Heathen (1444) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 31, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
THOUGHTS: If you like coffee, you’ll like this.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, very dark red that looked black when not held to light with a small to average, tan head that mostly diminished and left fair lacing. The aroma was a little weak, but had moderate roasted, caramel and coffee malts; coffee beans and ground coffee. Lots of coffee. The initial flavor was lightly to moderately sweet, acidic and bitter; while the finish was sweet, acidic, bitter and slightly sour. The flavor was a little weak, but had sweetened coffee with a little cream, sour coffee, coffee beans and coffee grounds. The medium to full body was creamy and then a bit dry with fizzy carbonation and a chalky and moderately astringent finish.
after4ever (5927) - Brier, Washington, USA - JAN 31, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. pours nearly jet black with a loose creamy tan head. big coffee nose with tons of chocolate and roast hanging around. creamy medium body with soft carb. coffee, chocolate, and roast on the mid palate, long coffee finish.
cheap (3801) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2010
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
My nose is a little stuffy so I don’t smell much coffee. Big black oily presentation, no head. First taste yeilds barely any carbonation. Comes across rude as bitter black cold coffee can be. Strong black morning coffee that was on the burner for awhile then chilled and served. CXan’t really tell there is alky in there due to the black coffeedness. Finish is same as session.
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Sample Date: 10/10/2009 Source:Other) 12 oz bottle. Roast with light coffee in the aroma. Clear very dark almost black. Coffee in the flavor with roast and chocolate. Light body and light thin mouthfeel. Finish is dry roast with a coffee residual. Pretty good.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark chestnut/hazelnut brown color out if the bottle but appears almost black in the glass and completely opaque with dark ruby/mahogany edges and a frothy one finger light beige head that slowly fades into a lasting ring.
Slightly roasted coffee bean aroma with a lot of silky chocolate maltiness balancing things out. Bittersweet dark and milk chocolate, lactic creaminess, subtle hops, caramel, slight burnt toast and nut.
The flavor is similar to the aroma in that it is we balanced and not overly roasty, letting the silky chocolate malts to shine through. Unfortunately, the body is too thin and watered down with a bit too much carbonation and roasted character up front. Lots of burnt old coffee flavor. Decent balance by the above mentioned bittersweet dark and silky milk chocolate. Hints of toffee, caramel, burnt toast and slight hops. Nice balance but too thin with a weird astringent stale coffee flavor.
blklab2007 (1878) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 14, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle poured a dark chestnut brown in color with a thin light tan head. aroma has bold coffee, dark malt, and a bit of sourness on the end. mouth feel is solid with low carbonation and a nice coating. flavor really hits some oily roasted coffee, roasted malt, light bitterness, and again a hit of vinegar on the finish.
hellomisterp (56) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz. bottle. Pours dark as night with little to no head. Strong coffee aroma with hints of licorice. Highly carbonated and very bitter. I am tasting more bitter chocolate flavor then coffee. "fair" at best.
keepersj12 (2560) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 3, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty dark brown almost black with a small tan head. Aroma of bitter chocolate, coffee, roast malt. Taste is similar to the aroma with a bit of sweetness in the background. Very smooth and clean finish.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 2, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle on 10/18/2009. Dark black body with a large creamy tan head. Sweet roast, chocolate and coffee aroma. Dry coffee flavor with some light bitterness on a chocolate and roast background. Medium body with moderate carbonation.
JFGrind (1808) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had a few pints of ’Joe’ while watching Temple football in their first bowl appearance in 30 years. Medium bodied porter with cocoa, coffee and underlying hop bitterness. Made for an enjoyable porter to drown sorrows of a bad second half and ultimate loss by Temple to UCLA.