brokensail (10645) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy golden pour with a dense white head. Intense coffee around and a nice sweetness. Bread, a surprising roast character, and a nice lactose note. The flavor has a very intense coffee flavor. A bit earthy, a bit spicy, and a bit chocolatey. Good lactose and malt sweetness, a bit of toffee, and some of the same roast notes. Very nicely done.
Leighton (10540) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 3, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the brewpub. Pours orange-gold with a modest, white foam head. Pretty nice stuff but the coffee character is really aggressive. Big coffee in the aroma followed by even bigger coffee presence in the flavor. Also notes of sweet bread and dried berries. Medium bodied with fine to average carbonation. Strong, pungent coffee finish. Somewhat one-dimensional but quite nice if you enjoy your coffee dark and strong.
GT2 (8283) - San Diego County, California, USA - AUG 12, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at 38 Degrees for The Full Pint 6th Anniversary. Panama version. Pours clear orange with nitro white foam. Sheets of nitro foam. Nose is rich coffee, hilarious for SRM, pretty much smells like walking into a sidewalk coffee shop. Taste is really nice- caramel frappacino comes to mind, vanilla latte, rich. I don’t usually like coffee beers, but this one really was delicious.
BMan1113VR (7834) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 22, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2013 On tap at PlaygroundDTSA (their first anniversary beer: Don’s Naughty Sauce). Pours with a hazed brown hued body with a creamy tan head. The aroma is absolutely insane. Massive brown sugar, toasted nuts, coffee, light tobacco and some very nice bready malt character. Very complex coffee, some lactose character. Stunning. Flavors are bready with brown sugar notes, shortbread, and an intense and vibrant coffee character. Light roasted notes. Creamy, medium to fuller body, velvety. Awesome!
iowaherkeye (2690) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - FEB 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nitro at Blind Lady Ale House, side by side with the Bean Bump. Clear medium yellow amber, whitish Nitro head. Big coffee aroma, though less after I’d smelled bean bump. Also smells a little sweet with vanilla and lactose, but again, way less after drinking the Bean Bump. Flavor has plenty of coffee, no burnt or acidic notes. A little sweet, but after a couple sips of the Bump, seems rather tasteless and watery. Light body with low carbonation. Actually very tasty and sessionable, albeit it’s mainly a big coffee bomb. I am OK with this. The Bean Bump is just so much more intense with fruity coffee berry notes it makes this one a little less badass. I think I’d like a halfway point between the two. More coffee complexity in the lower alcohol beer to, well, make it more complex.
Blairgus (2566) - California, USA - APR 13, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
13 apr 2013, nitro tap at Noble Ale Works. Dark gold. Nose is HUGE espresso. Med, creamy body, mildly fizzy. Delicious espresso with milk, some bitter coffee bean finish. Lovely!
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DedicatedToFun (2334) - Santa Monica, California, USA - JUL 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Library Alehouse, awesome golden pour, white head, nose is coffee, taste is coffee, creamy and delicious!
beersearcher (2315) - Glendale, California, USA - FEB 2, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is my early favorite for best beer if 2013. A swirling combination of sweet, coffee and creaminess. It is a strong coffee aroma but the taste is balanced with the three other components very well. Almost like a coffee and cream popsicle. One of those special beers whose aroma is so great you don’t want to drink it but you have to because it tastes do good.
MadRobin (1867) - Silver Spring, USA - FEB 13, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Slater's 50/50 in San Diego, CA.
Clear bright gold with large off-white head and excellent lacing. Yes, a golden milk stout.
Aroma of chocolate, coffee and caramel.
Taste of chocolate, coffee and caramel.
Medium/full body and soft carbonation.
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haddon90 (1440) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 1, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Hollingshead. Pours a clear, dark golden color with a thick, frothy, white head. Strong aroma of coffee and chocolate. Very smooth taste with coffee and a chocolate finish. Unique gold stout, but one of the more impressive beers I have ever had!