oakbluff (432) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 6, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very dark pour- some hints of garnite when put to light. Chocolate milk head with good retention.
Smell- espresso and chocolate. Yum!
Taste- very coffee forward with dark chocolate riding shotgun. Roast is smoootthh. Gotta be the oatmeal! No cloying or sweetness which is much appreciated. Hops are present but more in the background. The porter is style works well with the coffee - nice change over a big stout. A beer with such strong coffee needs a solid malt base, and this has it. Great drinkability and tasty as all hell. Fastastic brew!
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 5, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from my many friends, I got three over DLD weekend: Pours nearly opaque with a small but lasting frothy ring and some lace. The aroma has notes of coffee, burnt malts, some toasted bread, chocolate, oatmeal, and grassy hops. The taste pretty much follows suit with rich sweet flavors of pumpernickel bread and bittersweet mocha over an espresso and smoked ham. The finish is more smoke and coffee...on and on...leads to a mouth feel that is more akin to porter, thin and watery, not a noticeable amount of oats IMO. Still despite the underwhelming feel this is a great brew where the coffee is in the forefront but allows other flavors and aromas to shine as well.
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 2, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
dark brown body with small beige head..aroma is huge in roasted malts, namely dark chocolate and bitter coffee...flavor is almost as strong with it massive coffee backbone (dry roasted creamed coffee with touches of toffee and burnt toast)...finishes slightly bitter and dry...very nice..it is very similar to Founders Breakfast Stout, and deserves to be talked about up there with the better coffee brews..
Silphium (3190) - 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 (937) - 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 (2434) - 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.