xav33 (313) - Midland, MI, Michigan, USA - AUG 19, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast
22 oz bomber
Moderate pour in a snifter.
Unknown brewing, snacked on 08/07
Poured black with a large frothy mostly lasting dark mocha head.
Smelt of strong premium roast coffee, rich burnt malt, dark chocolate.
Taste was upfront strong sweet dark chocolate malt, and strong bitter coffee and burnt malt followed by more of the same, with a stronger coffee aroma and a slight dry yeastiness on a long lingering coffee finish.
Palate was medium to full bodied, rich and creamy, lively carbonated and strongly astringent.
Overall, this beer is great aromatherapy, and the flavors are pure bliss. It seemed a bit heavy to drink on a hot August night, though. Heavy coffee stouts being my favorite style, its hard for me not to like it, but without being biased I still think this is a very well done brew.
danmalleck (26) - Alberta, CANADA - AUG 18, 2007
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours dark tar like black beauty. Nose an astonishing mix of grainy hops and chocolate malt. How did they do that? Tight bubbles, that dissipate pretty quickly. Lovely palate rolling around the tongue. Lingering finish. Nice work.
lamas (1360) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 17, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle. First off, these guys have some fantastic graphic designers doing their labels. As for the beer, it begins with a pitch-black pour with a thick and creamy chestnut brown head on top. Aroma of dark chocolate, rich and roasty coffee beans, creamy vanilla and some resiny hops. Goes down velvety smooth with a full body. Starts with light caramel and dark chocolate and finishes bitter and dry with some roasty/toasty coffee and graininess. A little smoke and wood in there at the end too. Impressive.
leaparsons (8092) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, GBBF 07. Black with a beige foam. Aromas are earthy rich coffee and dark chocolate malts. Malty and fairly sweet. Some smokiness. Flavours are rich weetabix and chocolate malts with strong coffee. Dry and bitter on the finish. A powerful beer.
vyvvy (3998) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - AUG 16, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at a STL gathering. Pours close to black with a dark tan head. The aroma is creamy with milk, dark bitter chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. Medium body that is a bit thinner than expected with minor sharp carbonation. The flavor starts with lots of coffee, dark chocolate and charred malt. The finish is highly bitter with coffee, char, cocoa, char and wood. A very good beer, but doesnít seem to blow me away like it does a lot of others.
IrishBoy (3836) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 15, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2011 Bottles (says 6/07) from eaglefan538 & pantanap; Nose of chocolate, roasty coffee, and light vanilla and caramel; Opaque black with a thick, glass-lacing cinnamon-tan head; flavor of bitter chocolate,oatmeal, with some peppery spiciness thrown in; thick, juicy body with a finish of mild hop bitterness. 8/15/07 9/5/9/5/18 4.6 Bottle shared by Enniskillen Brewed 9/13/10. Nose is roasty, smoky coffee, with a background hint of chocolate. Black with a big cinnamon tan head that laces lightly. Flavor is smoky with coffee but the smoke dominates. 8/5/8/4/16 4.1 8/10/11
rpattinson (84) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - AUG 15, 2007
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Supposedly an Oatmeal Stout (according to the label), yet ridiculously bitter. The roast coffee flavour would be overwhelming, if not for the overhopping. I hate wasting beer so I drank it all, but I was very tempted to pour it away. Really, really unpleasant. Why do so many love it?
theisti (3237) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - AUG 13, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle from MrBendo and Beertopia in Omaha. Pour looks like motor oil - all black with a nice dark khaki head and a touch of layering. Aroma is initially roasted espresso then gives way to roasted barley and a nice amount of hops. Taste is big on the coffee, though it is nicely blended into a nice full bodied stout. Good hop bitterness at the end. This was really well made, yet something just didnít entirely do it for me. Maybe I just donít like coffee stouts as much as others?
Jvittorio4187 (255) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - AUG 12, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep blackwith a brown head. Aroma and taste expand as this one warms up. Chocolate, coffee, and slight carmel. Mouthfeel is a little light, but good. Taste of coffee, oats, slight smoke and vanila. Finish is bitter sweet, almostlike dark chocolate with bitter coffee.Very good.
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 11, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle Ė and an expensive one at that. To keep the tradition I decided to drink this for breakfast. Pours very dark black with a bubbly, foamy, dark brown head that sticks around for awhile. Nice, thick lace left down the entire glass. Aroma is surprisingly mild but very appetizing. Chocolate and coffee predominate. Nice roastiness. This is a really, really nice aroma, I just wish it were a little bit stronger. Thankfully as this warms up it improves. Around room temperature this baby smells real nice. Taste is rich, chewy, semi-bitter coffee with a long chocolate aftertaste. Nice, smooth flavor. The body is a bit thin for my liking, however, and it is the biggest flaw of this beer. Overall this is a very nice stout; certainly one of the best Iíve had. The price is not justified in my opinion. Still, Iím happy I got to try this.