kmweaver (3200) - Petaluma, California, USA - JAN 1, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nitro @ Otto’s. Pours the color of oily coffee beans; no light coming through; huge, foamy chocolate-milk colored head with perfect retention and lacing that coats the glass; a beautiful pour. Dense, roasted coffee and chocolatey malts in the aroma; gorgeous coffee presence with a bit of cocoa powder. Huge amounts of well-roasted coffee in a medium-to-full mouthfeel: soft, creamy coffee grains and bitter chocolate; biscuity, chewy malts at the core; incredibly drinkable with a gorgeous coffee character. Lengthy finish showing coffee, milk chocolate, and dough.
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
very nice strong fine espresso aroma. vey fine dense yet slightly small, espresso like head. this brew has a more full and refined coffee flavor than any I have tried. finishes sweet nicely balancing the coffee and bitter start. finishes dry and bitter eriely like a fine espresso.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 19, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brewpub on 5/16/07: Pours an opaque black with a dense, dark tan frothy, well-lacing head. Aroma of fresh brewed espresso and dark chocolate with a touch of roasted malt and sweet caramel. Body starts fairly full and lightly sweet with great balanced coffee presence and mild complexity toward a smooth, creamy finish. This would make an awesome session brew.
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler filled from a nitro-pour...
Appearance is near black with a dark brown hue and a mild, tan cap that slowly fades into a gentle cap. Spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of the obvious coffee, cocoa, vanilla, and toasted nuts.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with the coffee being the huge standout among the flavors.
Mouthfeel is very much full of coffee grounds with a dryness and mild astringency that takes you for a ride.
Overall, not bad.
hopdog (8225) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 4, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample courtesy of axilla. Poured a dark and deep brown (nearly black) color with a very small sized off white head. Without initially knowing what beer had been poured, I immediately though, yummmm, coffee beer! Aromas of coffee, coffee grounds, roast and some chocolate. Tastes follow with some vanilla (coffee latte). Nice - I sure love real good coffee beers.
egajdzis (5117) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 3, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2008 Poured a black color, with a medium sized, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee (the good stuff, not the shitty coffee you sometimes find in stouts...) chocolate, and a bit of vanilla bean as well. Taste of more chocolate, with dry, roasted malts, and a bit more vanilla in the taste.
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 15, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma was big on coffee, but I think stifled by the nitrogen, there just wasn’t that big stout aroma pouring out of it. Very dark beer, with typical pretty nitro head. Flavor was coffee in a noticeable way, but also had some chocolate, and dark dray malt flavors. Palate was similar to a Guinness from the nitro, oddly thin feeling for a stout. Despite all my gripes I still liked the beer, however, I was expecting much more.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4292) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled on draft at the brewery this beer poured a black color with a large creamy brown head. The aroma was strong coffee and roasty malts. The flavor was strong, rich expresso with a toasty malt base and a long roasty coffee bean finish. There is a hint of vanilla underneath. The mouthfeel is extremely thick and creamy.
agl108 (690) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at Ottos, Penn State. Poured jet black with creamy tannish head. Flavor completely dominated by coffee and roasted malt. Tastes like a 50/50 mix of coffee and beer.
kramer (4363) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap, 2007 Taming of the Brew. Pours a very dark brown, almost black, body under a creamy light brown nitrogenated head. A thick covering of creamy head retained for the duration. The aroma is just simply delicious. Fresh brewed coffee, dark roasted malt, chocolate and cream. It reminded me of a mocha milkshake, I could tell this was going to be good. The flavor did not let down. Great fresh espresso flavor, lots of roast and chocolate, heavy cream, simply amazing. I kept coming back in my mind to one of those Starbucks Mocha Frappucchino drinks. The mouthfeel was very creamy and rich, which I found unusually good given that this was on nitro. Normally nitro makes it seem thinner to me. Overall, this was great, and one of the best I’ve ever had from Ottos. This was so good that I had four 4 ounce servings in a row, then returned later in the evening for three more. This may require a trip up to the brewery for more.