ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 9, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Rayboy. Pours dark black with a brownish head that fades rapidly. Aromas of coffee and chocolate abound but all that comes through in the taste are watery traces of the namesake. While not bad it seemed uninspired.
timsilvia32 (449) - from Michigan now in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 6, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. Maybe this used to be a 9% imperial, but it is no longer. Nice black/brown pour with a small light tan head. Roast coffee and malt aromas, some light chocolate. Taste was straightforward, similar. Coffee and light chocolates. Medium body, not quite creamy mouthfeel. I thought this was a nice coffee stout.
Iím going to guess I got a bottle from the next batch, because it did not match any of the previous reviews and I certainly would have noticed.
leeburg (227) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - OCT 19, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Crunchy’s in East Lansing. Bartender took care of any foam problem there might have been. Black with a small tan head. Fiance loves Kahlua, so she was a fan in that respect. I found it to be sweet and watery, like coffee with way too much sugar (I drink my coffee black anyway).
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 18, 2008
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours with a comical SEVEN finger thick head. Smells of dust, beef jerky and rawhide and shoe leather. It looks like a damn root beer float. Lightly tart with lots of coffee notes. The flavor isnít nearly as fooked as the appearance and aroma would suggest.
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 30, 2008
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
4-2-08 bottle shared with lb4lb thanks to alexgash
Black pour with average tan head that disappears as quickly as it formed with no lacing. Smells like walnuts on fire. It has a burning roasted coffee bean and chocolate smell. However, it isnít very bold or very big on the chocolate in the flavor - a bit lack luster. Watery background and surprisingly thin, disappointingly thin.
lb4lb (2555) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 2, 2008
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle courtesy of alexgash, I believe. Thanks!
Pours black with a smallish tan head that fades quickly. Smell is strong coffee, thin roasty malt and an almost cardboard-like component. Flavor is coffee up front and roasted malt, but very thin. Thin malt flavor, roastiness and body, despite the strong coffee flavor. Not great, but drinkable.
Quake1028 (633) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle courtesy of Degarth. Pours out with a barely there head, maybe half a finger thick, no retention and some very sporadic lacing. Dark cola brown body. This is not a very appealing beer to the eyes. Itís actually not a very appealing beer in any sense. Flavor and aroma are very chalky and musty, just seems old in every regard. Lots of tart coffee beans on the nose. Some chocolate backing. Tart is the word that best describes the flavor profile. Light to medium bodied. Finish is more tartness, followed by some coffee and chocolate undertones. This was just bought recently so I doubt itís bad, itís just not anything I look for in a stout.
Ibrew2or3 (7077) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 14, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Courtesy of Degarth. Pours deep dark dankness with very carefully poured three finger mocha head (Degarthís pour ended up an eight finger head). The aroma has some teeth, it is timid at all. I get roasted to burnt malts to ash plus a big pulse of Worcestershire sauce Ė Tabasco Ė peppered beef jerky. (What!) The taste experience begins with a carbonation assault that causes burnt malts, ash, singed dark chocolate and roasted coffee to explode across my tongue. By midway it gets a tad chalky before mild malt sweetness shows up as the carbonation eruption subsides. It ends with burnt malts, mild ash and roasted coffee. I donít know where the odd aroma ended up taste wise. I didnít really notice it.
natejgood (397) - Bozeman, Montana, USA - FEB 14, 2008
0.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
I donít know if I got a bad six pack of what, but this beer was all head and was very sour. It literally took me five minutes to pour the beer into a pint glass because there was so much head. When I finally drank it the beer was very sour and a little soapy. I tried a second beer out of the pack, but it was also pretty bad.
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JAN 19, 2008
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at brew pub. Dark with a small head. Big coffee and choclate smell and taste. Alchol is well hidden and the 9% seemed to have hit me when all down. But just to thin. Needs more body. Some mouthfeel for all that mocha java.
jvmiller (558) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 25, 2007
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Perhaps I had a bad bottle but it was incredibly sour, reminded by of something from JP but badly done. Had a roasty part to it, but mostly the sourness dominated. Had trouble finishing it.