tectactoe (2737) - Michigan, USA - MAY 14, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap: 32 oz mug of coffee stout. Dark, dark, dark as hell; frothy, latte-looking tan foam on top of this abyss. Insane coffee aroma... Smells like a morning cup of coffee with cream & sugar, perhaps a flavor shot of vanilla. Thick & creamy sweetness with a gentle roasted quality; hints of dry cocoa, charred wood, & toasted barley round out the back-end. Very enticing. Columbian coffee flavor profile, again, with definitive (but not excessive) amounts of lactose creaminess & sweetness, just like an amped up cup of Joe. Mild woodiness, hint of nuts, & notable vanilla, likely from the lactose addition. Sweet up front, but leaves your palate lingering with a final touch of roasted bitterness & dark coffee bean flavor. Your palate screams for more... Coffee & beer lovers rejoice, our juxtaposition has arrived. People bust wads over Founders Breakfast Stout (which is great, don’t get me wrong), but in my opinion, THIS is the Michigan coffee stout that I crave year in & year out. Absolutely fantastic.
coolpop (1394) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - APR 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (thanks Pete!). Pours very dark with a thin tan head that leaves some lacing. Aroma is coffee, roast malt, toast, touch of vanilla. Smells like a cup of iced coffee with lots of milk and sugar. Tastes like it smells. Sweet coffee, roasted malt. Mouth feel is creamy, slick, syrupy. Love it, but couldn’t drink more than one.
brystmar (1305) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mocha colored body sprouts fluffy tan head. Beads aplenty. Intense coffee aroma: dark and roasty, so much blackness.
Tastes a bit watery. Weak mouthfeel overall. Lactose adds a pleasant taste of creaminess despite the thin body. Far better than I expected for a Shorts beer.
bucs572000 (237) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 9, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a 12oz bottle I got in a trade, thanks Devin. Aroma is huge coffee. Flavors are coffee, light chocolate and caramel. Pretty is what the label says a coffee stout. The coffee flavor is amazing, the mouth is a little light but overall this a great coffee stout.
rumproasts (3500) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. Black with small head. Thick pour. Dry stout with rich roasted malt and a ton of coffee flavor.
ChrisSc (321) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle into glass. Minneapolis.
Appearance: Super dark black. Completely opaque. Small tan head.
Aroma: Strong roasted coffee, chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt, smells delicious.
Taste: Mildy sweet upfront, not too much, with a pleasantly bitter finish.
Palate: Medium, almost full body. Not as much body as I would have liked. relatively low carbonation. Rich coffee finish.
Overall: A nice beer. Very good flavor and aroma. Would have like a little more body and depth. Still well worth drinking.
Dfonorow (1676) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from a trade. Pour is black with a slowly disappearing tan head. Aroma is faint but includes roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate. Flavor is more defined with the coffee roast shining through, also includes semi-sweet chocolate, cream, and vanilla.
kevinator (1117) - The Colony, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strong stuff. Good roasted malts and coffee aroma. Very dark with a tan head that coated the glass. Milky and creamy with average weight. Smooth drinking. More of the same as this was like drinking straight black coffee with a hint of hops bittering the finish. Some dark chocolate notes as well. Not very sweet. This one had some power to it.
darb85 (100) - Canton, Michigan, USA - JAN 20, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2014 Good not great.sweet mild coffee flavor. Only one bottle have to re rate after second bottle. Second bottle sells me. Really good.finish is sweet and creamy. Much much better. 3.9 from 3.6
superspak (3012) - Michigan, USA - JAN 17, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 12/2/2013. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense dark brown head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of huge roasted coffee bean, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, char, toast, cream, light vanilla, and roasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with big coffee presence and great complexity of roasted malt/cream notes; with great strength. Taste of roasted coffee bean, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, light char, cream, light vanilla, and roasted earthiness. Light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, light char, toast, cream, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice balance and complexity of coffee, roasted malt, and cream flavors; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very creamy and moderately slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome coffee stout! All around great balance and complexity of coffee, roasted malt, and cream flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.