BleacherBum (177) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - APR 6, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is great. Subtle coffee and oat characteristics that arenít overbearing. Looks great with a slight tan head. Lacing all the way down, for what itís worth. Flavor was good, and alcohol well-hidden, but was quite thin. Tasted like oatmeal and coffee soda. Hints of oaky vanilla and mild nuttiness are there, but are overshadowed by the coffee. Not a complaint, seeing as how I CRAVE coffee and the bottle describes this beer as such. Just a tad simplistic. Medium carbonation and silky smooth going down. Well-balanced, but a little weak for a beer rated so high, IMO. Very drinkable and enjoyable but not terribly complex. Would definitely drink this quite often if given the opportunity, but Iíll settle for trading for it every now and again.
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle from Styles, thanks Chris. big nose of strong coffee. pours almost black with a ruby edge and with a short tan head and spotty lace every time I tip my snifter. flavor has hints of chocolate and roasted malts, but dominating everything is the strong coffee. nice creamy mouth-feel from the oats. enjoyable, but I would have liked it better with less coffee.
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 1, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big black pour w/ a huge thick creamy brown head w/ some great lacing. Lots of coffe in the aroma, nice rich roasty malts hints of chocolate a touch of oat like grain and even a hint of some dark fruit. Palate is full and well coated very lightly creamy. Flavor has lots of dark chocolates lots of them then some great mocha coffees like a great espresso. some roast malts an oat grain touch and numm. Good stufff.
This is another winner in the Brewers gone wild series.
Stine (1657) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 31, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dense and black. The aroma of the espresso machines as theyíre being cleaned and refilled. Good espresso, though. Also some urinal cake smell. First taste is of mayan chocolate. The oatmeal comes very close to counteracting the astringency of the old coffee taste but fails at this. Palate is like silk draped over a bed of nails. Promising, but a bit unpleasant to my taste.
Brigadier (3250) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle
I wish this was more than a special release. This was probably the best BGW release to date; if I had the cellar room I would go buy another four pack to have some for the future. Still, if they can make something this then I am pretty sure they can do it again. If you happen to come across this be sure to snap it up. This is one of those beers that will grab your attention and not let go until the bottle has been empty for fifteen minutes.
Aroma / Appearance - The black body was smothered by a one finger head the color of cardboard. Thick sheets of lacing clung to the sides of my snifter as I took sips leaving behind a history of the levels. The nose was very rich with a first impression of raisins and oatmeal. Further reflection revealed straight black coffee, smoky bacon and dark rich chocolate. A milky backbone holds it all together.
Flavor / Palate - The taste of fluid oatmeal coated my throat on the first sip along with straight black coffee. Raisins, rich chocolate and oreos dipped in low fat milk form the second wave of flavors. Leathery wood tastes come towards the middle with oats very strong throughout. The finish of smoked bacon and malty coffee completes an excellent experience overall. This reminds me of a hybrid baltic porter moreso than a straight porter.
Mrthirstyneck (341) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 29, 2007
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2007 thick black pour. thick reddish tan head. The aroma is absolutely amazing. drink very smooth. superb on the olí palate, and balanced very nicely. Iím a porter fan and this one is likely the best yet.! GRAB one if you can LIMITED RELEASE, probably all GONE:(
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - MAR 27, 2007
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2007 ***This is the BOMB!***Pours black w/ a brown maple robe. Froth is shallow and residual lacing is minimal. Aroma is heavily roasted w/ coffee beans. Full nectar w/ soft and creamy residual effers. Huge roasted malts packing a ton of blackened coffee beans. A mild sweetness is upfront . It keeps the roast component interesting, almost turning mexican chili pepper. Itís not complex but sure is tastey. I could drink a few of these in a sitting. The finish is long on flavor w/ a mild, velvet bittering. I savor every sip. Overall: smooth, rich, and heavily roasted. Highly recommended. p/s Iíll be headed to the Betty Ford clinic before long. This stuff is addictive and Iím jonesiní for another bottle.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - MAR 26, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
THANX TO BUCKYBEER! Pour was a dark brown with a huge foamy tan head. Make that a brown head. Nose is cold coffee even before I sniff. As the creamy head settles, the nose is still all coffee. Almost like walking into a starbucks. Loved the flavor. This is a coffee drink, trace of creamy, chocolate, and dark brew. I am loving this. Wish I could have a case of this. Mouth feel was full, satisfying. Great brew. No big negative , almost a perfect brew. I MUST agree with roberts reality, there is a ash, burnt after taste, but not a negative.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - MAR 26, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice dark brown to black color,small tan head that had a decent hang time and managed to leave a bit of a lace behind.The aroma was roasty and malty with a decent chocolate and almost sweet milk chocolate thing going on.The flavor was quite pleasant.malty and chocolatey with a decent semi sweet chocolate taste,some hints of hops in the middle and end with a nice roasty side.Theres a slight wine like thing going on as well a bit oily in the middle but over all very nice brew and well worth having again.
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - MAR 25, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Somewhat opaque dark brown pour, ruby highlights. Fully and quickly diminishing dark tan head. Leaves a beige ring at the edge of the glass. Minor lacing. Aroma is mostly coffee. I wouldnít go so far as to say this immediately feels one dimensional, but near overwhelming coffee certainly inhibits easy clarification and identification of subtle malt nuances. Some chocolate and moderate roastiness are noticeable, hazelnuts and a sour milk note on the back end as well. The coffee in the aroma does smell good. Quite a bit more balance comes in the flavor. Still very heavy coffee. The combination of that with big roasty chocolate tastes simulates an interesting peanut butter note. I feel like every sip taken brings me closer to being so awake my eyeballs dry out because Iím too alert to blink. This would be fantastic at 9 a.m. in the board room. Finishes roasty and very dry with slight sugariness. Palate is bubbly, sticky, medium to full bodied, with a sweet/dry balance until a very dry climax at the bitter end.