JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 22, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Got the opportunity to try this beauty courtesy of Hoppymeal - thanks, Derek!!! As a fan of all things coffee and beer, itís hard to resist this beer. Hefty pour with a creamy head that rises late from the oily body. Sumptuous aroma of bakerís chocolate, dark roast, and moderate fruity scents, slightly lactic (almost like a Baltic Porter crossed with a coffee stout). Very smooth mouthfeel, lively carbonation combined with subsantial creamy malts and a pleasant chewiness. Some bitters in there from the roasts and a pleasant sweetness to balance it. It really is like coffee and cake, as Dany wrote. A real delight, which Iím super stoked to have tried!
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 8, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
In short: An extra-creamy fruity coffee flavoured chocolate cake in a bottle. Good stuff
How: Hand-Bottle 12oz from CharlesDarwin, thanks a lot tom
The look: Black body topped by a small tan ring of foam
In long: Body is very creamy. Taste has creamy black chocolate and with the extra-creamy body I had the impression of a black chocolate cake. Strong coffee flavour but not the standard roasted coffee beans, the coffee here is more like a cup of freshly brewed black coffee. As the beer warmed up some molasses and squeezed dark fruits juice was coming out and the beer really felt like a fruity coffee-flavoured creamy chocolate cake. Body is a bit syrupy but the beer doesnít feel too sweet thanks to a good roastiness level with some floury notes. Overall this is a rather drinkable tasty stout because it doesnít overdo anything and each flavour element finds its own little space. I liked it, this is my type of beer, my Cuppa tea.
Brigadier (2745) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - SEP 25, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz handbottle
Thanks to CharlesDarwin for sending this my way as a bonus. I’ve passed it up at the Great Taste for two years now due to time constraints which is just as well. This is one to savor instead of rush through at a festival.
Aroma / Appearance - The one finger tan head protected a rich black body and clear sticky lacing. The nose was basically straight black coffee with a little bitterness. I am slowly warming to the coffee stout as a style.
Flavor / Palate - The taste of creamy coffee blended with hazel before a bitter transition. It reminds me of an iced black coffee. On par with Kentucky Breakfast Stout I think this would be great if it were bottled.
drewbeerme (3838) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 17, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap at GTMW í08. pours black foamy tan head. really deep roasted coffee aroma, slightly syrupy chocolate. tastes like coffee, rich coffee flavor but lacks roast, or much else resembling beer.
MIBRomeo (2485) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 10, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour thick brown head w/ great lace. Huge sweet java aroma w/ so much coffee some light chocolate. Full thick well coated pal. Nice cappuccino w/ vanilla and chocolate flavor very nice. Delicious coffee beer, really reminded me of a good cappuccino.
badnewsbeers (2316) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 5, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
had this at the third annual MBG winter beer festival...the numbers are reflective of the sampling, however i added no notes. my apologies.
3fourths (7772) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 28, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Handbottle from CharlesDarwin. Rich, deep coffee grounds and dark chocolate in the nose. Creamy, rich, vinuous coffee, cream and chocolate flavor, velvet-like texture with a drying bitter chocolate finish.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 7, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 12oz Handbottle. Courtesy of CharlesDarwin. Pitch black, opaque, oily pour with a firm finger of tight bubbled, well sustaining, merangue-like head. Rich, oily coffee bean aroma with hints of German chocolate cake. Medium bodied, softly carbonated mouthfeel with a creamy, velvety texture. Itís like biting into a rich chocolate truffle garnished with an espresso bean. Creamy dark chocolate flavors up front, along with some coffee syrup. Mid-palate, some lighter, milkier chocolate comes forth, adding a touch of sweetness. Toward the finish, the bitterness of the coffee starts to take over, building subtley to leave a clean, roasty final smack. Coffee is well integrated into the flavor profile, making one of the best coffee stouts Iíve had in a long time. Many thanks, Tom!
auerbrau (3117) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 30, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2010 On tap at the brewpub. Pours pitch black with a thin rim of tan. An acidic, oily deep Italian roast coffee bean nose. Flowing and strong, maybe a touch coarse. Oooh. A dense, rich smooth java flavor. Mmm. Thatís good. Nice character, good blending with stout and a bit of alcohol perks up the flavors in a refined Kahlua kind of way. A bit of salt and chocolate dust. Not bad. Balanced. Nice use of higher grounds coffee.
12oz Bottle. Flikcr(http://www.flickr.com/photos/26049401@N From the cold glass, a very oily and acidic coffee bean comes out. Slightly metallic, and unfortunately, a bit church-coffee-like. Deep oily black pour. Flavors are a bit abrasive. Coffee liquer in chocolate morphs into an espresso bean covered in dark chocolate. The coffee flavor really opens up inside the beer. The flavors are raw and rustic, in a good way. A very foamy beer, with potential hints of infection underneath. The foaminess ruins the potential of oily silkiness I would look for in this beer. Nonetheless, quality flavors persist. Even palate. One of the beers with better coffee flavor in my opinion.
heemer77 (5079) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 6, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler, thanks for sharing, Mike and Mark. The body was black with a light orange rusty head. The aroma was strong coffee with some prune character. The taste was sweetened coffee with some dark chocolate. Fairly well sweetened coffee is the main character here.