oh6gdx (22099) - Vasa, FINLAND - APR 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Quite much pitch black colour, small beigeish brown head. Aroma is hops, grass, liquorice, toffee and some maltyness. Flavour is liquorice, some bready and sweetish malts along with floral and grassy hops. Mild old black coffee as well as some burnt wet wooden notes as well.
jrallen34 (3494) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2011
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
black body with a huge medium mocha head, great retention, looks great... interesting nose with coffee with a very citrus hop finish... not a fan of this at all, the hops are too strong and citrusy and that does not go with the coffee at all, the coffee is also very bitter... heard some great things but disappointed here
dmac (4546) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - APR 15, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml bottle from EZ thanks to Dean. Poured a good looking pitch black body underneath an average sized tight foamy dark brown head. Aroma offresh hops, citrus, roastiness, oats, earhty. Smooth bodied with average carbonation, lingering toasty and bitter aftertaste, fuller bodied with an almost creamy feel. Flavor of coffee and citrus rind, grapefruit, earth, dark toast. Great beer highly impressed.
cgarvieuk (16795) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 15, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at brewdog ... deep black ... thin tan head ... big coffee big sweet hop nose ... juicy roast malts ... light roast bitterness ... piney hop linger ... very nice and its meant to be hoppy ... but too hoppy a stout for me
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - APR 14, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown color with a medium frothy mocha head. Aroma is coffee, light chocolate, bitter and earthy hops. Taste is much the same. Nice smooth chocolate and coffee taste with the hop bitterness on the palate. Still prefer the original version, though.
scottw86 (1140) - Maryland, USA - APR 14, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured black with a thin tan head. Very hoppy aroma with chocolate and roasted malts. Coffee as well with oatmeal. Taste is quite roasted and hoppy at first with a little bit more bitterness than I would have liked. Taste transitions into an oatmeal and chocolate finish with some coffee and dark fruit. Some more malty sweetness would have been appreciated, overall it’s a little bit too hoppy and bitter. It is very flavorful, however, so I really like it.
Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2011
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
1 pint .9 fl oz bottle. This is really kind of like having breakfast with a bowl oatmeal and a cup of coffee, while replacing the OJ with an strong ipa. So much contrast of flavors on the malt to hop spectrum, yet somehow they blend together seamlessly to create both a rich and creamy yet piercingly bitter creation. The notes in the aroma may, not surprisingly, muddle together a bit though. Some strong, fresh brewed coffee, mixed cream and dark malts, full oaty grains, caramel and a mix of earth and fruity hop. Pours beautifully. Heavy, fluffy, cloud-like dark cream head, layers of lacing, wispy retention, a medium to thick body, mostly opaque, and sandy dark brown in color. As mentioned, the mouthfeel is both medium thick malted creamy and heavy bitter at the same time. My palate is both confused and really happy at the same time. Notes of oat, cream, caramel, earth, strong coffee, caramel, thick citrus, and light leafy hop. Not a bit of sugary sweetness here. The finish is sticky, bitter and lingers dark malted grain, coffee and tropical hops endlessly. I’m tempted to say I could do without the coffee in this, but I also fear things wouldn’t come together as well if is wasn’t there. Overall, this was a unique piece of fine beer making that takes you in all different directions. Great stuff.
patricks110 (1963) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 13, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A wonderful beer with an unusual taste. The pour is nearly pure opaque black with a hint of brown on the bottom edge. A two finger creamy tan head with a mixture of tiny and big bubbles. The aroma is very hop forward with an IPA-esque smell of grapefruit and tart citrus sweetness. The roasted malts and coffee are very forward as well with a sweet bitter coffee note. The body is medium with mild carbonation and overly dry. The middle is a citrus sweetness with an roasted coffee taste. Getting licorice and roasty notes. The hops are overbearing on the finish with a bitter grapefruit finish. Smooth taste, don’t notice the alcohol at all. A unique beer half between a stout and a black IPA.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 12, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The pour is nearly black with a moderately full, tan, dense, creamy head which is somewhat lasting and leaves scattered, frothy lace. The nose is lots of bitter chocolate, lighter dark roast, burnt caramel, faint campfire smoke, some cedar, but also light grapefruit, resins, and faint tropical fruit. The flavor carries more of the Simcoe and Columbus hop notes than the nose; lighter bitter chocolate and burnt caramel, still a touch of campfire, sweet grapefruit and a faint kiwi?, rustic resin, and dark coffee roast. The palate is medium to full, creamy and velvety, drying, and soft to lively. The beer finishes long, dry, and highly bitter, both from dark roast but also high AA hops, lingering cedar and rustic, smoky, and a grapefruit peel. The bitterness is high especially moving towards the finish and the acidity is moderate but seemed understated. The dry campfire and cedar notes are the only flaws I can really find in this one, they just do not meld well with the additional hops. Other than those minor notes, the new hops add an interesting, American Black IIPA quality to the beer. So different from the original yet shares so many similarities. Very good experiment from a phenomenal brewery, curious to see if this will make it to beer geek brunch?
jredmond (6062) - Manhattan, New York, USA - APR 12, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle split with Pat during a "breakfast Mikkeller" flight. This was a great closer. Pours a deep brown body with nice off white lacing. Aroma is fresh hop and slight malty roast. Mouthfeel falls somewhere between a black ipa and a stout with notes of fresh hop, roasted malts, and coffee.