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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 4.03/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 19, 2007
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
3fourths (9148) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 14, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2009 Nitro at Otto’s... 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 I’ve had similar to Peche Mortal at the brewery... so amazingly rich and creamy without being viscous. I’m not a fan of nitro but for this beer it works so damn well. Hands down this is the best dry stout I’ve 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2007
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kmweaver (3207) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2009
Wow, I had this as French roast stout and didn’t 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
agl108 (1066) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2007
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (11622) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 4, 2007
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 30, 2008
On nitro at the brewpub listed as ’’Dark Roast Coffee Stout’’. Poured deep black in color with a medium sized tan creamy nitro head. Aroma of tons of roasted coffee with a light sweetness on the nose. Tasted like it was 1/2 coffee and 1/2 stout. Very intense coffee taste, smooth creamy mouth feel, with light chocolate notes. I really thought this was quite drinkable. I had Sumatra stout on tap a couple years back. I believe I liked that version slightly more than this version.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkmagus82 (2271) - - MAY 23, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 3-17-12 - Served in a pint glass Appearance – Deep dark black nitrogen driven brew. The nitrogen/carbon dioxide mix of bubbles gave a beautiful lighter brown color cascading upwards through the beer as it settled after serving. The head was off -white/tan in color and had a fair degree of persistence. Upon fading slowly over time it gave way to only a very small amount of lacing and left a whispy foam on the surface of the brew that persisted throughout the drinking experience. Smell – The smell was very subtle. Notes of roasted nut and malt and a light roasted coffee flavor are detected. There is an ever light cocoa aroma mixed in as well. All are very light. Taste – The taste is of a nice dry stout mixed with light coffee flavors. It has a toasted oat base with a little flavor of chocolate malt, light vanilla, and nut mixed in. The coffee flavor begins rather light and seems to gain strength progressively through the taste soon overpowering some of the more subtle flavors of the vanilla and nut. Mouthfeel – Smooth and creamy. The body allows the beer to immerse itself in every taste bud, giving a wonderful feel. Overall – A very good and easy drinking beer. The coffee is light, but in some ways takes away from some of the more subtle flavors that are present , such as the vanilla and nut. Very nice overall however and one I would do again and again.

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