Dfonorow (1721) - 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 (1306) - 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 (146) - 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 (3321) - 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.
TheBear11D (361) - Michigan, USA - JAN 11, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cup A Joe pours jet black with a dark brown head that lasts a good while. The aroma is coffee and vanilla. The flavor is coffee, vanilla and chocolate. Overall this is a tasty beer.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
devman171 (1217) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 26, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours black with low head. Aroma is sweet roasted coffee, taste is similar with a smooth sweet finish
574deadzone (1192) - North Central, Indiana, USA - DEC 23, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours very dark brown to black with a thinner mocha cap that settles to a ring and leaves some nice soapy lace. Nose involves, hmmm, coffee? Lots of roasty coffee, some dark chocolate, almost some smoke, some underlying leafy herbal stuff. Pretty sweet, quite bitter. Medium bodied, creamy, oily and slick, soft carb, with a smooth milky and toasty finish. A really nice coffee stout, so silky smooth yet coffee-laden from start to finish. Yum.
SpongeRuiner (906) - Michigan, USA - DEC 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big coffee all around. Nice coffee bean bitterness flavor. Good stuff and can definitely drink a few.
RespertFTW (521) - Michigan, USA - DEC 18, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Coffee, coffee, coffee and a little chocolate too. This is great stuff. Dark brown pour and heavy roasted coffee aroma. Flavor is heavy coffee with a hint of chocolate. Nice and creamy.
-- rated with beerbasher
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - DEC 16, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
$5.50 a pint at Boat Works in St. Clair Shores, Michigan.
I found a new Short’s favorite.
Appearance: Pitch black. Little head on it that goes away pretty quickly. Nice lacing at the top, but not much at the end. Looks... well... stouty.
Smell: Ugh. Good Lord. So much coffee... fully loaded with it. Roast. Maybe notes of chocolate. The coffee dominates and permeates all around.
Taste/feel: Like the smell, but the feel puts it to another level -- perfectly silky and creamy and way too drinkable. The coffee is at the forefront, of course, with a bit of chocolate sweetness. A touch bitter, but well balanced as a whole. If you love coffee in your stouts, you’ll fall in love with this as I have.
An utterly incredible beer worthy of a pick up. The rating is among Shorts’ highest for a reason... I thought their Mystery Oatmeal Stout was awesome, but this is actually a little bit better. Don’t bother putting socks on before trying this beer, because it’ll knock them right off anyway.
Cheesy? Don’t care. Just drink it, damn you.