richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
huge coffee nose coming off of this beer, some small amounts of malts and vanilla. color is a dark brown, but much more transparent than most porters. the head was white and a little cream, and held for a decent amount of time. the front end of the taste is all coffee, almost like drinking a cup of cold coffee in the morning. malts make up the end with a bit of the sweetness that i called vanilla from the nose, but now not positive. the aftertaste is a little of both worlds, the malts and the coffee, but the body is pretty thin on the watery side. great flavor, but i prefer more thickness and mouthfeel from this type of beer. thx to radiomgb for this.
JadoreBlanche (114) - London, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 28, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Pours a dark brown body, with thin off white head. Aromas of coffee, malt and slightly sweet, possibly vanilla. Tatse is coffee!!.......almost like eating chocolate covered coffee beans. Has slight sweet vanilla flavour. Very bittter. Aftertaste is strictly coffee, I think I would rather have this in the morning to wake me up then a timmy’s!!!
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 26, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the Alex P Keaton in London, Ontario. Pours a dark brown body, with a thin and short lived beige head. Aromas are slight coffee, but huge roasted malt, nuts, and vanilla. Taste is bitter as all heck, huge coffee taste, vanilla extract, nice malt. Finish has a nice bite to it, coffee aftertaste and creamy. Nice!
mustang3 (254) - Whitby, CANADA - JAN 30, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Pours a dark brown with very little head. Aroma and taste are almost all dry roasted coffee. This would make a great breakfast beer.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JAN 8, 2005
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
I am not a fan of coffee beer at all. At all. This brewery did a good job with the style, but I cannot say that I particularly liked the over-roasted dryness.
Commodore (112) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 6, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
I’m not a big coffee fan, so the huge coffee aroma was a bit of a turn off. Totally black and opaque; couldn’t see any light through it whatsoever. Sure enough, coffee taste (what was I expecting) but the consistency and mouthfeel was just right. In fact, it’s what made me kind of like this beer. Don’t think I’d order again, but a good experience nevertheless.
jzzbassman (1523) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - DEC 30, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma like fresh ground coffee, if a little smaller. Poured almost black, with a slight tan head. Flavor had a lot of coffee, and fortunately, GOOD coffee!! Loved the flavor, although when it got closer to room temp it had a liquoirice aftertaste.
Wish I could get this more often. Thanks, Secret Santa!!
zathrus13 (1730) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown/black, with a tan head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, and toasted malt. Body is medium to light, with coffee clearly dominating the flavor, with toasted maltin there too. It’s rather dry, with a little bit of bitterness.
Different and enjoyable.
MillStreetMan (152) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 30, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is probably the closest you can get to coffee with alcohol. I love it, but have it rarely, as coffee gives me migraines. It is dark and rich, with the colour, aroma and taste of a cup of coffee. As a university student, it is the perfect drink - alcohol and caffeine together!
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown color, roasty tan head, bearing the mark of the ring ’round a shot of espresso.
Aroma is rich and roasty, bitter and grainy, just what you’d want in a "coffee porter."
Taste is rather light and sweet, at first, ultimately smooth and medium-bodied. Very tasty, with a grainy, bitter finish.
This pulls off a delicate balance, for it encompasses both smooth drinkability with still an appropriate amount of bold coffee flavor. Not too much, not too little, just a taste, and ever-so-mellow that you can throw them back without trouble.
I liked it!