KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 14, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
16 oz. can, courtesy of Skyview. Clear, dark brown color with a thin, white head. Aroma of black coffee with some cocoa hints. Flavor is really nice. While the coffee comes out in the beginning., a subtle chocolate tone lurks in the background. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but doesn’t distract. Finish is slightly bitter. What a great beer.
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 12, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
16oz can thanks to vwcraig. Dark brown, red tints, smells like a handful of roasted beans. The flavor nails the coffee aspect and reminds me of a truly enjoyable morning cup as opposed to a lot of the other coffee beers that taste more like old grounds than fresh coffee. I don’t usually like coffee beers but this one is an exception.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 02-13-2009 04:03:23
lb4lb (2555) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 10, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can in trade from br3meister. Thanks man!! Pours a lovely dark chocolate brown with a lasting creamy light tan head. Smell is nice and of fresh roasted coffee beans and a touch of sweetness. Taste is smooth and coffee up front with a light malty brown ale sweetness behind. Nice bitterness and a nice coffee flavor, but with a lighter body. Really interesting having the coffee flavor in a style lighter than a porter. Very good.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 9, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can courtesy of Buebie poured into a tulip.
Pours dark mahogany and settles almost completely black in the glass underneath a huge beige head that lingers as a cap and leaves tons and tons of lacing.
Fresh roasted coffee aromas jump out of the glass with hints of the caramel malts in the background.
A quick roasted coffee hit gives way to the caramel malts in the taste. The roasted coffee comes back strong and leaves a slightly acidic bitterness in the finish. There are hints of chocolate in the background that enhance the sweetness and keep the coffee from thoroughly dominating.
The mouthfeel is extremely smooth with good carbonation and has an overall velvety feel to it.
Another winner in a can from Surly. A very drinkable brown ale with some good coffee character.
GT2 (8741) - San Diego County, California, USA - FEB 9, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2011 Tap at Rodan in Chicago. Pours a dark brown with a very thin tan head. Aromas of roasted malt, espresso, molasses. Taste is more watery than expected with a taste more of black tea and slight chocolate than rich coffee. Neutral finish. Not bad but not that impressive. 2/9/2009 7/4/7/4/14=3.6
Can thanks to TheTomG. Pours is a clear reddish brown with a lively, tan head. Very big lace. Sheety and sticky. Aroma is heavy mocha and caramel as it pours into the glass. Later some lemon tea but still very heavy chocolate and caramel come forth. Taste at first is creamy and quenching and then watery with off-flavors that remind me of DMS but I think its just old chocolate and sticky sugar added to barely noticeable bitter coffee. End result is not very appetizing. 3/26/2011 7/4/5/3/12=3.1
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 8, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy dark brown pour, tan head and some drippy lace. Espresso on the nose. Bittersweet chocolate and coffee. My only problem with this beer is it was a tad thin. Otherwise very solid
pj1855 (160) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - FEB 5, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark reddish brown. Aroma of coffee. Pretty tasty beer. Mixture of dark chocolate and coffee. Delicious.
SirPip (16) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - FEB 4, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can. Dark mahogany pour. Lots of fresh brewed coffee (with cream) as well as some vanilla on the nose. Not too heavy, with moderate to high carbonation. Flavor is dominated by the coffee, but there is a little malty sweetness to it. Long coffee accentuated finish.
nbutler11 (1267) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 3, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2009 Can from Ed at Heritage. Pours, smells, and tastes as advertised. Notes of black tea and hops characterize this as a Surly beer, to me. A noticeable improvement on the Bender recipe, but a bit thin on the palate. No matter the temperature, this beer seems to taste like iced coffee. Upon re-rating, I found that after a few months of again, a really dried red pepper taste seems to come out in the aroma and in the flavor, which is more than welcomed.
TURDFERGUSON (3969) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 2, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can shared by JCB. Thanks Jason. Pretty tasty brown. Smells great and tastes like some tasty coffee. I could stand a few more 4 packs of this one.