chispito (21) - California, USA - NOV 17, 2009
Far and away the most substantial beer I’ve had. There’s just a lot going on here. Coffee dominates the aroma, which isn’t terribly strong, and dominates the taste even more. Very thick, but not cloying. Coffee, chocolate, smoke, and just a bit of fruit. This is a fine beer, but be careful that you don’t overdo it. yumyum (221) - barrie, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 16, 2009
overall a very fine brew. In tasting against darklord and narke stormaktsporter was a little disappointed. Not quite as complex in terms of flavour profile compared to the others. Predominant coffee on the nose and flavour. Also some bitter chocolate flavour Palate sets this beer apart from others, smooth and easy to drink. Similar flavour profile to peche mortel and founders breakfast. A fine brew for certain just not as standoutish as I had hoped Sean9689 (286) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 16, 2009
A - Pours black as night with a tan head into my Dogfish Head shifter. Not too much lacing left behind with small tan bubbles on the top and around the rim.
S - Milk chocolate, coffee/espresso, and a small hint of the 12% ABV but not too much.
T - Chocolate covered coffee beans with some alcohol on the finish. I imagine the alcohol would appear less as this bottle ages but really don’t mind it.
M- Medium bodied, rich and thick with some slight carbonation, very nice but I would prefer a fuller bodied.
D- I split this bottle with my neighbor and I doubt I’d be able to finish the entire bomber myself. With a year or more of age, I can imagine this stout will drastically improve. Stuedmaster (352) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 14, 2009
OMG, this was worth the wait. What a chocolately, caramelly, coffee delight! Pours oily dark brown, almost black, the head was small on this one, probably too young, but did leave nice lacing. Flavor is rich bittersweet chocolate with coffee and roasted nuts. So smooth for such a high ABV, with very little alcohol burn. It warms me up and sends tingles up my spine, what a treat! keidjxz (184) - Fullerton, California, USA - NOV 13, 2009
Pour’s black with a dark brown head and an aroma of strong black coffee. Sweet flavor with an intense bitter coffee aftertaste that grows and grows as it is enthusiastically consumed.
heavy (2920) - Split, CROATIA - NOV 13, 2009
31/10 A 0.75 l bottle courtesy of ogivlado, huge thanks for sharing this! It poured oil black body with medium brown head. Weaker, but nice aroma of some caramel and coffee, ranging from roasted to sweet cappuccino. Unbelievably good coffee profile in the flavor, enriched with caramel and toffee. Not overly complex, but it doesn’t change its quality. Very slight alcohol noted here, somewhat more in the finish, but at this ABV it should be felt more. Dangerously drinkable, yet full bodied with oily palate. Long and pleasant finish, bittersweet, again with that amazing coffee. I didn’t hear for the beer before, so was really objective, coffee things in beer aren’t really my thing, which makes this even more fantastic! wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - NOV 10, 2009
speedway stout, one of the greats, it is what it is, nuff said. i put a fresh nug in this one and it added a nice dimension to the brew. some extra ’hoppiness’, though it may have masked a part of the aroma. Tripplebrew (778) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 8, 2009
Pours a dark chocolate brown with a thin tan colored. Aroma i very chocolatey and whiskey. Flavor is chocolate, whiskey notes. Malt flavor present. Palate is creamy with high carbonation. MJGG (952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 6, 2009
Bouteille de 750 ml. Arômes très complexes de café, de chocolat et de malt torréfié. Robe noire et opaque, peu de mousse et effervescence assez faible. Très ronde en bouche, la bière montre un côté malté très complexe, avec des notes de caramel brûlé et de chocolat. Le café est présent, mais bien intégré aux saveurs maltées. Finale relativement sucrée où pointe une amertume de torréfaction. Très bien équilibrée pour une bière de cette amplitude. Excellent ! ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - NOV 5, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2010 *re-rate* 10/16/10 ON TAP @ AleSmith! wow, this beer is absolutely incredible fresh from the tap that i had to bump up my rating. huge, fresh roasted coffee notes, more chocolate cake notes, smoother, more silky mouthfeel. definitely world class.
750ml bottle from south bay for rating #350! pours a beautiful, oil-slick, black with a big, fluffy, dark beige head and amazing lacing. aroma is wonderfully rich with huge, dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, massive toffee notes, with hints of marshmallow, toasted coconut, dark fruits, and mild, woody bourbon. flavor is simply outstanding with fresh, dark roasted coffee, espresso beans, and pure, bitter cacao chocolate notes up front joined seamlessly by big flavors of caramel, toffee, and roasted nuts with hints of fig, raisin, vanilla, and charred wood rounding out the sip and leading to an epic, roasted coffee and toasted caramel finish with a hint of warming alcohol. palate is truly full bodied, thick and viscous, but amazingly drinkable. overall, a absolute marvel of a beer.