demitriustown (1184) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - AUG 30, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
1 pint 0.9 oz bottle: Wonderful thick rich malty aroma at first, some grapefruit hop characteristics poking through, and an oatmeal and coffee note intermingled throughout. Appearance is deep dark black with a thick tan head that lingers. Taste is roasted malts, dark coffee, oats, with a slight hop twang at the end that makes this brew really interesting. In the aftertaste it’s malty on the tongue with a lingering coffee bitterness. Overall, Pretty darn good stuff in my honest opinion. A little pricey but it is a quality beer all around. Cheers!
chimplechamp (601) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 30, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours engine oil, with tan head, nose is marshmellow, chocolate, baked chocolate cake. grapefruit hops, some spices, tar, tastes tar, chocolate, grapefruit, extremely bitter, but the mouthfeel is fluffy and it is balanced for the most part. not really smokey and overly chocolaty. extremely good.
satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 28, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2008 very sharp start unlike anything ive had in a stout, almost astringent. after the hops subside, the oats kick in for a smooth finish, but one that is shortlived. this doesnt have the decadent, luxurious feel that most oatmeal stouts provide. mouthfeel is atypical and not silky at all, color is dark as the grim reapers cloak. maximum coffee and minimum chocolate, nearly acidic. booze is not hidden, its at the forefront surprisingly. many oatmeal stouts are only comforting but this is truly challenging.
Imperial-John (192) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 27, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2009 Feb 15/07 50cl bottle bot from Russell & Roland. LCBO claims 5.5% alc/vol. Aroma is deep roasted choco espresso. Dark brown with big thick foamy espresso head that eventually thins. Thick bitter vanilla choco roasted espesso but lacking in flavour. Lasting bitter coffee choco after-taste. I had rated this from an earlier batch as 4.5 but this case is no where near as good unfortunately. Wondering if it’s gone bad. Very disappointing. Not worth the price.
tuqueboy (22) - toronto, CANADA - AUG 26, 2008
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown, almost black; pours almost like tar. Coffee, dark chocolate aromas. I like coffee, I like stouts, I even like some coffee stouts, but I’m not nuts about this one. The main reason is that I really don’t think the coffee they use is all that good. I loves me a good dark roast coffee as much as the next guy, but the one used here is so dark it almost seems burnt. It comes across as an acrid bitterness, which really interferes with any other flavours going on here. Kind of disappointing. Think my favourite coffee stout is still Southern Tier’s Jah-va
kseecs16 (1215) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured out an opaque dark brown with a huge bubbling milk chocolate colored head. Little lacing in the glass. Aroma is strongly malty with a big dose of roasted malts and coffee. Flavor is very coffee forward, dry, bitter with little to no sweetness in the body. Medium to fll body with a strong lingering bitterness. Good.
Nightfall (1307) - Hamburg, GERMANY - AUG 24, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Nr.300 Rating - 0,5 lt Bottle found in Holstebro (Beer Paradise). What an amazing beer. From the pitch black appearance with the huge dark brown head. The aromas and flavors of Oatmeal,coffee,chocolate and many more. Great aftertaste that lasts. A wonderful brew.
timsilvia32 (449) - from Michigan now in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 23, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2008 Nearly black pour with a quite sizeable brown head. Mostly coffee, some roast malt aromas. Really sticks to the glass, but somewhat medium bodied. Lots of coffee up front and throughout, some mocha or bakers chocolate, ends with a little bitterness and lingers into creaminess. Definetely near the top, but not above the Founders Breakfast stouts. Maybe more drinkable however with the slightly lower abv.
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 23, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a pitch black hue with a huge layer of brown watery foam that dissipates to a ring with slippy lacing. Nose is full of coffee grounds and espresso, dark chocolate, cream, light grassy tones, grains. Taste is fairly mild coffee (not in your face) with a few milk and sugars added in, light hops and grain midway, finishes bittersweet. Creamy smooth texture with light carbonation. An easy-drinking stout with light coffee flavors, not as extreme as Founder’s or similar coffee stouts.
buzzoven (376) - JAPAN - AUG 22, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Uhhmmm...WOW! After waiting for a long time I was finally able to try this. Bottle at The Raleigh Times. I had been to the bar before and saw it on the menu, but skipped on it, hoping to try it next time. Well, when "next time" came around, it wasn’t on the menu. Thankfully, someone checked in the cellar and they had an extra bottle tucked away! This baby poured thick, deep, black, and ready to drink. The big open mouth glasses really helped that chocolatey oatmeal aroma drift skywards and the head was almost as black as the body. Upon the first sip, I knew this was going to be worth the wait. Super smooth mouthfeel, rounded flavours of coffee (not freeze-dried stuff, mind you; but freshly ground gourmet beans). Some hints of sweetness. Finish was amazing. Coffee, coffee, and more coffee....lasting way into the night and ruining the palate for any other beers that might have been consumed. Could have been a *slight* bit more full-bodied, but the flavour more than makes up for it. Who’s running the show over at Mikkeller? Whoever it is, I congratulate you on another beer well done! I have yet to be let down by this brewer and at this point in time anything they put out is basically a blind buy for me. Recommended!