch too high with the carb, which interrupts the smooth and somewhat full body of the beer. No alcohol detected at all. Overall, this is a decent beer that superbly integrated the coffee in the flavor, but failed to translate that integration over to the aroma.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 6, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Poured an opaque black color with a thin brown head. Pleasant aroma profile that included the likes of toffee, dark chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. Medium bodied and slightly sweet with flavor mirroring the nose. Good stuff.
Narnad (1448) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep black with a kick ass creamy, tan head that leaves a ton of lacing. Aroma has a great dark coffee presence with a smooth chocolate malt presence later to add a little sweetness to the heavy roasted nose. Flavor has a very strong coffee flavor but unlike a lot of coffee flavored stouts, itís not the sole flavor found in it. Later in the tasting a light caramel and chocolate malt sweetness seems to take the bitter coffee edge off of it. Body is of modest density with a lot of fine carbonation and a slight creamy feeling too it. Overall a fantastic brew. Typically coffee stouts arenít my thing but this one was exceptionally well done.
BVery (5937) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 26, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Great River on Nov. 26, 2011. Very dark pour with a small reddish head. Super rich coffee and not a lot of bitterness. This is terrific.
DrnkMcDermott (2776) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - NOV 3, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On the menu board as Espresso Stout, sold in cans as Redband. Thereís just something about the brewpubs in the Quad Cities that they wall want to have a coffee stout on tap. Even from a taster glass, this one has a lotta lotta coffee nose. Definitely espresso in the smell, matched by a solid black body and some fizzy foam. Taste most like a cool, admittedly fizzy, shot of espresso as any coffee beer. In this sampler glass, it looks like a shot of espresso (fool your co-workers!).
DrinkEmUpJones (1062) - Georgia, USA - OCT 30, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good morning Mr. Beer. A thick black pour with lots of tan head. This beer exudes chocolate notes with a little coffee on both the nose (which is minimal) and palate. A medium palate is felt from this beer that definitely lends itself to cooler weather. Would definitely buy on another trip to Iowa.
iowaherkeye (2690) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - OCT 14, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
16oz beat up can (all of them were), no date from the Hy-Vee Madison Ave in CB--donít recall the price, even though it was purchased yesterday. Pours a thick deep dark brown--black in the glass--with a one finger dark tan head, pretty good retention. Nose has some significant cold coffee and dark chocolate notes, light sweetness and roasted malt follows. The roasted barley and grain shows in the flavor, as well as some umami soy, and something I canít quite put a finger on, but Iím not digging it. Tinge of pine towards the finish, which was semi-dry, bitterness peaking at a 3. Low carbonation with a medium full body. Meatier in the aroma as it warms. Actually, a little disappointed in this, as Iíd heard some good things about it. Perhaps better if consumed pretty cold?
rbbrbndmn (2) - - OCT 6, 2011 does not count
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
If you like coffee stouts this beer is where itís at. One of the most popular beers at a tasting event a few moths ago. Recently bought a 4pk/cans and enjoyed. Very robust coffee aroma and taste, but not overpowering. Nothing but good things to say about this beer! Wish I could find it on tap!
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
16 oz. can. near black pour with a small khaki head. aroma of coffee, cocoa and mildly roasted grain. flavor is a very nice combination of chocolate, roastyness and coffee with no flavor dominating. medium bodied and low to mild carbonation. a very nice beer that I hope more people get to try.
FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - SEP 16, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A - Dark brown close to black with a smallish foamy, bubbly, light, cafe colored head. Decent retention leaving patchy lace. Looks a lot like coffee. Looks pretty thick on the pour.
S - First whiff made me check that I didnít pour a can of coffee in my glass. Strong freshly brewed coffee aroma. In the back and with other sniffs, there is coffee bean/freshly ground coffee, touches of lactose sweetness, hints of cocoa and roasted malt.
T - Again, this is very strong on the coffee flavor, but the background flavors are stronger and better integrated than in the smell. Mocha with a stronger black coffee presence are the biggest flavors. Dark chocolate and hints of lactose/cream, and espresso flavors. Slightly bitter dark cocoa in the end. Lacks any of the bitter astringent coffee flavors you can get in a lot of coffee stouts. Very much like a nice iced coffee.
M - Full side of medium body. Good carbonation with a slick and slightly viscous feel. Very nice.
D - Very easy to drink. Not bitter and not too sweet. Flavors mix very well and everything is well incorporated. Could drink a number of these easily.
Notes: If you like coffee, youíll love this. Wow. This is a great coffee stout. It may be a little strong on the coffee and youíll forget you are drinking beer and think you are drinking an iced coffee, but it is delicious none the less. Completely devoid of the bitter astringency I get in some coffee beers. Just wonderful overall. Recommend getting this. Iíll definitely being picking up more while Iím still in Iowa.