jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma was huge on Coffee, with some roast and malty sweetness. Poured jet black with large tan head. good lacing. Flavor was cold coffee, smoother than Scratch 15, but less astringent and in my opinion less punchy. slight citrus hop in background. viscous palate with a little bit of carbonic prickle. An alright impy.
taylor714 (9) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2011 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance of this beer had a finger of light chocolate colored head and a deep dark brown color that didn’t let any light through.
Aroma is just WOW! Lots of coffee, chocolate on the nose. Some toasted notes come through along with a hint of alcohol.
Absolutely outstanding taste. Initial light sweetness with the coffee just booming through. A nice citrus note comes though mid palate. Underlying chocolate and roasted malts also play in the mix. The beer finishes with a light hoppy bitterness.
Good Palate. Not as creamy as I was expected, but the carbonation was excellent. On the lower end of things, which is how I prefer my big stouts. Coats the mouth well and leaves a lingering coffee note.
Easy to drink. The alcohol is hidden well. While not a beer I could drink a whole growler of, it is one which I could easily drink 2 or 3 pints of.
Overall a phenomenal beer. I’m hoping that they can brew this up again and bottle some. I’m sure a few years of age would do WONDERS to this beer!
DocLock (8530) - 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 (8600) - 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.
TomDecapolis (4617) - Milton, Delaware, USA - SEP 12, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared at BCTC 2009 thanks to Axilla. Pours a deep almost black with a medium deep tan head that laced. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, vanilla and cocoa. Flavor of roasted malt, dark chocolate, toffee, nuts, vanilla and coffee.
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - AUG 17, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From growler. Solid. Nice balanced flavors of rich malts and some bitter roasted malts. A little coffee and dark cocoa. Some alcohol but hidden well. Nice.
egajdzis (5576) - 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!
abcfan (823) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 26, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with tan head. Very strong oat,booze and wet cardboard aromas in nose. Very slick on tongue. More flavors of oat with coffee finish.
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - 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.
Rciesla (5499) - 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.
vtafro (4828) - 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.