GregClow (2816) - 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 (1013) - 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 (1746) - 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 (3240) - 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 (7006) - 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!
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2006
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Semi-viscous pour, and charcoal brown in color, and opaque, with some light tan hues coming in at the corners when put to light. Abrasive bitter coffee hits the nose and stutter at a sinus headache. Unsweetened dark chocolate grinds shrewd on the kitchen counter. Wafts of tainted black currant and huge black patent contributions. Oily olive oil seeps slowly down the sides of the tongue. Bitterness is insanely profound. So is the triumvirate of a chocolate ensemble: milk, dark and unsweetened. Great palatability in oozy, oily wonderment. Dark chocolate enchants an ending of bitter espresso beans beaten to kingdom come. Big thanks to David (?) for bringing this gem!
1FastSTi (3284) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 26, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks Dave! The beer pours to a dark black body with a nice brown head. The aroma is semi-sweet chocolate, brownies, vanilla, coffee, my mom’s chocolate revel bars. The flavor is strong coffee, chocolate, brownies, oatmeal. Nice flavor. The palate is full bodied, overly sticky, great mouthfeel.
MIBRomeo (2493) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 25, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2006 jet black pour w/ a thick tan head some lace. Big fresh coffee aroma hints of a dry chocolate. Full creamy palate coats well and is warm. Flavor is a nice hot bitter chocolate and huge coffee flavor. Big creamy malts blend well. A very good beer.
Jet black thick tan head great lace
Big coffee aroma w roast malts and hints of vanilla
Pal is big & thick & creamy 4
Flavor is a big sweet malt w lots of espresso & tchs of vanilla 8