Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear garnet with a foamy, tan head. Cocoa, coffee, burnt toast, sweet caramel, toasted grains, vanilla and lightly warming alcohol. Mild marshmallow comes out from time to time, as does sticky molasses and some nuts. The body is fairly full with a soft, mild carbonation on the tongue. The flavor is mostly sweet with a bit of roasted coffee and lightly toasted grains. This is pretty tasty and enjoyable, but not nearly as roasted and burnt as I’d like it to be. The name implies coffee but there doesn’t seem to be much here. However, it’s pretty balanced and tasty. I’m glad to see more Lagunitas in the state.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. This was a slight disappointment. I like Lagunitas brews and this was a good drink, but I guess I expected something richer, creamier. A dark mahogany body sits beneath a frothy tan head. The aroma of coffee is subtle, faint. I was hoping for that kick-ass coffee aroma I got from Péché Mortel. This was too faint. There was a light note of chocolate and some vanilla. It was also too light in the body. Should have been thick and oily. The flavor was also subtle. A hint of coffee and vanilla. Oh, this was a good drink and would go nicely with a chunk of chocolate cake or even a nice cheese, but it could have been so much better.
Homerlikebeer (36) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 29, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Won a 12 pack of bombers at silent auction in Petaluma(home of Lagunitas). I loved it, wife said I could have it all but she still was going on VIP tour we also won. Aroma of dark roasted coffee & rich chocolate, color redish brown, slightly cloudy. Frothy head. Tastes like it smells. Could be a little thicker. Love it, recommend it. 4 1/2 Dohs!
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - OCT 29, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber shared with after4ever. Pours a clear dark brown with a thick light brown head. Aroma is dominated by coffee, but has some fruit as well. Medium body. The flavor is lightly sweet, and if you missed reading Cappuccino on the label, the taste pretty much shouts "This is a coffee beer." Dry and slightly bitter finish.
after4ever (6168) - Brier, Washington, USA - OCT 28, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Jet black with a mammoth tan head. Big thick coffee nose. Lots of warm thick sweet malt, lightly sweet, and strongly coffee-fied flavors all over the palate. Smooth and drinkable--body’s short of chewy and the carb is perfectly restrained. Great stout that’s always welcome in my fridge from now on.
rajendra82 (954) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - OCT 27, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
As the 22 oz. bomber was uncapped, and the beer poured into a tulip glass, I was a little disappointed to see the dark brown color, and the clear body. I prefer my stouts black, and thick (I know there’s a joke in here, but let’s not go there). Although the body looked wimpy for the claimed style, the two finger thick foamy head was just about right.
The beer smelled roasty and bold, with the aromas of dark roasted coffee and burnt grains intermingling agreeably with toffeeish odor of the malt. The taste was a blend of the classic stout elements Broadcast first by the smell. It was a stout balanced midway between sweet and bitter extremes, and finished with a hop flourish that rode atop some alcohol warmth. Apart from the absence of vinousness this was an archetypal flavor profile. As it warmed, the beer turned a little prickly and astringent due to the presence of real strong coffee, which made the mouthfeel a touch more jagged than I prefer. Despite this, quite a drinkable beer, and worth seeking out for the fans of this style.
dwedin (249) - Happy Valley, Oregon, USA - OCT 27, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with minimal tan head. Strong coffee aromas, a little chocolate, toasted oats. Cold coffee, slightly bitter, other deep dark flavors. Nice smooth, balanced finish. Very tasty.
Rballs01 (279) - Madison, New Jersey, USA - OCT 27, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Loved this one. Poured a transparent dark brown. Smelled of coffee and roasted/burnt chocolate. The beer was balanced very nicely. Not too much overpowering coffee flavors but enough to please the palate. Props to Trevor from Lagunitas for the full line samples. Bark!!
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 13, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to elnadeau for splitting a bottle.
THis pours a dark brown color with a nice coffee aroma. The flavor is nice and roasty/chocolatey/coffee. A good brew.
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - SEP 17, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2007 Poured a deep brown color, but not imperial-thick or anything. Head was very full and stuck around to the bottom of the glass, which is always good. Aroma was coffee and a bit of vanilla as well, but it wasn’t a real strong aroma to me. Taste Was simlar, but had a bit more roastiness and a slight liquorice quality. Mouthfeel was medium; not thick, but not watery either. The finish of the this beer was excellent. I don’t thick the bitterness really came from much use of hops, but the coffee provided a unique and tasty bitterness going down. A nice highly pleasurable stout.