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 MrFacto’s ’Tosa 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 didn’t 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 cafe’ 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 (3042) - 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.
TChrome (1397) - Bedford, Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beer pours light brown/burgendy color with a big vey well retained beige colored head. Aroma is roasted coffee beans and alcohol. Flavor is actually quite reminiscent of cappacino. Flavors of coffee and scalded milk with a bit too much alcohol showing through. I would have rated this really high if the alcohol were better hidden. Very tasty, however. Thanks DAAS!
JFGrind (1781) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good dark color, lacing throughout the sample. Caramel and sweetness evident as well as coffee flavor. Had cappuccino qualities to the draft. More of a dessert beer for me. .
PWalk (337) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 15, 2005 On Tap, Grey Lodge Pub in Philly: Aroma is sweet with hints of chocolate and coffee. Flavor is the same with a smooth feeling on the palate. Wonderful stuff.
zathrus13 (1667) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black, with a tan/white head. Aromas of coffee and chocolate. Flavors are coffee, hops, chocolate, and some sweet malt. Ends a little bitter.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours with a solid fluffy head. Light coffee aroma, quite pleasent. Color is a very dark red. Solid full mouthfell with a creamy cappuchino taste to it. Light on the hops, but I think that is appropriate here. Somewhat one diminsional, but very very tasty.
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - DEC 5, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black in color with ruby highlights (more of a classic porter color) with an orange-hinted, brown head. Aroma of big, floral acidity with coffee and cream. Flavor of a big stout with floral, coffee flavors, good roast, and balanced by a big acidity. The acidity reminds me of a Columbian or other S.American coffee when drank by the cup. Pretty good as the coffee stouts go, but I do not feel this expresses the coffee as much as it should.