bluejacket74 (1125) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with a half inch frothy tan head. The head stays around for a long time, and thereís a good amount of lacing. Aroma is very nice, the brew smells like espresso, roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, and some dark fruit and vanilla. The taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but thereís the addition of some burnt/charred malt and anise. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, itís creamy and smooth with moderate carbonation. If you like coffee/espresso beers, then you should like this. I think this is a very good overall brew, Iíll have to pick up another bottle soon!
NikkTwist (1232) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Monks Cafe. Thick black pour with frothy brown head. Rich dark roasted coffee aroma. Intense flavors. Sugary enough to shock the teeth but a lot of dark bitter coffee and chocolate as well. Liquid black vinyl. I like it quite a lot but not as much as the standard Stone IRS as the ashy element is much less pronounced. Still tremendous! High ABV is reasonably well hidden. Feels like a rich refined coffee liquor.
popkow (266) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Half head half brew and tons of flavor. This dark stout is thick and greasy with flavor of coffee bean mashed with grain. Alcohol taste is mild and the beer has a long roasty finish.
BenH (1686) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 24, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, thanks to Mike for this one. Black with small brown head. Coffee aroma, chocolate, roastiness. Taste is very roasty, ashy with plenty burnt coffee. Decent body and quite bitter. Very nice.
cgarvieuk (12162) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 24, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle at home ... thanks to ben ...deep black ... thin tan head ... dark mellow chocolate roast ... lightest charcoal nose ... dark chocolate ... dark roast ... heavy dark roast ... mellow and smooth ... light dark chocolate ...
gowdy (642) - Erskine, SCOTLAND - MAY 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Craig?s house. Black colour with very little head. Medium bitterness. Obviously nice.
kathouse (721) - Nevada, USA - MAY 23, 2013
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thick and oily with a nice brown head. Coffee adds an astringent tinge to the aroma of roast and bittersweet chocolate. Very pleasant body is smooth yet powerful. Burning twigs, coffee grounds, and baked brownies finish dry but clean. A very drinkable beer.
hopdog (8225) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Poured a black color with a tan head. Aromas of roast, coffee, mocha, and some vanilla. Tastes of roast, coffee, chocolate, and dark fruits. Overall alcohol content well hidden.
PhillyCraft (2571) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Reservoir with bill, pours pitch black with mocha medium head, thick lace. Notes of heavy espresso, dark chocolate, molasses, dark roasty malt, green pepper and light vanilla. Sticky palate with medium body. Full flavored and warming. Booze is relatively well hidden. Nice
RobertDale (2597) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAY 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle. Pours black with a smallish tan head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, and dark fruits. Taste is coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruits, and a touch of alcohol. Very tasty.