hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - SEP 21, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the SFTO Brandy release. Just about black in color with a small light brown head. Aroma of chocolate, roast, some light coffee. Taste has chocolate, roast, mild coffee, some light citrusy hops. Body is medium. Some light bitter roast in the finish. A nice stout, although I would have liked more coffee.
vtafro (2173) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - SEP 21, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Black pour with plenty of brown head. Coffee, espresso, dark malts, oatmeal, and chocolate flavors. Aroma is light but is a slight view into the depth of this beer.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 21, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz. – The Wine Source. Black, tan creamy head. Cold pressed coffee and roasted chocolate-like aromas warm to soft vanilla cream swirls. Dark cocoa and medium roast coffee flavors are well rounded by a light backend bitterness. Light to medium bodied and smooth, soft carbonation, drying bittersweet finish. Well done…
goldfish19 (50) - Long Island, New York, USA - SEP 20, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2009 ~ Purchased this 22 oz bomber from Big Z Beverage in Huntington, NY. Pours dark brown with a nice creamy tan head. Smell is of roasted malt and coffee followed by some light hops, and a touch of caramel. Hops make a strong appearance in the taste. More than I had expected from a stout brewed with coffee beans. A bitter coffee taste makes its presence up front, and is mellowed out (only just a pinch) by sweetness from the chocolate malts. The body is a little skimpy for the style. At 7.5% ABV, this is a nice drinker that went down smooth without any problems.
Coming into this, I expected a little more than what I actually received. Overall, a nice effort by Troegs, and will revisit this one again. ~
dmac (3538) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - SEP 18, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bomber from Jonathan Ron. Poured a dark black with a large foamy light beige head and a good amount of visible yeast from the end of the bottle. The aroma has no visible coffee notes despite their claim of coffee being added. What is there is a good amount of chocolate and orange that seems to be common in a good amount of stouts and sadly the absence of the coffee really brings this one down a notch or two. The body of this brew is medium with a creamy mouthfeel and a slightly chalky finsih. The flavor, upon mucho warming, shows some coffee qualities but still slight compared to something like Breakfast Stout. The remainder of the flavors are citrus rind, chocolate, floral hops, roastiness and slight earth notes. Despite being very lax in the coffee area this is one decent stout.
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle Pours a nice black with a good tan head. The head is frothy and lasting. It also laces quite well. The aroma is good with plenty of coffee and a touch of hops. Has a decent carbonation. The flavor is good, plenty of bitter chocolate with nice coffee kickers. Has a medium body. The texture is lightly thick. Has a good finish with a good aftertaste.
grandet (501) - Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from jessup plaza. Deep dark brown color with a medium light brown head. aroma is chocolate, coffee, light hop aromas and some oak. Taste is very drinkable with lots of chocolate and some coffee. Bitter chocolate lingers on the palate. Somewhat oily but that doesnt make it bad. Nice.
biznizness (1056) - Mooresville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 17, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from the brewery. So very good. Tasty stout flavors as well as tasty coffee flavors, not overwhelming the tasty stout. All around good.
Paulp (20) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 16, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured dark with a tan head, roasty coffee/chocolate aroma with some hops in there, a little bit of a dry finish.
eaglefan538 (2803) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 15, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This thing was an odd concoction of which I was not fond of, despite being a Troegs fan. It was like their hop series amber ales but dark and black, quite nasty in combination. Not sure if they intended to make a black IPA type deal, but the citrus hops did not match at all with the roast and black flavors, none of which had a lot of character in them anyway (was this really a stout, coffee quite lacking?). Put me to sleep. Appearance was dark brown with reddish hues, small head. Mouthfeel was moderately bodied.