Bassikpoet (93) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Strong notes of coffee, chocolate and probably black patent malts. Pours dark brown with a sliver of tan head. Pleasantly carbonated but relatively thin (bordering on porter material) and a little oily. Mild and balanced with the bitterness of the coffee adding a small zing (not much though). Could be better, but could be worse.
daleharshman (987) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle from 2011 Winter Classics 12-pack, purchased at BevMo in Carmel Mountain ($13.99 for the 12-pack). Pours dark brown with a finger and a half of brown foam that soon recedes. Aroma of heavily milked and sugared coffee, thick sticky caramel, and brown sugar. Flavor of sweet-ish and somewhat milked-up coffee (like the canned milk coffee I used to buy from the machines when I lived in Japan), some dark chocolate, toffee, and lightly burnt dark malts. Finishes with a big burst of dark coffee. Very much a COFFEE stout and good on a "chilly" San Diego night. (323, 761)
LeRose (73) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
In the winter mix pack, poured into pint glass.
Dark, dark, dark almost to black. Kind of a thin head, but retained pretty well.
Aroma - coffee hit me first, then chocolate and not much beyond that for me.
Taste - I disliked the chocolate stout quite a bit so was prepared for the worst but was surprised. Although it had a lot of flavor and I could definitely taste the roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate clearly, it wasn’t overpowering. It wasn’t intensely sweet like the chocolate stout. The carbonation was pretty high too and I think that livened it up.
Enjoyable and I drank the second bottle as my "next" out of the holiday pack.
Serving type: bottle, reviewed from notes
DCLawyer (1969) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - NOV 18, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle->SA glass. Dark brown with tanhead. Aroma of coffee and malt. Flavor is more coffee with dark chocolate, roasted malt. Solid coffee stout.
robforbes (2089) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - NOV 12, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours black with a ruby red tint, a medium size brown head, and very good lacing.
smell is of cocoa, slight coffee, and sour malt.
taste is dry yet smooth, chocolate, some coffee, malt, and some hops. ends on the dry side and slightly bitter.
AirForceHops (5029) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nitro draft @ Thirsty Moose for a Tap Take-over on 18 October, 2012. Excellent nose of fresh warm coffee and roasted malts. Medium-bodied with a richly infused coffee bean character. Flavors of caramel, chocolate powder and a weak, fruit type hop. I truly enjoy the lingering coffee blended with the sweet roasted malts. I can tell the coffee bean was a higher quality, it really shows. Glad I had this on Nitro, so good I ordered another. Lip-smacking good.
Could drink this all night.
brokensail (14042) - San Leandro, California, USA - OCT 25, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark brown in color with a thick khaki head. Slight diacytel, sweet toffee, and a bit of roasted malt. Very mild coffee, some char, and a bit of chocolate. Light prune note, too. Bland and watery flavor, some roast, chocolate, and a light coffee flavor. Some burnt toast and coffee on the finish.
bkurtz (1009) - PERU - OCT 6, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
As advertised, this is a solid expresso stout. It is well made, with a smooth finish and a definite expresso flavor.
finn1918 (232) - Georgia, USA - SEP 19, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Something different, but a good different. Pours amost black with a tan head that lingers for a bit. Coffee aroma and taste takes an aggressive stand here: a coffee stout with no apologies. Sweet at first, but coffee and hop bitterness play off of each other for a savory finish. This is a good candidate to convert the "light beer" crowd to the world of craft brews. Even my wife loved it, and she hates beer.
Shakesbeere (219) - Oxford, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a dark brown with a cream head. Smells of roasted coffee and chocolate malt. Taste is of crips coffee roast with balanced bitterness and caramel/toffee malt with a roasted finish and aftertaste. Palate is nice -- not overly creamy but sufficiently thick -- feels relatively clean. An enjoyable stout.