crazyvin (1693) - New York, USA - FEB 17, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
A nice brown body with a tan head that had little retention and no lace. Aroma was a mix of mildly roasted coffee malts and a good profile of cocoa malts, some mild peat notes. Flavor was well balanced slightly stronger on the roasted coffee malts than I expected from the aroma and the cocoa was just right. The alcohol was well hidden. Somewhat elevated carbonation, and it could have had a heavier mouth feel. Overall it was decent.
egajdzis (4896) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
nearly opaque dark brown color with a medium sized, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, burnt wood, and a bit of cocoa. Taste of more roast, cocoa, espresso vanilla bean, and a light alcohol in the finish.
writerljberg (227) - Oregon, USA - FEB 16, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to claspada for this. Sorry to say it didnít measure up. 12 oz can.
A: Opaque brown verging on black. Thick speckled creme head. Looks just about right.
N: Faint coffee and bittersweet cacao. Deep smell of malted barley. Thereís noticeable smokiness and a hint of peat. Touch of vanilla and milk. Tons of grains.
T: Sharp. Really sharp. Has a burnt, acrid chocolate flavor and pronounced ash, like they charred the oak barrel. Coffee has gotten lost on its way. Caramel shows, and there are hints of honey and flowers. Red grapes and uncooked macaroni? Not great. Under-attenuated?
M: Lots of alcohol and a medium mouthfeel I wasnít expecting.
O: really misses a lot of what should make it good. Very bitter, and yet, somehow backed up by nutrasweet. Iíll age the other can in hopes this mellows out or in case I got a bad one because this never comes together.
gripweed57 (322) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - FEB 16, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce can. Translucent dark brown color with deep red highlights. Small creamy beige head with lovely clinging Belgian lace. Rich roasted malt aroma has notes of dark roasted coffee and chocolate. Flavor of strong French Roast coffee and dark bakerís chocolate. Lotís of bitter hops as well. This is a beer to sip slowly and savor. Itís that big!
BlackIPA (720) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 16, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours almost completely black with only a small tinge of red on the edge of the glass when held up to the light. Strong roasty aromas, green coffee, some floral hops. Very, very bitter taste, but it stems not from the hops, but from the immense amount of coffee in this beer. Jesus. I canít imagine how much caffeine this thing has in it. This is basically cold, carbonated coffee with a shot of liquor in it. That being said, its also pretty good. Worth a try.
UDBeernut (872) - Near Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 16, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Minimal head with a tan foam ring. Nose of black coffee and heavy roast. Moderate astringency and strong booze in the mouth. Booze is upfront and warming and gives a nail polish like property. Meh
demmbonz (303) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can to sampler glass. Nice dark rich pour with pillowy head. Booze and coffee with a little malt on the nose. Nice coffee bitterness. Coffee and chocolate flavors. Texture resembles an oatmeal. Very nice.
pianotu (54) - USA - FEB 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wished for more aroma--a nice sipping beer with strong coffee flavor. It gives away more sweetness as warms up.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
arkurzynski (1191) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 15, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz can. Deep brown with lasting yellow-tan head. Nose is cola and smooth roasted malt with soft notes of espresso and cocoa nibs. Flavor is velvety roasted malt with nice pop of bitter cocoa powder, Bakers chocolate, and fresh roast coffee. Nice coating mouthfeel with gritty, half melted dark/unsweetened chocolate coating the tongue in the finish. Really enjoyable, layered bitterness.
Drake (6507) - Ivy, Virginia, USA - FEB 14, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: APR 9, 2013 300th New York rating! 12 ounce can from Wine Warehouse Charlottesville. Pours a clear dark red-brown color with a large frothy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of cocoa, coffee and a roasty, almost ashy note. The taste is intense coffee, bitter chocolate, roast. Pretty boozy. Medium bodied. Toned back a bit, this could be good, but as of now itís a bit of a mess.