FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 9, 2010
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
A - Pitch black color, even on the hues. Large, incredibly thick, creamy, rocky, sticky, cafe colored head with amazing retention that finally settles into a nice creamy, sticky layer of lace. Looks amazing.
S - Wonderful smelling beer. Rich coffee is obviously strong but there is also a strong dark chocolate and roasted dark malt aroma. Good amount of caramel and molasses sweetness as well. Some nutty and earthy aroma and a touch of alcohol are also vaguely present in the background.
T - Strong roasted espresso starts off the taste. Quickly rich chocolate, caramel, molasses, and cream flavors come in to provide a touch of sweetness along with the coffee taste. A touch of earthy, nuttiness comes out mid sip as well. A good amount of vanilla is also present and just a hint of anise. Roasted oatmeal has a good undertone throughout the sip that doesn’t dominate but provides a bit of a backbone to the beer. Delicious, rich coffee is persistent along with a nice chocolate and sweetness to balance out the roasted bitterness.
M - Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Smooth and creamy. Just a bit of a chewiness, but not as much I was expecting from an oatmeal stout.
D - Very easy to drink beer with a nice balance of coffee and other flavors, especially the sweeter ones.
Notes: Bottled 03/11/08. Very good coffee stout. Strong coffee flavor, but also has a good amount of traditional oatmeal stout flavor, and a nice chocolaty and sweetness (and some creaminess). Went incredibly well with breakfast. Wonderful beer, definitely worth picking up.
MaBeer1972 (1792) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 6, 2010
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Beer made from coffee made from shit? What an interesting marketing gimmic! Surly. This one is jet black with a foamy brown head that expanded downward in the glass - then went lacing. The aroma is of alcohol. Mouthfeel is very heavy, flavor is roasty and bitter from the coffee. Surprisingly drinkable, especially for a non-stout drinker like myself. I will be wondering what it would taste like with normal, non-shit coffee and less hype. Also, I don’t think I’ll be paying $15 for another bottle of this soon.
deyholla (9993) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 5, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2011 Bottle. Poured black with a thick dark brown head that dissipated very slowly and never completely. Aroma was full of fresh coffee notes with a bit of backing dark chocolate and roasted malts. Flavor began with dark chocolate and a nice coffee/espresso note grew throughout finishing with a dark acidic coffee note.
KevinF (12) - USA - AUG 5, 2010
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
"This imperial Oatmeal stout is brewed with one of the world’s most expensive coffees, made from droppings of weasel-like civetcats." The fussy Southeast Asian animals only eat the best and ripest coffee berries." An excellent backstory to a great beer. One of the strongest beers I have ever sniffed (coffee), it is dark with a small brown head. Thick, viscous, and rich yet absolutely delicious. Have this as your dessert- you will always save room for it no matter what you had for dinner.
brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - AUG 4, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle poured into snifter. Pours jet black with small tan head that sticks to the walls of the glass. Aroma is mostly of roasted malts but also has hot boozy aroma to it. Mouth feel is thick yet smooth with moderate carbonation. Flavor is roasty, with hints of black licorice but finishes a tad harsh/hot. Not bad and has a unique story behind it.
mjmcend (209) - USA - AUG 2, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown with a thin, chocolate head. Aroma is of strong coffee, cocoa, alcohol, and whiskey. Very smooth on the palate. Tate of bitter chocolate and coffee. Good hoppy bitterness for an imperial stout. Really coats the mouth and an aftertaste of alcohol and whiskey. Impressive.
thagr81_us (175) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - AUG 2, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Served from tap into an imperial pint. Pours black with a one finger tan head that remains throughout. Maintains nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of coffee, caramel, chocolate, and malt. The flavor was of coffee, dark chocolate, malt, caramel, and a creamy followthrough with a lingering coffee flavor upon swallowing. It was heavy on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this quite a nice brew in all aspects. Not lacking on anything at all. Just wish it were easier to find... Thanks for this one Mikkeller!
dmschefke (576) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - AUG 1, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I thought for sure this would be a letdown beer, especially since many coffee beers for me are and because this has sat in my cellar for over a year. Well, here goes nothing! Pours a very thick black with dark tan head and amusing dark tan bubbles that flow through so slowly. Aroma obvious of a very nice cup of coffee, not Starbucks burnt beans, but one of the best I have ever had. Subtle notes of caramel, chocolate, roasted malts, and a bit of dried fruits. Flavor matches so well and it is so damned smooth, I was floored. This is one awesome brew, even after over a year.
Mora2000 (6154) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 29, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2010 The beer pours a thick black color with a light brown head. The beer pours like motor oil. The aroma is coffee with some chocolate and roasted malt notes. The flavor is very strong coffee with some chocolate. I also get some roasted or burnt malt. The beer is very dry. Thick mouthfeel and low to medium carbonation. Awesome.
Maddog (518) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JUL 27, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle curtesy of Clingman71, a simple yet giving man. The pour of this prize is jet black with a brown, creamy head. The aroma is intense roast and the flavors are stong, dark roasted malts and big, dark roasted coffee, and even some smoke. Very big, powerful, dark, intense and complex with flavors exploding from many different angles. Intense, incredible and delicious. This beer is not for the faint of heart.