Gorbalev (2927) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 11, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Volo shared with GregClow and DougShoemaker. Pitch black, small brown head. Lots of hops come through, but are dominated by the coffee and roast in aroma. Oh yeah, some alcohol too (more on that in a bit). Thick rich coffee taste at first and then a tidal wave of alcohol - way too much. Lingering hops come through once alcohol wears off. Better as it warms - this was served at cellar temperature and we still had to wait more than 20 minutes before the alcohol diminished enough to make it drinkable. Complex and full of flavour, this one will definitely improve with age.
Sammy (8719) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 10, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black, with lessening heads following successive pours of the bomber. Clean coffee aroma. Intense and smooth, very creamy coffee taste with high alcohol. Suprising I could do the bomber me own self. Medium to full mouthfeel.The bewery has produced a praiseworthy effort
Radek Kliber (6519) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - APR 10, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Volo. First of all I must mention that this monstrum have 32 Plato rating. Pours thick, black sludge. Creamy fine crown on top. Full set aroma, dry mocha, milk chocolate, hint of almonds, just some alcohol noticed. Full bodied, almost overwhelming filling. After initial palate shock noticed roasted coffee mocha notes, medium bitter finish. For single use only.
GregClow (2901) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 9, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Volo - shared with tupalev & DougShoemaker. Deep black-brown with a small tan head. Big, oily coffee aroma with warm booze notes - smells more like a coffee liqueur than a coffee beer. Big flavour as well - lots of dark roasted coffee, bitter chocolate, dark dried fruit, a hint of smoke and wood. I only have two complaints - the body is a bit on the thin side, and the alcohol is too pronounced in the finish. It’s still damn good, but I expect this will age nicely and turn into a absolutely astounding beer in a year or so.
sersdf (1015) - chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 8, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 9, 2006 jaw-dropping. had one two days ago and it was so good i bought another for yesterday. very chocolatey aroma, tastes like pure espresso. a great way to start off the day, i can’t help but wonder whether coffee’s stimulant properties or alcohol’s depressive qualities win out. also, i just remembered that the flavor was somewhat cloying
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 4, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Coffee and milk chocolate aroma with hickory and light booze. Dark brown body, wisply tan head. Sweet intense chocolate flavor iwht dry coffee higlights and lots of booze. Mouth-tingly booze, enough to numb the tongue.
puzzl (3252) - New York, New York, USA - APR 3, 2006
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow. This beer blows you away. Aroma is strikingly coffee and rich dark malt, but the flavor is where this really shines. Immediate, pounding chocolate and marshmellow, late bitterness with creamy filling smooth palate, and the coffee is fresh and delicious. I’ve got a bottle of blue mountain liquor at home, straight from jamaica, and the flavor of this matches that very closely. A fabulous brew.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - APR 2, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to DavidP for sharing this one. Pours a very dark almost pitch black color, small off white head. Aroma is coffee and scotch. Flavor is very strong, robust coffee and bourbon. Very boozy and strong, hot almost, needs some time in the bottle to chill out.
bgburdman9 (857) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had this at tasting at From the Vine. Wonderful choclately coffee malty aroma. The body was rather thick but was very smooth. The alcohol was very well hidden. Very good beer.
Ughsmash (7154) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Dave for the opportunity! Poured a very, very deep brown with a tall, thick mocha head... kind of yellowy. Cold, very fresh coffee, and lots of it in the nose... very well-roasted. Chocolate and oaky hints, too, but quite suppressed by the java. Flavor was fuller and more complex than the nose... with the rich, fresh coffee complemented by drier dark chocolate and vanilla. Thick and creamy on the palate with coffee and some floral/perfumey hop bitterness surrounding. Coffee lasted for quite a while at the finish. Excellent!