DocLock (9504) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep black with nose of dark malt, chocoff, some nuts, licorice. Fairly dense palate, with dark malt and a semi-sweet dark chocolate, some coffee, vanilla, and a smooth finish. A souped up 15, indeed, and isn’t this the one that became Javahead?
3fourths (9019) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 11, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
handbottle. medium sized tan head on a black body. nose is mild malted milk ball candies, toast, light petroleum/plastic notes, maybe some sort of vanilla ice cream but to be honest it seems very stale, dried, and old, as strange as that sounds for something like ice cream. silky texture, medium body. parched milk chocolate and roast up front, more petroleum and plastic in the finish, along with the faintest bit of heat. tastes like whoppers candy - malted milk balls + stale chocolate. nice texture, smooth carbonation, but unfortunately there’s little to get excited about flavor-wise. stale milk and soured licorice are the major flaws.
Ughsmash (7507) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 17, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Rich for the bad-ass growler! Poured rich, deep brown with burnt umber highlights and a luxurious cap of tan head.. sticky lacing as it descended. The aroma was the first indication I was about to enjoy a fine coffee stout (I didn’t read the description first).. well-roasted, slightly sour espresso backed by cacao nibs and a dry earthy impression.. sweet vanilla and cocoa powder on the back of the nose as well as some warmth. The flavor was a huge espresso bomb as I hoped for.. well-roasted with nutty and earthy character in there.. the coffee gave some bitterness at the edges that was complemented by citrusy husk and floral notes.. sweeter coffee and chocolate notes with earth and citrus bitterness on the long finish. Heavier-bodied with moderate carbonation on the palate.. oily and bitter overall, with a challenging and enjoyable flow across the palate. Excellent brew that I’d gladly drink more of (thankfully I have almost 1/2 gallon in the fridge!).
vtafro (6267) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 20, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @ the Cuvee de Castleton release. Was thoroughly unimpressed with this beer. Perhaps should have been served colder, may give this another chance in the future.
egajdzis (5959) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[BCTC 09] Poured an opaque black color, with a medium sized, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of burnt wood, roasted malts, strong coffee, vanilla bean, and a bit of coffee. Taste of more strong coffee, roasted malts, light smoke, dark chocolate, and light alcohol in the finish. Thanks John!
kramer (5763) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 25, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
1 L handbottle, from axilla. Pours a black body with some brown edges and a small wispy brown head. The nose is big heavy roast and coffee with a nice chocolate note and a bit of hoppiness. BIg coffee and roasty flavor, but not burnt or acrid, it’s just right. Great balanced between the malt, coffee, and hops. Just a light alcohol kick on the back end for being 9.5%. Mouthfeel is pretty full bodied with nice light soft fizzy carbonation, a little oily, but very quaffable. This was a definate improvement over the Scratch 15, lots more coffee and a heftier mouthfeel most of all. Wouldn’t mind at all if this made the jump to their regular line-up.
Rciesla (5500) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUL 21, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler at CDC release party. Pours a black body with a tan head. Roast y dry slightly astringent coffee. Bitter espresso and a lighter etoh warming but well masked. Good stout.
Skyview (5464) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUN 7, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled during Deliriumfest’s Graduation tasting in Maplewood, MN and shared by beerloco. From a 64-oz growler pours an opaque dark brown colored brew with a creamy beige head that has some nice retention and lacing. Aroma of toasted dark malt, a hint of apple, some coffee and chocolate. Taste is full bodied, with flavors of toasted dark malt, apple cider, chocolate a hint of coffee and some light citrus hops. Finish is smooth with some alcohol warmth and a lingering toasted dark malt, apple and bittersweet chocolate flavors.
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 26, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler at CDC release. Pours a deep dark brown almost black with a foamy head. Aroma is nutty toffee, roasted barley, chocolate malts, a slight fruitienss. Flavor is more coffee and sharp roasted barley get s abit dirty and earthy, smooth oatmeal though- cream and a smooth finish. Nice.
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler: Aroma of coffee, sugar, slight roasted malts, slight dark ripe fruits, and a hint of alcohol. Poured very very dark brown/black in color with a tan head that lasted around the edges. Clear. Slightly sparkling. Flavor is medium sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of coffee, roasted malts, and sugar. Medium body. Lightly chalky texture. Average carbonation. Sweet coffee and sugar finish. 9.5%ABV is well hidden.