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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 4.03/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
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A dry stout brewed with Sumatra Mandeling coffee. This ale combines the smooth dryness of an Irish stout with the aroma and flavor of a bold coffee. This stout is nitro-poured for a delicious creamy taste.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4546) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2007
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.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nate (3556) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2005
Wonderful aroma! Deep roasted maltiness, chocolate and the best coffee aroma I’ve ever encountered on a stout. Like I opened a bag of freshly roasted, freshly ground coffee beans. Just a knock of bitterness. Dark black-brown, with light tan creamy lacing head. Medium watery silky body with light creamy carbonation that goes down really smooth. Starts with roasted, almost burned acidity. Mellowed by the nitrogenation to hamper the carbonic acidity. Big coffee flavor, like drinking a stout-flavored coffee rather than a coffee-flavored stout - one almost expects a caffeine buzz after drinking this. In fact the finish is almost like drinking coffee and swear there’s a chalky grittiness not unlike drinking French press coffee. Great chocolate and coffee notes in the finish. After is just a bit tangy and lightly bitter. Great stout.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - JAN 1, 2008
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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - APR 14, 2007
Growler from mj aka mjames. Very dark brown, nearly black body with no head. The aroma is light roast, chocolate, molases and coffee. The flavor is slightly dry, milk chocolate, coffee and roast. Medium body is soft with very little carbonation. Very nice.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
auerbrau (3126) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - OCT 21, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2008 Original Rating: 12/9/2007 Total Score: 4.2 On nitro at the brewpub. Aroma is dense, sugared soft coffee rise. Not acidic or tannic, but softened cream and hazlenut butter, blended back with some barrel char and a light salt lick. Pours a black liquor, frothed with a long fading brown to tan soap. Flavor maintains coffee complexity and richness through a relatively light body. I think this is the most stunning aspect of this beer is the real intense flavor persisting over a soothingly drinkable palate that carries light sugars, bits of cocoa nibs, and sweetened tea. Not on the salty side of a dry stout, not tinged with sourness, but the real essence of coffee blasts through. Clean, vibrant, and fresh. I also love the finish and smack. The palate carries the freshest, most delectable moist chocolate-mint leaf gum to work off of the robust coffee presentation. It’s the most amazing coffee and stout with hop interaction I’ve tasted. Truly enjoyable. Fantastic.

On nitro-tap as the ’’Dark Roast Coffee Stout’’ at the brewpub. Slight caramelized sugar, burnt toast, and almond-scented coffee aroma. Cold. Pours that classic dark black nitro-stout, with a mahogany cascade of bubbles and pencil-wide head of coffee and cream foam. Flavor is brisk, but immediately coarse in the java category. Some bristling over-steeped grounds and slight church coffee character find a home in the bland sugars. Acidic. The malt character has been obliterated by the dark, acidic and tannic coffee whose expression in and of itself cannot provide enough intrigue. The hops clash at the end with a conflicting twist. Clean, fresh, and so on, but just not the stellar blending of coffee and beer that the true Sumatra Stout is. Rated Oct 21, 2008. 7/4/7/3/14=3.5. I’m ignoring the Dark Roast Coffee Stout and leaving my original rating as the main score.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
eaglefan538 (2830) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 29, 2008
On draft at the brewpub in State College. The pour was fairly typical looking for the style, nice dark black color with a choco-colored decent sized head. Lacing on nil, head retention not as long as I would have liked. The aroma was strong coffee over top of some chocolate scents. The flavor was pretty ick, as this honestly (even with great anticipation as I was waiting for it to be served, love coffee stouts) was a mess, seemingly like someone poured coffee or coffee syrup into my beer. Roasty elements from the base stout, firm coffee, but just not melding together too nice. Left much to be desired. Mouthfeel was average, perhaps a tad on the sticky side, but certainly not a "sweet" concoction.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
adrian910ss (2277) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2007
On tap at the brewery. Pours a cola black with a gorgeous smooth and creamy thick brown head. Light aroma of faint coffee beans and malt. Taste is very smooth and creamy irish coffee flavor. Extremely smooth and creamy and not overdone. Excellent !! Will be getting a growler filled with this.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2006
Deep caramel-brown body with a creamy tan nitro head. Aroma of fresh, nicely roasted coffee with light creamy undertones. Big coffee flavor with nicely balanced sweetness and roast. No charred, over-roasted qualities that sometimes sink this style. Medium body, combined with the nitro, makes the mouthfeel a little slick. A solid coffee stout. Easily eclipses Bell’s Java Stout, which I happened to have had a few of in the preceding days.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jason (1675) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 7, 2006
Draft at the brewpub. WOW!!! Very strong but pleasant coffe smell made from my favorite coffee bean - sumatra. Very dark stout look with a very nice head that stays. Awesome, awesome taste. A nice bitter taste with a balanced coffee flavor without the cream. Very smooth and creamy making this a perfect drink for after a meal. Almost reminded me of an iced coffee taste. The flavor stays on your tongue long after your last sip. This is a great stout and one of Otto’s best. Cheers!

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nejhleader (1183) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2007
Had this at Hburgh beer fest awhile back, Had to get it like 3 or 4 times, I loved it. Great body, nice aroma, loved the coffee/mocha flavour. Was the best brew a sampled at the beerfest.


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