kylelackner (13) - USA - MAR 15, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
It pours very syrupy, even at the suggested 55F serving temperature. The taste matches the consistency, with very pronounced roasted malts and coffee. The alcohol is well hidden, but you could hide a body in this beer it’s so enormous. On the bottle it claims 125 IBUs, but the malts are so strong that the hops almost don’t matter. In texture and thickness it most reminds me of the WWS, but doesn’t quite match the DFH standard. Like the Imperial IPA that was just released by Southern Tier, it’s at least worth it for the novelty.
Dogbrick (9085) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On draught at Surly Girl Saloon. Pours pitch black with a thin light brown head that does not last very long. Thin, stringy lacing. Loads of coffee and malt in the nose, as well as some dark chocolate. Rich chewy body with a big roasted coffee flavor. Malt and chocolate undertones too, with a simmering alcohol presence throughout. The finish is bold and flavorful with more coffee and some spicy hops. Very tasty and enjoyable from start to finish.
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - MAR 11, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Opaque black with small tan had. Big roasty coffee aroma, with some dark fruit. Big coffee flavors with sweet milky chocolate, and some dark fruit notes as well. Thick body, and a clean finish with light bitterness. A touch on the sweeter side as far as imp stouts go, but it works well with the roasty bitter coffee. Very well done.
hopdog (9525) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle acquired in trade with OhioDad (thanks Scott!). Bottle labeled bottled on November 22, 2005. Poured a dark, dark black color (doesn’t get darker than this one) with an averaged sized brown head. Aromas of coffee grounds, vanilla, and pine. Tastes of lighter coffee, chocolate, and dark fruits. I really enjoy coffee beers and this one was good. The coffee was not overdone. Light alcohol finish (but not 12%).
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to hopdog for this...
Appears a midnight black with a small brown head that slowly fades. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of creamy, lightly lactic but enjoyable coffee.
Taste is of heavy coffee, rich cocoa, and mild cream.
Mouthfeel is slightly sweet with rich coffee lingering smoothly along the palate.
egajdzis (5497) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured an opaque black color with a medium sized, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of coffee malts, light chocolate, some vanilla, piney hops, and faint dried fruits in the background. Taste of sweet chocolate syrup, some smoke, light dried fruits, and a bitter coffee finish. ABV was well covered.
TomDecapolis (4603) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAR 9, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to hopdog. Pours a dark black with a medium tan head that left spotty lacing and was bit bubbly. Aroma of coffee grinds, some vanilla and dark chocolate. Flavor of coffee, chocolate, vanilla. I really liked the flavor and mouthfeel of this one. So smooth and creamy. Could not detect the 12 % abv.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - MAR 7, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2006 Black in color, small khaki brown head and lace. Nose of fresh roasted coffee beans, sweet,fresh malted barley, chocolate, alcohol, some dark fruit notes but not much. Reminicent of speedway aroma. Thick body, viscous, rich, sweet malt, chewy and luscious as hell. Followed by the onslaught of coffee and hop bitterness but soon after, the flavors meld, the bitterness of the hop and acidity of the coffee take a bite out of the sweetness a bit and some chocolate emerges. The alcohol just adds some warmth as it goes down. Then the hop burps finish this bad boy off. Excellent, intense brew. Definitley not for candy asses or coffee haters. A good brew to share for the sweetness might get to you after a while, especially as it warms.
Sregnar35 (1007) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - MAR 6, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 1, 2006 I love NY! Pours jet black with a great lacing brown head. Aroma is huge sweet chocolate and coffee. Flavor is very coffee, with drying bitter and biting sour. The bitter drys out the palate and the alcohol burns up your stomach, so very nicely. Amazing beer.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 6, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of Ohiodad
Aroma is coffee, espresso, capuccino, more coffee and burnt malts. Deep black with a two finger thick mocha head. AGain...ESSPRESSO dominates the fore, middle and finish. Some chocolate sprinkled in, but you basically have a chilled cup of alcoholic Joe here. If you have ever had Starbuck’s Liquor you have had this beer. It tastes good, but it gets ridiculous after a little while and then starts not tasting so great. My wife, coffee freak that she is, thought it was the best stout int he world, but I personally thought another flavor OTHER than coffee might be nice.