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 (2903) - 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.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 18, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light black, thin off white head. Nose had tones of medium roast coffee cream, toasted caramel, and a slight berry undertone. Soft coffee flavors throughout with hints of black chocolate, and a late citirc hop bite to round it out. Light to medium bodied, medium carbonation, dry, bittersweet finish. Seems to be missing some oomph factor. Expected more, got less...
radiomgb (2462) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 18, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown in colour, fairly quickly dissipating tan coloured head, some lacing. The aroma is of chocolate, faint coffee (expected more because of the name), earthy, some fruit cake. The flavour is roasty, cold coffee (more coffee then in the aroma), dark chocolate, some white icing, creamy. Lightly bitter mouthfeel, medium body, medium carbonation. Finishes moderately bitter, long with a chocolate sweetness coming through at the very end. I’m kind of surprised that I hardly got any coffee from this, no cappuccino either. A bit disappointing.
650ml bottle obtained in a trade with <a
href=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?U target=blank>DarkElf, thanks Stephen.
No best before date.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JAN 17, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bomber. Pours a dark brown core, very little light coming through; light tan head with fine-bubbled lacing. Very warm, toasty aroma: plenty of coffee and roasted malts, vanilla; hints of alcohol showing through. This beer seems to be trapped between an imperial stout and a regular one: high alcohol but not sufficiently concentrated. Medium mouthfeel: slightly acidic, roasted coffee, but well-balanced by the malt and vanilla components (much less green than many coffee stouts). Dry finish, with plenty of coffee and milk chocolate.
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - JAN 15, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap. Poured an oily black with barley any head. Heavily roasted coffee flavor, maybe my palate was a little off from other drinks but the coffee flavor seemed overpowering. It was a fgood flavor but it needed some sweetness to offset the heavy roast notes. Dry finish. medium body.
slimweebs (163) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 14, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Yummy. Coffee flavored beer, with hints of chocolate and licorice. Very nice looking beer as well. A tad thin for a stout though.
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - JAN 14, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2007 22 oz bomber. 2006 release. I had this brew last year and really enjoyed it. Its great over ice cream. Anyway. Pours black with a nice light brown head. Sweet Coffee aroma and taste. Its a nice low octane coffee imperial stout, and at $3.29 for a bomber where can you go wrong.
f351c4v (411) - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark brown color with a medium sized tan head. Lots of coffee in the aroma, some roasted/smokey tones as well. Tasty brew, coffee dominates, but roasted malty backbone shines through. Not a huge beer, it’s actually a little on the thin side, but the coffee novelty is played out quite well in this example.