jtw (1150) - farmington, Michigan, USA - AUG 3, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
heavily coffee and oat aroma on top of a very dark brown/black pour with a medium-light tan head. roasted barley, espresso, dark dried fruits (raisin, plum) and red wine tannins. not heavy-bodied but more than medium-bodied, and a thick creamy dance across the palate. roasted finish, green and vinous and hardly bitter; like a high-quality cup of coffee was added to an excellent stout. impressive, far better than other coffee stouts.
DaMenace123 (253) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 3, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from utobeer in London. Excellent beer. Tastes of oats, roasted malt, coffee, chocolate. Creamy but full bodied.
HonkeyBra (3959) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2008 Awesome stout. Pours black with a quickly dissipating head. Aroma is smokey and chocolately, with coffee and smoked meats. Taste is luscious and full with coffee taking the forefront. Overall, I wish I could drink this for breakfast everyday.
marcus (8607) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 1, 2008
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This black ale poured with a rich brown head and a chocolate aroma. There is a complex flavor that is dominated by roasted coffee, but there are also notes of chocolate and dark fruit, with a bitter chalky finish. The taste elements vary in strength as the beer warms, creating a kaleidoscope of flavors. This was fun to drink.
MrChopin (3999) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 30, 2008
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
To start, I don’t like coffee much. Ok. Pours black with moderate sized tan-beige head, lots of lacing. The nose has a a little oat, chocolate, and tobacco, oh, and STRONG coffee. Don’t forget the coffee bit. The flavor follows with tobacco, minor fruit, and chocolate that’s more evident with warmth. Oh, and more coffee. Acrid, even through the aftertaste. There are thankfully some minor grassy hops that keep it from it becoming lava, especially as it warms. It’s definitely dry, perhaps creamy, and with some warmth comes carbonation, but is there such a thing as carbonated coffee? Maybe it’s a great beer, but I can’t appreciate the subtlety as the coffee bitter dominates everything: a complete train wreck, sensory overload, 1960s Ingmar Bergman, whatever. Coffee.
DrFunk (80) - Sorumsand, NORWAY - JUL 29, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle from monopoly outlet, Oslo. Nøgne Ø batch. Pours black with thin brown head. Espresso and spices. Sirupy with dark choclate and coffee. Extreme aftertaste of tobacco. A great ale, though not my cup of tea
JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUL 29, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours viscous opaque black with a slightly fizzy dark brown head. Nose is espresso, a very light acidity, dark cocoa. Taste is very dark roasty espresso, with a balancing lightly hoppy acidity on the finish. Smooth, carbonation is medium high, silky and creamy.
Jwasciuk (198) - Lowell, Michigan, USA - JUL 27, 2008
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours muddy black with a large light brown head. Aroma is heavily malty of dark bread, cookies, roasted mals, molasses and strong coffee, lightly hoppy hints of pine and moderatlu yeasty kind of a meay/brothy aroma. Flavor is very well balanced, roasty malts dominate, toasty and coffe and dark chocolate. Finish is much the same but a bit more bitter and almost ashy in the end. Very nice.
ATLBeerDog (280) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 27, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a beautifully stunning dark brown almost black with a thick foamy ½ inch caramel colored head. Thick milk shake like lacing clings to the glass and hardly lets go. Smells of rich roasted coffee, chocolate, and malts dominate. First taste is surprisingly more chocolaty than the aroma indicated. The coffee flavor is lovingly mean and bitter. The beer is well carbonated and fairly light bodied. Very tasty. Beer and coffee lovers rejoice.
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 27, 2008
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
bottle. outstanding. this one lives up to the overall percentile and placement in the charts. hops dipped in coffee - that pretty much sums this one up. pours a deep dark black with a huge tan head. some chocolate, coffee aroma - but not as strong as I would like. Huge bitterness and nice oat / coffee base. Huge, full body that is extremely smooth and inviting on the palate. The finish is what makes this one so outstanding... excellent bitter hop profile while keeping the roasted coffee flavor intact.