DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - OCT 5, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at the weekly tastings at Blacklick Wines and Spirits.Pours black with a nice tan head.The nose on this was great.Lots of coffee note steming from this.The flavor was good but the nose lied about the flavor.The coffee an chocolate were there but the semi sweet bitterness kept interfering
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - OCT 5, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a deep brown/black color wit ha thick tan head. Aroma is coffee, roasted malt, a touch of hoppiness. Flavor is very coffee oriented up front but the mouth feel is not overly bitter. Some interesting hop notes here to. Pretty easy to drink, but not spectacular.
JaBier (5454) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - OCT 4, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at the stout tasting at Blacklick Wine & Spirits on 10/1/09. Black pour with a medium tan head. Malty aroma with some hop influence and a bit of coffee. Syrupy and fruity flavor with a bitter coffee finish. Not great.
LilBeerDoctor (3516) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of sweet roasted malt, light coffee, vanilla. Flavor of bitter roasted malt, bitter chocolate, and some light coffee grounds in the finish. I’d like to get some more java from this java stout. Overall, an ok stout.
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Aroma at once milky and grainy with coffee clearly there but remaining somewhat subtle. Flavor intensely roasted, both the malt character and the coffee, charred at times even. Some semi-sweet cocoa notes peak out at the end to balance the charred components. Quite dry throughout. Pretty simple, but that’s the nature of the style, and a nice subtle-strong approach to the coffee.
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 4, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown opaque pour with a thin white head. Roasted flavor with good fresh coffee. Dry.
Ughsmash (7354) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 1, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to Rich (as Scratch 15). Poured deep brown with a creamy, easily-resuscitated cap of rich tan head. The aroma picked up roasty, peppery coffee with toasty grains and sweeter, milkier accents.. warm and intriguing, but it seemed to be missing a little something. The flavor was all about the coffee, with a lovely dry-roasted espresso presence.. chocolate and char supplemented.. bitterness came from earth and more coffee.. finished with a coffee-inspired hit of sourness and bitterness. Medium-bodied and scratchy on the palate.. dry and well-roasted.. not the greatest feel. Solid brew.
BREWMUSKCLES (2368) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 1, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
moderate of body and flavored in kind. expresso and a good touch of coffee the brew is light enough to be refreshing yet somewhat substantive with tingly pepper, spice and even less licorice. black with two toned head where the liquid stains it this brew is a bit wine like... perhaps an aged spanish table wine or more yet a muscatel... that is where the alcohol is.as a hop head i prefer more of a hybrid but these brewers already make a fine one. earthy... ok.
Tmoney99 (11828) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 1, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sample shared by shigadeyo.
Poured dark brown with an average creamy light brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Solid roasted coffee and chocolate malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Solid coffee balanced flavor with a smooth average bittersweet finish of moderate duration.
My expectations where met.
Jsawyer (297) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 1, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle; pours a bubbly mocha head atop a black body with obvious viscousity. Redolent of cocoa powdern, dark roast, bittersweet chocolate, roast barley, caramel notes, hint of vanilla, slight lactose or mild cream, and a final noticeable hop note. Overall a pleasant coffee aroma. Flavor is sweet malt, caramel, then dark chocolate, bitter roasted coffee which unfortunately is not overly complex, and then a slight floral orangey hint. Palate is nicely smooth due to the oats. However there is obviously too much of a hop presence in this stout and it presents a weird juxtaposition from bitter coffee to oranges. Overall a good start for a coffee stout but I found it somewhat timid and ambivalent as to the brewers intent.