AGAquino (657) - San Juan, PUERTO RICO - JAN 7, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
on tap at brewpub. Nice balanced, slightly sweet stout. Balanced flavour and alcohol. My seconf favourite of their offerings
abcfan (651) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 28, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very nice brew. Pours near black, with tan head. Nice roasted coffee aroma. Not much carbonation in this one which is good. Kind of thin in the mouth, but it works well with the carribean temps. Best brew of theirs that I sampled. Would drink again.
mar (4464) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 22, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
hand bottle from tizzlejizzle. thick roasted malts on the nose along with hints of dark chocolate. decent thickness and the roasted malts come thru quite well and the finish is nice and chocolatey as well.
pumpmaster (1051) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - JUN 14, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap 4.5 oz sample at the O.H. Brewery in Old San Juan, PR Best beer for this location!
cheap (3657) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2008 Had this at the brewpub in Old San Juan during my visit to Puerto Rico. Roasty attractive aroma, makes my mouth water. Very dark near blackish but I can see hints of light thru this brew. Palate is pretty much flat but it does have plenty of good stout character. Roasty wet old damp campfire coals from last nights weeny and marshmallow roast. Nice and well behaved, not much oppressive bitter bite in this one and I’m glad of it. Friendly finish that is not over the top, just right. The best beer I sampled at Old Harbor. Not bad for a sweet stout, if your in the area, better try this one.
Pwn3d (1959) - Manhattan, New York, USA - APR 3, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the San Juan location. This really surprised me. Pours black with a ruby tint. This bold brew is heavily structured around rich espresso flavors and some dark chocolate fudge. I wouldn’t exactly think of drinking stout when I was in the Caribbean, but i would always be up for sucking on this bitty.
unclemattie (3903) - Georgia, USA - NOV 1, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
27 oct 07, on tap @ Old Harbor Brewery in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. Dark, thick looking. Creamy Off-white, light tan looking head. Aroma of Rich Cappuchino. Fresh fudge flavored coffee. Flavors of black coffee... Finishes like a rich coffee drink. Very dominate flavors. RICO!
Derek881 (917) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 2, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the great brewpub in Old San Juan. This beer was excellent, I was very pleasantly surprised, as it grealy exceeded expectations! The aroma was not particularly strong; mostly malt characters, with some chocolate, coffee, and maybe a bit of caramel, all with a roasty tone. A good appearance, very dark, basically black in color, with a moderate, creamy, dark-tan head. The flavor was excellent, and the highlight of the beer. I am not a coffee drinker, but the flavor was great, and immediately hit my mouth. There were some underlying chocolate tones, and a bit of a milky effect too. It was creamy and very smooth on the palate, with modest carbonation. Overall, a wonderful beer, I am very glad I chose it.
OldGrowth (2338) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 6, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at brewpub. Good aroma. Bitter. Roasty, burnt coffee, baking chocolate, hint of bourbon, little caramel. Clean brownish black color. Small head that lingered, minor lace. Bitter roasty flavor, like aroma. Medium body, smooth slippery mouthfeel, bitter dry finish. Nice, best of the bunch I had here. Bitterness was sometimes too on the burnt malt side for my overall happiness.
GarrettB (842) - La Jolla, California, USA - OCT 8, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2007 The taste of this toothsome sweet stout is entirely matching with the tropical island spirit, but I feel that Puerto Rico, the place where I had it, is the wrong island. It’s a typical dark beer, darker in the low light of the humid brew house. The smell contained the familiar tones of chocolate, coffee and even a little honey that accompanies most sweet stouts. But the taste is where the stellar character of the Kofresi sparkles. It’s a brew with a heaping mountain of dark chocolate and espresso flavors with a most curious aspect of Kona coffee. Any time spent in Hawaii, especially the commercial areas, teaches a tourist exactly what kona is, even without ingesting any. It’s a marvelous feat, and a testament to the distinctive flavor of this special coffee. Kofresi was the first sweet stout I had ever had, coming hot on the heels of my 21st birthday. It’s a vibrant memory in my beer career and will always remain so. My theory of “why” rests on the idea of imprinting. Like a baby bird attaching itself to a mother, I came to associate the Kofresi stout with all that was good in stouts. Also consider the only other stouts I had prior to Kofresi were all extremes in their own category, none really like the other – imperials, watery stouts, poorly rendered chocolate stouts and so on. It seemed like a scattered definition at the time, but Kofresi focused it. It was also a good beer to appreciate sweet stouts at an apprentice level of tastemanship. Simple yet lovely with a few different levels to pick apart, it was easy enough for me to ponder on it at that tender age in beer scholarship. I’d still rant and rave about it if I had it today as opposed to a year ago, but at that time it was the right beer at the right time with a most delicious taste that militated against any thoughts of abandoning the beer tasting hobby.