elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - JUN 26, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500ml bottle, unknown date. Served at cellar temperature.
Pours black with a large foamy and rocky brown head that takes forever to settle down and leaves clumpy lacing in its wake.
Aroma is like...well...a heavily-hopped coffee stout. Heaps of premium coffee, chocolate, tons of roasted malts and a bit of smoke playing nicely with piney, grassy, citrusy hops. While there is more hop presence than most other stouts, the coffee still steals the show. Very good to great strength.
Flavor is very tasty premium coffee beans, roasted malts, chocolate up front then moves to a bitter hoppy finish featuring pine, spruce, and citrus. A bit of sweetness with the coffee and hops teaming up for some good bitterness. Some alcohol detected but what’s there is mild.
Mouthfeel is not quite medium, not quite full bodied, somewhat creamy, moderate carbonation.
Man, the hops really mingle nicely with this coffee stout. Would classify well as a Black IPA. Yet another tasty offering in the Beer Geek series and I’m glad to have had the chance to try (even if it was overpriced, even for a Mikkeller offering).
beerguy101 (5286) - Newark, California, USA - JUN 26, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled on 6/25/2011. This stout pours an eclipse black color from a 500ml bottle. Medium sized tan foamy head, nice retention and good lacing. The aroma is chocolate, coffee, hoppy and herbal. Medium bodied stout. The malts are chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and bitter. The hops are herbal and earthy. Decent carbonation. A lot of bitterness in this beer, first from the coffee, then from the roasted malts and then from the hops. There is a touch of sweetness that shows up every once in a while in the taste. This is a very coffee forward stout that’s been aggressively hopped. Yet kind of smooth and well balanced. Nice sipping beer. There is some alcohol presence even at 7.5%. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is bitter.
zach8270 (3472) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUN 24, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle - 500 ml) Dark black pour with a thin and lasting tan head. Big hoppy aroma with some mild coffee underneath it. Bitter hops at the start that turns into a very nicely roasted coffee middle, but then goes back to a bitter hop finish. Almost like a very heavily roasted black IPA.
Fin (7421) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 21, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Bacchanalia, Cambridge, 03.06.11 consumed with friend Trevor 17.06.11 Pours black with a beige head, this is a roasty and hoppy number with pine and citrus flavours combining surprisingly well with the roasty coffee flavours that provide the undercurrent to this beer. Good stuff. A7 A4 T7 P4 Ov14 3.6
ladnewton (1418) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 17, 2011
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Cask Pub & Kitchen on 7th May 2011. Thick black with pale brown head and sporadic lacing. Sweetish malty aroma then BURST of delectable rich hoppiness and burnt malts. Rich coffee and grassy hoppiness transfer to a superbly intense rich finish that satisfies.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 16, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle on sale at A Southern Season. Glad I picked this up. Pours thick black with a thin tan head appearing seconds after the pour but not sticking around in any substantial form for long. Nose is pungent green resiny hops, coffee and chocolate, and pleasant oatmeal/grain notes. This is a black IPA gone wild. Many brewers fail to mix these elements and just end up with a big, extreme beer that doesn’t taste that great, but everything in this beer is well integrated, and the whole transcends the parts. Full palate. Great beer.
Fred82 (2115) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 13, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml from sflpunk.
Appearance : Deep black with medium foamy and creamy brown head. Some lacing.
Aroma : Great roasted malt with light chocolate and coffee. Resinous and piny hops.
Taste : Lots of hops with light roasted malt at first. Finish gets a bit more complex with light chocolate and coffee. Lots of piny and resinous hops. Quite a lot of alcohol too. Light rubbery notes.
Overall : Taste is a bit too hash for my taste. Nose is enjoyable. Alcohol is a bit too present. Not my thing at all.
Reynolds314 (2334) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 11, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is heavy hops; resin and citrus and coffee. Taste is hugely hoppy with a nice roasted flavor. Overall interesting good beer.
Ernesto987 (3714) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 11, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great black ipa, doesn’t really taste like a stout. Good roasted flavors in the background
kermis (5078) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 10, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2012 Bottle shared with friends at tasting. Pours black with medium brown head. Aroma is strong coffee and hops. Flavour is coffee, chocolate, caramel, malt all with a lovely hop bitterness over the top. Well balanced and with low carbonation. A great beer.