jcr (2719) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUL 12, 2005
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
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. waeltzy (53) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2005
Almost opaque color with some rays of light coming through. Nice whiteish brown head. Definitly a coffee brew. The aroma was a mocha latte spiced with a bit of nutmeg. Real strong scent. A ton of complexity in a seemlingly straightforward brew. Very dark dried fruits came through towards the end of my mouth. All that was missing was the caffeine buzz. I can’t wait to have another. Bells bottle sampler case. Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 4, 2005
Pour is black with a beautiful dense and big tan head...smell is coffee with a hint of cocoa underneath...I expected over powering coffee bitterness but this was exceptionally well balanced...cocoa and nice mellow coffee finishing it up...nice... Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 4, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2008 Deep charcoal, light brown head, mostly lasting. Very grainy nose, high DMS surprisingly. Roasted quesadillas, pickles, turnip.. Cigarette and roasted popcorn in mouth, some might call it roastiness, but something feels wrong here, it must have been heat struck because it feels like a mess, the round coffee flavours that were expected were all sparse and eclectic. Nicely rounded palate though, ironically. ////////////////// Had it again, this time on draught at the pub and it goes from 2.7 to 3.4. On draught @ the Eccentric Café. A lacy off-white head stays atop this straight black pour that is served a bit cold. Malt-focused offering where the coffee is not playing a solo. No beaniness helps I must say, but there is also a firm dose of chocolate. All-about Bells’ excellent malt extraction skills. Strongly cerealic, chewy palate that always manages to feel bigger than its size. Not very complex (no fruitiness noticed at all for instance), but just masterly done.
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - JUN 25, 2005
Bottle, black pour with tan head. Huge bitter roasted coffee aroma, but not tobacco ashy like other imp stouts brewed with massive amounts of coffee. Flavor is full of bitter roasted coffee, and chocolate as it warms, and maybe some dark fruit hint at the end. Fairly bitter coffee finish. tiggmtl (4544) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 22, 2005
Chick peas, pickles, stale chocolate and roasted malts, chalk and a hint if booze in the nose. Opaque black with a decent tan-brown head that recedes to cover with light, patchy lacing. Strong roasted malts in the very sweet, chocolatey flavour with an undertone of chickpeas. Medium-full body with low, soft carbonation that is very pleasant in the mouth. Flavour and aroma both seem tired, though appearance and mouthfeel suggest freshness. Bottle enjoyed with MartinT, Olivier_MTL and Rastacouere for Martin’s ’Bachelor Party’!MartinT (9932) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 21, 2005
Chick peas and chocolate do not go well together.
The Lure:OldGrowth (3474) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JUN 2, 2005
Roastiness and sweetness don’t know what to do with the ill-placed baba ghanouj. Gorgeous opacity creates more curiosity.
A full mouthfeel nourishes with molasses, suave coffee and dark chocolate. Roasted malt bitterness and citrusy hops combine for a tingling, powerful finish.
In a world of champions, a competent performer will not get noticed much.
Bottle, from ClarkVV. Good nose, Coffee(Duh) with cream, little composty. Blackish brown color, small cocoa beige head that faded to a ring. Bitter sweet flavors, sames as aromas, but stronger. Thick body, creamy slick mouthfeel, ABV shows itself in a roasty bitter finish. Another great stout from Kalamazoo. Thanks Clark. whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2006 Ruddy-brown body with a velvety tan head and nice lacing. Pleasing, roasted coffee bean aroma with some nice cigar notes. Flavor has tons of coffee but includes some roasty, dried plum malt qualties. Good, straight-forward coffee stout.