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 (2123) - Alpharetta, Georgia, 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!
Frank (2188) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 3, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a damn decent coffee stout from Sam Adams. It’s a nice dark brew w/ a thin but long lasting head of fine bubbles. The coffee flavor isn’t at all overbearing but definitely there. The nose is quite mild but the flavor is somewhat creamy w/o being sweet. Overall, I’d put this somewhat it the realm of a dry stout or a porter but w/ pronounced coffee tones. It works well and is very drinkalbe while still being flavorful. I got this in the seasonal sampler but I could definitely see myself buying it by the six pack.
Drake (6488) - Ivy, Virginia, USA - NOV 2, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from a sampler. Pours dark brown with a thin tan head. Average head retention. Aroma of coffee, milk, toasted malts and a bit of roast. The taste is coffee, chocolate, roasted malts and bitter hops in the finish. A faint banana-like fruitiness. Medium bodied.
Skyview (5023) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Picked up single 12-oz bottle at Heritage Liquors in Maplewood, MN. Pours an opaque dark brown colored brew with a creamy beige head that quickly dissipates to a film top and thin beige ring. Aroma of milk chocolate, toasted black malt, some coffee and a hint of vanilla. Taste is medium bodied, more distinct coffee flavor than its aroma with additional flavors of toasted chocolate malt, and some mild floral hops. Finish is a little chalky, some coffee aftertaste and mild bitterness.
Onionkid (301) - Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA - NOV 2, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Aroma of coffee and chocolate. Flavor first hits like black coffee but then mellows out to some dark chocolate. Flavor also has some creamed/roasted properties to it. I really like this beer! Aftertaste is a bit weak to me and tastes watery, otherwise this is a solid beer! 5.8% alcohol.
Mora2000 (4040) - McKinney, Texas, USA - NOV 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a large tan head. The aroma is very heavy on the coffee with some chocolate mixed in. The coffee smells like straight black coffee with no sissy sugar or cream added. The flavor is also very heavy on the coffee. There are also some roasted malt and chocolate notes, as well as a little bit of cream. The beer is a little thinner in body than I expected and the carbonation is medium to high. A very nice coffee stout and one that I hope goes into regular production.
Josiah2729 (7) - La Vergne, Tennessee, USA - OCT 31, 2011 does not count
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma: strong coffee, roasty malts,
Appearance: black, cloudy, frothy, two finger head, excellent lacing all the way down.
Taste: Slightly bitter, roasted malts, slight coffee taste
Palate: Medium Body, creamy, soft carbonation, long finish
Overall: A nice new addition from Samuel Adams
SSSteve (3378) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 30, 2011
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle from winter mix pack. pours silky black with a small, stable, creamy. fine bubbled head. nose is very strong creamed dark roast coffee with sugar. medium body with moderate carbonation. flavors blend bitter coffee with roasted malt and a faint note of hops in the finish. nice surprise.