IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - FEB 24, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured nearly jet black with a brown fizzy off-white head. Aroma is of bitter grassy hops, a bit of chocolate, perhaps a touch of dark fruits and plenty of roasted coffee. Flavor is heavy laden with coffee notes, with lots of dry bitter coffee beans dominating the palate. Also present is some grassy hoppiness, perhaps only the slightest note of bitter chocolate, and some light alcohol. Finishes quite bitter and roasty. Body is farily full and quite soft. A rich stout that has well-crafted flavors, though I would have liked some more sweetness to balance the bitterness of the beer. Granted, I take sugar in my coffee, which might explain why the coffee bitterness, though well-executed, seemed somewhat overwhelming to me. Well-made, even if marginally outside my range of preference.
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - FEB 22, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle on 2/16/08. Black pour, creamy, medium, light brown head that settles slowly. The coffee, dark and espresso like, is unmistakable, and ushers in dark chocolate, vanilla, and some pine notes as well. Smooth, rich, full mouthfeel complemented by light carbonation. Roasted malt flavors up front, with bitterness following quickly, but not too excess. Finishes dry without any significant stickiness.
charlotte (4813) - rødovre, DENMARK - FEB 13, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with brwn creamy head.Taste of rosted malt chocolate and licorice.Full body and well balanced.Flavor is a bit oily.But still a nice beer.
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 11, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle courtesy of Greg Clow, thanks Greg! This is night in a bottle. Not even dark brown. Like midnight sky when there are no stars. The head is frothy and mocha colour. It laces and laces and stays frothy. Initially, the nose is of mint leaves and coffee beans. But as it warms, it bursts with dark chocolate, American hops, vanilla, some oatmeal, wood, and roasted malts. In the flavour department, it’s full on bitter coffee, with minty herbal hops, dark chocolate, vanilla extract and roasted malts. Creamy, creamy, creamy. Very easy drinking with no hint of the ABV. Long, minty, bitter finish. This is very good. Outstanding. Thanks goes out to Greg Clow, who was kind enough to send me this bottle. I appreciate it!
Braudog (6024) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 10, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
22 oz bottle. This is perhaps the most beautiful pour I have ever seen ... solidly black gold, mesmerizing cascade of tan foam rising and falling into a solid foam head of deep tan. The aroma is killer ... robust roasted malt and sweet milk and sugar. This drinks with a velvety smoothness. The flavors are beautiful and complex, some kind of blend of bitter baking chocolate, java, licorice, and thick roast. Like a good hot chocolate, this leaves a messy sludge at the finish. This is exceptional. (#3318, 2/10/2008)
Rusty (1545) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 10, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber purchased a couple months back at AJ’s in Mesa AZ. Pours a dark brownish black with a nice tan head. Smells like choolate and coffee. A nice roasty malty barley taste is going on along with a nice dry toasty finsih. Almost too dry for my liking, could use a bit more sweetness but still very good. I was disappointed with this as I didn’t think it lived up to the hype; however it is still a very nice beer.
BrotherBenny (9) - Alabama, USA - FEB 9, 2008 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Shared a large bottle among 4 of us. Served in a small snifter, It pours as a thin viscous stream, with a minimal head. Dark as night and it seems to have the ability to absorb light like a sponge. The nose is awesome, my two favorite drinks in one, beer and coffee.
Initial sip very smooth and thick. Chocolate, coffee, malt, all in proportion and balance.
The finish is very nice, even with something as strong as this, there is nothing lingering out of place. Very nice, especially if you like good dark coffee.
killbuck (4) - Helsingør, DENMARK - FEB 9, 2008 does not count
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
great stout, not their best.. like the chocolate notes. looks like a stout should.
railcat1 (701) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - FEB 7, 2008
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I finally got ahold of this and found it to be very enjoyable with a dark to black look and a thick maltyness to it and a little roasted flavors with hints of chocolate.CHEERS!
alobar (3128) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep black color with a tall tan head. Powerful aroma of malts, chocolate, coffee, hops... Yaste was complex with hops malts, coffee, chocolate.... One of the best I’ve ever had.