GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - SEP 11, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Deep mahogany pour supporting a tall and thick brown head with lacing like velcro. Aroma of coffee and milk chocolate. More coffee and chocolate (cocoa) on the flavor - so much that the roasted malt has to fight its wat through. Not much of a hop presence. Nice creamy texture with a sweet finish. The favors were fine but seemed a tad artificial and there were small chunks of what I assumed were grains of cocoa in the glass. If these flavors appeal to you in a sweet stout, look for Southern Tier’s Jah-Va or Midnight Sun’s Espresso Stout.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Opaque black body with a massive tan head that slowly settles to a lasting 1 mm layer. Blotchy lacing clings to the glass. Aroma is primarily of bitter coffee, though chocolate is also present, as well as the slightest hint of cane sugar or molasses. Likewise, the flavor is big time coffee, with a decent amount of baker’s chocolate and a bit of sugary sweetness that only shows itself as the beer warms. Body is on the heavy side of medium, with a lingering coffee finish and a slightly sticky palate. Decent brew, but a bit one dimensional. Nothing ground breaking here, just big time coffee and bitter chocolate, for the most part.
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUN 15, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle via trade with 46er3498 - Thanks Tom - Pours black with a big mocha head and some lace. Aroma is big of coffee, some oatmeal, and some dark chocolate. Flavor is pretty much the same.. Chocolately smooth and silky on the palate with a good dry finish. Very tasty.. Too bad this one isn’t available locally!
puzzl (3249) - New York, New York, USA - APR 8, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from (someone) as an extra. This is actually quite nice. Pours with a shit-ton of floaties, looking somewhat like an obliterated cork as they float down my glass. All yeast, though. Flavor really nails the mocha note well, and walks the fine line between too much bitter coffee and too much cloying and cheap tasting chocolate. Really like a dark chocolate shake, though not too huge, which is impressive for a beer at only ("only") 6.8%. Aroma is not as complex, dry, grainy. Goes down easy: in fact, this was gone long before I thought it would be. Good stuff!
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 10, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle from Table and Vine in Northampton, MA (September 2006) enjoyed a bit below cellar temperature from a Fitgers pint glass. Impenetrable ebony with a long-lasting dark tan bubbly head that leaves touches of lacing....coffee, vanilla and cocoa appear in equal amounts but the java fights its way atop the other two to dominate midway through the nosing and then upon tasting....it’s coffee coffee coffee, quite bitter and dry at first but dark, moderately sweet malts creep in rather quickly and provide a pretty firm foundation for the intense flavors....biscuity texture, quite thick and full, very roasty and charred especially growing towards the finish where more bittersweet chocolate arrives for a rich, elegant finish. Nice.
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 26, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nice deep dark black with a fluffy off white head. Aroma has a decent amount of coffee in it, but it isnt overpowering or too intense like most others, with some chocolate and light caramel and sugary sweetness. Flavor has a wierd sweet creayness to it which goes well with the coffee and chocolate. Nicely sweet, but not too sweet and finishes very smooth. Surprisingly good.
thornecb (4367) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 6, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep black into a snifter. Mocha colored conglomerate head leaves spotty lacing as it recedes. Espresso and dark chocolate aromas. Fizzy, slightly sour dark chocolate. Lasting dry bitter chocolate finish.
eaglefan538 (2886) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 6, 2006
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle at Brew City, Worcester. The pour was typical dark brown-black color with a weak initial head that had pour retention, especially for a stout. The aroma was coffee, light chocolate, some roasted malts. The flavor was coffee with dark roasted malts, very acidic, astringent, and dry finish and mouthfeel. This thing needed some help, bitter/bad coffee, just not well concocted.
AlKHall (161) - West Hartford, Connecticut, USA - SEP 15, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Strong roasted coffee flavor mixed with cola syrup. Chocolate is blended in as well as mild malt flavor. Very dark and smooth tasting. overall -- an excellent beer.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 21, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle, courtesy of growler. Pours a medium head, dark chocolate appearance with brown translucent edges. Toasty, chocolate, coffee beans in the nose. Surprisingly light bodied, with plenty of cocoa and dark chocolate. Light, cocoa finish with some spice and vanilla.