jb (1939) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 18, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nose is great, woody, very full roasted and toasted grain, chocolate. Donít get any coffee. Pour didnít have much head, very dark, mostly black with an off color of brown/cola. Rich palate, thick and chewy, tiny bubbles, coffee beans, some dark fruit, the coffee adds a dry and acidic profile and is interesting. Complex, nice stuff.
LinusStick (2699) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great beer! Aroma was nice. Strong coffee aroma. Smells like an actual cup of coffee. Pour was perfect. Deep dark black with a pillowy, big bubbled thick tan head. Taste was also spectacular. Strong coffee with hints of chocolate with a bitter mouth drying aftertaste. One of the best stouts Iíve had this year. Nice strong carbonation. Very nice.
blipp (5475) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - DEC 6, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours near black with a beige head. Smells like coffee, with a light sweetness. The flavor has a ton of coffee, roasted malt, and a light sweetness. Pretty good, but rather one dimensional.
matthewjk (802) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 11, 2009
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from 750ml bottle / This might be what I would call "A tale of two stouts." One side is burnt, ashtray, garbage coffee; and the other side is a rich, smooth, creamy flavor. Itís the Waffle House coffee with cream stout! But damníed if I donít like it. Rater "Notalush" (see below) is right on with his comment: "they must have used some seriously crappy coffee in this..." The label claims using "locally roasted Sumatra Coffee," but this is a highly dubious statement. The creamy finish--with the burnt coffee still there--is what redeems this stout for me.
smcolw (426) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 6, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Near black in color. Large, beige head that leaves ample lace on the glass. No light shines through the glass, even on the edge.
Deep dark chocolate and earthy nose. No coffee smell at all.
The flavor continues the aroma profile except drier but with an essence of dried fruit, like raspberries and sour cherries. Lots of burnt toast! On the tongue, thereís a strong bitterness that is similar to coffee grounds--very surprising. Not at all creamy or sweet. Long lasting, black patent malt aftertaste.
Overall, a very different stout with extraordinary burnt malt flavors.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml Bottle (Batch E!016): Aroma of coffee, wood, chocolate, oak, roasting, ash, Oreo cookie crumbles, coffee grinds, and cream or milk. Poured dark brown in color with a medium-sized, loose, rocky, brown head that diminished but lasted throughout. Cloudy and opaque. Lightly sparkling. Full of medium-sized particles throughout. Flavor is light to medium bitter and slightly sweet. Tastes of coffee, roasting, chocolate, wood, ash, Oreo cookie crumbles, coffee grinds, light lactose, and a hint of cream. Medium body. SLightly dry, slightly chalky texture. Average carbonation. Coffee, ash, light chocolate, Oreo cookie finish is slightly dry and slightly chalky. AVB, whatever it is, is not noticeable.
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 20, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Draught) Pours a black body with a medium beige head. Aroma of smoke, coffee, subtle roasted hatch peppers, and some chocolate. Flavor of smoke, roasted malt, ash, coffee, caramel, and chocolate with a dry finish.
zach8270 (3047) - Henrietta, New York, USA - OCT 14, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle - 750 ml) Dark black with a thin brown head. Aroma is lots of coffee with some very mild chocolate flavor. Smells like a cup of coffee. Flavor is a lot of roasted malts and coffee grounds with a light chocolate and caramel undertone. Some slightly nutty notes as well. Lingering bitter aftertaste. A bit thin, but I liked it.
Glouglouburp (5867) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 6, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
In short: A cold cup of black coffee with bubbles. Thin. Boring.
How: Tap at Sunset Grill, Boston
The look: Very dark brown body topped by a little beige ring of foam
In long: Nose of a cold cup of black coffee. Taste is a cold cup of black coffee, bunt malts with nutty chocolaty fudge in the back. Body was very much on the thin side of felt a bit lifeless. Strong black coffee bitterness in the back. I can enjoy simple coffee stouts when they have body, roastiness and a roasted coffee beans flavour but this beer just tasted like a cold cup of black coffee. Very basic and bland. I was really bored at the end of my glass. Iíll try it again because I usually like that brewery. Iím working through my backlog, I had that beer on tap late july 2009 when it was just released. Maybe it needs a little time to develop and I had it too fresh, or to quote my girlfriend in bed: ďÖ too soon ...Ē.
craftbeerdesign (2132) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 5, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
sample from the pitcher at GABF on 9/26/09... dark black with tan head... big coffee notes on the nose.... tons of coffee! thin body... more coffee on the finish... If you like coffee, youíll most likely enjoy this... however it is a bit one dimensional.