Thorpe429 (4944) - , Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big thanks to yourefragile for bringing this growler over. Served in a Mikasa tulip.
Pours a dark brown color that borders on black with a small off-white head that diminishes fairly quickly, leaving some sparse lacing as it falls.
The nose brings a good amount of chocolate and roast plus a good dose of coffee. Really, really nice coffee in the nose; it smells light fresh coffee beans. Very smooth and creamy. The flavor has more chocolate and coffee, but isn’t quite as well matched. Light sweetness and bitterness.
Body is full and nice creamy. Carbonation is light, leading to a smooth finish without any noticeable alcohol.
Overall this was a big winner. A nice surprise growler that I was more than happy to partake in.
hopscotch (8362) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler… Pours “new moon” black with a small, fizzy, beige head that diminishes slowly to a creamy, unending crown. The nose is a swirl of dark-roast whole bean coffee, dark chocolate (mocha) accompanied by a pleasant sliver of vanilla. Medium to full-bodied with a milky mouthfeel and adequate carbonation. The flavor is a perfectly-balanced blast of actor, carbonic coffee. Mid-length, crisp, minerally finish. Lots of caffeine in this baby, but the alcohol is well-hidden. I’m surprised to see the abv clocking in at 9.5%. As the brew nears room temperature a lovely aromatic component of toasted marshmallow is revealed. Crazy drinkable... dangerously so. Muchos kudos to richiesd for shipping this growler my way!
Swillbur (62) - Arizona, USA - MAR 19, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice dark black with a decent bit of head. Smell is off the charts expresso/coffee all over! tastes very smooth for being imperial. Coffee, chocolate and very smooth. Nice brew!
iowaherkeye (2675) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAR 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
"Pint" at OB. Black with brownish red edges and a one finger tan head, fading to a thick ring before long. Huge cold pressed coffee nose, some caramel and light chocolate following. Flavor continues with dominant coffee, some caramel, moderate (lactose?) sweetness. Semi-dry with bitterness peaking at a 3 or so, alcohol masked well. As much as i love coffee, this seems a little one dimensional. Perfect if you love coffee, though. Full body with low carbonation. I will order plenty more pints in the coming weeks.
elihapa (1519) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - JAN 15, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
7/1/11 notes: on tap, Beachwood Brewing. Pour is dark brown with a smallish head. Aroma has smoke, oats, black coffee. Flavor is firm blend of smoky malts, dark chocolate, creamy browned oats, lingering coffee. Bold and pronounced, this beer has that same brightness as a cup of bold black coffee in the morning. Job well done.
arminjewell (5143) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
What can I say, I’m a sucker for awesome coffee brews, and this one is a good one. Poured rich black with nice creamy tan head, aroma brought notes of big freshly ground coffee and espresso beans, some hints of chocolate and smoke with a touch of sweet toffee as well. Taste is like drinking a really tasty iced coffee that was really well made, no off flavors or acidity, chocolate and toffee back this up but overall very coffee forward.
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - OCT 16, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at PP OB. Dark opaque black color with a small mocha head. Medium in body and ok on your palate. Some weak coffee notes on the nose of this beer. Flavors present of chocolate , molasses, and an off caramel sweetness. The unnatural sweet flavor and funky yeast component not too appealing. The finish fades quite quickly. Didn’t like this beer a whole lot.
ebmalon (62) - Georgia, USA - OCT 8, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at gabf. Dark black pour. Big aroma of coffee toast and malt. Taste follows nose with lots of coffee and some smokiness a bit reminiscent of a rauchbier. A really big robust porter. Well done.
zizzybalubba (1253) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - OCT 1, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at GABF 2011. Dark brown to nearly black pour. Strong roasted coffee aroma. Flavor is mostly coffee with a light chocolate finish. Very nice.
tool2scream (187) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 25, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I loved this beer. As a coffee nut who has managed a coffee shop and love a perfectly pulled espresso more than I love beer, this beer hit the spot. This had some nice roasty, malty flavors. Little syrupy and sweet but it was just dominated by this authentic, fresh-ground coffee flavor i’ve only gotten out of beautifully pulled espresso before. The coffee in this was gorgeous and seriously resembles fresh-ground coffee. Just fantastic. I’m in love.