IndianaRed (4421) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 25, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle Pours a deep oily black with an extremely thick, light brown head. Lots of persistant thick sticky lacing. Strong coffe and roasted aromas. Very rich dark coffe flavors. Sweetness balances nicely. Very thick and heavy on the palate. Bitter coffe aftertaste. Heavy and satisfying. Thanks goes out to Pailhead for reminding me to keep trying to get all the ’Bells’ I can
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 24, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2006 Thanks to Pailhead for this one. Huge concentrated coffee aroma. Deep black with a head that remindmed of those snake firework things you’d set on fire on the 4th that just raised up as they burned. This head just flew up once the pour was finished. Wow this actually tastes more like coffee than it does like stout. Huge coffee flavor that is so acidic it actually burns the throat. Ample chocolate and minor notes of roasted barley. Touch of cream sweetness in the finish. I could see how some might be put off by this. I however love the hell out of it.
pinkzambia (1931) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 22, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: This is a mondo brew that holds its own in a fierce battle of competing for the "best stout" award. It is almost black with a light brown head. As far as aroma, have you ever left a bunch of Foldger’s coffee grounds in the percolator for a day or two and then gone back to clean it out? Need I say more. Powerful coffee smell and taste. But, it was also pretty sweet. I think if it was any sweeter, it might burn the back of the throat a tad bit. The feel is great, not too thick or thin -- just right in my opinion. They should start serving this at Starbucks - it would be a real hit. It actually kept me up most of the night. I wonder how much caffeine is in this sucka?
BigNasty (55) - South Lyon, Michigan, USA - AUG 15, 2005
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
While I like stouts and this one looked promising from the color and aroma, I honestly couldn’t finish even half the bottle due to the excessive bitterness. I’ll leave this one to those of you who like it.
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 9, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of roasted coffee beans. Pours a opaque black, thin brown head. Roasted coffee flavours dominate, a marked bitterness in the finish. Some chocolate notes as well. Fairly dry.
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 6, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours a nice dark black w/ a small tan head that laces well. Smells strongly of coffee and roasted chocolate malts. Tastes mostly of coffee and lactose hint of a burnt malt and a light hop as well. The palate is thick, creamy and well coated. The coffee dominates this brew and not nearly as well as in say peche
shameusburp (171) - Virginia, USA - AUG 2, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow, that’s some java in that java. Best example of stuffing as much coffee into a stout but very drinkable. Very well balanced. Too bad I only brought one.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mega thanks to SpringsLicker for sending this one my way!
The body sits a true black; and atop, rest a mammoth tan head. The aroma is a strange combination of bitter sweet… sour, a slight spoiled lactic bitterness, yet chocolaty and round within the same sip. The flavor brings the same indications but with more depth. A great unification of oily coffee beans with the roasted chocolate malts… they unite very nicely! I still get an astringent lactic bitterness…. but I like it quite a bit! Nice roasted ashy malts… a tad over kilned…. Espresso with a dash of buttermilk. Am I crazy for drawing this impression?
jcr (2691) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUL 12, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Coffee, coffee, coffee. Why not just drink coffee? Oh, yeah, the alcohol. And the roasted malts that are like adding one lump of sugar. The cream is in the mouthfeel. And then there’s the hint of sweet chocolate. But mostly coffee. Poured dark brown (like a cup of coffee) with big, tan head. Overall, quite enjoyable.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 11, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours thick and black with a tan whipped cream head. Aroma is room temperature whole milk, singed coffee beans and chocolate mousse. Flavor is heavy laden with cocoa powder and the morning’s left over batch of espresso. Nice, full, thick and creamy. Coffee characteristics might be a little too much for me here, but it’s otherwise a nice beer.