ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz bottle into a pint glass, from notes.
A: Pours a dark ruby color with a one finger mocha-colored head. The latter has a nice creaminess, which allows it to leave some nice lacing on the glass.
S: Wow. Nice. Tons of vanilla and chocolate make itself known immediately, with an underlying tone of brown sugar. The coffee really comes out strong when allowed to warm up.
T: At first, it’s slightly chocolaty. Then BOOM! Coffee hits the palate hard. Normally, this would be great, but the coffee here is stale and vegetal. There are also hoppy and vanilla hints hanging around the finish. Shame about the stale coffee, because this is pretty decent otherwise.
M: Light and fairly crisp, and quite dry. The coffee’s really going to work on the palate, giving this beer nice drinkability, even without the presence of assertive carbonation.
O: Not bad, but it could have been so much more if the coffee here was ’fresher’. Incidentally, my friend who I drank this with enjoys stale coffee, meaning he loved it. YMMV, natch.
SudsMcDuff (5645) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
from bottle in sugarland on the steps of city hall .. . dark chestnut amber .. strong head, mild lacing .. . fruit, instant coffee, and mild mexican vanilla milk .. . pretty good but a bit plain .. . . i’ve never seen a pigeon...
BrettTaylor (366) - Radford, Virginia, USA - FEB 20, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from bottle in cellar (52F) into snifter. Pours a moderately dark brown, with khaki head. Head is fairly resilient and leaves a good amount of lacing. Aroma - in one word, I’d say confused - coffee (old), dark red fruits, a touch of cinnamon - the nose is somewhat off-putting immediately after opening. Taste - really complex, dark fruits, smoke, coffee, something a little tart. There’s almost a flavor of roasted hot peppers mid-palate and during the finish. The finish is long and really dark and you can taste a bit of the cocoa nibs and it’s still a bit spicy. I really don’t know what to think of this but I wouldn’t go out of my way to taste this again.
Blairgus (2343) - California, USA - FEB 14, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
14 feb 2014, bottle. Murky brown. Nose is coffee and rather acidic. Sugary coffee/mocha, dry coffee grounds finish. Something slightly unusual here. I wonder if it's the cinnamon. Maybe it's a bit stale. Ok.
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kwoeltje (2207) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - FEB 13, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(StLCoB tasting) deep brown with off white head. Aroma of vanilla and cocoa. Flavor is coffee, cocoa, some vanilla.
RespertFTW (457) - Michigan, USA - FEB 3, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Reddish brown. Lots of different flavors trying to come through here and it doesn’t really work that well. Maybe cinnamon chocolate? Not crazy about this one.
Gerbeer (1407) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
650 ml bottle. Pours a very dark mahogany with light head. Spicy aromas of chicory, cinnamon, and raisin bread. Flavors of cinnamon, coffee, tobacco, and roasted malts. Quite spicy up front but mellows towards the end. Interesting.
reebtogi (3797) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650ml bottle pours a dark brown color with a 2 finger light brown head that leaves some really nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is dark chocolate with some roasted grains and hints of vanilla. Taste is a bold chocolate malty sweetness with a light roasted grain and coffee bitterness, with hints of vanilla and a touch of cinnamon in the finish. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A very interesting brew which I enjoyed sampling immensely.
swanmann (561) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Coffee color with ruby tones and generous tan foam, lively and subsiding gradually. Aromas of soy, cocoa, vanilla, and a bit of boozy vapor. The flavor is sweet, like a porter, some chocolate and vanilla, very mild bitterness,with some warmth and just a bit of sour, fruit finish. Slightly syrupy mouthfeel with soft, smooth carbonation. Very delicious brew
DocLock (7421) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from variety pack Dec 2013. Pours hazy chestnut colored with 1-finger off-white head. Nose is huge hot peppers, coffee, some cacao. Tastes of coffee, roasty dark malt mild nuts, molasses, cacao, and jalapeno flavor late. Medium in palate heft and complexity, with more sticky caramel and cacao notes late.