ThisWangsChung (826) - 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.
bkurtz (996) - PERU - JUN 24, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Pours very dark with a small head. Aromas of espresso, roasted malts, and chocolate. Nice mouth feel with lots of coffee and slightly bitter chocolate finish that balances the sweetness.
tillmac62 (404) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - JUN 9, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
BOD 1/16/15. Pours pitch black. Below average head volume, lacing and retention.
Rich nose of coffee, chocolate and roast over a malt background of biscuit and caramel.
Medium body with a smooth texture and a bit of oily slickness. Superb carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a nice prickly burst in the finish.
The outstanding flavor profile is intense, complex and balanced. It begins with a blend of coffee and chocolate. As the middle approaches, a balancing sweetness arrives that is biscuit and caramel. The middle brings a light bitterness with a bit of roast. The prickly finish is a slow fade of the aforementioned flavors and demonstrates the malt aspects. This one has a smooth flavor profile and avoids the harshness of some stouts.
Brigadier (3230) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAY 31, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle
A Christmas gift, this release shows flashes of excellence amidst an overall background that puts it just above the rest of the pack. Iíd probably revisit this on draft but it does have some room for improvement.
Aroma / Appearance - An oily black base simmers under a thin tier of beige head. Strong black coffee with hints of hazel linger like the last remnants of a warm fireplace hearth two days later.
Flavor / Palate - Chocolate, hazel, and black coffee tease the palate. A full bodied robust mouthfeel lasts for a few minutes before it unfolds into a dense stout finish. The overall experience feels a little cloying by the end. Ultimately this brings it back down into the rest of the pack rather than setting it apart.
DrunkSanta410 (586) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 16, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home thanks to Brad! Pours black, fast dissipating light brown head. Aroma is light vanilla, coffee, chocolate, faint berry. Smells nice. Taste is milk chocolate, sweet coffee and vanilla, lightly fruity. Rich mouthfeel, low carbonation. Solid beer.
mike5326 (1116) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - MAR 30, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from a bottle. Dark brown color, medium frothy tan head. Caramel, roasted coffee with a slight acrid aroma. Medium body with a watery pallet, light roasted malt flavor and a medium finish.
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kidobutai (502) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - MAR 8, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great beer. Poured from a bottle. Rich dark brown color, okay head. Thick mocha aroma, stronger coffee taste, very smooth going down. Better than many more expensive stouts Iíve had.
gsmitty80 (1982) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2015
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice heavy stout with just the reight amount of coffee to make it enjoyable but ot overpowering. Best offering from these guys who are usually a miss for me.
Maverick34 (2556) - New York, USA - FEB 22, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Dark pour. Chocolate and coffee aroma. A bit sweet. OK stout nothing special
AirForceHops (4413) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 1, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle. With a date of 12/23/2013. Dark blacker color thin head. Aroma is bitter coffee bean with mild roasted grains. Flavor is slightly bitter coffee grounds, light chocolate and a light charred malt/ bean character. The body is rather nice for the O. G. The fact that is is still drinkable after all this time is really astounding. Would love to sample this fresh
WillRunForBeer (1328) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 31, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From notes. 12 oz bottle shared 3 ways. Dated 12/23/13. Pours coca cola brown with a beige head. Aroma is chocolate, spent coffee grinds. Flavor is dark chocolate, medium dark coffee. There is a slight sourness to the coffee flavor, probably due to age. Still, quite good.