rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - NOV 5, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle poured into a Sam Adams pint glass.
Appearance is almost solid black with a very slight ruby when held up to light. Tan head is solid and lacing is good.
Smells strongly of coffee along with some chocolate Almost like a mocha. Delicious.
The taste is very coffee forward along with a subtle chocolate. There is some bitterness in the finish Iím going to assume from the hops although there is no hop taste. This is also a fairly sweet beer though not to the point of being cloying.
I really enjoy this beer. I am a fan of coffee stouts and while the mouthfeel might be a tad bit thin here, the abv is lower than most other coffee stouts so itís to be expected. I will definitely be drinking a lot of these this winter.
cbfobes (2880) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from 12oz bottle, pours black with a thick off white head and lacing, aroma is of fresh ground coffee with a hint of chocolate, the flavor has a bitter coffee front end with a chocolate finish, really not that bad at all.
PorterPounder (6981) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 5, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tallahassee, Fl - Earth Fare - 12 oz bottle - part of their Winter variety pak. Tar-black appearance, nice sticky mocha colored head. Earthy aroma with some black coffee, potting soil and dark chocolate. Flavor is bold with plenty of bakers chocolate, espresso and roasted notes. Nice, chalky mouthfeel. Very solid stout.
Arayaga2 (2062) - 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 (5872) - 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 (6425) - 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 (161) - 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 itís 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 (934) - 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 (2875) - 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!