xenthem0nk (101) - Oregon, USA - JUL 5, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Belmont Station. Pours oily black, no opacity, and a really tall dark brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, sweet coffee, but a little weak. Initial flavor is great, lots of roasted coffee, bitter chocolate, but a very dry bitter taste toward the end. Very drinkable though, and strong for a non-impy.
Odeed (1774) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 4, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(bottle from jb175,thanks man!)pours a thick black body with a nice full and creamy chocolaty head.as the thick head sits it leaves thick sticky looking webbing on the glass.the aroma is a little light but it blends up oatmeal,coffee,chocolate,and roasted malts.the flavor is damn never perfect.i pick up roasted coffee beans,oatmeal,chocolate,smoke,chocolate malts,and the only thing i didnt like about the brew,a small sour lactose finish.other than that this beer is simply divine!
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 4, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a very dark brown with a small head. Smell is roasted coffee, and then some more coffee. Taste is definitely all coffee. Thereís some roasted bitterness that comes through as well. The mouthfeel is a bit thin. After itís sat for awhile, the chocolate tends to come out a little more, and it tends to get a little more creamy. An easy drinker that Iím glad that I found.
eaglefan538 (2830) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUL 3, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black, chocolate brown colored slow developing head, nice lacing. The aroma was roasted dry coffee, not much else, quite simple. No fruits, no dried fruits. Flavor was bitter coffee, oatmeal very noticeable, smoothing out the body, silky and grainy, and adding a fullness that was just enjoyable. The flavor was like a coffee-ed version of St. Ambroise Stout, really enjoyable, far from a sweet coffee stout, wonderful.
cewldre (268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 3, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
#250 for me. Bottle: This one pours like motor oil, with a dark brown head. Smell is of coffee and roasted malt. Taste is definitely roasty and has a nice coffee taste. Maybe I like my coffee a little more bitter, but I did not feel this would go down as well as I hoped with breakfast. That being said, this a fantastic beer to sit around and warm up with. SMooth and creamy.
SamuraiArtist (292) - portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 3, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Pours black with a huge head, giant creamy brown head threatens to foam out over the glass, less bubbly than creamy. Aroma is of toasty carmel and coffee notes. Flavor is slightly sweet and malty and very warm and toasty oat and coffee. The coffee is subtly used like in Speedway stout. Not as roasty and burnt as i would have expected. Balanced roastyness with nice creaminess, goes down easy.
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - JUL 3, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle from trade with Boutip. Thanks Phil! Pours a thick pitch black color with a big dark brown head. Aroma of coffee, milk chocolate and roasted malt. The beer is incredably balanced and complex with all of the different flavors. The taste is intially sweet and smooth and then finishes dry with a lasting hop bitterness.
puzzl (3240) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 2, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow! Bottle from Goldtwins, danish release, best by (I think -- "Tappet den Holdbar til") 9/2007. This is fantastic. I didnít realize this was a normal stout -- not imperial -- going into it, but this is the antithesis of American brewing -- which I also didnít expect. Super-dry and extremely elegant, coffee flavors are perfectly meshed with an utterly unbitter roast and creamy tapioca. Brash and boastful, a buttery thick brown head sits upon a black body, bursting with the burliest coffee aroma. Blah blah blah, the Bís are getting out of hand. This beer kicks ass.
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - JUL 2, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
First thing thank you Ron for somehow obtaining this beer that just hit the U.S. less than a month ago. I brushed my teeth and took a shower before opening this to be in perfect form to indulge on what I expect to be one of the best beers Iíve had yet. Complete black pour like a black hole suckin the lifeforce out of anything in itís path, big finger thick dark brown head that fades to a small brown head and stays. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, mollassess, and oats when swirled. Now to finally taste..... A shot of espresso to the face, itís so freakin roasty itís like it was brewed 30 seconds ago. The espresso is there and it dominates but not to the point of being harsh or bitter itís very smooth. More roasted coffee, it takes coffee to a whole nother level, you get a shot of espresso, freshly brewed coffee, it taste like coffee beans were in the secondary, it just has coffee in every way imaginable. Very smooth and creamy with a higher level of carbonation that tingles my tongue with coffee goodness, medium mouthfeel and very cloying leaving me licking my entire mouth. I canít stop sipping this beer. The other flavors are really being pushed aside by the coffee which is a little dissapointing but then again they made this to be a coffee beer for breakfast, chocolate sits in the background and the oats leave a grainy taste. A little on the sweet side as it warms with a touch of sugary chocolate coming through. I think I will take a brief intermission and allow this to warm..... Iím liking how the chocolate is coming out more, milk chocolate all the way because of the slight sweetness and silky smoothness. Damn this beer is smooth. The coffee is still dominating I know itís suppose to be this way but I do wish itíd be a little more than just one-dimensional. I think the caffeine is hitting me, thereís more oomph in this than the Folgerís I had this morning thatís for sure. Overall itís coffee all the way, with light notes of chocolate and a slight sugary sweetness as well, but basically this is alcoholic coffee. As it warms even further a big charcoal smokiness comes through as well blending with the coffee like a madman. I liked it a lot but I have to say itís not one of "the" best Iíve ever had. But it is what it is a breakfast beer true to itís word.
Tmoney99 (10100) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 2, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Dilly Deli. Poured reddish black color with an average creamy brown head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Solid roasted coffee and chocolate malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture. Heavy roasted balanced flavor with a heavy chocolate bittersweet finish of long duration. This is a standout beer.