superspak (6008) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - FEB 19, 2016
12 ounce bottle into snifter; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours clear nearly opaque dark brown/black color with a small dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, molasses, toasted dark bread, light dark fruit/smoke, light herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, and light earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, molasses, toasted dark bread, light dark fruit/smoke, light herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, molasses, toasted dark bread, light dark fruit/smoke, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, and light earthy hop flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/silky, and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice coffee stout. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, and light earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering. arminjewell (9720) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 7, 2015
Pour on tap at the brewery, dark brownish black pour with tan head, aroma brought notes of big roasted coffee, espresso beans, slight old coffee ground notes into a bit of cocoa, slight earth, spice, touch of toast. Taste was a mix of coffee, acid, slight roast into a bit of earth, more coffee, chocolate notes with a hint of grain, finishing slightly bitter. katrinaez (2247) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2015
It?s a good choice coffee style food their brewery. They did well and my husband kept getting them all night. I had many others from them, he stayed with this as his favorite if that says anything. Bottle czar (9430) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 20, 2014
pours dark brown with a small beige cap showing some retention and lacing. overly roasted maltiness with their acidity, cheap sweetish coffee, acrid fruitiness, fusel alcohol, peppery and perfumey. light carbonation, light to medium body - oily, semi-sweet, boozy and peppery-coffee finish. very weak coffee stout - blah. outlawskies (564) - Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2014
B. c. Julie says. It is good and was nice but mesh with her meal. She gives a 4.0
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rumproasts (6035) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 3, 2014
bottle. Black with one finger head. Fairly generic coffee stout. Coffee flavor is pretty mild. Fairly smooth, but seems a bit light on flavor.
suprchunk (2994) - EffOff, Florida, USA - JUL 16, 2014
Black pour. Small tan head. Little lacing. Aroma of coffee and molasses. Taste is the same with some tartness. Mark_Eck (1998) - - JUL 14, 2014
Pours an almost black color. Aroma is coffee and some chocolate. Taste is pretty thin with coffee and chocolate. BrownALEx (459) - Portland, Michigan, USA - MAY 15, 2014
Pretty good stout. Dark pour with a thin head. Slightly thin in mouthfeel. Lacks oomph you look for in a stout but would get again if the situation arose. Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2014
$2.29 single bought pretty randomly off the shelf. Poured into a shaker pint. Let’s hope this is good.
Appearance: Pours incredibly chunky with a bunch of floaters that mostly become sediment. Huge amount of yeast at the bottom. The color of the brew is a brown/black color. Small tan head bubbles down fairly quickly. Very little lacing on the glass. Meh. Average at best, I’d say.
Smell: I know it seems odd to say, but it smells watery. Watered down, actually. Wet coffee grounds. Almost a dirt sort of aroma. Just a general roastiness. A slight bit of sweetness coming from somewhere. It sounds like it smells brutally awful, but it’s not that bad, to be honest. It’s just not as appetizing as some other stouts.
Taste: Playing off the smell. Coffee ground sort of flavor more than actual drinkable coffee. By that, I guess I mean there’s a sort of dirt character in there. It tastes gritty, without having any actual grit. A subtle dark fruit kind of sweetness that’s in many darker brews as well, though I can’t pinpoint it. The mouthfeel is the biggest disappointment here, I think, as it’s rather thin with a fairly high carbonation -- it drinks more like a porter than a stout, the latter of which I expect to have a thick, creamy, drinks-like-a-meal kind of quality.
Not bad, but not great. This brew needs a bit of fine tuning. The thing that really surprises me is that this costs more than the Publican Porter by Short’s that I just had, but it’s considerably less enjoyable. I would not be opposed to having this beer again, but it’s fairly average overall.