heemer77 (5079) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUL 15, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a bottle, thanks iowaherkeye. The body was very black with a light brown colored head. The aroma was soybeans with some milk chocolate. There was also coffee and sweet vanilla. The taste was quality coffee with some dark chocolate. There were also some prunes. This was relatively subtle for an Imperial stout. While well made, nothing about it stood out to me.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 15, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Beautiful appearance. Beer is opaque very dark brown/black with a largish, light brown, creamy/frothy head. Diminishes slowly and mostly lasts. Affectionate lace curtain draping.<P>First impression clangs with pine, creamy malts and strong acidic coffee. Malty with heavy notes of roasted grain, creamy oatmeal, dark chocolate milk, coffee, light note of vaguely fruity molasses; Hoppy with heavy notes of herbal resin; Yeasty with a moderate note of damp. crawly basement; Moderate note of dark French Roasted coffee. <P>The flavor is moderately sweet, moderately/heavily bitter, lightly acidic with a long, moderately sweet, lightly acidic, light/moderately bitter finish. Generic coffee in the retronasal return. <P>The body is full, the texture is watery/velvety and the carbonation is soft/lively. Swank on the palate.<P>I’ve been looking forward to this meeting, and I want to be blown away, but, honestly, I’m not. For me, it’s terroir-driven subtleties that make a great coffee-infused stout. Here, those subtleties feel masked by high-alpha hop and over-generous roast. Nothing wrong here at all, in fact there are few quite good things happening. But a phenomenon? Eh...
sloth (2382) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUL 14, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big brown choco colored head, retention is good with a bit of stringy lace hanging around. Black like only black can be, very dark. Large roasty nose, chocolatey, berryish and of course the coffee aromas. Body is almost big, nicely creamy, a touch chalky with a good astringency. Almost dry, roasty malt flavors, cocoa, bittersweet chocolates, coffee grains are laid back. There,s some hops going on just not sure what, piney almost. Large and lucious roast and coffee flavors, chocolate, all well put together. My wife stops in as i,m rating this and trys it and says WOW , it,s like an iced coffe flavor, hmmm, OK i ,ll go with that though i,ve never had an iced coffe. Damn what am i missing?? Damn near dry, roasty, fruity finish. Pretty well luxurious i,d say. Big props to jasonmech77 for this bomber, thanks bro! Props to the boys at Mikkeller also, well done!!
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JUL 13, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of bu11zeye. Black as a cup of coffee and tastes like pure. roasted, almost burnt coffee. Overpowering. Too much so IMHO. I like my stouts w/ more subtle flavors. This is definitely not subtle.
bfeldmann (1048) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUL 13, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
SOLID beer for sure. Poured a black some light on the edges, solid lacing throughout. Aroma was of perfectly roasted coffee, some vanilla. Flavor was a blend of coffee and oats some vanilla Mouthfeel, wow perfectly smooth silky.
Cletus (6322) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 10, 2007
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark brown with a tan head that initially starts off brown. Smells of roasted malt, coffee, bitter chcocolate, hints of anise and dark pepper. Taste is very roasty and unbalanced. The hints suggested by the nose are overpowered by the intense burnt coffee flavor. Not my thing.
Stine (1453) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 10, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A syrupy black pour, producing a sludge of rich brown foam. Nose of charred, sweet venison, cured salami, and milk chocolate. A whiff of cedar and pine on the back end. This sprucy bitterness leads the flavor. Lemon tartness, a hint of port barrel and a dryness that almost reaches latex levels make for an intriguing, elegant series of accents on this syrupy mocha canvas. Finshes with a long, slow pulse of tangy brisket, then giving way to dry earth. Full and rich, but lively. Definitely a very adult stout. Thanks Phil!
TomDecapolis (4387) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JUL 9, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep motor oil black with a medium deep creamy brownish tan head that laced. Aroma of coffee, roasted malts, nuts, vanilla, cream, oatmeal and just a nice coffee based complex malty aroma. Flavor of rich coffee, roasted malts, some nuts, creamy with hints of vanilla.
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 8, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Aroma: Rich roasted malt with a strong oatmeal note. Coffee comes through strong, but doesn’t dominate. Chocolate, light smoke, and a subtle spiciness. Alcohol is noticeable, but not hot or unpleasant. Appearance: Black in color and opaque. Dark tan head was huge and creamy with great retention. Fantastic lacing. Flavor: Lots of roasted malt. Coffee flavor is intense. Notes of smoke, cocoa, oatmeal. Strong roasted malt bitterness followed by a very dry finish. Palate: Full bodied and creamy. Moderate carbonation. Light alcohol warmth in back of mouth. Overall: I though Speedway Stout had alot of coffee! This is one great beer.
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 8, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep multilayered with blackened tones. Laced out immensely and the head was a jumping off-white. Big chocolaty oatmeal coffee mix in the nose, taste, and finish. A very complex and interesting beer. Somewhat viscous and not as cloying as I thought it would be. Very well balances. and scrumptious. Quite pricey, but unquestionably worth a taste!