mjs (3609) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 24, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle at Pikkulintu. Helsinki, on 2009-02-24) Black. Small tan coloured head. Coffee, liquorice and roastedness in aroma. Full bodied, dry, and oily palate with medium carbonation. Coffee, liquorice, bitterness, some cream, roastedness and bit of sweetness in taste. Roastedness, coffee and bitterness in aftertaste.
travita (3050) - Frisco, Texas, USA - FEB 24, 2009
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. The smell is great fresh ground coffee, nice roasted malts, dark and dried fruits. The look is a very dark black with a decent tan colored head. The taste is malts, coffee, chocolate, and some really roasty goodness.
Lowe1983 (1297) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - FEB 24, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a black color with a brown head. Strong coffee aroma with some roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruits, and a little bit of alcohol. Flavor is also strong of coffee with some roasted malts, chocolate, and dark fruits. Finishes slightly bitter with some alcohol warming.
SSSteve (3379) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 22, 2009
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
opaque black with a syrupy appearance out of the bottle. huge effervescent brown head overflows out of the glass. large chunky yeast(i hope) particles. coffee, chocolate, light hop aroma. flavors of sweet robust chocolates, sugared coffee. also so cinnamon anise christmas-like spice which i keep telling myself has something to do with cat crap. medium to full bodied with a really smooth easy to drink palate. alcohol is well hidden. this is great stuff.
sebletitje (5416) - Enghien, BELGIUM - FEB 22, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
courtesy of gunhaver
pours black with coffee like head.
Aroma is malty and coffee for a light bitter nose.
Taste roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and good presence of the alcohol.
Thick palate with notes of coffee and dark fruits for a light bitter finish.
fishingnet (1047) - Brandon, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of gunhaver. Pours black with a one finger mocha head that lasts leaving good lacing. Aroma of slightly acidic heavy roast coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, and a touch of caramel. Taste is the same as aroma. Medium full mouthfeel with a moderate amount of bitterness and slight acidity from the coffee. Very good.
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, courtesy nbutler11. Pours pitch black, with a huge dark brown head and creamy lacing. Nose is spicy, with coffee, roast, some chocolate, cinnamon. Flavor is spicy, chocolatey, bitter tasty, tangy body. Unique. Smooth, drinkable, very balanced and tasty.
tjthresh (1858) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - FEB 22, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2009 Bottle. Pours opaque black with a thick brown head. I don’t get how this one is different than any other coffee type stout. The nose it quite roasty and full of coffee. Sure, its tasty. Lots of coffee and chocolate with a smooth bitterness. Leave a licorice or anise after taste. That’s a bit different. Not special though. Chewy body an silky mouthfeel. I look at the score that I’m giving this beer and it doesn’t really fit with my comments. When is said and done this is on par with Founders Breakfast Stout, Peche Mortel, and Speedway.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 21, 2009
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
1pt .9oz bottle poured into a snifter.
The pour is gorgeous with a huge fluffy tan head on top of a pitch black body. The head lingers as a big cap for the duration and leaves tons of lacing.
The aroma is massive with dominant smells of dark sweet malts and roasted coffee. Neither dominates the other and make for an extremely well balanced nose.
I have to admit to being slightly biased as I love coffee infused beers, but, damn, the taste is extraordinary. It’s got the roasted coffee playing a prominent role but there is none of the bitterness that often goes along with it. The sweet dark malts form a great backbone with some chocolate and licorice. Hints of smoke linger in the finish along with a perfect coffee aftertaste.
The mouthfeel is nothing short of perfection. Good carbonation combined with a heavier body produces the ideal velvety finish that you strive for.
Well, this just blew me away. The look and aroma were pretty darn good, but after the first sip, I was hooked. This is a truly exceptional beer - a perfectly balanced coffee stout. Go get this now.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - FEB 21, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
1pt .9 oz. bottle with thanks to pantanap! Pours a dark black with a towering fluffy tan head, excellent retention and lacing. The nose is more subtle than expected, but there is still a good amount going on; espresso, cold pressed coffee, chocolate, molasses, vanilla, some dark fruits, and some piney hops. The flavor is more chocolate, espresso, vanilla, over-ripe dark fruits and a touch of piney hops. A smooth and creamy palate. Don’t get me wrong, this is still a fine beer, but not on par with the regular BGB and 1for1. Thanks Kan!