Zeswaft (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 23, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I donít even taste any coffee in this. Iíve had porters that tasted more like coffee than this. mediocre.
LinusStick (2887) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2006
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Mad Mex Robinson. A good stout from a great brewer. The aroma was decent but not strong...coffe and malt dominate. The pour was a beautiful black with a tan head that had me "oooh-ing" and "ahhhh-ing" at the bar. The taste was of chocolate and roasted malt (suprise!) but did not go all the way through. The beer (in my opinion) is over-carbonated for a stout. I love my stouts thick like oil and this was just too thin to rave about. A good beer? Absolutely. A good stout? Yes. A great one? Not really.
chimplechamp (601) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 22, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
mkobes (2141) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - DEC 21, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - DEC 21, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
OldMrCrow (1951) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 20, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - DEC 18, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark reddish brown, moderate head, average lacing. Aroma is strong coffee notes with roast, caramel, chocolate. Medium bodied. Enjoyable, like Speedway on training wheels.
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
gwpom (297) - Akron, New York, USA - DEC 16, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.