JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cool looking bottle, although it makes you think its bigger than it is. Dark color with a beige head. Aroma is roasty and dominated by a heavy dose of coffee. Flavor starts out nice with a good bit of coffee and roasted malts, but has an odd sourness at the end and is just too thin. Not robust enough for my tastes, especially since there are so many good coffee stouts/porters coming out of the US these days. More disappointing the longer I drink it. Good to try, but not gonna be one of my go-to coffee beers.
jake65 (3444) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - DEC 1, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Deep chestnut brown pour with a large, creamy tan head. Aromatic with coffee and... well, more coffee. Hints of toffee and caramel. Flavor is just what it claims to be. Rich coffee blends with light roasty tones and a bit more toffee. Straightforward, simple, and enjoyable.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma is pretty good: sweetened coffee with roasted malts and vanilla, paired with cocoa. The flavor has a hint of lactose, but otherwise its not too sweet. Very roasty and the vanilla really comes out in the flavor. Pleasant, slightly bitter finish.
notalush (5732) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A rather traditional-looking British porter - dark brown, with a foamy off-white head - fairly bubbly body - strong espresso bitterness in the aroma, with an apparent doughy character, some notes of toffee, and background hints of leather - a little thin bodied, but with a rather creamy mouthfeel - vanilla and toffee sweetness are tempered well by the bitterness from the coffee - the doughy character from the aroma is present somewhat in the flavor - the coffee is very well-integrated in the flavor - quite often with these beers, the coffee flavor stands out and seems forced upon the palate - in this beer, the flavor seems very natural - nicely done.
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - NOV 20, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from an 11.2oz bottle and served in an English pint glass. This porter poured a dark brown with lots of ruby highlights around the edges of the glass. A thin, creamy, tan head quickly faded away, leaving some faint lace. The aroma of the beer included milk chocolate, vanilla, and light coffee with cream and sugar. The flavor contained notes of cold, lightly bitter coffee, vanilla, along with bittersweet chocolate. Quite a bit more coffee in the flavor than the aroma originally gave off. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied with vibrant carbonation. Quite a tasty beer with a very inviting aroma.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - NOV 20, 2007
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Aroma of cold press coffee with a hint of dark roasted malt and dark, semisweet chocolate. Pours dark brown with a creamy, frothy off white head. Flavor has a lot of coffee with some bitter astringincy. Also a fair amount of chocolate and vanilla. Medium to thin on the palate. Finishes bitter and with some granite notes.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 19, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Pours a dark brown color, large fluffy brown head. Nose of sweet cold pressed coffee and a large brick of dark chocolate. Light astringency and a robust marshmallow and nugget character in the flavor. A nice thick body, more vanilla and milk chocolate notes with just a lick of sweet maple syrup and vanilla in the tail. Not much in the coffee department until way after, and only just that light sweet roast you get after a thin mocha or something. Decent though with a classic british minerally water taste.
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - NOV 18, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a warm hued brown to black with a bit of a creamy tan head. The nose is straight up coffee. The coffee of my youth. A nice fresh cup of Dunkin Donuts coffee with tons of sugar! Big round creamy caramel and chocolatey malt. A bit of creamy sweetness. Smells kind of like a subdued and sweet mocha. A small small hint of roasty acidity, though largely powered by just acidity, not roast. An average, though not bad body to this beer. Average carbonation and not super thick of watery either. The flavors are a small cut below the aroma. Big sweet coffee. Round malt and just pure sweetness over a very significant coffee presence, though there’s not really much roast. all the roast seems to come in the form of that acidity which accompanies a decent cup of coffee. Speaking of which, that lingers. Much the way a cup of coffee can. Very sweet, not hugely multidimensional, but this is very fun and perhaps I may just keep a bottle or two of this around! A very cool little bottle at that!
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 16, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cool bottle, BB 1/25/08. Poured clear, deep reddish-brown with a short cap of deeper beige head. The aroma picked up coffee.. lots of coffee.. with lesser chocolate and some herbal notes.. I like coffee and chocolate, so this worked for me. The flavor had a lot of medium-roast coffee going on with drier, sweeter chocolates and toasted barley on the back-end.. bitterness was low-medium, and was primarily coffee-derived. Highly-carbonated, which made a bit too creamy and thick on the palate.. left enjoyable lightly bitter coffee on the finish. This was an entirely solid, not-too-complex brew.
zeke626 (460) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 14, 2007
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, pours a deep brown with pink hue and a light brown, bubbly head. Aromas of coffee and tobacco. Medium to light body with strong tobacco and coffee flavors along with some dark chocolate. Slightly effervescent with a creamy mouthfeel. Finishes sweet with a slight coffee aftertaste.