JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 24, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from State Line Liquors. Very nice pour, thick and deep brown, with a hefty head. Slight sediment visible in the body. The nose is actually a bit indistinct, particularly as far as coffee stouts go. Sharp hops are the dominant characteristic, and there’s a particular citrus aroma to them. Strange. Full bodied and very smooth, with a dry finish. The flavor is more complex than the aroma, with the bean coming in somewhat shyly - certainly not much of a roasted characteristic, more of a smooth dry chocolate. Overall, it’s an enjoyable beer but I found it more like a black IPA than a coffee stout.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Ginger Man in NYC. Pours a very deep brown colored body with a finger-width, creamy, tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is full of medium roasted malts, coffees, dark chocolate, oatmeal smooth milk chocolate, and a caramel sweetness. Flavor is similar. Smooth, medium roasts and a good amount of coffee. Lightly sweetened caramel malts with a good amount of rich, dark chocolate as well as milky chocolates. Finishes with a light astringent coffee, medium roasts, and a bit of a floral bitterness. Lingers with lots of coffee and sweet malts for a good amount of time. Dry, lighter body, and smooth. Overall, a really nice coffee stout. Relatively straightforward, but full of flavor. Hard to complain here.
Drake (11469) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 21, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle from Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a very dark brown color appearing black in the glass. Large brown head shows good head retention and lacing. Aroma of smooth chocolate and coffee along with very faint roast notes and a stronger hoppiness than I would have expected. Taste is coffee, bitter roasted malts, chocolate and a bitter, leafy hoppy finish. Smooth, creamy. Medium-full bodied.
Foxbush (1713) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 21, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2009 The Troegs brewery had a representative visiting The Caboose in Ashland for beer sampling. I purchased 22 oz to rate later. They had four beers for sampling. I will spend more time evaluating the 22 oz purchase. My son and I enjoyed the Java Stout over the weekend watching NFL football. This was great experience. The stout was a deep black with much coffee flavors. the well balanced stout was fun to drink with the complex flavors attacking you.
tomthompson89 (1973) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 21, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
this was a pretty regular coffeeish style stout and i found a touch thin for an oatmeal stout. nice coffee on the nose not as much hops as expected but a little there. sweet malts some chocolate. flavor is the same but with a touch of smoke, poured a nice dark brown but from the pour i could tell it was thinner then i like.
Travlr (19949) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 20, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance was nearly black, but let’s some light through. Large bubble head that evaporates quickly to leave moderate lacing.
Smell was roasted coffee and milk chocolate.
Taste was straightforward and simple coffee and chocolate.
Overall, average, common coffee-style stout. Nothing that stands out.
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 19, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
THOUGHTS: Very nice — if you like coffee that is. And I do. Great use of coffee. Glad they left it as a regular stout and didn’t ramp it up to Imperial levels. This was a nice change of pace for me.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a dark brown that was nearly black in the glass with slight amber highlights and a large, khaki head that slowly, but mostly diminished, but left excellent lacing. The aroma was moderate to heavy, coffee and roasted malt and light hops. The initial flavor was sweet, bitter and acidic; while the finish was a little sweet, rather bitter and fairly acidic with an average to long duration. There was coffee, roasted malt, a little sugar and cream, a little hops that blended with the bitterness of the coffee. The medium body was creamy and a little oily with lightly tingly carbonation and a lightly astringent finish.
JoeMcPhee (9169) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 19, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep dark beer with a thick yellow-tan head. The nose has a lot of heavy roasty coffeeish character. Some more fresh coffee character and aroma. Richly sweet with a nice sticky malt character. I like it.
coldmeat23 (232) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 18, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours black. I can’t even get light penetration around the edges. Two-finger creamy coffee-tan colored head of foam. Great retantion and great lacing, to boot.
Sweet maltiness and maple notes hit me first. Nice undertone of big espresso/coffee notes. Slight hints of dark fruits. Nice big chocolate presence. Hints of caramel and vanilla. Very slight hops notes, deep down inside.
One of the better smelling coffee brews that I’ve had. Smells like a good cup from a specialty coffee shop.
Ooooh, that’s some fine espresso tasting brew in my glass. Nice undertones of bittersweet chocolate. Light malty sweetness. Slight caramel notes. Hint of smoke.
Feels nice and smooth. No real bitterness here, despite all of the sharp flavors involved in this brew. I’m sure that all of the smoothness is due to the oatmeal. What a wonderful grain!
Good solid medium body. Nice level of carbonation.
Slightly too thin for a stout, though, IMO.
This is one that I’d love to see them put into regular, year-round, production. I would love to have this on a regular basis.
Flavors are great. Nice level of smoothness. Good balance. On top of that, it’s a relatively low 6%ABV. I could do this as a session beer, no problem.
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I thought this to be a pretty average coffee stout. I found it to be more toffee-ish than coffee-ish in the flavor, and a bit thin and not especially bitter. Some of what it lacked in coffee bitterness I thought was made up for in a pretty significant hop bitterness. I thought it was OK, and very quaffable, but not necessarily what I was expecting.
Color was black. Head was tan and plentiful. I could tell from the viscousness of the pour that the body was a touch thin. Aroma was sweet like a breakfast stout. Flavor was also lactose-sweetness, and not really coffee-ish. However, there was a significant hop presence in this beer, more significant than other coffee beers in recent memory. Mouthfeel was a touch thin.
Pretty good. I’d recommend giving it a try. I bought my bottle at Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville, VA.