notalush (4584) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 2, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Okay, so Iím a bit late to the party with this one - thatís cool - at least I finally showed up - now where the bitches at? - this beer pours a thick, inky black, with a rather small ring of brown foam - decent, but fairly stereotypical aroma for a coffee stout (a nice balance of sweet cream, strong espresso and some burnt character) - nothing stand out enough to make me able to pick this one out of a line-up, but enticing none-the-less - medium-bodied brew, with limited carbonation enhancing a creamy mouthfeel - the flavor is much thinner than I expected - the beer tries to strike a balance between some oat/sweet stout character and a strong espresso bitterness, but the biterness winds up winning out, bringing with it some leathery and tobacco notes - luckly for the beer, I tend to like these things - the beer thins out a bit near the end, allowing some alcohol to become apparent - a good coffee stout, but not quite in the same league as Peche Mortel or Founders Breakfast.
jimhilt (2371) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 2, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a one finger brown head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Totally black color. Light carbonation and heavy bodied. Coffee/molasses nose. Flavor is a balance of coffee and molasses, hints of sweetness. Smooth. Bakers chocolate aftertaste. Great to try but pricey at $14.00 for a 22.3oz?? (659ml) bottle from Tullyís Beer and Wine Wells, ME.
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - SEP 2, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(660 ml bottle from <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/maine/boothbay/ target=blank>1828 Vintage House) Lots of coffee...Looks thick and black coming out of bottle. Sits very dark brown with some brown highlights along edges. Four fingers of stout, creamy tan head. Aroma is of fresh coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Mouthfeel smooth and full, although not silky. Lightly oily. Pretty nice sturdy lacing. Flavor is pretty much coffee, plain and simple. Strong but not overboard. More sweet than bitter. Hints of grassiness here and there. Liked that this is only mildly bitter. High bitterness would probably be too much with the strong coffee. Good beer but was hoping for something really exceptional.
yjb (113) - Davis, California, USA - SEP 1, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Coffee, tan-head, purple darkness, Coffee chocolate roasted & burnt. "CHARLIE MURPHY! Whatís happening, partner! DARKNESS, Everyone, DARKNESS! Hey everybody, darkness is spreading! ...You DARKNESS, you BLACK - late night - EVIL MOTHAFUCKAS - BLACK MAGIC, DARKNESS! YOU RAW... DARKNESS... YOU... DELIRIOUS... MOTHAFUCKAS."
TrevorFloyd (309) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 1, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A powerful stout, with big flavors of creamy chocolate, grains, and maybe some subtle vinous tones? Not as good as the Founders Breakfast Stout, but in the same league.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2012
Date: February 15, 2006
Appearance: black, thin brown head
Aroma: sweet milk aroma with lots of roasted malt
Body: creamy body
Flavor: lots of roasted flavor, slightly sweet, coffee comes through strong in the end
Date: July 15, 2006
picking up coffee in the aroma,
Date: December 01, 2006
more chocolate in the aroma and flavor, drier, long bitter finsh from the roasted malts and coffee,
Date: August 07, 2007
Appearance: black, creamy brown head, drippy lace
Aroma: strong dark chocolate aroma with lots of roasted coffee that gets a bit ashy
Body: big creamy oatmeal body
Flavor: rich chocolate and coffee flavor, the richness of the chocolate balances the roasted coffee, constraned bitter finish considering all of the roasted
Date: January 15, 2012
Source: the porter
Appearance: black, fine tan head, drippy lace
Aroma: coffee and dark chocolate aroma, warmth brings sweetness that pulls out a sweeter milk chocolate
Flavor: rich roasted and dark chocolate flavor, lots of roasted coffee, bitter from the roasted malt and beans, bitterness is abusive but in a good way that you become to love, bitterness gives way to a touch of sweetness as it warms allowing a milky chocolate character to emerge
Date: February 22, 2012
Source: cellar stock
high carbonation, rich chocolate coffee, has mellowed out a lot,
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 9/10; Overall: 16/20
Score: *** /4
Darkover (1511) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 31, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark black with a small dark brown head. Also has thick brown lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. Flavor is smokey, with roasted malts, coffee and chocolate
OldMrCrow (1699) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 31, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Uber.
Iíve wanted to try this one for a long time. Pours a deep inky black with a relatively short-lived crema head that leaves behind intense lacing. The aroma is intense: roasty chocolate malts laced with blackberry juice and coffee icing. Heavy oat-stout flavors lead off the flavor profile, tasty but not too sweet, a slight lacto-sourness, hints of berry leading to a wonderful roundness of both flavor and palate through the middle before yielding to what one expects to be a imperial-stout hop close but instead offers a balanced bitterness driven entirely by the coffee, leaving one with the feeling that one has just down an espresso (from a roast that is dark but not at all burnt) and is savoring the oils that linger on the tongue; baking chocolate and again hints of oat peek through in places and add interest to the finish.
The mouthfeel is excellent throughout. As smooth as can be, creamy but not heavy or oily, absolutely no alcohol presence on the tongue (though there is a hint in the aroma). Beautiful.
Overall an excellent beer.
EithCubes (4574) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 31, 2007
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bought this bottle from State Line a few weeks ago and opening it today in honor of Michael Jacksonís passing. Sticky-sweet coffee stout aroma with a huge, room-filling level of roast. Chocolate and cocoa. Soul-sucking, black hole black pour, as opaquely black as imaginable with a dark brown, fluffy head that richly reaches its way up the sides of the glass and offers a truly beautiful meniscus. Taste of darkly roasted gourmet coffee with occasional flashes of chocolate and cocoa powder; very dry (water-sucking, quickly dehydrating) with a nearly unbelievably true-to-life espresso aftertaste - should I have served this in a tiny cup and consumed it with raised pinky? Slightly burned with a touch of lactose, though I may be mistaking the latter for the oats. Bitterness here is understated and tactful, with very faint hop prickling toward the back. Great balance! As for feel, one of the few beers to truly earn the term "velvety", as this is luscious and swirling smoothness in fullish-medium form. Itís not reaching to say the oatmeal adds a lot here - in both sultry smoothness and the occasional oaten note. Alcohol here is so well integrated as to not be noticed, and therein lies the paradox; this big boy features all the robustness and flavor of a well-made imperial stout but without the potentially catastrophic hangover effects. Classy yet decadent - it just blows the competition away!
Feinschmecker (202) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 31, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A well- balanced stout. The coffee is not too overpowering. The chocolate aspect of the flavor (chocolate malt?) compliments the coffee. This would be great with a rich and decadent chocolate cake!