Jonte (1413) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - NOV 9, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2009 Bottle. Near black color and a brown head. Aroma of citrus like hops at first, when the beer gets warmer coffee, roasted malt, toasted bread and dark chocolate aromas dominate the smell.
Tastes of coffee, toasted bread, liquorice, bitter chocolate/cocoa, dried fruit, some sourness and bitter hops. Dry and bitter finish. Very nice stout.
toncatcher (228) - Santee - SAN DIEGO, California, USA - NOV 8, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2007 Poured from a bomber. Pours black with a nice creamy tan head. Aroma of what else, coffee. Flavors of bitter coffee and malt. I can’t believe im saying this, but is could be slightly sweeter,
asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - NOV 7, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a dark black color that leave a nice dark brown head on top. This beer pours absolutely amazing. Aroma is coffee, roasted malts and barley, citrus hops, chocolate, oats, and caramel. Flavor is rich in coffee and chocolate. Hints of the citrus hops come in the flavor profile but not nearly as noticeable as they are in the aroma of the beer. The beer is absolutely wonderful on the palate being very creamy and being bittersweet. The beer finishes with a nice semi-dry finish. This is an amazing beer!
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - NOV 6, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bomber from madsberg - thanks Mads! Best by is torn up a bit, but an "07" is visible. A stunning pour - jet black with a huge brown head, black cherry colors right at the edges. The head disintegrates, leaving a thick film of brown with no lace. A bold nose - initially citrus hoppy, but as it warms a bit the bouquet springs forward - dark chocolate and smooth black coffee, lightly roasted malts. The mouthfeel is very firm, one of the best bodies I’ve ever experienced. I wish I were more eloquent - firm and full, but not oily or creamy. Like a dense bitter chocolate cake or something. Solid espresso flavors, mildly bitter, with some bittersweet chocolate and just a hint of citrus. Dry roasty coffee finish, some burnt chocolate and prune. Simply amazing!
cbait21 (18) - Delaware, USA - NOV 3, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2007 This is my new favorite.. It was recommended by Dave at Euology Bar and Philly and I have to say, he was dead on. Midnight black color with a light crema head similar to espresso. Strong aroma of coffee and bittersweet chocoate. Rich flavor of coffee that shows more chocolate notes as the beer warms up. Great bitter finish.. Had this beer again at a tasting last month and it paired GREAT with a milk chocolate bar that I brought with me. Add this at the end of a meal with a rich chocolate tort or a slice of cheesecake and you will not be disappointed..
Recently found a few bottles at State LIne Liquors in Elkton MD.. $12.99 a 750 ML but well worth it
Beerdedone (2794) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 3, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle sampled. Pours motor oil black with a thick beigh head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, and notes of nutty dryness. Rich and smooth flavor of coffee/espresso, dark chocolate, and roasty malts with a lasting bitterness finish.
Indra (2676) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - OCT 30, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled version. Hugely roasty malt aroma, big coffee in the nose, along with some rich chocolate, "butternut" and a faint alcoholic presence. Packs quite a punch. Opaque ebony color with a fading dark tan head, not much lacing to speak of. Flavor is purely roasted malts, coffee and cocoa, dusty and lightly sweet, bittersweet, then drying out substantially towards the finish. A good bit of coffee throughout, here. Mouthfeel is actually a little thin, body is medium-full. Comparatively speaking, this is a really good coffee stout.
dogfishho (599) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - OCT 30, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours an oily, thick, viscous, black with no opacity whatsoever. The hed is a shade akin to a Mahogany color, but slightly more brown than red. The aroma is a melange of roasted malts and dark roast columbian coffee. There is evidence of some piney, floral hops, however it is very light. The flavor at first is very astringent with the bitterness of both the roasted malts and the coffee flavors dominating the whole profile. After some warming, the sweetness of milk chocolate came through and played well with the bitterness of the coffee, which had toned itself down quite a bit. The body of the beer became very creamy and soft at this point. The beer just felt ultra luxurious. This is what you would drink to take you away from a bad day. The feeling will overwhelm any negativity that could stay with you through to the bottle opening. Strangely the hops that were evident on the nose are barely evident on the palate. Must be some creative timing of the hop additions to the boil. My overall impression of this beer is that it actually doesn’t provide good material for a review in this format. It is a decadent and rich expression of a strong, potentially overwhelming style of beer. It is much more than the some of its parts
Fin (7915) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle in the company of Casey, Traci and Loz Pours jet black, coating the glass like an oil slick, but with a thin brown rim at the edges and topped with a tan head that swiftly resides. Has a ferociously coffee aroma with maybe some cocoa in there. Coffee and Beer? This is a great breakfast drink one that you could happily sup at without ruining the appetite for a Full English. Great bitterness, lovely softness, some nuts, lovely burnt flavours, quite delicious. Many thanks to Casey and Traci for the invite!
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - OCT 28, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, with Traci, Fin and Loz, at our stout tasting. Shiny black pour, nice tawny cap of foam. Deep dark chocolate aroma, bright coffee, a pinch of cinnamon and spiced orange peel. Chalky, rich chocolate flavor, soft roast and a bit of salt. Full palate. Lingering, mouthcoating, mineral finish. Tons of flavor impact, but very drinkable. A very fine stout indeed. And yes, I can see this being a very nice way to start the day.