RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - NOV 18, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a very dark oily black, with a 1/4 inch head that slowly fades to a thin cap and leaves lots of lacing on the sides of the glass.
Smell: very strong roasted, almost burnt smelling coffee, mild hints of chocolate, malt and hops. The burned coffee smell has me a litlle bit worried.
Taste: the coffee stand out right away, followed by some bitter hops, and a little chocolate. The burnt smell doenít follow through as much as I feared it would in the taste. Mouthfeel is nice and thick, just how I like my stouts. Not my favorite stout, but still glad I gave it a try.
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - NOV 15, 2005
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Via trade w/ kramer17801. Pours black with a tan head. Aromas of chocolate, coffee and licorice. íThicker than whole milkí mouth feel. Coffee and malt flavor is fantastic. A bit bitter but I would guess that would age out in time. Overall a pretty good beer. Iíd enjoy one of these from time to time (if I could get it).
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 11, 2005
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Pours dark as oil. and the head is a dark coffee tan. The best part of this beer is the aroma. Very cappuchino/espresso like, and chocolates, and roastiness, just absolutely amazing. The best smelling beer iíve had yet. I expected this to taste as so too. Being my two favorite things, beer and coffee, in one bottle. It tastes great, malty, chocolates, cappuchino/espresso. No hops, but who needs it, in this brew. Just did not have the WOW flavor I was expecting, which I found in the aroma. Overall, amazing beer, well crafted, and even better balanced. Highly recommended.
adrian910ss (2571) - Doylestown, PA, USA - NOV 9, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a pitch black color with a medium sized creamy beige head. Aroma is full of strong dark rich roasted coffee. Taste is dominated by burnt roasted coffee with slight hints towards dark chocolate. Different kind of stout, yet quite enjoyable.
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - NOV 4, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
beer pours a practically impenetrable black, with a slight deep red glow around the edges. head is deep tan, retains wella nd leaves ok lace. pretty good amount of coffe in the nose, but also some nice chocalatey malt notes. flavor actually starts rather sweet and chocolatey, but then wham! - a rush of rather strong coffee - really more than the beer can support. we are definately in the cold-fizzy-espresso realm here. yikes! not quite as well-balanced as it could be...I mean, they are really going for it here, and they sure got a lot of coffee flavor in this beer...but to the point that it is kind of light on actual beer flavor.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 3, 2005
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, snifter. Dense, frothy and whipped browned-marshmallow colored head sits on a nearly opaque black beer that only yields to a deep garnet hue under the brightest of lights. The head is mostly fading outside of a thick ring about the edges. Aromas of French Roast and espresso are so strong up front that an element of charred oak is noticed. Balancing that are the bittersweet notes of Dutch/Belgian ďpuur chocoladeĒ. Some bourbon is present, albeit without that alcohol sharpness. Though, the aroma does have a vinous quality to it. Raisins coated in brown sugar help balance the roastiness as well. Much more simply: espresso + bourbon + Irish cream + Kahlķa. The flavor does not live up to the aroma for me; it starts off with a mild sweetness like Folgers coffee and milk chocolate. Thereís a touch of grape tartness as well. Some roasty acidity makes itself known towards the end but itís still more of a fruity acidity/tartness. A little dark chocolate creeps in at the finish. However, all of those beautiful aromas feel damp and muted in the flavor. I simply canít get red grapes out of my mind while drinking this beer and that really bothers me. Medium bodied with a half oily, half watery texture. Carbonation started fairly rough but has quickly descended to a soft level, more in line with what I think it should be. Itís not a bad coffee stout, but I feel the coffee element hasnít melded well out side of the aroma.
fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - NOV 2, 2005
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle from the great SuIIy. I really really really really really liked this stuff. What an aroma. Triple Espresso. Flavors were great. Very thick/oily. Such a dark pour. What a great Beer.
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - OCT 20, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful big and billowy brown head. The aroma is intoxicating in and of itself: coffee, dark chocolate. The taste is thick and silky with ample bitterness that balances out the dark coffee and chocolate. I am loving the hops in this. The thickness is perfect. I really think this is top 50 material.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2005
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle batch #6624 via trade with SuIIy - Thanks Mike! - Pours as black as any stout Iíve ever seen with a small mocha creamy head that stays pretty well and laces in layers all the way down the glass. Aroma is amazing roasted coffee. Not the cheap kind the good kind that comes in the nice foil bag a touch of chocolate, and even a bit of caramel.. Wonderful rich.. I had to swirl this one several times and enjoy the aroma. Flavor is amazingly rich coffee just pure dark roasted coffee blended with sweet roasted malt, chocolate and caramel.. Amazing bitterness. Smooth creamy palate.. amazingly full body for 7.5% alcohol. This is a very unique stout and I have to say it is a coffee loverís dream.. This seems very underrated... I guess if you donít like coffee you wouldnít like this either, but you should know that since it is called Java Stout.. Another very nice stout from Kalamazoo. I really enjoyed this one!
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 15, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, batch #6731. Beautiful black pour with a nice creamy caramel head. Lacing was fairly nice. Aroma was sweet, roasty, and a bit tart. Rich, roasted coffee was at the forefront.. backed by bakerís chocolate and some caramelly sweetness. Burnt coffee provided the bulk of the flavor. Chocolate also played a major part, and this brew was smooth and somewhat coating across the palate. Bitterness was evident at every facet of the drink, which provided a nice balance for the deep roasty malts. Excellent dessert beer.