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Brewed by Black Wolf
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Stirling, Scotland

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RATINGS: 111   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Straddling beer and coffee, this stylish libation is both Alpha and Omega. With a welcoming aroma created from double strength coffee beans, accompanied by a silky smooth texture and a rich dark nature, it is clear as a full moon why it was awarded gold at the 2012 World Beer Awards.


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3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tania_nexust (230) - Greater London, - OCT 25, 2012
As soon as the bottle was opened a good whiff of coffee and dark chocolate ganache was released. It poured very dark and opaque. In the glass, more chocolate sweetness came out in the aroma but there’s a tiny hint of something else – something slightly artificial like pots of ‘non-diary creamer’. The taste was disappointing compared to the initial aromas, a little thin and watery, but at least no bitter unpleasantness. It was smooth enough but just not much depth, body or finish.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cokemonkey11 (147) - - MAY 19, 2015
330ml, Morrison’s Aberdeen, brown bottle. Scent is dense coffee aromas overpowering. Pours coffee black with a thin brown head subsiding at an average pace. Nothing but coffee on the nose. Taste is dry bitter, dense coffee. Finish is slightly sour but light as air and refreshing a bit. Would try again.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrJamesMcEwan (114) - SCOTLAND - APR 22, 2015
* Bottle. Pours deep black, with a tan coloured head. * Aroma is very strong, coffee, praline & sweet icing. * Palate is medium body, very low carbonation, very fine bubbles, creamy & smooth. * Taste is strong coffee, coca, cream & chocolate. * Finish is liquorice, rich, thick, moist. * Overall very strong, nice but difficult to drink much.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
chinchill (2767) - South Carolina, USA - APR 19, 2015
330 ml bottle; BBdate of April 2016. Enjoyed ½ mile west of St Monans, Fife at the remains of Newark Castle. Pours with a generous, creamy tan head. Aroma: As much chocolate as coffee; a characteristic repeated in the flavor. Full body; exceptionally smooth with a fine creamy feel. O: Much less coffee flavor than the "double espresso" description suggested, I found this to be very nicely balanced in coffee/malt flavor and in sweet/bitter.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stuu666 (5869) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 3, 2015
Cask at the Larbert beer festival. Pours black, nose is roasted coffee, chocolate, taste is bitter coffee, chocolate.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
erickok (4135) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - APR 2, 2015
Black body and small head. Odd aroma, treacle, sweet coffee liquor, tar and burned caramel. Taste is less expressive. Strange fermentation. Almost like licorice was added... I love licorice, but I didn’t expect this. Quite watery too. It’s okay. (33cl bottle from Auchan Tours)

1.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
nihtila (1468) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 28, 2015
13.2.2015. Aroma of sweet artificial coffee. Taste is also very artificial strong coffee. Wasnt able to drink the bottle.

2.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
magpieken (102) - - MAR 13, 2015
330ml bottle. Aug 2015. Pours as brown as it gets before being black, adequate brown head which reduced to a ring and only a touch of lacing. Aroma of dark roasted coffee, cocoa, molasses, mould and liquorice. Medium sweetness, light bitterness. Light to medium body, thin texture, flat carbonation. Burnt coffee finish with some sourness in there too. Noticeable alcohol burn. I didn’t enjoy this one. 5.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rayaron (602) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - FEB 14, 2015
Bottle 330ml. Opaque black with small beige head. Artificial aroma of mocha coffee, quite nutty. Strong flavor of mocha coffee, moderate sweetness and bitterness, notes of roasted malt and dark chocolate, very nutty, light sour coffee notes in the finis. Moderate carbonation, medium-bodied.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
edsspoon (729) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2014
Bottle - black with a fizzy dark brown head which quickly fades to a ring. Aroma of praline, chocolate, rich ground coffee, cocoa and cream. Taste of coffee, cream and chocolate. Very rich and velvety. Like an Irish coffee. Rich, medium body with low carbonation, very sweet. Gets a bit sickly after a while.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrBlueSky93 (401) - Sutton Coldfield, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2014
Phwooooarrr! Bottle from Beers 52. Though Coffee in terms of strength of flavour this gives Sam Smith’s Chocolate Stout a run for it’s money! On the nose is coffee with a touch of sweetness (similar to what you get in a coffee shop expresso). Then the taste you get this coffee again with the sweetness following, perhaps a marshmallow taste in there? Then some fruity flavours, I got orange and then typical winter fruits. Lovely stuff!


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