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RATINGS: 1610   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   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


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - MAR 3, 2007
Nose of heavy coffee & berry, with some alcohol & medicine. Pours with a beautiful cascade. Very dark brown with garnet highlights. The tall tight wiggly creamy rocky head is mostly lasting with nice lace. The brew starts with a malty sweetness and a touch of bitterness. The sweet middle gives way to a huge coffee bitterness at the finish as the brew warms. The medium to full body is soft & creamy, the finish feels slightly alcoholic. Gave me the itis!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - MAR 2, 2007
A very nice stout. Pour is very very black. Head was thick and lingered for a long time. Mouthfeel was very smooth with a coffee aftertaste. Flavor is a strong stout with a smooth coffee flavoring. A very very nice stout.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (6709) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 27, 2007
22oz Bomber. Big coffee aroma. medium bodied with dark brown color & dirty khaki head. pleasant malt & coffee combo. easy drinking would like to try on draft

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2007
22oz bottle. Pours a nice dark brown with a small tan head. Not as thick as I would have expected. Aroma is that of muted coffee and malt. The coffee comes through more in the taste. Very mellow...easy to drink.

3.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Strykzone (5353) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - FEB 24, 2007
A classic looking stout. It is very dark with reddish highlights. Plenty of dark tan head hangs around with nice lacing. Aroma is muted. Flavor is quite nice with lots of roastiness and more sweetness than expected. Coffee flavor is noticeable and a bitter after taste lingers for a while. Nice balance to this beer and everything about it says quality ingredients.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sregnar35 (1015) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - FEB 24, 2007
Excellent stuff. Poured brown black with a nice nutty head. Aroma was not too strong ,but pleasant and roasty. Flavor was a good bite of bitter burnt coffee, and very sweet malt.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - FEB 23, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2007 Pours dark dark brown with a cream colored head, thinning quickly. The nose is creamy and subdued. Obviously sweet with malt and some coffee notes. Not amazingly strong, but rather pleasant. The mouthfeel is silky smooth. Subtled carbonation and a nice creaminess. The flavors are top notch in this here brew. Big robust malt sweetness, rare to this extent in a stout, or nearly any non IIPA or barleywine beer. Still, itís entirely balanced by some rather influential coffee, (dare I say it, cappuccino) notes. Thereís a creamy bit of flavor in here and barely any hops, but itís certainly there subtly, as is some alcohol. The finish is very sweet, but not too big for throw off the balance. The finish has some subtle bitter roast and some chocolate to it, but itís very clean despite a bit of lingering. A really nicely constructed stout, more of a sweet stout, Iíd gladly buy more. As it warmed, the beer became more plain and less interesting, so I knocked off one point overall.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 21, 2007
Pours dark brown with a foamy tan head. Smells strongly of coffee which overwhelms everything else. Tastes of coffee with some alcohol thrown in.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8351) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 20, 2007
My Bottom Line:
This honest coffee-flavored stout expands into chocolate powder to then dry up into roasty dryness. A rich yet drinkable body offers as much tastebud satisfaction as nourishment.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam straddles the brown-tinged black.
-Some featureless hop bitterness supports the malty overseers.
-Coffee confidently returns in the finish.

Bottle; no date.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6155) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 19, 2007
Considering the style, Scores ranging from 1 to 5, 5 being the most intense
Appearance:
Body:   Clear(1)->Murky(5) : 3     Light Brown(1)->Pitch Black(5) : 5     Still(1)->Sparkling(5) : 2
Head:   None(1)->Large(5) : 3   Off-White(1)->Dark Brown(5) : 4   Lasting: 3   Lacing : 1   Nitro : XX
Aroma:
Intensity : 4  
Yeast : XX   Bread : XX   Apple : XX   Tropical Fruits : XX   Ink : XX   Tar : XX   Olives : XX   DMS : XX
Malt : 4   Biscuity : XX   Burnt Toast : 2   Caramel : XX   Nuts : XX   Pumpernickel : 3   Cereals : XX   Coffee : 5   Dark Chocolate : 3   Vanilla : XX   Grapes : XX   Blackberries : XX   Cherries : XX
Hops : 2   Noble(1)->American(5) : 4   Leafy : XX   Floral : XX   Lemon/Lime : XX   Grapefruit : XX Orange : XX   Herbal : XX   Pine/Spruce/Resin : XX
Notes :   Earth : 3   Wood : XX   Mint : XX   Smoke : 2   Soy : XX   Bourbon : XX   Anise : XX
Flavor:
Initial Flavor : Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 3   Finish Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 2   Sourness : XX   Lactic : XX   Bitterness : 3   Complex : 2   Length : 3
Palate:
Light(1)->Full(5) : 3   Flat(1)->Fizzy(5) : 3   Clean : 4   Sharp : XX   Watery : XX   Oily : XX   Chalk : XX   Astringent : XX   Alcohol : 2   Mineral : XX   Oxidation : XX   Metallic : XX

Comments: Well integrated coffee stout. Not very complex, but finely balanced.


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