DaMenace123 (253) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 18, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at Whole Foods. Aroma and flavor are coffee and chocolate. Good balance of malt and bitterness. Easy to Drink
greenhorn1 (803) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 17, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. Pours fairly dark and when you put it up to a light, you can see hints of maroon. Big slow bubbles and a small brown head. Aroma has a slight hop nose with hints of chocolate, but mostly coffee. However, the coffee presence is not overwhelming. The taste has a nice balance of malt, bitterness that hits the back of the tongue, and coffee. It has a surprisingly light mouthfeel for a stout. This is a very drinkable beer, I really enjoyed it.
GG (2039) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 17, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very drinkable beer which I was happy to share with quite a couple of BMC drinkers, while playing Hold ’Em the evening before Labor Day. Aroma was a bit malty, some chocolate and obvious coffee notes flying around but it was all rather toned down. Appearance was NOT how I like my stouts to look which was clear, dark brown and little head. I could actually see through the beeer which...to be honest...I can’t remember the last time I could see thru a stout. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, but not overpowering like I like my stouts to be. Flavor is roasted malts, chocolate and coffee with a slight bitter twang to it and slightly sweet. Overall it’s a nice beer, but since there are sooo many better ones out there I think this might be my last time with this one.
jazz88 (2542) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 14, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark brown color with a tan head. Sweet chcolates with a nut and coffee aroma. Smoother and less coffee-stout than I expected. Rating from 2005 notes.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very fine basic stout with a cappuccino on the side...but very much muted and in the far distant background. Still quite a nice beer, but why not let the coffee move forward a a little bit...we can take it! Some pronouced cream and vanilla bean highlights can be detected as it warms. This is a really fine approachable beer and would certainly make for a good introduction to someone first sampling coffe-flavored beers...where a bourbon-barrel-aged Breakfast Stout might intimidate the uninitiated. Thanks to El_Borracho for the sample!
Hangover (1057) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - NOV 12, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with red highlights and a lasting tan head. Aroma is indeed heavy on coffee, bit of vanilla and a hint of roastiness. Aroma is medium bodied with some active carbonation. Slightly bitter roast coffee taste and some barely discernable chocolate towards the finish. No hint of the 8%abv. Long, bitter finish.
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - NOV 12, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2006 12 oz bottle via Roths. Pours a pitch black with an average size tan head. Mild aroma of coffee, vanilla and nuts. Taste is the same with lots of roasted malts and a strong coffee finish. SOme hops show up in the end as well that detract from the nice roastiness.. Excellant and easy to drink stout that would be better with a richer mouthfeel and less hops...as it is..is ok...
SSSteve (3735) - - NOV 11, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
almost black with ruby highlights. medium sized creamy tan colored head. aroma is a mixture of hops, roasted malts, and coffee beans. flavor is hoppy at first, turning roasty, then leaving a bitter coffee aftertaste. a little thin for a stout. i think less hops would taste better in this. they take away from the coffee flavors.
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - NOV 11, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown (but not black or opaque as one might expect from the name) with a thick, uneven, smooth, off-white head. The aroma is malty with some sweet roasted notes (burnt sugar, like the top of an overdone creme brulee), some fruit, a slight touch of rich coffee, and a heavy dose of chocolate (more chocolate than coffee). The flavor begins a little bitter on the tip of the tongue with roasted flavors, burnt toast, and a noticeable taste of coffee. Sweet malts temper the middle of the tongue along with a little hop flavor, and some chocolate. The beer finishes dry with a bitter chocolate aftertaste and hints of hop flavor. The mouthfeel is medium in body and the carbonation is very soft and smooth. A pretty tasty stout.
adrian910ss (2326) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bomber. Pours a dark sandy brown color with a creamy rich beige head. Aroma is dominated by malts with a hint of coffee beans. Taste is very malty as well with coffee and cocoa overtones. Wasn’t too impressed with this one. Thought the coffee flavor would be more prominent. Average at best.