VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - AUG 3, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sample at the 2008 VT Brewers Fest - Poured a dark black/brown in color with a very small tan head. Aroma is definitely of coffee, but that’s about it. Flavor was a bit better... strong coffee with dark malts. Finishes somewhat astringent, but clean. Just OK...
BeerFanDan17 (1029) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - JUL 21, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very good coffee stout. Strong flavor and aroma of roasted coffee. Still, smooth and delicious. Sampled at the St. Pete Florida Craft Beer Fest.
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is big coffee and roasted malts. pours black with a tan head. flavor is all the notes of coffee comming together with stout, but in a kind of shallow way. Like most sam adams beers it just lacks depth somewhere, clean flavor that are what they are. earthy and somewhat dry from the coffee. I liked it though I probably wouldn’t buy it, its the one I voted for.
weezfour (124) - Oradell, New Jersey, USA - JUL 18, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Great beer. I’m not even a coffee drinker and i loved the flavor. Wish i had more of a sample, basically a shot glass. Super black, nice creamy head. Rich texture and flavor. Roasted.
moelikebeer (221) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUL 7, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at "Beer Lover’s Choice" taste test at Cellars in St. Paul. Clear dark brown pour with medium head. Rich aroma of coffee and sweet chocolate. Similar flavor with a creamy smooth mouthfeel. Definitely my choice of the two "Beer Lover’s Choice" samples.
badgerben (4576) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUL 4, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black color with a thin head. Coffee aroma (duh) with roasted malt. A little fruit... I think cherry. The taste is more of a medium roasted coffee. Strong roasted barley. Simple, but very good.
Skyview (5283) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUL 3, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at Cellar’s Wine & Spirits in St Paul, Minnesota as "Beer Lover’s Choice" test beer. Pours an opaque dark brown brew with a thin off-white head that quickly dissipates toa fine film and thin off-white ring. Aroma of distinct coffee beans, roated dark malt, some flowery hops and a touch of sweet cherry. Taste is medium bodied, light carbonation with flavors of coffee, toasted dark malt, some fruity character and a touch of berries. Finish is slightly sweet with a nice coffee aftertaste that lingers for a moment after the finish. Of the two Beer Lover’s Choice, this would be my pick.
morrdt (715) - Dirty Mo’, North Carolina, USA - JUN 30, 2008
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Sampled at the 2008 Folio Weekly Beer Festival, this beer poured a dark coffee brown color with a tan head. Aroma is all coffee beans, as is the taste as well. In fact, the coffee overwhelms this beer, and it is on a fast track to be the losing beer in this year’s Beer Lover’s Choice contest being run by Samuel Adams.