muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 31, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From 1 liter bottle at the Montreal YeHa! 2005. Black with little head, deep and opaque....burnt coffee grounds in the assertive nose, sharp bitter and dry, this a sweet stout?....but in the body, the burnt characteristics are lovingly balance by sweet molasses and maple, and the coffee is smooth and enervating rather than harsh...gorgeous and delectable.
Siroy (220) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 17, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
[Bottle 1 liter, dates unknown, room temp]
I had high expectations for this. Pours a deep dark brown/black.. thin brownish head with medium retention. When it comes to aroma, you understand rapidly what an ĎEspresso Stoutí is. Definitely smells acidic/roasted coffee beans. No real chocolate traces. Taste is not up to scratch.. watery in fact. The attack is pretty weak for a stout, even a sweet; you get to wait a little to get a shy development of coffee. Light but creamy body, soft carbonation, medium to long finish. Itís a fine beer after all, but 1 liter could get a little boring, (still, i had it all)
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 7, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at Oakesí í05 Xmas Party
Dark mahogany, tan head, light lacing. Nose of powdered wood, old stale and lightly roasted Robusta. Light vanilla and roast in the flavor but itís just so dry. Thereís a glass full of liquid in front of me but it dehydrates me to drink it. More of a greasy feel and a balanced roasted note in the finish. Coffee beers usually hit my B-spot but not this one.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - NOV 14, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sample courtesy of JSquire. Pours deep brown with minimal head. Lots of burnt/roasted coffee up front. Falvor is all wtered down chocolate and not mush else. Body is a tad thin.
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - NOV 13, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
1 litre bottle via trade with presario - Thanks Trevor! After the 8-2 thrashing the Blue Jackets took in hockey tonight I just grabbed the biggest bottle I could find in the cellar. Pours black with a healthy tan head that stays pretty well and laces well. Aroma is coffee roasted malts, and a bit of bakers chocolate. Flavor is quite tasty. Much coffee, a bit more of that dark bakerís chocolate, roasted malts.. Very pleasant flavor. Palate is very smooth and quite dry with a somewhat bitter finish. Not an overpoweringly big stout. Just a very smooth drinker that doesnít go to any extremes. Very nice coffee stout. And contrary to what the description above says I didnít want to share my bottle. Not at all!!
Boutip (4642) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 26, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (courtesy of Presario as part of the Secret Santa): Poured a pitch-black color stout with a small brown head. Aroma is pure coffee with subtle roasted malt. Taste is definitely dominated by the coffee with pure creamy roasted malt and light bitter ending. Wow, Iím quite impressed with that one and I donít think I ever had a beer with so much coffee in it. Body is above average but could be fuller. Alcohol is also a bit low and I think the beer could have benefited from a higher ABV. Definitely the best beer from this brewery and impressive considering the no-man land it is coming from.
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - OCT 21, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not much light found its way through the deep brownish-black pour which held a medium tan head above it for a little while. Fairly light lacing. Strong aromas of coffee, roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, hops and a little caramel. Heavy influence of roasted malt and espresso in the flavor but even those strong flavors allowed some balancing from notes of vanilla, toffee, plums and hops. Mouthfeel not as hearty as I had hoped but it was still very silky and the finish was sweet, long and surprisingly refreshing. This certainly isnít a beer for everyone but it really isnít just a beer for coffee lovers either. I poured this one along with a few other heavyweights in a flight of "Dark Angels" during a beer tasting and it held up quite well. If youíre lucky enough to have access to a bottle of this, grab it.
legion242 (2157) - Richardson, Texas, USA - SEP 27, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black, black, black. Fluffy khaki head. Nice nose. The pallatte is the weak link here- I kinda wanted a little more body. Otherwise, a fine coffee stout indeed!!
lachesis (756) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - SEP 27, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Warm black colored beer with a fluffy, creamy intens brown beige head. The nose has outspoken hints of fresh tobacco leafs, scorsaneras slightly coloured is fresh butter, Hasselts coffee liquor, fresh torrefactored coffee beans and the freshly grilled top of a crŤma Cattalana. This beer has the smoothest soft burned caracter iív ever had in a stout. There are also hints of the famous Belgian Trťfin coffee candies, doubble cream and the taste leaves a faint mineraly saltyness in the afthertaste, is it the water thy used?
It is not the most powerfull stout but a very well balanced and a tasty one. Joris thanks for this very smooth black one.
JorisPPattyn (7806) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 26, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Night-black; cream-brown head, fluffy leaving some lace. Pure cigar ashes in the nose, aucuba leaves, or even tobacco leaves. Moccha, creamy, dry - and real ashes taste. Sweet and roasted flavours, like some exotic BBQ. Lots of scorched sugars, but not overly coffee, which might have spoiled the fun for me. Creamy MF, not overly scorched, dry-ish and not unlike moccha coffee with cream, all the way. Very smooth stout, sweet but not overpowering in any direction. Whatís the big deal? Itís OK, I like it, but nothing more. Thanks for hauling this enormous flip-top bottle over, Mike.