Tripplebrew (764) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown color, minimal head. The head that is there is a deep tan. Aroma of coffee grounds and nutty smell. Sweet nutty malts. Flavor is of chocolate covered coffee beans. Light body. Flavor fills your mouth. Well choice in coffee to use for this. The guatemalan beans are a good choice for this style of beer, as the bitterness is balanced and there isnít much smokiness to this bean. It is a well-balanced bean and makes for an incredibly well-balanced coffee bender.
nolankowal (921) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft @ Brewery. Black pour with a tan head. Aroma of coffee...and lots of it coupled with some roasted malt and dark chocolate. Flavors of roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate, light caramel malt and a tinge of smoke. Medium body with a soft carbonation, roasty/bitter/nutty with a roasty/nutty/bittersweet finish.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler shared by kp at the RBSG grand tasting on 6/23/07: Pours a barely transparent dark mahogany with a spotty-lacing light tan head. Nice fresh roasty espresso coffee aroma has some sweet caramel and dark chocolate notes. Body starts fairly full with nice sweet dark caramel and chocolate flavor and lots of big espresso bean balance. Finishes with lingering dark chocolate and light sweetness. A very nice coffee beer.
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 4, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft @ Brewery: Dark brown, nice head and lacing. Nose of coffee; dark nice coffee. The flavor is like coffee, balanced sweetness and coffee, all coffee. Nice coffee though. Not too dry.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - SEP 26, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
GTMW 07- Pitch black color, small off white head. Nose is pure coffee, fresh roasted coffee. Flavor is more coffee, and it really contributes a majority of the bitterness, finish is similar to coffee with the mouthfeel quite nice.
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2009
Date: June 23, 2007
Source: Tasting, RBSG 2007
Appearance: dark brown, wispy beige head
Aroma: aroma of chocolate covered espresso beans
Flavor: rich dark chocolate flavor, lots of coffee character, long bitterness from the roasted coffee
Date: June 26, 2009
Aroma: much lighter coffee aroma
Flavor: dark chocolate flavor, lighter coffee character than before, a bit ashy, long bitter finish
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
antzman (315) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - AUG 18, 2007
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft at GTMW. Pours a a cloudy brown with a thin tan head. The aroma is all coffee, rather pleasant. The flavor unfortunatly is all coffee as well. I say unfortunatly because I was not impressed with the coffee flavor in this brew at all. It tasted more like Folgers than a good locally roasted coffee. This beer was a huge dissapointment for me.
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - AUG 16, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Some beers are better left alone to be enjoyed as the brewer created them. Some beers become awesome when tons of coffee is dumped into them! The body is murky and dark brown with soft burgundy hues. A mid-sized tan head is very well retained, still present as the last sip dissapears. The aroma is just screaming with fresh coffee. Lesser notes of caramel malt, brown sugar, nuts, fruits(grapefruit, orange) and cocoa. The flavor is so lovable! The coffee and hops create a formidable bitterness that fortunately only releases a very mild acidity and a mild astringency. Sweetness is medium-high, never cumbersome or remotely cloying. The finish is loaded with coffee, grain and cocoa, of lengthy duration, semi-sweet and heavily bitter. Medium-bodied, highly though pleasantly carbonated, decently smooth. Though the mouthfeel was nothing memorable, the flavor kept me coming back for more the entire afternoon I spent at Surly. Great concoction.
tjthresh (1863) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - AUG 13, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the GTMW.
Poured hazy brown with a frothy tan head of foam. The coffee character really does dominate the flavor and aroma here. I canít really say that much of the original beer is left. On the other hand. It was the best iced coffee Iíve ever had. I mean for real. Iíd drink this stuff every morning if give the chance.
Ughsmash (6909) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 13, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at GTMW. Poured deep iced tea brown with a rich, creamy beige head.. just lovely! The cold toddy really stood out in the aroma.. a nice coffee in there, but it went a bit too far in masking the chewy, nutty goodness beneath.. some nutty notes and cocoa did peek through, but the coffee stole the show. The flavor was not unlike a fine iced coffee.. some drier chocolates and caramel came through on the middle, and the finish reverted back to the coffee.. the long bitter coffee finish was a bit too drawn out for my liking. Medium-bodied and a bit too heavily skewed toward the coffee flavors and bitterness. Solid brew overall, but a bit too focused on the coffee addition.