Under-age Drinker (96) - Colorado, USA - APR 6, 2009
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer is amazing, I had just gotten done with a beer tasting at my house with 12 other bombers, and we saved this one for last, glad we did. The smell is just lovely, raw coffee, different levels of roasted coffee and malt. So well balanced for an a coffee stout, bitterness is on point. I bought a couple for the cellar and will re-rate when sober. GREAT BEER
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - APR 5, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Served from a bottle at toncatchers T3 tasting! Thanks to stefanje, lagunitasfan, weeheavysd, fordest, wetherel, alohac and of course toncatcher for suppling the house and grub. This was ok. A little too much coffee. But the rest was decent.
StefanSD (1986) - Lakeside, California, USA - APR 5, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 ml bottle at Toncatchers’s T3 tasting. Pours an opaque black with a tan head. The aroma is strong over-roasted coffee and espresso. The flavor did not quite live up to the aroma; I was expecting complex rich coffee, but what I got instead was mono-dimensional coffee grounds and some chocolate. The palate was smooth and full. The finish was long with lingering burnt coffee. Overall: Interesting brew, but as a coffee lover I had higher expectations, and this was a let down.
larsga (5888) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 5, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Medium brown head. Opaque pitch black body. Deep fruity coffee aroma with mealy milky chocolate and caramel notes. Dry-sweet intense coffee, alcohol, and pine needle taste with milky notes. Soft, mild, hot, powdery mouthfeel. Considerable alcohol heat, right away. Light and lively body. Fizzy in the mouth. Dry, faintly acidic, cocoa aftertaste. Balanced, harmonic, complex, and interesting. (0.5l bottle from OleR.)
TMUp82 (5) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2009 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
very darkish brown/black our with thick creamy tan head, poured in a brandy snifter, great aroma could really smell the coffee espresso right off the bat, very smooth on the palate and flavor was perfectly balanced for the most part, could tell the alcohol content on the follow through but not overpowering, wasn’t too crazy about the coffee coming from feces but was pleasantly surpirsed on what a great beer this was definitely a keeper.
toncatcher (228) - Santee - SAN DIEGO, California, USA - APR 4, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to AlohaC for bringing this. I hate to be a contrerian with this one but I was a little put off with the bitter, almost burnt coffee flavors in this. Pours black with a minimal head. Aroma of coffee, roasted coffee, and did I mention coffee. Flavors were bitter coffee, and some malt.
Slayer85 (1038) - Firenze, ITALY - APR 4, 2009
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. An opaque black beer with a quite big. creamy and persistent brown head. The aroma is nice with notes of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, alcohol, and a light hint of hops. Good, though not extremely strong. The flavour is sweet but not overly, with more acidity than usual. Obviously coffee and chocolate. Good creamy mouthfeel, medium to full body, lively carbonation, long finish with medium bitterness, moderately alcoholic. Typical stouty aroma, much better in the mouth. There are more complex example, but very pleasant, I hope to taste an aged version sooner or later.
Oakes (11363) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 4, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown. Light head. Very nutty aroma and nice coffee character. Nice complexity. Earthy. Good chocolate on the palate, but the body is a bit thin. This has potential - the added dimension of the weasel is good - but the relative lack of sugars compared to others in this series hurts the balance. It doesn’t really hit any high notes.
FatPhil (8347) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 4, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2010 500ml bottle (Hilpea Hauki, Helsinki)
Black. Lumpy. Seriously, this was lumpy. No head. Scandinavian Imperial Stout aroma. Alcohol there too, but fairly restrained, considering. Some chocolate too. Taste is easy to sum up in 3 letters - wow! Massively roasty, big on the coffee, but probably the most well balanced coffee IS I’ve had. Hops are also pleasant, but this is all about the roasts. Details are tingly, but the whole thing reeks of pure sloth. Sip and enjoy - yum! (7:4:9:4:16=4.0)
Be warned - you’ll fart burnt rubber the next day.
Rerate: Keg (Pikkulintu, Helsinki) (7:5:8:5-:15+=4.0)
Not so much coffee, more a hoppy note. Similar to the Nekron family. Covers the alcohol very well. Again delicious.
notalush (4581) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 3, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
She pours pretty nice - nearly black, with a huge tan head that, unfortunately, fades very quickly - potent coffee hits the nose first (and intense roastiness), followed by notes of damp oak, a lot of red wine-like tannins, and high quality bitter dark chocolate - low carbonation, creamy mouthfeel - I’ve never had this ultra rare coffee, but from what I taste in this beer, I want some...bad - this tastes like the best cup of coffee I’ve ever had, except is has the added benefit of also being a beer - how could I lose!? - add to this the complex tannins and bittersweet notes of a well-crafted imperial stout, and you have yourself a world class beer - I wish this weren’t so expensive, otherwise I would go right back to the store and buy a case of it.