ThisWangsChung (638) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reviewed 3/2/13. 12 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.
A: Pours a very dark brown color with nice opacity. The head is a one finger mocha shade. I had to pour really aggressively in order to get just one finger; and even worse is the fact that it retains itself poorly.
S: The coffee here is more of a subtle add-on than the main focus - in other words, this isnít Wake-n-Bake, nor does it try to be. Itís actually the qualities of cream and milk chocolate that are strongest; underneath that is roasted barley and the aforementioned coffee presence. Really a pleasant aroma in general.
T: The first wave of flavor thatís unleashed on the tongue is a lot of milky cream and chocolate. Roasted coffee will gradually build on the midtaste and climax on the finish. The coffee comes across a little stale, and thatís my biggest beef here by far. Luckily, itís not a huge problem - since this isnít a coffee-first, everything-else-second kind of stout, the subtle note can get away with being a mild deterrent behind a rock-solid cream stout.
M: Iíd like just a touch less fizz to allow the creaminess of the texture to shine through better. Once allowed to fade, the softness of the texture does come through decently; but the finish isnít dry enough to allow the more bitter/roasted qualities to balance the sweetness some. The syrupy linger makes it a bit hard to drink.
O: Pretty solid. Once I realized this wasnít designed to be a coffee-bomb FBS killer, I could appreciate its subtleties a lot more thoroughly. Hardly my favorite coffee beer, but good enough where Iíd considering getting a 6 pack of in the future.
harrymel (419) - Spokane, Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Black with a very fine point rim of light tan foam, black mirror atop otherwise. Smells of coffee, cocoa, more coffee and pretty much just cold coffee. Flavor is coffee, soil, some bitterness, a little bit of bread, some bits of unsweetened chocolate. Medium bodied with hi carb and an off dry finish; a little less body and a little much carb for the style. Overall decent, quite a bit of coffee which makes it one dimensional.
ausomeawestin (151) - Maryland, USA - OCT 20, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
aroma of toasted malts, coffee, oatmeal cookies, earthy minerals. pours black with tanned foamy head. tastes of dark chocolate, coffee, club soda, earth, not milky but does taste like a latte. bitter palate but sweet tastes. palate is thin and watery, not thick enough for a stout. overall, a stout that is like a watery latte.
Dr_Fellini (156) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to glass. Pours a pitch black color with a thin light brown head. Aroma is full of toasty malts, bold coffee notes, and a hint of vanilla sweetness. Flavor is a very well balanced roasted coffee bitterness with a creamy vanilla sweetness. Almost like coffee with milk and sugar. Light in body with a lingering bitter sweetness. Fantastic stout. Not too heavy and a perfect coffee presence.
Beergeek23322 (1671) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - SEP 3, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
July 2010. Sampled at the brewery. Dark brown with a beige head. Lots of coffee aromas with roasted malt and fruit. Excellent mouthfeel, good balance and a nice bitter finish.
RobertDale (2601) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - AUG 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle. Thanks Ken! Pours black with a decent tan head. Aroma of coffee, malt, and chocolate. Taste is burnt coffee, roasted malt, dark chocolate, and caramel. Good.
drowland (5686) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - AUG 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled during CBC 2013. Black pour with a nice tan head that sticks. Laid back aroma, coffee, roasted malts, a touch of vanilla. Better flavor, rich coffee, vanilla, roasted malts, chocolate, and more. Tasty!
MadRobin (1396) - Silver Spring, USA - JUN 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap 5 oz. sample at Whole Foods in Vienna, VA.
Opaque, black-brown with a tan head and good lacing that does not linger.
Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate and roasted coffee.
Taste of sweet cocoa, roasted malt, coffee and caramel.
Medium/light body and low/medium carbonization.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
jivy26 (31) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUN 18, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is roasted coffee. Tastes of coffee at the beginning and smoothed with light chocolate flavors at the end. Overall a nice stout.
hopscotch (8367) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Dark brown pour - nearly black - with a mid-sized, creamy, taupe head. Excellent mocha aroma with a generous measure of lovely vanilla -my favorite orchid. Medium-bodied and creamy with lazy carbonation. The flavor is a sweet medley of coffee, chocolate crŤme and vanilla. Bittersweet mocha finish. Excellent beer from an excellent brewery. Bottle courtesy of darkguardian!
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JUN 8, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Rating #151. Dark and pretty bitter, the coffee seems to have mellowed out quite a bit. Decent. (2797)