brystmar (1308) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 5, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bitter Kopi coffee makes the experience enjoyable, bringing depth to the flavor profile. Rest of the drink is entirely forgettable. Kopi coffee is the only part of this beer that's worthwhile.
reebtogi (4608) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 4, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle pours a deep black color with a very small light brown head that leaves only brief lacing on the glass. Aroma is light chocolate and coffee with some roasted notes. Taste is chocolate malty sweetness with coffee and roasted grain and coffee bitterness in the finish. There is also a slight warming from the alcohol which is noticeable. Medium to heavy bodied with light carbonation. A pretty good brew and recommended to try at least once.
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
It was hard getting this to produce any real head, but what little head it did make was a medium-brown color and settled to a very thin film atop the pitch-black beer. It feels viscous and thick in the glass, and the uber-malty aroma coming from it (even from a foot and a half away) backs up my suspicions. Up close, it smells very thick of chocolate and up-front coffee - like I stuck my nose in a bag of ground coffee beans. I can almost feel it in my throat. It’s very soft as it enters the mouth, heavily roasted on the lips (or maybe it’s the coffee), and rolls down the throat in a very silky way as well. The heavy coffee and roasted malts really make my throat contract, but not that much bitterness presents itself in the flavor.
Some reviewers complain that this is thin, but I don’t think it is. The heavy, intense flavors of the beer might just make the flavor actually seem heavier than its gravity. And yes, it’s not very lively because the carbonation is low. But I think that the flatness of the beer contributes to your ability to experience more of the complex flavors without the extra air interrupting things. Overall, it’s a heavily roasted, coffee-forward beer that’s heavy on the palate, just sweet enough to counterbalance the heavy malts, and feels like someone is pouring fresh coffee grounds straight down your throat.
suprchunk (2526) - Crestview, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black. No head, no lacing. Coffee and chocolate aroma. Taste of big chocolate and coffee. Some vanilla. Acrid in the back. Dry, sweet, and a bit of pepper sneaks up on you in the end.
jbeatty (1178) - New York, USA - DEC 22, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from D&Q in Houston, 12/22/2012. Pours thick black, thin creamy mocha head with viscous swirls. Aroma of earthy dark fruits, smooth roasted coffee and chocolate brownie, lightly smoked dark malts with a touch of pepper. Taste carries nice chipotle pepper highlights, dark coffee grounds, delicious, spicy heat in the finish, rich chocolate aftertaste. Thick, smooth palate, drinks easy. Really nice, glad to have tried.
Yorker (1472) - Herning, DENMARK - DEC 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
75 cl bottle @ home. Pours black with a small tan head that leaves a little lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, liquorice, chocolate, and chipotle. Flavour is chipotle, coffee, and roasted malt.
Koelschtrinker (12147) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - DEC 16, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Süß malziger, leicht whiskeyartiger Beginn. Würzig, schokoladenmalziger Mittelteil mit minimaler Schärfe. Sehr intensiv, stimmig, gut. 11/12/13/13//13
phaleslu (7317) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample from a bottle at the brewery. Pours an opaque brown with amber highlights and no head. Aroma of coffee, peppers, dark chocolate, and deep earthiness. Flavor hits the same notes. Roast is more distinct first with the spice hitting later. Medium body, low carbonation, and a spicy, roasty mouthfeel. Nice twist on the style.
Habanero (3080) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - DEC 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Pours pitch black with a medium sized tan head. Leaving a fair lacing on the glass. Nose of roasted malt, coffee and smoked notes. Sweet flavor with roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, dark fruits and spicy notes. Full bodied, oily texture and soft CO2. Ends up more dry and with alcohol notes. Great.★★★★
PGHbeer77 (571) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big bottle with a great label! I’ve been looking forward to this one, and I’m thankful to Jamil for a trade. Coffee, dark chocolate fronted scent with an oat note and a lingering spiciness. Black, deep black with a low tan head on a vigorous pour ( a low point). Thick bodied, oily feel, smooth. Coffee roast fronted flavor to a dark chocolate note, then a stinging chipotle hotness crept in. Delicious!