oakbluff (434) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 29, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance- very dark stout pours with a nice head. The nose is chocolate with a hint of coffee- surprising as I was expecting strong coffee smell. Taste- good roast flavours, and just like the smell, the espresso is subdued initially. May be because beer is too cold. Carbonation level is appropriate for the style. As get more into the beer, the espresso taste begins to develp more. Its probably a good thing that it was initially subdued. Mouthfeel is average for a stout. Great bottle as well- will be good for homebrew (1 litre flip top). Overall good effort.
french tickler (649) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 17, 2007
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pitch black poor, lively effervescent with a beige foamy head.. No lacing. Aromas of coffee, chocolate mousse, hints of vanilla, chocolate milkshake, nutmegg and egg nog. Creamy mouthfeel, lightly bitter but long lasting.... Dry finish. Slightly to carbonated and almost feels a little to watered down. Coffee amd dark chocolate hits you right off the bat...... that’s about it.
ChainGangGuy (4721) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUN 7, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2008 Appearance: Pours out a deep black with a thinnish brown-colored head.
Smell: The sharp scent of stale coffee grounds is harshly acidic and unpleasant. Not at all like the aroma of freshly ground espresso.
Taste: Acutely bitter taste accentuated by a firm, acidic black malt flavor. Slight hints of wood and anise barely avoid being washed out by the acrid stale coffee bite. Exceedingly ashy tasting.
Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Slightly oily texture, and low carbonation.
Drinkability: Far too ashy to be enjoyable. Lacks the balancing sweetness and creaminess, which it desperately requires. // Appearance: Pours a black body with a full, frothy, ecru-colored head.
Smell: Dark malts and dry dark chocolate set against a backdrop of clean-smelling espresso.
Taste: Dark maltiness tasting of dark baker’s chocolate. Splash of mountain spring water. Then comes the espresso that’s, thankfully, not accompanied by any harsh, acidic, burnt, or ash hints to detract from it. Toast topped with a sprinkling of table sugar, though there’s never more than a mild sweetness throughout. Slight bitterness. Plenty of clean-tasting espresso on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: It’s good. A VAST improvement over the previous tasting of this beer.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 1, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours wtih a dark brown to black body toped by a light brown, medium thick head with a good amount of lacing. It’s slightly sweet and roasty wtih nice coffee notes and a touch of bitterness. Full bodied, smooth and a touch dry.
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - MAR 27, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Opaque black body, thick looking. Thin, rapidly diminishing tan head. Roasted malt, chocolate and coffee dominate the aroma, with hints of caramel, sugar. Flavor is much the same and not as impressive as the nose. Finishes robustly bitter and medium dry, chocolate and coffee bean grittiness lingering. Palate is medium bodied, moderately dry and exceedingly bitter at times. Decent stout, quite earthy throughout. The aroma was the only part of this that was truly memorable.
LadyCooper (100) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAR 13, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours opaque dark brown with a light brown head. Has a very distinct coffee aroma. A bit of a coffee taste, along with some caramel malt taste. Big espresso aftertaste. Gives ya a big wallop of caffeine buzz! I’m not a coffee drinker, this had me jittering all night.
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 7, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light coffee, roasty aroma. Pours an opaque black with a tan head. Chocolate and coffee notes. Oily palate. Dry and somewhat astringent finish. Body is light.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 2, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sampled on 7/2/06 thanks to TheBeerCellar2: Pours a clear mostly opaque black with a frothy ring of tan head. Aroma has lots of coffee and caramel and roasty malt notes with some good dark chocolate. Body starts with a full, sweet caramel malty palate and good roasty coffee balance with a smooth dark chocolatey finish. A nice, flavorful coffee stout.
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JAN 23, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
1 Litre bottle brought back from Canada by my mother-in-law - Pours a dark brown color with a one finger thick light tan head. Very light spotty lacing. Has a dusty, roasted coffee aroma. Flavor is mainly coffee with a hint of chocolate. Has a dry palate and medium body. A good beer.
tomthompson89 (1973) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 18, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
very nice stout!!! had at Volo with Carter dark black colourfluffy beige head. some what tobbacco nose with good coffee nose too. nice espresso taste, slightly dry as it warms you get more of an oily choc feel. nice and creamy. Wonderful beer