tectactoe (1535) - Michigan, USA - MAR 18, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ Witch’s Hat: Just like the rest of the Night Fury beers, this one is a black hole, topped with a fleeting, khaki colored film. Aroma has lovely mocha java notes, good mix of super roasted coffee with bittersweet cocoa dust pounding underneath. Slick, oily, roasted, & even quite bitter from the intense roast... Chocolate aspect errs towards the bitter/dark side, rather than the milky/sweet side, too. Bourbon character is smooth, lathering bit of wood in the finish. Taste confirms this notion; superbly roasted coffee beans pounding hard... Bitter, lightly ashy, dry, coated with a robust drizzle of unsweet cocoa powder, bourbon, & roasted barley. Warmth brings about a very mild sweetness, some maple syrup, & an intense dark fudge note... All the while, still pounding away with big-time coffee beans. Mild woody tannin & vanillin in the aftertaste to accompany the roasty finish. This variant is more of an intense, double strength, Italian blend kind of coffee, whereas the original "Coffee" variant has more of a creamy-sweet essence about it. Any way you slice it, another great Night Fury variant... Very impressive!
umich03jm (1867) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUL 28, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled at the 2014 MBG Summer Fest. Black pour. Huge fresh espresso aroma mixed with chocolate. Tastes like drinking chocolate espresso with a very slight boozy bite at the finish. No roast at all. Light sweetness and light bitterness keep this beer amazingly smooth. Just awesome. Please start bottling these Night Fury’s!
koleminer20 (548) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 24, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
From notes. On tap at Witch’s Hat on March 17. The pour is just like all of the variants; jet black, with a minimal amount of head, and seemingly minimal lacing. The aroma on this baby is mostly coffee with a decent note of chocolate on the back end. There are some hints of vanilla and bourbon, but coffee dominates. The flavor is a bit of the same. The front end is all coffee and it moved through a good chocolate note, before heading to more of a bourbon burn on the back end. The mouth feel is thick and creamy, just like the other variants, with a medium, great carbonation. There is a deliciously lingering cocoa espresso aftertaste.