hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - NOV 19, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz split three ways. Very dark brown/black with a light brown head. Aroma is hops, chocolate, coffee. Taste is chocolate, coffee, roasty and a strong hop bitterness throughout.
DaMenace123 (253) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 18, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at Whole Foods. Aroma and flavor are coffee and chocolate. Good balance of malt and bitterness. Easy to Drink
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 17, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. Pours fairly dark and when you put it up to a light, you can see hints of maroon. Big slow bubbles and a small brown head. Aroma has a slight hop nose with hints of chocolate, but mostly coffee. However, the coffee presence is not overwhelming. The taste has a nice balance of malt, bitterness that hits the back of the tongue, and coffee. It has a surprisingly light mouthfeel for a stout. This is a very drinkable beer, I really enjoyed it.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 17, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very drinkable beer which I was happy to share with quite a couple of BMC drinkers, while playing Hold ’Em the evening before Labor Day. Aroma was a bit malty, some chocolate and obvious coffee notes flying around but it was all rather toned down. Appearance was NOT how I like my stouts to look which was clear, dark brown and little head. I could actually see through the beeer which...to be honest...I can’t remember the last time I could see thru a stout. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, but not overpowering like I like my stouts to be. Flavor is roasted malts, chocolate and coffee with a slight bitter twang to it and slightly sweet. Overall it’s a nice beer, but since there are sooo many better ones out there I think this might be my last time with this one.
jazz88 (2600) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 14, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark brown color with a tan head. Sweet chcolates with a nut and coffee aroma. Smoother and less coffee-stout than I expected. Rating from 2005 notes.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very fine basic stout with a cappuccino on the side...but very much muted and in the far distant background. Still quite a nice beer, but why not let the coffee move forward a a little bit...we can take it! Some pronouced cream and vanilla bean highlights can be detected as it warms. This is a really fine approachable beer and would certainly make for a good introduction to someone first sampling coffe-flavored beers...where a bourbon-barrel-aged Breakfast Stout might intimidate the uninitiated. Thanks to El_Borracho for the sample!
Hangover (1091) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - NOV 12, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with red highlights and a lasting tan head. Aroma is indeed heavy on coffee, bit of vanilla and a hint of roastiness. Aroma is medium bodied with some active carbonation. Slightly bitter roast coffee taste and some barely discernable chocolate towards the finish. No hint of the 8%abv. Long, bitter finish.
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - NOV 12, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2006 12 oz bottle via Roths. Pours a pitch black with an average size tan head. Mild aroma of coffee, vanilla and nuts. Taste is the same with lots of roasted malts and a strong coffee finish. SOme hops show up in the end as well that detract from the nice roastiness.. Excellant and easy to drink stout that would be better with a richer mouthfeel and less hops...as it is..is ok...
SSSteve (3930) - - NOV 11, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
almost black with ruby highlights. medium sized creamy tan colored head. aroma is a mixture of hops, roasted malts, and coffee beans. flavor is hoppy at first, turning roasty, then leaving a bitter coffee aftertaste. a little thin for a stout. i think less hops would taste better in this. they take away from the coffee flavors.
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - NOV 11, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown (but not black or opaque as one might expect from the name) with a thick, uneven, smooth, off-white head. The aroma is malty with some sweet roasted notes (burnt sugar, like the top of an overdone creme brulee), some fruit, a slight touch of rich coffee, and a heavy dose of chocolate (more chocolate than coffee). The flavor begins a little bitter on the tip of the tongue with roasted flavors, burnt toast, and a noticeable taste of coffee. Sweet malts temper the middle of the tongue along with a little hop flavor, and some chocolate. The beer finishes dry with a bitter chocolate aftertaste and hints of hop flavor. The mouthfeel is medium in body and the carbonation is very soft and smooth. A pretty tasty stout.