MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - MAR 2, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A rough pour gave a nice inch think brown head. Aroma popped with fresh coffee beans and some fresh blueberries and strawberries. With a closer inspection the beer smells just fresh. I donít get much of the normal roasted, caramel, or chocolate out of this one; quite interesting. Where is the alcohol in this one? This is so amazingly smooth, rich and creamy. I think this might be my favourite stout I have ever had. It is a heafty beer, full of flavor in every way it could be, but 125 IBUís?! This is so amazingly smooth it is hard to put down.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 1, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured black with a decent brown head and nice brown legs. Mmm sexy (in funny voice). Let me start off by saying all the sweetness in this beer shocked my nose and mouth a little after having the 6 previous stouts. I think I was a little surprised and hard on the score for that reason. But on this sitting thats the way it goes. Lucky for me I have more and can dedicate a full night to it. Roasted aroma with a pretty good amount of sweetness. Nice amount of coffee. Doesnít come across over the top or become too roasted. Mouthfeel continues with another good dose of sweetness in the roasted malt. Light coffee could be found underneath it. Finish had a nice light bitterness. Full-bodied with a nice silky mouthfeel.
BrockLanders (760) - Panama City, Florida, USA - FEB 28, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice big bomber bottle. I was excited to try this given my homebrew impy coffee stoutís propensity to be "too ove the top". Is this coffee stout one to aspire to? You bet! Poured (in taster cups) a very dark brown/black...no head, but thatís not a big surprise. Nice roasty malt aroma, nice coffee presence. Big mocha malty taste, the coffee is subtle, not like my brain-melting homebrew. Nice hop bitterness accompanies a full-bodied mouthfeel.....best coffee stout Iíve ever had. I sense some strength, but it doesnít go against my good feelings about this brew. Very nice IS.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 28, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2007 Winter í07 vintage sampled on 9/3/07: Very reminiscent of the previous vintage with nice molten dark chocolate espresso bean flavors. Body is silky smooth and full of sweet dark caramel malt, brown sugar, and dates. Very well balanced and enjoyable.
My favorite beer at the Blind Coffee Stout Tasting 2/25/06, original release:(http://www.ratebeer.com/Forums/Topic- Pours a viscous opaque with dark brown edges and a light brown, thin-lacing head. Aroma is very sweet, heavy and lightly roasted with a nice dark fruity complexity and dark mocha presence. Body starts with a big sweet dark caramel flavor well-balanced with lots of viscous complexity, dark fruits and bitterness toward a warming, sticky sweet finish with some lingering roasty coffee. Iím sure some people will find this too sweet, but to me, it makes an awesome dessert beer.
JdoubleyouS (82) - Erie, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I actually had some of this great beer right out of the vat at the brewey on the tour right near its completion. The other descriptions say it all. A great brew by Matt.
aracauna (2925) - Georgia, USA - FEB 27, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Opaque black with a small, but dense brown head. The aroma is of grilled meats. Thereís a lingering sweetness in the finish. This is definitely too sweet for heavy drinking, but itís definitely satisfying.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - FEB 26, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Coleís in Buffalo at a mere $3.50 for a pint. Black in color, with a medium sized brown head that lasted, fairly dense. Aroma is pretty big, lots of roast, dark fruit, fresh coffee beans, some cocoa and some milder hops. Flavor is very well balanced for such a big beer, no part really dominates, itís a very nice blend of roast, coffee, chocolate, some sweetness, and some bitterness. Itís odd, it doesnít seem all that hoppy until you burp a couple of times and then you really know theyíre there. Velvety mouthfeel, well hidden alcohol and very drinkable. Definitely a winner.
shadey (1820) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 25, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2007 Pitch black color with little dots and swirlys of tan head. Aroma is mild coffee that is almost sweet and bitter at the same time. Flavor is actually quite smooth and well developed for such a young beer. Dark fruit, chocolate and coffee. Palate is silky smooth. The body is perfect. Alcohol only becomes evident at the beer approaches 65 degrees (room temp). 8/4/8/5/18
RERATE: 1 year old bottle. Pour is appropriatly pitch black with only wisps of dark tan bubbles. Aroma is mild but very present coffee and chocolate. This aroma is really nice and well developed, the year of age has been kind. The first sip reveals a very fresh taste of strong coffee and bitter roast. The body is smooth and viscous, with good sharp carbonation. This is definitely a top shelf coffee stout. 9/4/8/4/18
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 24, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very dark brown, almost black, with ruby tints and a small kahki colored head. Aroma is suprisingly vinous. It also has plenty of roasted coffee beans, hints of milk chocolate and some subtle plum and dark cherry notes. Dark fruits, bitter roasted barley, espresso, and some chocolate all come through in the flavor. Very well balanced not overly sweet, nor overly roasty and bitter. Coffee is there, but definetly is not the dominating flavor. Again great balance and dangerously drinkable. Another winner from Southern tier.
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - FEB 24, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma is a rich compex mixture of roasted coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruit, and a winelike quality. Pours a rich dark black with a creamy tan head. The head is short lasting and there is no lacing. Flavor is equally complex with notes of dark chocolate, prunes, and roasted coffee. The finish is smooth and balanced with a warming alcohol feeling.