Arayaga2 (1796) - portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 5, 2011
2.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Brown/black with a dense inch of camel-colored head. Aroma is rich coffee, and taste is even more-so, which transitions almost seamlessly into a roasty malt finish, $2/12oz
TheBeerGod (5287) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 5, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pitch black with a short, frothy brown head. Strong aroma of coffee and roasted malt in the nose along with dark chocolate covered coffee beans. Taste is oily coffee beans, dark chocolate, roasted malt, burnt caramel and bitter coffee. Body is medium with a soft, bubbly carbonation. Ends with more dark chocolate, bitter coffee, roasted malt and burnt caramel.
blutt59 (6022) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 5, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled, black pour with a thin an ring, cocoa aroma with dark chocolate and malty black coffee flavor, bitter finish
phildorsey (160) - Fort Carson, Colorado, USA - NOV 4, 2011
4.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
12oz. btl. Pours black with a brown/tan frothy head. Roasty notes tingles the nosrtils. taste is FULL! smooth and creamy chocolate and coffee flavors. My taste buds are confused; I taste a porter, but it’s a stout. The flavor bold...like a dark roast coffee, excellant beer
sciencedude (62) - USA - NOV 4, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Yummy! I look forward to the Sam Adams Winter Seasonals collection every year and this is one which really surprised me when I first tried it. It pours with a fairly dark color and a rust colored head. The coffee taste hits you almost right away. As I am not a coffee person unless it is good coffee, let me tell you, this tastes like good coffee. An excellent desert beer and arguably my favorite Sam Adams.
smaynard6000 (643) - Apopka, Florida, USA - NOV 4, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Pours pitch black with a brown/beige head. Flavor is dominantly coffee, with roasted chocolate and caramel malts. Nice creamy coffee-like finish. This is a yummy beer.
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - NOV 4, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from winter mix pack. Pours black with rich tan head. Notes of fresh ground coffee, strong notes...hints of malt. Medium body with medium carbonation....solid brew!
RummyRedbeard (8) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 4, 2011 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(out of a 12 oz bottle) pours very dark with a finger length tan head. Smells heavily of mocha and coffee. Tastes literally like sweetened coffee mixed with melted chocolate -- absolutely delicious. In my opinion the most wonderful tasting Sam Adams beer ever. A great dessert beer for sure..
craftbeerdesign (2183) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 3, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle from the winter mixed case. pours a nice black with a 1 finger soft and creamy tan head which lasts throughout (a bit smaller). huge deep roasted coffee nose with lingering chocolate and vanilla tones. medium body with more coffee, roasted malts and chocolate. deep coffee finish with light vanilla and dark fruits. excellent coffee stout.
spydog (75) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - NOV 3, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
If blindfolded, you would smell the beer and think it was a Starbucks. Medium mouthfeel. Starts chocolaty and then comes the coffee. Bittersweet. I was pleasantly surprised as this came as part of a mixed winter 12-pack from Sam Adams. Exceeded my expectations on International Stout Day!