beerscout (298) - New Windsor, New York, USA - JAN 26, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Dark brown with reddish tint color. Thin coffee brown head. Aroma of coffee, caramel, burnt toast, and ash tray. Flavor was coffee, nutty, sugary, and burnt vanilla. I get what they were trying to accomplish. I just didn’t mesh with this one. Good try, give ’em credit for that.
bubbleflubber (1700) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 20, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Almost opaque, oily black pour with mahogany fringes and a non-retentive head. Nice coffee and cocoa nose. Flavors have coffee, well done, alongside chocolate malts for sweetness and a nice roasted finish. Clean and well put-together, this is substantive and smooth on the palate. Extremely drinkable and soft. Delicious.
Ed5388 (1621) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at Big Brew Beer Festival (Morristown). Poured a dark brown color with a small creamy tan head. One of the best smelling coffee beers I've had. Aroma of a fresh robust cup of black coffee. So good! Taste of roasted coffee, chocolate, dark roasted malt, and vanilla.
arminjewell (5591) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour out of 12 oz bottle, dark brownish black pour with thin tan head, aroma brought notes of dark chocolate, roast, lots of acidic coffee, espresso, some slight vanilla in there. Taste is a mix of nice coffee, roast, espresso, some slight vanilla into dark cocoa, cocoa powder, earthy, spicy notes, finishing fairly bitter, dry.
ClarkVV (3766) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 15, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2014 Draught at the brewery, 2/7/14
"Thick" looking black body seems to be pretty close to opaque (not tested) with a rapidly receding charred-beige head that sits around a cover.
Coffee, shockingly, in the nose is quite aromatic, with some sweeter chocolate notes and light vanilla. Not too much roast though a bit of vinousness does emerge as it warms. No hops noted in the nose. A touch of glue-like notes that I usually associate with coffee beers. Medium strength of aroma.
Coffee is immediately mixed with roast bitterness and sweet vanilla-like maltiness. Carbonation is on the lighter side, which is never good for these coffee beers, IMHO, even though I usually like porters to be low in carbonation. I just think the coffee builds up too much and unless they are nearly bone-dry examples (this isn’t), it just gets too be too much without lots of carbonation to break things up. Alternately, lots of roasted malt vinousness could do the trick, but that is also absent here. Still, as negative as all that was, the coffee here is done well, not overdone and real. The beer is a little too sweet only after significant warming. A bit watery and syrupy at the same time, on the finish.
Howlader (394) - - FEB 6, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served in a pint glass at Iron Horse Tap room in Washington, DC. Pretty decent porter, lots of good coffee notes.
swoopjones (5253) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 25, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. cola colored pour. coffee heavy porter as expected. roasted malts, some chocolate, heavy coffee infusion. decent
Westchesterco (769) - mclean, Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2014
3.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2014 Poured from a bottle it is a cola brown color with a slight head. The aroma is slightvsweet malty aroma. The taste is bitter strong coffee which is a surprise from the delicate aroma
Iphonephan (2609) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a 12 oz bottle shared at home. Pours a clear dark cola with a thin ecru head. Malty nose. Flavors of coffee dominating, but with strong chocolate and licorice notes. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, bitter finish.
jimhilt (2373) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 2, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a two finger tan head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Black color, no highlights, yeast left in bottle. Light carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Roasted coffee nose and flavor is strong roasted coffee. $1.90 for a 12oz bottle from a Tully’s Beer & Wine Wells, ME.
puboflyons (1835) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 21, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. It pours mahogany brown with reddish hues and a soft tan head that settles in for the session. Vibrant aroma of dark roasted coffee, vanilla beans, and yes, maybe the slightest dark fruit character. Medium and smooth body. Roasted coffee merges with a biscuit malt sweetness and the mildest of hop finishes. Only vaguely bitter but totally enticing. I wish I picked up more of these.