JMerritt (1819) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black in color, large tan head. Head dissipated rather quickly. Coffee aroma, but not overly so. Flavor is initially creamy, followed by a coffee bite and finished with slight roasted malt. Medium carbonation. A decent coffee stout, albeit rather ’light.’
Oakes (12777) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 28, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Near black; coffeeish yes, but not overly roasty. Hops and malts are understated, which detracts from the overall presentation of the beer. Still likeable, mind you, but timid.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 13, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
OK, I’ll try to be objective even though I didn’t personally care for it. It really smells of coffee. And tastes of coffee. And the aftertaste is of coffee. Get the idea. I don’t like coffee at all. Anyway, I suppose others would like it.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 13, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dry and with roasted barley flavors. Nothing to complex in this one just an average stout.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAY 6, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2003 This is edging in on world class in my mind. Deep, sharp roastiness and coffee flavor, with the perfect light-to-medium body to handle it. he body is indeed reminiscent of a dry stout (which I am not a fan of) but the flavors sit wonderfully on top of the perfectly carbonated body. A gem, and a true session stout. Outstanding. Thanks Kev.
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 5, 2002
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark mahogany with oats swimming around. Thin foamy tan head. Very light carbonation. There’s that spent grain aroma again. Some light roasted notes and husky grain aromas. Medium light body. Light roasted malts, very weak. Too airy as well. Light oat sweetness and minimal coffee aspects (from the malts you know). Finishes dry with a slightly more malted flavor. This is a decent Porter, at best, but a lame Stout and an even worse Coffee Stout. A pathetic marketing ploy if you ask me.
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - APR 30, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Alive with heady roasted flavours, this was a chief treat on a New Glarus pilgrimage I took with mwendt back in the day.
THE BEER BARON (275) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 28, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is one of my favorite stouts. A pleasure to drink.
BrewCityBomber99 (12) - Brookfield,, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 25, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A real nice coffee flavored stout, we prefer it to the Fuel Cafe from Lakefront Brewing. Highly Recommended.
cranesareflying (50) - Evanston, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2002
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Whoa! Who built the Starbucks so close to the brewery? Sir, would you like another shot of espresso in your beer? Perhaps you’d care for a scone or a Danish to go with that?
New Glarus is extending the limits of beer flavor here, but this seems kind of yuppyized or gimmicky to me. This is a dark brownish, malted stout, not too thick, with a very smooth and creamy coffee blend, and just a touch of sweetness, a quality beer that’s ultimately very thirst quenching. It’s the flavor that may leave some of us baffled for beer.