MrBeerFanatic (901) - Friona, Texas, USA - NOV 1, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2012 24.00 Bottle ordered from belgianshop.com. Pours a dark molasses but produces a head thats more on the carbonated side which takes all the head away quickly. The aromas go very deep. Its like perfume. "Hey spray some coffee club cologne on me man." I can see it now...Intense coffee bean, big roasted/burnt malts of chocolate, wood, tobacco(wow), honey, and vanilla. Flavors dont quite match that intense nose show but pack a phenomenal punch! I’ve never tasted a coffe stout like this one. The tobacco and coffee start up first with the roasted/burnt malts following. Theres a slight dark fruit in the middle or at least comes off as such. Some lesser notes of wood and chocolate with the vanilla almost hidden. Leaves a big stain of flavor that coates the palate, which makes it harder to enjoy all the great complexities. Needs to be sipped and left at room temperature in a basement. Medium sweet, medium bitter, very complex, light smokyness, strong aftertaste. Alcohol well hidden. Worth buying and at best a memory. This version makes its mark as a unique memorable induction of the series which deserves appreciation.
hackobock (2167) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 17, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
June 15, 2015. Bottle at home, lot BDS0042012. Received in a trade with Douberd, thanks!
Slow gusher, black with a large brown head that very quickly dissipates. Aroma is cold pressed coffee, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, vanilla, some earthy and woody notes, tobacco. Taste is medium sweet with toffee,vanilla, notes of vanilla, slight alcohol, light to medium bitter finish with dark chocolate, coffee, tobacco notes. Full bodied, creamy texture, soft carbonation.
freretoc (1106) - Besançon, FRANCE - MAY 29, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bue en bouteille de 75cl à la brasserie,
couleur brune avec reflet ambré, mousse marron et une petite pointe d’effervescence.
Une bière avec un nez sur le café et le chocolat.
Attaque en début de bouche sur le café et le mocca et sur le grain torréfié, continuité sur une amertume légère du houblon. Fin de bouche café au lait, meilleur bière au café que j’ai bu.
fugitive (1645) - Athens, GREECE - MAY 28, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Color black with a small dark brown head. Aroma coffee, roasted malt, chocolate. Taste sweet roasted malt, coffee, alcohol, wood.
Renobob (1167) - Besançon, FRANCE - MAY 14, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2015 Bue en bouteille de 75cl. Magnifique biere. Nez café et acidité. Bel équilibre, palais vineux, café, fruits noirs, alcool.
The_Osprey (3031) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2015
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle share at CBC Clerkenwell, thanks to Bruce. Pitch black, small foamy tan head. Aroma is caramel, coffee, roasted malts. Body is medium, pretty foamy, low carbonation. Taste is coffee, toffee, caramel, woody, just a touch of the rum coming through, a little metallic. Doesn’t really carry much bitterness. Quite sweet but not overly so. Nice.
rouhlas (952) - GREECE - MAR 29, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
330ml bottle at home, thanks to Spiros! Black color with dark beige head. Roasted malty aroma, coffee and chocolate, some dark fruity notes. Sweet and bitter taste, sweet and dark chocolate, coffee, light berry fruity. Medium to full silky almost creamy body with soft carbonation.
Maakun (1461) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAR 10, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared bottle. Big gusher, chocolate mousse all over the table. Black with big light brown head. Red berries, dark chocolate, creamy, coffee, rum, marzipan, funk, wood, hay, light roasted grains and nuts. Quite sweet with quite a lot of fruity tartness. Full bodied with creamy feel. Nice stuff, very complex and alcohol is well hidden, but I’m getting a bit tired of these gushing Struise beers.
SilverfoX (678) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2015
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
blackcurrant, port and slightly sour aromas from a pitch black body with no head, strong, dark fruit flavour amazing beer, but wheres the coffee, not that im complaining!
cbfobes (2677) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from bottle, pours black with a thicker brown head than the others, aroma has a good amount of the coffee coming through at first with some chocolate and sweetness from the rum barrel, the flavor has a heavy front end of chocolate and coffee with a roasty finish, again the abv is tasted and isn’t completely hidden, big beers.
Dfonorow (1721) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pour is deep brown/black with a large tan head that fades quickly. Aroma and flavor is quite mellow/thin for the ABV - light chocolate, roast, coffee, slight oak, and a touch of vanilla. Finish is dry and slightly bitter/roasty.