BBB63 (5603) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 17, 2005
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Dark reddish brown with an initial large frothy head with fades into a small covering but does produce good lace. The aroma has notes of coffee (duh), mocha, sweet milk, hazelnut, toast, aromatic hops, and a touch of berry. The taste is tangy with a lot of lactic overtones on top of chocolate and roasted malting. The finish is coffee and light bitters with a surprising dose of alcohol which I didnít figure would be here, but the beer is 7.9%, so maybe. The feel is smooth for the most part but that lactic twangy character adds some pucker power and detracts from the experience. This beer while quaffable isnít in the same league as some of the better coffee imbued stouts (like Founders and Alesmith). Still worthy of a try. Now someone tell me what is "hardcore coffee"? Please...
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 13, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tosa Tasting via JCapriotti. Chestnut color with a small beige head. Strong flavors. Dark chocolate, vanilla and alcohol progress through the quaff. Quite acidic in the finish as well. Start seem very rough. It does seem to mellow as it warms, but still rather rough.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JAN 13, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer comes courtesy of beerguy101 without whom Iíd have far less ratings than I do now. This beer pours a dark brown color with hints of ruby here and there in the light. The head was moderate with slight creaminess and good lacing on my glass. The aroma is chocolatey and coffee with hints of oak chips and a hint of lacticness. The flavor is medium bodied and extremely carbonated. Chocolate and coffee tickle the tongue..trust me, you can literally feel the caffeine hitting your body about halfway through this bottle. Strangely enough there is a noticeable alcohol tinge in this beer...at only 7.9% thats not what I expected, but its not exactly hidden behind a lot of malt. Bitter and dry mouthfeel, cottonmouth finish. Some lactic milkiness mid-sip, light and mildly sweet. Definitely nice, but the finish just goes in a completely different direction from what I would expect and thus the slight knockdown in points.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 10, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Creamy/soapy off-white head. Dark ruby/amber body. Sweet bourbony coffee with cherry aroma. Soft sweet milky coffee with chocolate flavor. Pretty good.
1FastSTi (3220) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 10, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Dark brown/red (mahogany), Thick bubbly head. Aroma: coffee, grapefruit, nice nose. Palate: medium, creamy, lively Flavor: coffee, grass hop, molasses, very bitter.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 9, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared at the Tosa Tasting courtesy of JCapriotti: Transparent dark mahogany brown with a frothy light tan head. Subtle malty sweetness and coffee with milk chocolate and a hint of smoke in the aroma. Sweet malty body has nice mocha coffee balance and finish with lingering dark chocolate notes. I think this is the best beer Iíve ever had from Lagunitas. Thanks Jason!
Silphium (3111) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 9, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2005 Sampled at MrFactoís íTosa tasting, brought by JCapriotti. Brown (but not opaque), slightly hazy body, medium cream head. Aroma of chocolate, licorice, and roasted malts; nothing too unique. Flavor was quite light for a stout, with brown sugar, light chocolate notes, toast, and earthy bitter hops competing with the rather subdued coffee. More like a sweet porter than a stout. I didnít feel the 7.9% ABV in the least! Fairly weak with a strange hoppiness.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - JAN 9, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a medium brown, small tan head. Aroma of cafeí mocha. Flavor is similar with more bittersweet choclate. Smooth palate and flavor. Very nice. Thanks to the Milwaukee Crew (not sure who brought this one) for sharing!
DavidP (1745) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 8, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black body, light brown head. Choclate malt aroma with a bit of oily black malt. Choclately flavor with a slight creamy (the dairy product) middle. Bitter coffee finish. A simplistic but tasty coffee stout.
Terminus (3041) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JAN 6, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2005 22 oz bottle-purchased at Davidson Liquors in Littleton, CO-pours 92% black with a small off-white head. Aroma of sweet, dark chocolate-slightly metalic. Flavors show more coffee notes that mimic a good cappuccino at times. Slightly sour finish. I cant read the writing of my review, so i will leave it at that.