ThisWangsChung (747) - 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.
tectactoe (1863) - Michigan, USA - JUL 19, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Super deep brown pour appearing completely inky black in the glass; mocha-foamy head settles in just moments to a timid collar. Aroma of rich coffee, moderate cream, a bit of sweet cacao, & a touch of dark prunes. Taste is coffee heavy; lightly acrid but not overly roasty. More sweet than bitter, light creamy undertone with a mid-palate containing a good amount of chocolate covered blueberry & dates. A little more coffee rounds out the finish with hints of nutty chocolate. A touch thin, but a nice coffee stout overall.
Beerdedone (2618) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 11, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours motor oil black with a short brown head. Big roasted coffee aroma with chocolate and some vanilla notes. Flavor of rich roasted coffee, vanilla, a bit of caramel and had a roasty dry bitter finish.
solidfunk (4007) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAR 29, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light smell of coffee. Some roast, texture a little on watery side. Mind you this is after going through the menu at Blue Jacket. Finishes with light sweetness. Some club I wandered into out of vague interest on u street.
jbrana (449) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - MAR 27, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet with strong roasty coffee flavors, sweet roasted barley, and a slight metally tartness.
Emeister84 (985) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAR 27, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aromas of fresh roasted coffee beans, subtle chocolate. Black with a mostly lasting light tan head. Coffee flavors dominate, some nutty characteristics, light caramel, light chocolate. Medium bodied, very refreshing.
bytemesis (3152) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Grape@Gourmet. Pours dark black with a small tan head that dissipates quickly with good lacing. Aroma is fairly standard roasty espresso, dark chocolate, touch of ashtray. Flavor follows, medium initial sweetness overtaken by assertive coffee bitterness. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel. Pretty decent beer!
strongpieman (1497) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - FEB 22, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Overall a non thrilling stout that was a little thin and over carbonated. Some coffee but not as much as I expected. Just okay
BrettTaylor (483) - Radford, Virginia, USA - FEB 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a taster at the local shop. Pours a dark brown, tan head. Aroma is typical stout, but thereís a real aroma of fine coffee in here. Taste is nice and you can really taste the high quality coffee in here, but itís not overpowering or too bitter. Very nice.
BMMillsy (1366) - Florida, USA - JAN 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle as an awesome extra in trade. Thanks! First Virginia rate pours black with a small light brown or off white head. Huge coffee aroma just like a cup o' joe, some lactose like sweetness, a little cocoa, roasted malts. Mmmm. Flavor is very espresso forward, some lactose sweetness to balance out the super earthy bitter coffee, light chocolate and roast. This is sweet but nicely integrated with the earthy espresso. Loving the coffee and lactose sugar combo. Medium mouthfeel on the thinner side (not a knock, as this isn't an impy--plus I burned the shit out of my mouth today so it may be the carbonation on the burns that make it feel thinner as it is super smooth and rich on my lips and given the low ABV this has a nice body going on) with a nice velvety mouthfeel. There is some nice prickly carbonation on this.
12ozProphet (8) - Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2014 does not count
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Tried this stout at the same time that I was introduced to the Founders Breakfast Stout. Unfortunately it paled in comparison. Poured from tap into a snifter, this stout by WA provided an incredible coffee and chocolate aroma, however, the taste and mouthfeel were unable to match. Body was much too light resulting in the coffee and chocolate tones to seem watered down. This brew would benefit from a higher ABV and thicker body.