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RATINGS: 1502   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 29   EST. CALORIES: 278   ABV: 9.26%
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Our Original Stout, brewed with real Hardcore Coffee from Sebastopol. 29.5 IBU 1.076 OG

2007, 8.3% ABV
2008, 8.29% ABV
2009, 9.26% ABV
2010, 8.8% ABV


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chimplechamp (601) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 22, 2006
pours black, with red highlights in it when held to the light. off white head, smells coffee, some chocolate and roasted malts. tastes chocolatey with much coffee in it. no alcohol to speak of, great carbonation for a stout.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - DEC 21, 2006
On tap at Spring Lounge. Deep dark brown in color with a nice off white head. Roasty chocolate aroma. Caramel roasty notes. Roasty malty hoppy flavor. Coffee like roast. Bittersweet chocolate notes. Sweet. Finish is hoppy. Medium bodied. Well balanced. Nice beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - DEC 21, 2006
Had this from a 22oz bottle at RFD in Washington DC (only 8 bucks, not bad considering I could drive to CA and buy it for 6!!). Pours a rich, deep brown. Aroma is faintly reminiscent of roasted espresso, moreso just heavy chocolate malt. Taste is sweet, full flavored stout, and once again, not really boasting much coffee flavor. Still, a good drinking stout, but for this style there are much better versions, and I believe the 87% style percentile is overrated.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
OldMrCrow (1756) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2006
Bomber.

Pours dark but a bit thinner than I might have expected; coffee and roast-malt aroma. The flavor is Thai iced coffee (read: sweet instead of good) with a strong hop finish. Some chocolate. At nearly 8%, this could be richer. Iím not overwhelmed.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 20, 2006
Wonderful roasted coffee and malt aroma,big thick encompassing, flavor while nice doesnt match up to the promise of the aroma, Iím tasting quality coffee,dark chocolate, and a bitterness that comes from the coffee and hopping,there is however a thinness to it that doesnít match all the coffeee and bitterness. Very enjoyable,will buy again,just not a classic

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2318) - California, USA - DEC 18, 2006
Dark reddish brown, moderate head, average lacing. Aroma is strong coffee notes with roast, caramel, chocolate. Medium bodied. Enjoyable, like Speedway on training wheels.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2006
Black with big head. Mild coffee aroma with roasted malt. Very nice creamy light coffee and chocolate taste. Fairly thick. Not overpowering, but still plenty of flavors to make this a great session coffee stout.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gwpom (295) - Akron, New York, USA - DEC 16, 2006
Bomber. More stout than coffee, still very flavorful. Head not as dark as one would expect with a stout, and drinks smoother as well. I bought this bottle for the sole purpose of having a beer Iíd never tried before to rate here (typical newbie move) and itís not disappointing. It does remind me of Anderson Valley stout. First sip and I knew I wasnít in Sam Adams land any more.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Frank (2727) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2006
Pours a dark brown but certainly not black. Off-white head of small to medium bubbles and some nice spots of lace. Nose is actually rather hoppy, which surprised me especially since thereís not much coffee aroma to speak of. Flavor is rather light as well but w/ a nice roasted character and a good balance of sweetness. The carbonation is just slightly too much and it causes it to come across slightly thing and acidic. Despite this, it is quite smooth and it drinks like a much lighter beer.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 14, 2006
Poured from a 22oz bomber. Pours a dark brown with 1/4" head. Can see thru and see light around edges of the glass. Smell, the only thing I can pull from the nose is a slight coffee smell. Not too much anything else going on. Taste is smooth, with a slight coffee flavor. This is a stretch to be called a stout, and I definately wouldnít say it has strong Cappuccino flavoring. This could be summed up better as a good coffee porter. In that aspect it would be a decent brew, especially at that price point, $3.99/bomber. Mouthfeel was a bit thin, more like a porter. However it was really smooth and non-cloying. It is a very sessionable brew. Itís a good beer, just not a good stout.


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