HogTownHarry (6199) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 10, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle (12oz). Shared by blankboy with me and garthicus. Opaque deep brown with an average frothy light brown head. Deep roast malt aroma, with an odd cerley note, sort of a bitter mineral thing happening. The taste was of dry burnt coffee, but also minty and herbal, with a long dry bitter earthy finish. Thin-bodied, silky and astringent on the palate, very mild carbonation, and a very long finish - the drying alcohol emerges in that finish. I wish it had a little more body, and that earth/celery thing was a bit weird, but it was okay; nothing more.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 6, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a four-finger thick, dense, nicely browned head. The beer is a deep black color that shows flashes of brilliantly clear, ruby hues when held up to the light. The aroma smells of sharp, somewhat acidic burnt notes up front, but quickly starts to pick up a rich toasted malt character, solid aromatics of fresh ground coffee, a berry-like coffee note, a touch of roasted nuttiness and perhaps a touch of dark cocoa. The aroma is a bit smoother than I was expecting, which is good as I don’t like when burnt / roast notes get overly harsh.
Somewhat light bodied up front, but picks up touch of viscous texture towards the middle; this remains a light brew over all though. The coffee flavors come on strong, with lots of roasted flavors, charred acidity and a lingering burnt coffee bitterness. This has some toasted bread crust notes and dark chocolate flavors to it up front that get quickly overwhelmed by the coffee flavors. The finish at times has a roasted nuttiness to it. This is one of those beers that would likely vastly improve from the hand pump; the existing carbonation (which is not overly aggressive but certainly quite a bit more than from the cask) accentuates the burnt acidity and makes this sharper than it needs to be. When the carbonation is aggressively released the beer becomes more balanced and smooth.
While the beer comes off as a bit unbalanced from the overly roasty coffee flavors, it still drinks really well and is quite drinkable. A bit more malt would definitely balance out the coffee better but this beer would then lose the quaffability and light body that is so nice; I am definitely torn on the body of this beer, is it just right or too little, I can’t really decide.
afireinside96 (923) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Huge thanks to machfive55 for giving me this bottle. Black body topped by an inch of tan head. Nose is mellow coffee, charred earth, and a hint of dark chocolate. The taste has the perfect amount of coffee in it, ever present but not dominating, as well as bitter roastedness, anise, and dark chocolate. Yummy. Mouthfeel was much fuller and smoother than I anticipated as well. This was an excellent beer and hopefully it gets added to their regular lineup the way Scratch #4. Probably the best beer that I have had that has been brewed using coffee.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - FEB 2, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2010 bottle from machfive55...
a nutty brown pour has a small off white head which disappears fairly quickly (and i just got a lesson in why).
this has a bunch of smooth coffee stink coming off of it!... some ashy roast, malt richness, chocolate and some woody earthy umami notes.
the flavor is loaded with rich smooth coffee as well. luckily not sour or overdone... it joins up with bitter chocolate with just a touch of vanillin added, scalded almost burnt cream, roast and something tannic nearly acrid (yet pleasant). some hoppy dryness lingers around with the coffee in the aftertaste.
medium body is very smooth and slick yet it remains very easy to drink. 7/4/7/4/16/3.8
bottled 4/16/10 sampled 6/16/10.
aromas of grassy nobles, coffee, chocolate, cream, roasted barley and magnums?
the flavor is the same with dark cherries, tar, rubber and lactose thrown in.
medium bodied, light, airy and really easy to put away at 7.5%. 7/4/7/4/16/3.8
OldGrowth (2839) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - FEB 1, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle, gift from carny77. Good aroma, sweet. oat, dairy, coffee, bitter chocolate, smoke.Dark orangy brown color, small head no lace, Bitter flavor, real roasted flavor, though the oat cuts some of it, little vinious. Medium body, oily creamy mouth feel, bitter dry finish. Tasty, aroma had nice nuances, flavor was more straight foward. Thanks Carny
garthicus (2767) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 29, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared kindly by Blankboy with HogTownHarry and I. Pours a very dark deep brown with a small pancake colour head. Aroma: Tan leather, peat, smoke, coffee. Nice. Flavour: Again, peat, smoke, espresso, winter fruits, Christmas pudding. Not bad at all.
jkwalking05 (4113) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JAN 25, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown in color with a small tan head. Aroma is quite roasty with a little smoke and coffee. Taste is roasty with some coffee and a light malty sweetness.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 23, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle courtesy of ClockworkOrange poured into a tulip.
Pours a dark brown with a light tan head that leaves decent lacing while settling in as a cap.
Aroma is tame with some sweet chocolate malts and hints of coffee and oatmeal.
The taste also has the chocolate malt sweetness that dominates with hints of dark fruits. Not a lot of coffee that I could gather.
The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with decent carbonation.
This is a decent stout that doesn’t have a lot going on but is still pretty drinkable.
travita (4302) - Frisco, Texas, USA - JAN 18, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smell is smoke, malts, roastiness, coffee, and meaty. The look is brown color to black with a tan colored head. Taste is malty, coffee, chocolate, and roastiness.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 18, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2010
Name: Scratch 15
Date: January 10, 2009
Source: Tasting, HMoG
Appearance: black, wispy tan head, bits of lace
Aroma: dry dark chocolate aroma
Flavor: rich dry roasted flavor, lots of earthy bitterness rolls out of the roasted and dark chocolate
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Score: ** /4
Date: July 01, 2010
Source: Ale Atlanta
Appearance: black, fine beige head, drippy lace
Aroma: dry chocolate aroma, touch of roasted
Body: creamy body
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, nice touch of coffee, light caramel sweetness, long roasted finish
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Score: **+ /4