NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from West Lakeview. Not sure how many batches of this have been around, but this is from the first shipment, bought about 6mths ago. Anyway, pours a very pretty black/brown with a dark head that sticks. The pour appears viscous. The nose is cool, loads of cocoa, char, cherries, currants. Don’t get a lot of coffee in the nose, more chocolate and berries than anything. The taste is quite different, sweet in the front and quality coffee in the finish, accompanied by an almost Grade A maple syrup flavor. Mouth feel is robust, carbonation is about right. This is a pretty spectacular IS and my first in quite some time. Delicious.
Beaver (1441) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 11, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
16.9oz bottle. Pours an opaque black with a creamy tan head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is sweet malts and oatmeal with some chocolate, black licorice and coffee and a little dark fruit and alcohol.
The flavor is sweet sugary lactic chocolate with some coffee. It has a big sharp roasted bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little watery.
Overall, very nice. I recall thinking the beer geek breakfast was a little better balanced and more enjoyable.
zeke626 (447) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 11, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, pours an opaque, brown/black body with a brown, bubbly foam head. Aroma of burnt malts, cocoa, espresso, toffee, and licorice. Flavor is a nice balance of burnt/roasted malt, coffee, and dark chocolate. Smooth mouthfeel that isn’t quite as heavy on the body as I’d like for an imperial stout. The finish and aftertaste have elements of coffee and cocoa. The coffee notes are impressive throughout this one.
sfhodense (4790) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - OCT 11, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
DØE Valby 09. Pours black with no head. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and liquorish. Flavour is roasted malt, coffee, alcohol, liquorish and chocolate. Powerfull.
jsquire (3719) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - OCT 10, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared at thedm and hotstuff’s. Brown beer with lively bubbles and a foamy beige head. Dark brown sugar sweetness in the nose with some light coffee and big alcohol. Really thick, viscous mouthfeel. Flavors of some sweetened coffee, brown sugar, some chocolate and noticable alcohol in the finish. Nice big stout but I was surprised at the subtle coffee notes.
changeup45 (1719) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - OCT 9, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Picked this one up at Julio’s Liquors. Black color, pretty good sized dark brown head that fades to a thin film. Plenty of dark fruit and molasses here to go with the robust coffee and milk chocolate. Strong coffee of course, but not nearly as massive as expected and there’s a lot else going on. Fairly silky with some sweet vanilla but also a sharp alcohol sting. Roasy bitterness in the finish. Better after it’s warmed up a bit and the alcohol has calmed. My wife says it’s like drinking tar. Hmm, I guess I can see that. Good beer but it didn’t blow me away and I like Beer Geek Breakfast better.
zizzybalubba (1604) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - OCT 9, 2009
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
500 mL bottle from Sam’s Quik Shop in Durham. Black pour with a thick tan head. Huge coffee and dark chocolate aroma. Intense flavors; coffee, smoke, roasted malt, and alcohol. A bit of dark fruit on the aftertaste. This is really incredible stuff worthy of its high praise and price. An exceptional beer.
imdownthepub (11282) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 500ml, selected by Fin, gift from Sandra. Viscous black with big brown head. The aroma is incredible, I work with coffee, but have never smelled anything as smooth, the flavour is intensely coffee, again smooth and roasty and silky, the palate is heavy, bordering on coffee extract and just before this become too intense there are some balancing hops. The alcohol does show through a little jarringly at times, as a reminder to just how strong this is, but overall a terrific beer that I’m glad I used for my 5K.
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - OCT 7, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a brown head. Aroma of herbs, leaves, coffee, but this has the most fascinating pungency of any coffee beer I’ve had. Not always likeable, but I couldn’t get my nose out of the glass. Tastes of espresso, coffee, dark chocolate, herbs, earth, and flavorsome hops. Finishes like chocolate truffle dust (bitter cocoa). I was skeptical, but this proved to be quite great.
TaktikMTL (6401) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 5, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bouteille de 500 ml obtenue via Importations Privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Odeur de café et de chocolat noire avec une pointe de caramel. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque. Présence d’un mince col beige mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de café et de chocolat avec une pointe d’alcool. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence d’alcool en arrière goût. (Rating #2678)