HogTownHarry (6322) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAR 7, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2006 Bottle (1000 ml). Shared with blankboy and Dave B, blankboy’s bottle via Presario. Poured deep opaque black, huge lasting foamy-creamy tan head. Hind-brain appealing aroma of deeply bitter espresso grounds, peat, dirt, mould, dry leafy hops, some pungent, acidic, with an almost sulfury cabbage-smell; hella-roasted! Flavour is almost disappointing - weak, watery roast coffee, chocolate, a bit of cream, bitter celery - nice, but needs more oomph. Mouthfeel is creamy, light bodied, acidic - okay; has a medium-long earthy, bitter finish: celery? beetroot? Dave said parsnips????
DuffMan (8152) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 4, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2012 Original rating from 2006 below. This now fairly widely available in six packs. Complexity and richness seem to have waned a bit, but still a solid beer.
Massive 1L bottle. This beer is black, with a suggestion of being brown at the edges. No real head. BIG coffee aroma, but vegemite and toast as well. Interesting palate dominated by coffee, but also with some peppery (capsicum) vegetable notes, chocolate, and molasses. Creamy mouthfeel, low carbonation, bitter finish. Big, bold, and fantastic-- luxurious even!
TaktikMTL (6468) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 28, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bouteille de 1 l obtenue via Importations Privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Odeur de café torréfié. Apparence: Couleur noire opaque. Présence d’un moyen col beige crémeux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de café, de prunes et de vanille. La durée de l’arrière goût est longue. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture crémeuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Présence de café en arrière goût. (Rating #429)
hobgoblin (163) - St-Épiphane, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 11, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Deep blac color with tan head. Coffee, coffee, coffee and malt aroma. Taste is mostly coffee and malt but like Siroy said, after one liter it comes alittle boring but i drank it all myself and it was pleasant.
Bière de couleur noire opaque avec un collet beige. Odeur de café torréfié et de malt. Au goût, c’est le café et le malt (principalement, c’est cela) et comme fait remarquer Siroy, après un litre, ca devient un peu monotone (a cause du manque de diversité dans le goût) mais j’ai bu toute la bouteille et j’ai quand même apprécié, au moin elle ne tombe pas sur le coeur, à esayé si vous aimer le genre.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JAN 2, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sampled at Seattle gathering courtesy of Pitonka? Deep brown colored with a nice tan head. Good lacing. Rich mocha aroma. Medium bodied and smooth. Flavors run the same as aroma. Nicely done.
muzzlehatch (4420) - 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 ‘Espresso Stout’ 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. It’s a fine beer after all, but 1 liter could get a little boring, (still, i had it all)
BückDich (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 Oakes’ ’05 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 it’s just so dry. There’s 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 (2492) - 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 baker’s 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 doesn’t go to any extremes. Very nice coffee stout. And contrary to what the deScription above says I didn’t want to share my bottle. Not at all!!