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Designated as 'Sample B', this coffee stout is the other offering for the 2008 Beer Lover's Choice Contest being run by Samuel Adams. Quite simply, this is being offered as "Ale with Coffee Beans", and nothing more to it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - OCT 12, 2008
Bottle courtesy of sebletitje. Pours dark brown with a small but lasting tan head that leaves good lacing. Aroma of acidic coffee and roasted malt. Taste is slightly stale coffee, roasted malt, and a hint of chocolate. Medium thin mouthfeel with a mild amount of bitterness and a slightly acidic finish. Not very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sebletitje (9348) - Enghien, BELGIUM - OCT 7, 2008
Courtesy of Tony @ OTH. Pours black with brownish head. Aroma was filled with coffee, espresso. Taste of good roasted coffee malts, a really ncie offering by Sam Adams, hoping this one makes it on the shelves. Lots of coffee, but lacking something else to make it really stand out from the rest.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 18, 2008
The second sample at the Music City Brewers Fest. Aroma of coffee and bitter chocolate with roasted malt. Flavor was malty with a good coffee flavor. Not too much of a bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DragonStout (1410) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2008
Sampled at the Winking Lizard in Columbus.This was the 2nd offering in the national voting taste test to see which beer Sam Adams will brew next.By far this beer is delicious.Poured black with a khaki head.The nose was of fresh brewed coffee with lots of roasted coffee flavor.The bitterness was mild as it finished.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jbuzz (812) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 8, 2008
SAmple at Three Cellers Milwaukee. Not bad i found it to be a little watery. Light on the malt and chocolate end. I would by if it goes into public sales

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 31, 2008
Sampled a recent trip to the brewery. Pours a dark brown to black with a thin tan head. Some glass lacing. Aroma is roasted sweet malts, coffee, some chocolate, maybe hints of toffee. Flavor is also decidedly coffee, but not as bitter as some stouts have a tendency to be. Sweet malty and chocolate notes emerge throughout tasting. Generally full-body with some nice lingering, coffee notes on finish. We split our votes with one for the witbier and one for the stout as we liked both.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerman6686 (6380) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 28, 2008
Poured an almost black color with a tan head. Aroma was of basically all coffe, not much more. Flavor was much the same, hardly any complexities, just watery coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 27, 2008
Pours black with some reddish brown around the edges and a small tan head. Aroma is mildly chocolate and sweet. Definite roasted malts with some black coffee bitterness. Not quite as strong of a coffee flavor as I was expecting, but it was there. Some mild caramel undertones. Flavor started off with some mild bitterness and roasted coffee flavor. There was a surprising sort of fruitiness that appeared, almost like putting some amaretto in coffee. Not too sweet but not too bitter. Sounds good, but the flavor was not too complex. There was a nice full body however, but it seemed pointless with the lack of depth in the body. This could have been way better. Still better than the witbier so I voted for it but it seemed like it was trying to be like Surly Coffee Bender (which was quite tasty) and just fell short.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 26, 2008
Sample B bottle. Pours a deep black with a quickly disapating khaki head. Nice roasted coffe aroma. Body looks like its going to be to light. It is. Decent coffee flavor but not enough body IMO. Good try but needs some creaminess & body

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 20, 2008
Bottle - Black, light tan creamy head. Soft coffee and caramelized dark chocolate aromas throughout. Sweet coffee and chocolate flavors ride just a hint of dry bitterness in the end. Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. My vote goes to Sample B without a doubt. Bottle provided by Bottoms Up in Naples, FL.

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