ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - APR 2, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2010 12oz bottle from grape & gourmet. pours slightly thick and utterly black as night with a thin, light beige head and sheet lacing. aroma blew me away. huge dark roasted coffee, praline, cocoa, and a hint of dark fruit. flavor was amazing as well and truly matched the aroma. tastes of rich black coffee, dark chocolate, sweet caramel, and hints of vanilla,with a lingering bitter coffee finish. mouthfeel is thin and a bit watery which is the only true knock on this beer. overall, a delicious brew. like a poor-mans breakfast stout. Geoff is certainly doing solid work at AleWerks and if this one is any indication, i canít wait for the new brewmasters series.
*UPDATE* new batch from January 2010: wow, has this one gotten even better. much more expresso-like on the nose and the flavor boasts new subtleties of toffee, cinnamon, graham cracker, and ash. the palate, which may have been a bit thin in the first batch, is much silkier and rich on the tongue. great work, geoff!
Westchesterco (682) - mclean, Virginia, USA - DEC 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a bottle it is a dark brown stout with a slight head. The aroma is of coffee and the taste is strong bitter coffee that lingers on the pslate
devman171 (522) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 9, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2013 On tap at the brewery, great black pour with a great coffee aroma and bitter coffee with a sweet finish
harrymel (855) - 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 (164) - 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 (1730) - 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 (2627) - 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 (5719) - 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 (1437) - 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.
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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.