jtclockwork (8190) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black with tan head. Nose and taste of espresso, coffee, baker’s chocolate, tootsie roll, black licorice and lightly smoked malts. Medium body.
blklab2007 (1948) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Alaska’s most wanted series. Pour has a very dark brown color and a thin coating of off white head that fell to a ring on the glass. Aroma has bitter coffee, dark baking chocolate, more malt as it warms, and weaver hits it dead on with the tootsie rolls. Fantastic descriptor! Mouth feel is medium light and the carbonation medium low. Flavor brings in some malt, espresso beans, light bitterness, chocolate, and my new favorite tootsie rolls! Much better as the bottle warmed up.
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - JAN 26, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle, purchased at City Beer (from the non-Crew Brews release; just the normal current bottling). Pours a deep, chocolate-brown color; modest, fine-bubbled dark-tan head that readily departs. Dense Tootsie-Roll notes, caramel, and well-roasted coffee in the aroma; some pronounced, vinous alcohol as well, slightly warming. ’Schwarzbier’ is a stretch here. Medium-full body; light CO2; hefty, slightly viscous mouthfeel. A big, on-point black lager with well-integrated coffee additions (the coffee plays a role, but doesn’t steal the show) along with plenty of caramel, fruity alcohol, and some darker smoky malts as a tertiary note; a bit of oxidation. Like an imperial schwarzbier, which I’m not sure was necessary. Medium-length finish: dried caramel, dark and milk chocolate, toasty malts, coffee.
hopdog (8852) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Poured a black color with an off white head. Chocolate, coffee, vanilla, creme, and roasty. I would classify the coffee on the medium side and not overly in your face (which I actually like in my coffee beers).
egajdzis (5302) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nearly black color with a small, tan head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of burnt toast, light cocoa, and roasted malts. Taste of the same, a dry, roasty finish.
bb (6851) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark brown beer with a light brown head. Coffee and espresso aroma with chocolate. Caramel and coffee flavor with light dark fruits and chocolate. Medium-plus bodied. caramel and coffee linger with light chocolate and some fruitiness.
Damico (2554) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours unclear dark coffee with a creamy beige head. The aroma brings sweet chocolate coffee and espresso and vanilla, so nice in the nose. The flavor brings chocolate, light bitter malts, and light vanilla on a lighter creamy body, so nice on the palate.
Rando7 (733) - Iowa, USA - DEC 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle pours black with brief small tan head. Aroma mainly roast and licorice. Taste malts, roast, dark fruits, chocolate and licorice. I am not getting a lot of coffee here but not sure what year this is. Finish mild roast. Moderate palate. Alcohol minimally apparent.
nimbleprop (4759) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 4, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle pours a watery, opaque black with some beige head. Nose of brown bread, licorice, malty, brown sugar, cold pressed coffee. Flavor is sweet, a little stale malt, caramel, light coffee, brown bread. Medium bodied, sweet finish.
joeneugs (3175) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 1, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz. bottle from City Beer. It pours dark brown with a shrinking brown head. The aroma is outstanding with strong, sweet coffee, fudgy chocolate and subdued caramel and toffee backbone. The coffee aspect is not overdone. I don’t get any stale spent coffee grounds, just fresh brewed coffee. The chocolate, caramel and toffee round it out nicely. The flavor is just as good. Very sweet up front with most of the coffee roast coming midway and late on the palate. The body is very full, and the alcohol is felt more than tasted. If you like sweeter coffee drinks, you will love this. Great beer.