FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 11, 2005
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Thanks to Kevin for the bottle. Opaque black with a lingering small dark tan head. Oily peanut aroma, muted coffe notes underneath. Nice balance of caramel malt and roasted malt flavors, marred by a sour milk lactose taste which fights with the astringency and deeper roast character of the coffee. Some residual bitterness in the finish, but none of the astringency I would expect from a coffee containing stout. The mouthfeel is fairly light.
Rastacouere (6159) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 9, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Fully diminishing light brown head, very dark brown appearance. It might not surprise you, but it smells like coffee.. dark charred grains, chocolate and a strong vegetal component. Slightly tart which doesn’t work well with the roastiness.. Nutty, oily and balsamic.. Rather dull and unappealing. Thin-medium body, watery, moderately high carbonation. Flavored stouts sure seem hard to master.
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 6, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Eclipse black color. Small sized white foamy head. Aroma is roasty malts, coffee and vanilla. A medium to light bodied sweet stout. Malts are nice and roasty then chocolately. Touch of smoke and vanilla. Hops are slightly bitter. Touch of wine as well as a lot of coffee. Interesting beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Quite a weak coffee stout if I might say so myself. Had a lot of these recently and this really seems to be the least appealing. Pour was dark brown/black with small head. nose is full of coffee, some chocolate and malts. Flavor is a bit bitter, but mostly cheap coffee like and very un-interesting. Not a personal fav.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 2, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
In the bottle. Black with a brown fluffy head. Smells like a chocolate milkshake. Coffee roasted flavor is the dominant taste. Bitterness seems to come from the coffee, not any discernable hops. Strong taste, medium body. OK beer.
Goblincat (391) - Petersburg, Michigan, USA - APR 13, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours very dark and comes off with a strong roasted coffee nose. Roasted chocolate and coffee in taste, quite refreshing with a touch of bitter in the finish. A very nice brew.
Zekenhoe (4) - Northfield Center, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2005 does not count
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very litte body for a stout. It definately has a coffee flavor, but suprisingly very bitter (from the coffee, not the hops), and not in a good way.
szkot (100) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 30, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours black with a tan head. Some toffee and chocolate on the nose. Taste leaves something to be desired. Tastes like burnt coffee. Not very smooth.
Bigsky66 (148) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2005 Nice sweet hops and coffee in smell. Black body with small dark head, maroon tint. I like the strong coffee taste without being real bitter. Makes it very smooth and drinkable. But too thin makes it quite watery. Leaves a light sweetness and the bitter comes out a little bit. Good beer, and reasonably priced too!
SpecialSauce (47) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 14, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
The strength of this beer’s aroma is that it’s not strong at all. Coffee notes can be detected, but they’re not overpowering. Pours almost jet black, with a tan head (I love it, reminds me of the oils on top of a nice espresso!). The flavor is not heavy it all, it’s moderately firm in your mouth, and overall a little muddled. The coffee flavor doesn’t come through right away, it’s a creeper. All in all though I think the not-so-intense coffee flavor makes this beer very drinkable. Not an instant winner, but definitely something I’d buy again.