dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - AUG 13, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Been after this one for a while and finally scored a bottle in a trade. This one is just straight up sexy. The pour is somewhat thick, almost gives off the impression of pouring syrup. The foam was about half a finger thick, but the color was just amazing to look at. It was brownish with thin/small bubbles. The head retention was pretty good and it left a little bit of lacing on the rim of the glass. The aroma had hints of chocolate malts, coffee bean and vanilla, just to name a few. The flavors are mixed together so well that it’s really hard to tell that it has a 10.9%ABV. A great beer. I’ll definitely get this one again.
edwardbass (789) - Illinois, USA - AUG 13, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I’m not a big stout fan, but this one is very drinkable and tasty. Heavy oak/scotch aroma, taste is much better and more sweet when you give it some time to warm up a bit. Jet black with heavy lacing and a minimal head. Very noticeable coffee bitterness at the end. Bottle from an officemate who picked it up at a liquor store in Fort Collins, CO while on vacation a month ago. Probably wouldn’t buy it myself, but it’s certainly enjoyable.
jethrodium (366) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 12, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle. Pours a pitch black with a very small chocolate head that leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass. Smell is overwhelming of coffee with a bit of alcohol. Taste is almost all coffee with a bit of chocolate and alcohol on the finish. Full bodied.
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 (1827) - 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 (9997) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 5, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2016 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!