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.
AirForceHops (3662) - 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 (949) - 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.
jredmond (5738) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JAN 12, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2015 Bottle extraíd courtesy of emacgee. Pours a deep murky brown body with thin tan lacing. Aroma is super earthy roast, coffee, dirt and light sugar. Mouthfeel is medium with lots of roast up front, a bit too much of the roast to be honest. Some light bitter chocolate follows through later on the palate, but this seems to be a one-note "roast" dominated stout.
magsinva (920) - Virginia, USA - JAN 4, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap @ Fireworks Leesburg - pours black with a tan head, a little bit of lacing on the glass. Aroma is sweet coffee, breakfast cereal, and malt drink. Taste is sweet with not a lot of body. Nice, though a bit thin for a stout.
davey101 (708) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 28, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled on 11/07/2014. 12 oz into a tulip. Pours a standard black with a finger of mocha foam. Nose is fresh coffee, roast, ash, and faint cocoa. Taste is very roasty and ashy with some bitter coffee and like others have noted, an out of place fruit sweetness. The roast is a bit too prominent. Decent enough coffee stout but the smoke and mystery sweetness was a bit off putting.
Strykzone (5159) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle from Nate as part of a Christmas sampler. Very black with a small tan head. Coffee and ash in the nose. Both of those are tasted. I also taste lactic and cocoa and it took a while to decipher that. That aspect just doesnít work here. Some bitter earth along with the ash makes it gently smoky. Quite late a bit of citrus emerged and added a nice offset. This improved with warming.
AKORN (208) - Virginia, USA - DEC 14, 2014
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours black with a small tan head. Charred malt, smoke, coffee, and a sweetness that I canít place. Roasted malt, light coffee, and bit of a sour taste. Good beer
FROTHINGSLOSH (5148) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a black color with a small creamy brown head that left a bit of lacing. The aroma was coffee, chocolate syrup, port wine and marshmallows. The flavor was coffee, vanilla, marshmallow, cocoa and a hint of red wine. Medium length finish. Medium body but silky and creamy. Solid.
emacgee (4178) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice and clean dark black pour with one to two fingers of cocoa tan head. Very nice aroma, rich dark malts with dark fruit, brown sugar, coffee, and some earthy roasty malt notes. Flavor isnít dominated by coffee (criticalÖ) and features a nice sweet roast, chocolate, and burnt sugar. Very nice
BREWMUSKCLES (2316) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 23, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
a summer stout with a watery body and good coffee flavor. nice aroma and little bit of grit. a little sweet with nice foamy head. not very beer like but interesting enough.