kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 16, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler, courtesy of Schutzenliesel. Thanks, Tom! Pours a very dark brown color; fluffy, medium tan head with great retention and medium-bubbled lacing. Dense, roasted coffee (slightly green) and bitter chocolate in the aroma; lots of creamy chocolate and coffee. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: loads of roasted coffee grounds and toasty grains upfront; creamy doughy notes appear; just a very soft, non-astringeny coffee stout. Lengthy, roasted coffee and milk chocolate finish.
3fourths (8212) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 14, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mocha, milk and spicy coffee nose, with some chocolate coffee cake notes. Rich, delicate and decadent nose, amazingly fresh and vibrant. Flavor doesn’t exactly match up, it’s rather green, bright and young, and then over the middle it turns to a stale, papery and watery texture with generally weak coffee and simple chocolate flavors. Overall it’s quite bland, but it does have a hell of a nose on it.
Mrthirstyneck (341) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 24, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
woooooo this is good stuff. need to try next to surly coffee bender (this might be better being its a stout vs. brown ale) none the less its glorious. roasty goodness and lots of it smooth great burnt roast on the palate, parties out back for a while. jet black thick greyish tan head. TASTY times
Stine (1623) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 19, 2007
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Black with a creamy topping of gray-tan. Aroma of a coffee ice cream made with an ugly roast from the grocery store. Some strange flourishes of citrus shampoos. Powerful astringency and biting lactose sugars on the tongue. Finer moments of smoky roast appear here and there mostly to tease, giving way quickly to the sour smack of offensively old cold-press. Coats the mouth with its uncomfortable sweetness and soap. The rationale of this idea is simply lost on me.
Guerde (1177) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUL 14, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at brewpub. Pours black with a small white head, that leaves a nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is all coffee amd really nothing else. As olso said, this beer was a bit too carbonated. Flavor was burnt coffee with an almost smoky finish that lasted quite awhile.
sthlm (1232) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 14, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
[On tap at brewpub] Pours black with a medium light tan head. Great lacing. Aroma is sweet and strong of roasted coffee. The flavor is completely dominated by roasted coffee. It is heavily carbonated--too heavily in my opinion, but it mellowed as it warmed. Aftertaste was quite bitter and tasted burnt. Long finish, but not the best taste. Medium mouthfeel. The burnt taste really dropped the score for me.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - JUL 14, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at the brewpub. Pours almost pitch black. Tons of coffee on the nose. Just a hint of some roasted malt. Coffee, coffee and more coffee on the palate. Almost too much for me. Theres some malt and a hint of chocolate but this one is a true coffee bomb.
incutrav (577) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - JUL 13, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Happy #300 to me. Coffe brews are becoming one of my favs for sure. Thought this was very similar to Coffee Bender, though thats a brown ale and this is a stout, but they taste the same to me. Great smells, roasty, coffee good. Plenty o coffee in there for the java guys. Glad i bought a growler of this before it was gone.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 2, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2007 Pitch black pour with faint white head and nice lacing. Aroma naturally contains considerable coffee with a faint roasted character. Body is once again dominated by coffee but the cold press has left no bitter aftertaste. The coffee flavor lingers while the roasted malt and faint chocolate fade quickly to a sweet finish. For a coffee beer, this is very well done.
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - FEB 13, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask pour is jet black, with a deep tan head of smooth and creamy foam. Magnificent lacing throughout the pint. Noticeable coffee and a hint of chocolate in the aroma.
My first impression of the beer is wow - I thought Hoops said that the coffee would be milder than in the porter. I don’t think it is milder at all, though perhaps less bitter. I really like the coffee flavors. In addition to that, this is really a nice stout. Smooth and creamy (gotta love those cask beers at TH), with some chocolate and some roasted grain bitterness.
Medium body, fantastic carbonation, a little slick from the coffee, and nicely drinkable.