Tejas (824) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 16, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big creamy head, nice. Familiar Lagunitas flavor. A bit thin in body for a stout. Coffee flavor is noticeable but I think it would much better if even more coffee flavor was present. Good but disappointing in a way.
legion242 (2071) - Richardson, Texas, USA - NOV 16, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Coffee stouts are one of my favorites and this one disappointed a bit. The coffee is there, if only when it hits your noggin. Alcohol well hidden. Creamy a bit. I will look for another bottle for a revisit.
asheft (2372) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 15, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
[on tap in Brooklyn, NY]
Black, clear ruby (at thin parts) with a thin white cover and good lacing. Vanilla, coffee, a little bit of roasted barley, sweet malt, US hops make for a nice aroma. The flavour is a bit salty up front, followed by roasted barley and the hops. Vanilla and coffee come in late with equal bitterness shared by the hops and malt. The bitterness lingers a little. Medium body with moderate carbonation.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - NOV 15, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark brown, creamy tan head. Lightly oxidized aroma with cocoa, coffee, vanilla, milk, hops. Acrid and bitter with dusty chocolate and a hint of coffee. Has a fair amount of fruitiness too. Good body. Not bad.
TheBeerGod (4907) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 15, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - courtesy of grant. Pours near black and opaque. Small tan head disappeared rather quickly. Nose is roasted malts, coffee, and dark chocolate. Taste is bittersweet choco notes, coffee, and roasted malts. Hint of molasses as well. Body is creamy but oily and has lots of lingering bitterness. Finishes with more coffee and roasted malts and dark chocolate. Pleasant sweetness amongst the bitter coffee. Good stuff!
porterdude (170) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 11, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Poured a rather lighter shadfe of black ruby, if that makes any sense. On aroma of roasted coffee and chocolate with hints of spicy hops comes from this beer. Yes there is cappuchino in this beer, you just dont taste it until about ten seconds until after you swallow it. The rest of the flavors are all nicely balanced with notes of *suprise, suprise* roasted coffe and chocolate. A rather tasty beer that my girlfriend is rather fond of.
BeerHawk (1790) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - NOV 9, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to zug4abby and my bro (Vac) for sending this bomber from SD. Poured a reddish black, with an average sized, frothy, tan head that produced light lacing. The aroma was coffee, cinnamon, dry flour, and a very light hint of alcohol. The flavor found coffee and roasted malt with an equal hop mix that started sweet then left a nice bitter feeling in your mouth. Medium to full bodied with a creamy texture that stuck to your lips. Very nice! Thanks again Abby & Scott!
Aurelius (3719) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 1, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2005 Potent, sweet roasted aroma. Clear ruby brown. Earthy, roasted, fairly sweet flavor with some green nuts in there. A nice pint. Session weight, maybe a bit heavier. Boozy. Western hops strat to build in the finish. On tap at David Copperfield’s, NYC, 3rd HHR trip
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - NOV 1, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle as a bonus in a trade with FlacoAlto - Thanks Sebastian! - Pours black with a creamy tan head that stays well and laces down the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, some coffee of course, a bit of chocolate, and a fair amount of hops. Flavor is very similar. Roasty, coffee, chocolate, and some floral hops. Palate is medium bodied and creamy. A nice coffee stout. I enjoyed it.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 1, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lactose and gentle roastiness in the aroma - it is pleasant, but faint. The appearance is great - frothy beige head on a decent very dark brown body. The coffee isn’t obviously present, but its there if you try really hard to taste it. A nice-tasting brew overall. Nicely balanced chocolate roastiness and the alcohol is very, very well-hidden. This beer is not trying to be anything it’s not: It’s even called simply a stout - and it’s a good one.