Silphium (3160) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 9, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep red-brown body, somewhat translucent, thick beige head. Buttery, roasty, coffee aroma. Coffee dominated the body, with notes of butter and ever-present roasted malts. Medium-bodied. Unremarkable; nothing separates this from other stouts of average repute.
TAR (2437) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2007 Dark mahogany. Puffy light tan foam clings to the glass. Tangy and airy aroma with notes of roasted grains and burnt cocoa. Mild coffee presence. Tongue tickling carbonation and grainy textured. Somewhat tangy, initially, with an expansive airiness which washes away the minute richness. Lushness is next to nil at the center, and the body remains light on its feet as coffee and chalky roast generate more dryness. Well-placed roasty depth is noted at room temperature, but isn’t much of a factor due to the pervasive airiness. Coffee yields a bit of brashness as you swallow, while bits of roasted grains, toffee, and chocolate seal the finish. Pretty uninspiring version, as the nose is overly airy/estery and lacks malt definition to coincide with the coffee, and the carbonation’s lack of density hinders the character and complexity of the malt.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is dark dark brown with a nice big bubbled tan head...smell is rich coffee with light notes of cocoa...taste is nice...good coffee flavor, not over the top like some other coffee beers...some faint chocolate toward the finish which is nicely smooth bitter...not over powering...some metallic qualities too...
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle picked up at Corral on a recent trip to St. Louis. while not a huge fan of coffee beers, this one was quite enjoyable. dark ruby brown on the pour with a tan head that settles down to some very nice lace. taste is a balanced blend of coffee, oatmeal and hop bitterness. good stuff.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Translucent, deep burgundy body with a short-lived sudsy light tan head. Aroma and flavor of chocolate-covered espresso beans, a hint of plastic phenols, and dark chocolate. Powerful coffee flavor although hop flavor does come through and the medium-high bitterness has the impression of being hop driven rather than roast or coffee driven. Mostly dry. An enjoyable coffee beer. Thanks Eric.
heemer77 (5096) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 6, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark brown body with a dark khaki colored head. The aroma is dominated by the coffee with some fresh hay and chocolate. The taste is strong coffee with some light roasted walnuts. There is also some dark chocolate. There is not a bitter aftertaste that some coffee stouts seem to have. Thanks for the bottle, Duane.
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle via trade with Duane - Thanks Duane! - Pours deep dark brown with ruby highlights and a creamy tan head that stays well and laces down the english pint in layers. Aroma is straight coffee. Flavor is mostly coffee, some roasted nut flavor. Bitter dry finish. Palate is medium bodied and a little thin for a stout.. Drinkable but pretty one dimensional.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 4, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Bottleworks brewpub. Black and mahogany with a dark tan head. Heavy coffee aroma. Coffee flavor is so strong, you need a cheesecake with this beer. Good body, head, and texture.
antzman (315) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - NOV 30, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown, almost black with a thin off white head. The aroma is like fresh roasted coffee beans. The flavor is very strong coffee, maybe a bit too strong. Very clean finish.
hippie4beer (162) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - NOV 17, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours black with a small white head. Aroma is strong with fresh coffee. Flavor is medium with coffee beans but is balanced well. Finsh is smooth and mild. Decent coffee stout.