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. Doesn’t 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 (769) - 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 stout’s 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 that’s 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 I’ve ever had. I sense some strength, but it doesn’t 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 ’07 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. I’m 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 (2985) - 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. There’s a lingering sweetness in the finish. This is definitely too sweet for heavy drinking, but it’s 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 Cole’s 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, it’s a very nice blend of roast, coffee, chocolate, some sweetness, and some bitterness. It’s odd, it doesn’t seem all that hoppy until you burp a couple of times and then you really know they’re there. Velvety mouthfeel, well hidden alcohol and very drinkable. Definitely a winner.
shadey (1845) - 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.
HogTownHarry (5977) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 24, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught. At Cole’s, Buffalo. Awesome stout - awesome! Poured essentially impenetrable black, viscous, with a solid lasting brown creamy head. Incredibly thick roast aroma, coffee, more coffee, dark chocolate, surprisingly strong resiny hops, prune and grapeseed as well. The taste hits you with the mix of coffee/dark tart fruit/hops/chocolate, very well balanced but long on the palate - I kept asking my tablemate "I wonder how shrtong - strong this is?!!" I didn’t taste the alcohol, but I felt it halfway through ... fairly yeasty and thick with malt, you just don’t quite notice it under all the roast. Mouthfeel oily, creamy, thick and astringent - this is a freakin’ stout, no doubt - the only reason it rates below the Founders Breakfast Stout is elegance - this is balanced, smooth and wonderful, but not as ... elegant as the Founders. And I now own a bomber of it too!!! Simply awesome.