conway (1531) - - JAN 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2013 Re-rate for the bottled version. I like this a lot more. Black with a dark tan head. Nose is chocolatey and roasty. Taste is heavy on the coffee (and Rook is the absolute best btw) but also very sweet and lactic. Palate is smooth with a little carb. This beer is way more impressive bottled, although I’m thinking my original draft tasting wasn’t well maintained.
Dogbrick (8322) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at GABF 10/04/2014, thanks to my BIL for assistance with note-taking. Jet black color with a medium tan head that dissipates steadily. Patchy lacing. Aroma of roast malt, coffee and chocolate. Medium to full body with a roasted coffee character and notes of charred malt and dark chocolate. The finish is roasty with a coffee aftertaste. Pretty good overall.
JerseyBrew (37) - Hillsborough, New Jersey, USA - AUG 30, 2014
1.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Beer smelled great. Body is way to heavy and way to sweat for this beer. After that the coffee is adding to much roasted, astringent flavors. The sweatiness and bitterness did not balance each other. This beer just became overly sweat and bitter.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Chalsk (1065) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - JUL 3, 2014
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler from the source thanks to Fitz. Wow. Blown away. Where do I start? Pours a dark murky brown color with light tan head. The aroma is simply intoxicating. Rich chocolate and coffee roast notes with some vanilla and caramel underneath and some earthiness from the hops. A soft rich caramel taste with tons of chocolate hitting the tongue next before encountering a perfect, delicate hit of coffee and hop spice, with tons of chocolate and coffee on the backend leaving you with that gentle roast. Some grapefruit is hidden but there. I am simply amazed at the abv as the alcohol is well hidden. My only critique would be the mouthfeel as the beer is medium to light in that regard. But that is nit picking. This is a top flight beer. It’s Founders Breakfast Stout somehow done better. Kudos.
italianjohn (2352) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour orange hue tan creamy head and light oily sticky lacing ..... aroma of really nice fresh coffee, vanilla, chocolate, and light lactose .... taste is of sweet lactose sugar, fresh coffee, roasted malts, vanilla, chocolate and a nice bitter earthy roasted bite ..... mouthfeel is oily and it has a nice roasted lingering bitter bite .... great aroma on this beer and a solid imperial porter
Skullit (14) - - JUN 27, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
The best part is it tastes exactly like sweet cold pressed coffee. The bad part is it tastes exactly like sweet cold pressed coffee
jdb288 (559) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 2, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Jet black, caramel bordering, no head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, some pecan notes. Taste - if you took Hershey’s syrup, combined with some light-roast coffee and poured it over some freshly cooked oatmeal, this is what you get....in the best way imaginable. Really solid oatmeal, chocolate and coffee notes - all of which are distinct and enjoyable on their own.
John25 (581) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - MAY 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler from Kane. Dark cola, basically black. Aroma is dark roast black coffee with sweet vanilla. The taste follows suit with a sweet bitter finish. The palate has a perfect medium body that isn’t overly rich, but not thin either. The carb is very low. Excelkent job by Kane! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
db15brew (2) - - MAY 21, 2014 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft pint, Corner Table, Vauxhall NJ. Opaque black pour, moderate head. Strong pleasant coffee nose, slight milky sweetness, bit of bitter mineral aftertaste. Overall a well balanced combination of malt and coffee. Definitely one to do again. At that ABV, one pint is enough.
DrinkinWell (275) - - MAY 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a jet black with thick head. Coffee beans, hints of chocolate on the nose. Chalky bitterness with hints of candied sugar and dark fruit. Really good porter (though not as good as the cinnamon maple version).
Prufrockstar (1028) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 13, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to jtclockwork. Poured into a juice glass and served with breakfast on a weekend away with friends. Pours dark brown with mocha head. Aroma is more chocolate than coffee; sweet, milky, and with a spicy vietnamese cinnamon. Fairly sweet, somewhat roasty, twangy finish that makes me pause to wonder if this is the product they intended. Light-medium body, average carbonation, smooth and milky. Overall: coffee was really muted, and this was basically an imperial sweet milk stout. Nice.