wedgie9 (2528) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 15, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted on 5/14/13 from a capped 650mL bomber bottle purchased at Sun Devil. Pours an inky black with an average brown head that slowly recedes to a thin layer of uneven lace. The nose is full of molasses and darkly roasted espresso with touches of molasses and vanilla. The flavor is nice and dry and bitter, with some of the sweetish molasses and dark chocolate, but the bitter espresso really takes over nicely. The body is massively full with a little lighter than average carbonation and a super long molasses and pleasantly bitter espresso finish
corby112 (2716) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a two finger dark beige head that very slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Impressive retention for the style and high ABV with streaks of soapy lacing left behind.
Robust, deeply roasted dark malt aroma with subtle hops and a very strong coffee/espresso character. The dark malt and coffee notes are countered by a sweet, silky chocolate presence. Gourmet roasted espresso bean complimented by dark chocolate,oatmeal and toast. This is followed by a faint resinous hop character, bakers chocolate and cacao.
Full bodied with a huge espresso/robust coffee flavor that adds another dimension to the complexity of the base beer. Delicious roasted, slightly nutty, gourmet coffee flavor perfectly compliments the malt profile and subtle hop bitterness of the regular IRS. Robust and bitter but never becomes overwhelmingly dry or acrid. Lots of espresso flavor up front along with burnt toast, oatmeal, dark chocolate and subtle smoke. There’s some resinous hop bitterness mid-palate with some grass and pine needle followed by sweet, desert-like silky chocolate notes. Hints of fudge, German chocolate cake, cacao and subtle lactose toward the back end. Although this is a huge, complex beer, the high ABV is pretty much undetectable, making it deceptively drinkable. This is the kind of beer you want to slowly sip on and savor, but I love the flavor so much that I can’t help myself from downing the bomber very quickly. Possibly the best tasting coffee beer that I’ve ever had.
Slipstream (2281) - USA - OCT 22, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2015 Awesomely rich, full, deep stout. Lots of French roast coffee and marshmallow. Very little hop harshness - smooth, malty, with a just a light touch of bitterness.
juffage (163) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 18, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013 vintage. Boozy dried fruit and bourbon on the nose. Not much coffee in here. Velvety smooth ice cream mouth full. Medium thickness. BooZy afterburn but nice and warming. Burnt brown sugar. Vanilla on the nose. Still pretty bitter up front despite being a couple years old. Dark dark chocolate. Not very sweet. Meaty. Possibly prefer the regular version but this is pretty good stuff.
BuckeyeBoy (4068) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 18, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle enjoyed while organizing my cellar. Pours out black topped with a tan head. Nose is roast malts chocolate coffee vanilla and a nice sweetness. Taste is great rich malts chocolate espresso roast and a nice mellow end.
Sammy (9986) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 17, 2015
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at decicco-brewster. Great mouthfeel. Lovely chocolate. Very drinkable.
anders37 (20464) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 28, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty chocolate and coffee aroma. Roasted malty chocolate and coffee flavor with hints of licorice. Has a roasted malty chocolate and coffee finish.
koleminer20 (1377) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 31, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle shared with ebone1988. The pour is a nice medium black with a dark khaki head and a couple spots of lace left on the glass. The aroma is heavily dominated by the espresso. There is a good roast and some dark fruits present but the coffee aroma takes it. There is a little booze, but it's hidden for the most part. The flavor is pretty good. There is quite a bit going on. The dark fruits and light licorice start, then the espresso comes in and kicks ass. It's an overpowering coffee flavor that's really good and powerful. The booze character kind of remains present throughout the entirety. The mouth feel is good and viscous with a light carbonation that helps the viscosity. The aftertaste is all lingering roasty dominating espresso. A tough dry and really good. Solid solid brew
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ebone1988 (621) - Taylor, Michigan, USA - MAY 31, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared with koleminer20. Aroma is coffee, roasted malt, a little booze, licorice. Appearance is black, pours thick, light brown head. Taste is coffee, coffee, roasted malt, booze, touch of chocolate, aftertaste is overwhelmingly espresso. Mouthfeel is great, thick, viscous, perfect carbonation. Overall, I’m a sucker for coffee beer and this did not disappoint.
tderoeck (6906) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 23, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
5/III/15 - 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle @ Drunken Driver’s tasting (home) - BB: n/a, bottled: III/14/13 (2015-269) Thanks to ElManana+1 for sharing the bottle!
Clear deep purple brown beer, creamy beige head, unstable, bit adhesive. Aroma: coffee, lots of dark chocolate, cocoa powder, mocha, bit sweet, very roasted, coffee. MF: ok carbon, medium to full body. Taste: lots of chocolate, caramel, coffee, some alcohol. Aftertaste: coffee, mocha, caramel, nice roast, little sour. A lot of coffee for me, but very decent beer indeed!
ElManana (1307) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - MAR 7, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Can at Drunken Driver’s Tasting @ tderoeck’s place. Thanks guys. Dark brown ,almost black with a nice brown head. Lots of chocolate, espresso, some soy sauce. Taste is more chocolate, espresso. It has 11 ABV but no alcohol noticeable. Boy this is awesome.