hopscotch (8460) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 19, 2005
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2008 Draft (nitro)... Harrisburg Beer Festival 2... Pitch black ale with a large, creamy, beige head. Wonderful retention. The aroma is of freshly ground, dark roast, coffee with traces of vanilla, hazelnut and caramel. The flavor is of "second runnings" coffee with whispers of dark chocolate and hazelnut. Medium-bodied and astringent with pillow-soft carbonation. Lengthy, bone-dry finish. Best of show, IMO!
hopdog (8455) - 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.
3fourths (7771) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 14, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2009 Nitro at Ottoís... This stout has an amazing look... rich and creamy head that cascades from the pitchblack body to a dark brown layer to a light brown layer to a creamy ice cream foam head. The lacing it leaves on the glass is pure art. Nose of rich, pure espresso and cream, an amazingly rich cream and coffee and even some dark fruit, one of the best smelling coffee beers ever. The coffee flavor is rich dark roast, fresh and lively, even has a small peppery note in the finish... overall just a quality tasting tout... with a additional milk chocolate creamy quality that works really well. The body is the only thing Iíve had similar to Peche Mortal at the brewery... so amazingly rich and creamy without being viscous. Iím not a fan of nitro but for this beer it works so damn well. Hands down this is the best dry stout Iíve ever had, and one of the best coffee stouts. 4.3.
Late 07/early 08 batch: lacking the richness and texture of previous batches. Slightly greenish, less-integrated coffee aroma. 3.9.
DocLock (7437) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow, I had this as French roast stout and didnít even realize it was Sumatra until this rating. Pours onyx with a creamy off-khaki head. Nose was heavy coffee, roasty dark malt, cacao. Tastes like freshly brewed Sumatra coffee, very heavy with the coffee flavor, and with dark malt, dark choc, and an oily palate. Smooth and very flavorful, this one is great, although coffee haters likely will abhor it, which is a shame because it is quite good.
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.
Braudog (5461) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - JAN 12, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at KClingerís. Pure black gold, nice resilient and foamy thick top. With just a light ashy aroma, this drinks creamy and smooth, mildly chocolatey. Not too much different than chocolate milk. Quite mild and enjoyable. (#3285, 1/10/2008)
egajdzis (5169) - 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.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 19, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
HBF 2005. Nitro. Pours rich deep black with a tan head. Aroma is instant coffee, similar to espresso. The flavor reminded me of a frappacino- lots of rich coffee and some chocolate with roasted hints. Very smooth too. I wish I could have tried more of this at the fest.
EithCubes (4575) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 19, 2009
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draught as "Dark Roast Coffee Stout". Nitro pour lends a lasting, creamy tan head, pitch body. Nose is pure coffee with a little cream, no sense of sugar or malt or even beeriness - the coffee lover in me just orgasmed. Light body, smooth, a gently dark roast coming through (no significant carbonation/effervescence), has balance and tact and even a little authentic coffee tang [i.e., acidity]. Superb, could repeat this every morning and every evening, probably my favorite of the day.
kramer (4572) - 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 Iíve 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.