Beaver (1219) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 26, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle. Pours an extremely dark and opaque black-brown with a dark brown head that quickly recedes to a thin film that laces the glass some.
The aroma is chocolate malts, oatmeal, lactose, dark fruits and vinous alcohol.
The flavor is chocolate with some slightly tart and sour fruits (seem a little out of place) leading to a roasted grainy and acidic coffee and tar finish that is quite bitter. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, a little low on carbonation, but extremely velvety - one of the first things I noticed as I sipped it.
Overall, a fun well-made beer. I’d prefer less hops and more coffee though (never thought I’d say that!). I really want to love this, but it is just shy of an awesome beer...still very good though (albeit expensive).
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - AUG 25, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark dark brown to black with a decent light brown to tan head, diminishing. The nose is basic coffee stout. There’s a full bodiedness to this beer that goes beyond weak as shit coffee stout, but this lacks the umph of a coffee imperial stout. Rond sweetness, but still that acrid coffee sweetness like in Schlafly’s Coffee Stout is still there. Otherwise, the profile has more in common with Founder’s Breakfast Stout. Thick on the palate without too much carbonation and decent viscosity. The nose predicts the flavors well. Too much of that coffee flavor that disagrees with me. The oats give a soft sweetness, that I think should be slightly amped up. Not that this is too harsh with sweetness. The coffee roast comes on strong in a surprisingly dry clean finish. Not bad, but slightly below my high expectations.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - AUG 24, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Huge espresso and dark chocolate nose and taste. Very velvety smooth on the palate. Has bold and intense flavors and aroma. I need to try one with pancakes in the morning (followed by a nap).
dwyerpg (4354) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 20, 2007
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Roasty smoky thick aroma. This is a beautiful looking beer. Very smooth, and doesn’t seem strong at all. A great grainy finish with lots of oatmeal.
badlizard (5540) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 19, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
650 ml bottle mail order from liquidsolutions. Black with a fizzy brown head. Strong chocolate, cherry, and coffee aroma. Bright velvetty palate. Bitter dark chocolate, espresso, and smokey taste with some citrus notes to the finish. Very good.
xav33 (313) - Midland, MI, Michigan, USA - AUG 19, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast
22 oz bomber
Moderate pour in a snifter.
Unknown brewing, snacked on 08/07
Poured black with a large frothy mostly lasting dark mocha head.
Smelt of strong premium roast coffee, rich burnt malt, dark chocolate.
Taste was upfront strong sweet dark chocolate malt, and strong bitter coffee and burnt malt followed by more of the same, with a stronger coffee aroma and a slight dry yeastiness on a long lingering coffee finish.
Palate was medium to full bodied, rich and creamy, lively carbonated and strongly astringent.
Overall, this beer is great aromatherapy, and the flavors are pure bliss. It seemed a bit heavy to drink on a hot August night, though. Heavy coffee stouts being my favorite style, its hard for me not to like it, but without being biased I still think this is a very well done brew.
danmalleck (26) - Alberta, CANADA - AUG 18, 2007
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours dark tar like black beauty. Nose an astonishing mix of grainy hops and chocolate malt. How did they do that? Tight bubbles, that dissipate pretty quickly. Lovely palate rolling around the tongue. Lingering finish. Nice work.
lamas (1324) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 17, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle. First off, these guys have some fantastic graphic designers doing their labels. As for the beer, it begins with a pitch-black pour with a thick and creamy chestnut brown head on top. Aroma of dark chocolate, rich and roasty coffee beans, creamy vanilla and some resiny hops. Goes down velvety smooth with a full body. Starts with light caramel and dark chocolate and finishes bitter and dry with some roasty/toasty coffee and graininess. A little smoke and wood in there at the end too. Impressive.
leaparsons (7794) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, GBBF 07. Black with a beige foam. Aromas are earthy rich coffee and dark chocolate malts. Malty and fairly sweet. Some smokiness. Flavours are rich weetabix and chocolate malts with strong coffee. Dry and bitter on the finish. A powerful beer.
vyvvy (3606) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - AUG 16, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at a STL gathering. Pours close to black with a dark tan head. The aroma is creamy with milk, dark bitter chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. Medium body that is a bit thinner than expected with minor sharp carbonation. The flavor starts with lots of coffee, dark chocolate and charred malt. The finish is highly bitter with coffee, char, cocoa, char and wood. A very good beer, but doesn’t seem to blow me away like it does a lot of others.