robiannelli (591) - West Deptford, New Jersey, USA - JAN 5, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
sampled on tap. Pours pitch black with a thin brown head. Aromas of coffee and chocolate up front some roasted malt in the backround. Flavor is heavy on the bitter coffee side, with slight chocolate nib and brown sugar/molassas. Body is medium and finish leaves a coffee flavor
JaBier (4332) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - OCT 14, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler shared by a friend. Black pour with a medium tan head. Aroma of coffee, cream, chocolate and roasted malt. Coffee flavor thatís a bit thin, rounded out by chocolate and roast.
jredmond (4575) - Manhattan, New York, USA - OCT 5, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at RnH with Andrew, Streets, Brendan, and Blloooosh. Pours a deep black with no head or lacing. Aroma is straight coffee. Mouthfeel is smooth, lightly carbonated with notes of coffee, roast, light sweet chocolate...but mainly coffee.
blipp (5475) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - SEP 29, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Pours near black with a beige head. Coffee aroma with roasted malts and a light sweetness. The flavor has big coffee and sweet malts, with some nuttiness, coffee, and chocolate. Nice.
Cuso (3372) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - SEP 13, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Courtesy of coldbrewky, many thanks. Almost black color with huge beige head. Aroma of roasted coffee, cocoa,caramel. Taste, surprisingly sour with coffee notes. Sour finish. Overall Iím little bit disappointed.
vtafro (2169) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - SEP 8, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at cloverleaf. Black pour with tan head. Coffee, chocolate, brown sugar and roasted aroma. Coffee with a bit of sugar and roasted overtones.
jrallen34 (3475) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to Ethan for this... coolest thing about this beer is the blue bottle with swing top, reminds me of a German Riesling I use to get all the time... dark brown body, not much of a head... the nose and taste are smooth chocolate with a bit of cream, a little roasted, not bad
DJMonarch (9160) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 24, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the Jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center Denver 17/09/2010
Coffee aroma. Dark coloured smooth and a little rich on the palate with a hint of dryness in a bitter coffee roast finish.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 17, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A - Pours a very dark black with just a hint of brown with a nice finger of creamy tan-brown head. The head had had okay retention and reduced down to a ring leaving some lacing.
S - Strong combination of roasted sweet carmel malts and some nice coffee aroma. Very rich smelling. Bit of sweetness from chocolate and lactose also mixed in.
T - Starts off with a sweet building roasted flavor with some nice coffee flavors mixed in and just a touch of bitterness. The coffee really explodes in the middle along with some chocolate flavor in the background. The finish continues with the nice roasted sweet carmel malts and coffee, and adds some lactose flavors which all linger very nicely. Very well balanced.
M - Medium-light bodied with a bit of carbonation. Feels just a tad thin but very smooth and crisp. The lactose creates a creamy feeling also.
D - Very drinkable. The 8% abv in not noticeable here. Very smooth and balanced all around. The sweetness is pretty much perfect, and stays in check and balanced throughout.
Chad9976 (1017) - Albany, New York, USA - FEB 24, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Have had this fresh on tap at the brewery and a growler fill from Westmere Beverage Brew Crew.
A: Itís so difficult to rate stouts on appearance because theyíre all pretty much the same! This beer is, not surprisingly, pitch black with a hint of ruby red at the edge. It forms a surprising thick, fluffy, frothy, brown head which sticks around for a long time and leaves great lacing on the glass.
S: If I smelled this blind I would think this is Dunkin Donuts iced coffee. Actually, it smells like a much higher-end coffee as thereís a strong scent of deeply roasted coffee beans and brown sugar. No alcohol, no generic "stout smell" which is odd since this is, technically, a milk stout
T: Iíve had many coffee stouts before, but none pack as strong of a coffee punch as Joe Mamaís Milk Stout. Black coffee hits you immediately, which then gives way to a sweet, creamy, milk stout flavor. The coffee comes back with a vengeance on the aftertaste.
There is also a strong presence of brown sugar to impart some sweetness and keep this beer from being a dry, bitter bomb as I find many coffee stouts doing. There really isnít any chocolate per se, but a touch of dark chocolate in the aftertaste.
M: I noticed both on tap and out of the growler that this beer was little thinner than Iíd expect or prefer. The growler was even a tad watery.
D: For an 8% ABV beer this drinks like Guinness (which is half the potency). I found myself slugging it down because it was so damn smooth. The coffee taste becomes a tad cloying by the end, so I couldnít envision drinking more than one or two servings at time.
Overall, this is a pretty amazing beer. My only beef with it is the fact the palate is a tad simple - just coffee and brown sugar. Itís a great dessert beer, but only in a single serving - two if youíre feeling brave.
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