Silphium (3173) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 1, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Deep brown body with slight light penetration, medium dark tan head. Rich aroma of potent coffee beans, roasted malt, and chocolate. Reminds me of Founders Breakfast Stout. The body isn’t quite as rich as that beer, but still offers a surprisingly smooth, coffee-dominated palate replete with roasted malt and a chocolate backbone. Offers some sweetness but on the dry side overall. This beer deserves its high marks.
smhncabot (310) - Cabot, Arkansas, USA - MAY 1, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another i got to try this weekend. Aroma is smooth coffee with some sweet toffee backing it up. taste is very coffee with choco and toffee. Very much a coffee beer but still very good.
nolankowal (931) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 27, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of Juelze, thanks again! Dark brown pour with a short tan head. Aroma of pungent coffee, a bit of booze, some dark fruits, dark chocolate and a tinge of raspberry. Strong bitter coffee, roasted malts, a bit of raspberry and dark chocolate as well. Medium bodied...the carbonation is a bit much...bittersweet and roasty throughout with a roasty/dry finish. Pretty good.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by nolankowal: Pours black with virtually no head. Aroma, big coffee, and roasted malt notes, some chocolate, and a hint of oats. Flavor, coffee, chocolate, more coffee, some roasted malts, a bit of oats again. medium to thin body. Pretty damn tasty.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - APR 24, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle, courtesy of Monger. Thanks, James! Pours a dark black center; medium tan head with fine-bubbled lacing. Lots of coffee in the aroma (slightly green); dark chocolate and some bitterness. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: loads of slightly-green coffee upfront (as opposed to fully roasted), surrounded by bitter chocolate and some charred / burnt malts; slightly acidic and hints of citrus bitterness. Decent stuff, but I’m not a fan of how the coffee character plays out here. Medium, dark chocolate and coffee finish; ends quite nicely.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 24, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep dark brown with a brown head. Aroma is of dark malts but is dominated by roasted coffee. Flavor is roasted malts,and coffee. The finish is a little to bitter and ashy though.
adrian910ss (2361) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle via trade with Jason. Pours a cola black color with a small brownish beige head. Aroma of sweet roasted coffee malts and a bit of baking chocolate. Taste is smooth and creamy rich coffee flavor with small hints of oats and chocolaty malts. Like a lighter version of Breakfast Stout or Jah-va Stout as far as the taste goes. Very nice.
OldGrowth (2699) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - APR 22, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from trade with JCaprioti. Great aroma, Sweet. Coffee, more like coffe grounds, Oat is obvious, and together I get a chocolate malt ball type scent. Clean orangy dark brown color, little to no head, just a small ring. Minor lace. Bitter coffee flavor, hints of grape and vine. Little soapiness. Get a little heat. Thick body, creamy oily smooth mouthfeel, bitterdry finish, Tasty brew. Great one to sniff and I never got tired of doing so. Well done and worth seeking out.
pantanap (3362) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle....aroma: lots of roasted coffee and a bit of chocolate malt but the strong roast sensation is def. nice.....appearance: black liquidity, lighter body, with small light brown head....taste: not very heavy, a little bit creamy with medium level of carbonation. i’m getting more of a bitter roasted coffe taste than anything else. the finsh is slightly bitter. not too much sweetness to this one....this is a pretty decent porter.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - APR 21, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured an almost opaque black with ruby highlights and a small tan head. Big coffee aroma with some ashey notes. Roasty malt flavor with a medium body.