mybrainhurts (350) - North Dakota, USA - JUN 3, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I was really hyped up for this one. A cappuccino stout? hmmm.... Pours a disappointing dark ruby, not very stout like. Minimal head with a fair amount of lace. Very fruity and caramelized nose, almost candy sugar like. Wheres the coffee? Flavors of fruity hops, candy caramel, and light roast. Slightly acidic and dry finish. Reminds me of a watered down BW or strong ale. Again I ask wheres the coffee? I usually like Lagunitas, however this time I think I’ll stick with Bells java stout, thanks.
TAR (2401) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAY 25, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2005 Dark hazel. Broken off-tan foam forms a solid collar. Caramelized custard, brown sugar aroma with deep alcohol, oxidation, wort, and sugared plum wafts. Dense carbonation. Slightly slick. Gritty roast and caramelized sugars coarsen the smoothly textured downy softness. Fruitiness is next to nil, aside from a muted dried plum twang. Lusciously malty, although the overall lack of roastiness causes the firmly sugary/rock candy sweetness to flare up. Mild leathery astringency as things progress, with a hint of sulfury roast. Finish becomes dryer, with suggestions of roasted malt hulls, grainy mocha, and artificial sweetener. Inaptly named, as there’s not a remote trace of cappuccino in this. This is easily one of the lightest-colored stouts you’ll ever see. Surprisingly uninteresting.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - MAY 7, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz Bomber. Dark reddish brown allowing some light. Thick rocky head of dense froth. Aroma is a hoppy one with notes of coffee and lightly roasted malts with some dough like aromas. Body is medium with a soft carbonation, slick mouthfeel and a pleasant one at that. This is on the light end of stouts and it goes down extremely easily. Flavor is lightly sweet with coffee and roasty flavors as well as a good amount of hops. I really love this brewery. They have some really impressive stuff. Major props to the Dark Elf on this one ;)
FrancoisMtl (63) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 3, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark with reddish highlights. Strong malty nose with molasse, alcool and a bit of coffee. Sticky mouthfeel. With a big malty backbone the flavors play between chocolate, coffee, vanilla and some lactic milkiness. The finish is more towards alcool and bitterness. Not bad but far away from other coffee beers!
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - APR 10, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
on tap at d.b.a. in NYC. color is deep chestnut with ruddy highlights. short tan head doesnt last long. aroma is coffee, light roasted malt. flavor is a quick taste of espresso then caramel malt and brown sugar. bitter hop finish. tasted more like a strong coffee ale than a stout, but still enjoyable.
Brewnoser (27) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAR 14, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A lovely example of how to use coffee in a beer with roasted malts, without going overboard and creating some thing that is not beer. Had at the breery guest room tap house. The palate went a bit thin, and the creaminess I was anticipating never paterialized. Great nose.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 11, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very balanced roast with some lactic and mocha hints. slight anise and herbs nose with roasted malts dominating. Clean nice beer, a little thin in the finish.
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - MAR 5, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Obtained in a trade with DarkElf. Cleark dark reddish brown with a thick beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel and hops. VERY sweet and malty starting off with strong notes of sweet caramel and brown sugar. The rest of the flavor consists of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee but not as much coffee as I was expecting given the name of this brew. Bitter, slightly burnt roasty finish. Very full, round and silky-smooth on the palate with subtle carbonation. Lacing coats the glass nicely with good head retention. Good stuff, but way too sweet.
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 22, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
The aroma was full of carrots! (yeah, that is what it smelled like!), dark fermented fruit, very slight roast and coffee. The flavor was roasty, w/ slight coffe and a hint of dark fruit sweetness. The beer poured a deep reddish brown w/ red highlights, slight head and thin lacing. The mouthfeel was thin and watery.
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - FEB 16, 2005
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Body is black with a nice mocha head. Aroma is amazing, caramel, hazelnut, coffee, peanut butter. Alcohol is slighty to present, but it doesn’t take away too much from the beer. Coffee is there, but nothing like bells java stout. Roasted Malts, Coffee, Caramel, and Alcohol round out this beer. Pretty damn nice.