DrD (61) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - FEB 2, 2007
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2007 Neither good nor bad. I’d say that this is a really forgettable brew...but it isn’t: Where’s the cappuccio? This is really a stout? In other words, I was so surprised by how light and nondescript this brew is, I haven’t forgotten it. (I also have another 22 in the cellar--that I know won’t improve with age--but haven’t been able to pass it off on anyone yet (though my folks are visiting this weekend....they won’t care)...
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - JAN 31, 2007
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Abit lacking on Aroma..But a nice dark brown color,decent head, lacing. Somewhat sweet, lots of chocolate in the flavor, Bitter chocolate aftertaste, slight coffee is there, but not overpowering, a stout that I could drink quite often! Good.
cheap (4477) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2007
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
On tap at the Trivia Pub in Moon Township. How can you pass this up? Really cool tap handle grabs your attention. Pours like used shovelhead oil into my clear glass. Sweey aroma hints and beery smells. Very dark opaque color. When tasted, this has an earthy bitterness about it. I really can’t seem to find the coffeeness in there. There is a continuing bitterness of perhaps black bitter chocolate. Has a hard hitting personality, that comes across as medium class. Finish is lingering but not like the lingering bitterness of an imp stout.
kujo9 (1094) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle: Pours w/ a medium sized head light tan head and a deep mohogany brown body. Freshly brewed coffee, nutty, and herbal hop aromas up front. Light chocolate and some brown sugary notes as well. The flavor is well balanced between hops and malt w/ malt winning out by just a hair. Finish is semi sweet at first, then dries out into the aftertaste which is chocolate and brown sugary flavored coffee. The coffee flavor is not dominant. it is there, but not overly strong and lets the other malts work their magic. Also lightly nutty mid palate. There is also a touch of acidity up front from both the coffee and the roasted malts. Fuller medium body, medium carbonation, well hidden alcohol, and smooth. Smoother than a cup of coffee actually! I had my doubts about this one, but I actually liked it. Not an over the top coffee flavor as I had feared, but a nicely balanced malt/coffee flavor makes it a very smooth tasting drink!
TheOrange (479) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice black / brown pour. Thin Tan head fadded fast. The aroma is dominated by the coffee, there are some malts trying to come through, but very stong on the coffee. The flavor is true to the aroma. The nose is dominated by coffee, with a nice malty highlight. This is not a very full bodied stout, but not too wimpy, pretty middle of the road. Slow lingering finish, with a touch of sweetness. Prettty good.
ross (2122) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JAN 21, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Matt. Thanks. Pours out a brownish color with a small tan head. Smell is full of roasted coffee and some hints of chocolate. Taste is smooth and pretty sweet, almost overly sweet. Good tasting of coffee though, seemingly a pretty interesting beer. Not a really special effort, but still, very nice. Thanks Matt.
chef201atc (261) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JAN 21, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Totally black pour, huge dense tan head that laces the glass nicely. Aroma is…surprise, tons of roast coffee. Nice slick mouthfeel, just thick enough for a stout. Great coffee flavor, some chocolate. Nice dry finish.
Juancho (239) - Georgia, USA - JAN 20, 2007
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
In a world of great stouts and imperial stouts, htis comes very very short. The aroma is weak, the consistency is thin, just not the level of quality that I’ve come to expect from Lagunitas.
muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 19, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
300th Rating! Picked this bomber up at Greene’s in Atlants for $2.99. Split with NachlamSie. Pours dark deep red/black with a nice fluffy tan head. Aroma is a bit lacking, light malty notes, and a slightly funky smell. Flavor is very strange at first, I was expecting an all out coffee infused stout, this has more of a sticky sweet mouthfeel, as well as a decent hop character (big surprise because the bottle lists the IBU’s at 29). Anyway, after adjusting my tastes to better suit the beer, I was rewarded with a nice synthesis that accurately blends the world of coffee and beer.
NachlamSie (2917) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 18, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle gracias to Muenster for sharing. The pour is pretty darned black with a very nice tan head that lasts and lasts. The aroma is bit withheld for a coffee stout, but does make some piney hops and roasted coffee known. I was expecting a sweet, creamy stout here with a silmar flavor profile to a gas-station machine instant "cappuccino". However, this beer is more similar to a true cappuccino with assertive roasted espresso notes and an almost milky finish. The level of sweetness in this is pretty average for the style and comes out mostly in the form of dark chocolate. The palate is just slightly sticky, more like an IPA-feel than a stout, with just a small amount of bright acidity. Very well executed coffee stout that goes against the grain a little bit.