JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a dark rich brown color with a medium tan head. Aroma of roasted malt and coffee. Taste of coffee and roasted malt. Has the sweet oatmeal flavor similar to an oatmeal stout. A well balanced creamy finish.
buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 21, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A black pour with a small tan head and light lacing. The aroma is of day old raw coffee grounds. Which for some reason I do like. Flavor is also a raw coffee flavor with a touch of cocoa and maybe a little molasses. I just wish it was a little sweeter and not so raw. It will be interesting what some aging will do to it.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 20, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Low hiss as the cap comes off, pouring as translucent and mahogany, yet mostly opaque and chestnut black in the glass. A sparse tan moss head transforms into mocha edges and tan sawdust on top. Depth defying nose drums with espresso beans dipped in blackened, lactic dark chocolate. Campfires catch símores off guard and emanate an admirable sweet and burnt aromatic fulfillment. Unrefined bakers bricks and caramel scorched in the kettle pull up the rear. Heavy smashed mocha beans slow down in the mouth to a chewy, dark chocolate tune. Broiled fudge bake gets cemented with an espresso bottom. Charred oats meet singed símore sticks several moments after the marshmallow is lost, but the sweetness still retains a glimpse of the dark, Swiss chocolate filler. Balance favors the bean, but the burnt turtle fudge surrounding it gives enough caramel sweetness to keep it on kilter. Lactic, burnt cafť de cacao and dense chocolate mouse cling to classic coffee characteristics in the end.
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 20, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
The coffee is rough, raw, and uneven yet well mashed oatmeal adds silky smoothness. Hint of liccorice. More carbonation would help.
twindadplus2 (569) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 16, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep black with a thin tan film of a head. Aroma is loaded with coffee and dark chocolate. Flavor is lots more coffee with a bit of cereal sweetness, semi-sweet chocolate and a nice bitter hops bite. The finish is long and roasty and stays with you for a while. Heavy on the palate even with more carbonation than I expected, very satisfying. The two best things to happen to Wisconsin micros is New Glarusí unplugged series and Tyranenaís brewers gone wild.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 14, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Near black color with a small lid of dark tan bubbles. Looks like a rather silky pour. First sniff certainly does not hold anything back, with big coffee, oatmeal and lightly burnt caramel. While I like coffee, I still have not hopped upon the coffee brew wagon. The aroma does settle to a thick espresso, but still I am not persuaded. Nice smooth feel that is a touch biting in the finish. Caramel malt, start with a abrupt change of pace when the coffee flavors hit mid sip. A return to dark and roasted malts in the finish and linger. For some reason I feel I just dumped some instant coffee into my oatmeal. Coffee and porter/stout lovers will likely rave about this one. For me, a fine brew, but once again, not my cup of joe.
drewbeerme (3808) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle i believe only a few weeks young. pours very dark with nice tan head. nose is gushing with stale coffee left cold over night and undertones of oatmeal. flavor notes of chocolate and oats that quickly evolves into a lot of stale coffee. youíd think the taste the stale coffee wouldnít be good but it actually is! the coffee and hops provide quite a bit of bitterness too. mouthfeel is not very thick but full bodied. carbination is a tad high. alcohol is well hidden. this really is a tasty coffee porter but far from perfect.
holdenn (2060) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle sampled from drewbeerme. The aroma is completely coffee, maybe thereís a hint of malt in there but its almost all coffee and stale coffee left on the burner at that. Mmm, I love it. Coffee dominates the tongue as well but with some nice sweetness, milkyness, and a little chocolate. Silky medium thick body, I can really taste and feel all the oats that went into it. Very nice, Iíll have to get some more of this and continue to rerate.
Erdinger2003 (127) - West Union, Iowa, USA - FEB 12, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is full of great coffee flavor! I had two of my four the first night and I loved it!!
Ughsmash (6909) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 9, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled. Poured a lovely shade of extra-deep brown with an initial creamy cap of beige head that receded after a couple minutes. Nose was heavy on the deeply-roasted, excellent coffee blend with sweeter milk chocolate appearing intermittently... coffee steals the show and is damn good!
The flavor department does the aroma justice!... with deeply-roasted coffee disseminating brilliantly across the palate.. and perfectly-aligned oat and milk chocolate sweetness to balance the coffee bitterness.. Slightly oily and heavier-bodied on the palate, with an ideal level of coffee bitterness and a satisfying warm finish. As an added bonus, I could feel the caffeine kick in after a couple sips! Magnificent!