tyler_mn (2464) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - JUL 3, 2010
Mini growler. Inky black pour yields a a scant dark khaki head. A gentile swirl leaves an oily stain on the side of my glass. High grade coffee, bittersweet Belgian chocolate, dark fudge, a hint of smoke and ash initially on the nose. Molasses, maybe a touch of soy. The 11% is hardly noticeable at all. The coffee doesn’t overpower the base beer at all... which is nice. Flavor is fairly coffee-dominant, but you can tell this is high grade shit (pun intended). Slightly ashy. Bitter chocolate. The roast level of the malt and the coffee are damn near perfect... almost to the point of being astringent, but never crossing that line. As on the nose, the alcohol is hidden expertly. Leaning toward full bodied. Slick, rich texture with a bitter, roasty, coffee laden finish. I’m not a fan of coffee beers, but this one is really well done. Thanks redlight (2325) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2010
Strong coffee nose with chocolate with traces of vanilla. Pours black with a thick tan head. Cafe mocha, dark bitter chocolate with rich coffee, hints of vanilla and cream, smooth and silky. Wonderful beer! craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 25, 2010
sample from the pitcher @ GABF on 9/17/10. pitch black oily pour with a small tan head (imagine it would be a bit stronger in a snifter glass). intense deep roasted coffee nose with some big malts. the Kopi Lowak coffee is so dark and intense - love it! huge coffee infused body with layers of chocolate. dark coffee ground finish with more chocolate notes and big roasted malts. this is the perfect coffee beer. That1Guy (2237) - Colorado, USA - JUN 19, 2011
Crushed at GABF 10. An eye-opening and palate-wrecking combination of an Imperial Stout and coffee. Jet-black pour that leaves about four coats on the glass. Huge coffee aroma and flavor for sure with plenty of roast and some chocolate. Definitely one of the highlights of the fest this year. ctipping (2233) - Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2017
On tap at Hunahpu Day. Originally reviewed 3/9/2014.Inky black. Stains the glass. Nice mocha head, but after a while it’s gone.
Incredible coffee aroma. No acidity. Earthy coffee. Rich chocolate. A hint of that Zhukov licorice in the back.
The coffee flavor is immense. Never domineering, but it’s the main attraction of this beer. Rich and blends perfectly with the chocolate. Molasses flavor in the back end.
Heavy and viscous. Low carbonation.
I’ve missed this beer multiple times over the years. I’m glad I finally got to try it. Worth all the elbow-throwing at Hunahpu Day.
HonusWagner (2223) - Florida, USA - APR 25, 2012
Another really good variation of Zhukov, with a nice amount of coffee, but a bit on the sweeter side and not my favorite interpretation. Thanks Diego, as usual. scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - SEP 2, 2010
Medicine bottle from SoLan. Thanks man! Very strong burnt coffee nose, sharp roasted acidity. Oily black, slick in the glass with no head. Strongly rich, little white vinegar on the edge. Dark and heavy chewy coffee, double strength french pressed madness. And yet there’s that vinegar component. Contrasting but not really complimentary, though it takes on more of an under-ripe character later on which was more pleasant. fata2683 (2202) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 29, 2010
This was the highlight of RBWG2010. Pours black with a medium dark tan head. Aroma is huge coffee and espresso, earthy, lots of roasted malt and coffee. Flavor is so damn creamy and delicious. This stuff was like velvet. Big roasted malt, licorice, bakers chocolate and then that freaking coffee in the finish. It lingered for a good 2 minutes. This is the stuff dreams are made of. DalzAle (2038) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - SEP 19, 2010
Mulitple samples during my two sessions at GABF 2010. Dark viscous black pour, creamy brown head and a outstanding bitter coffee aroma. Flavor is everything I love in a coffee beer, plenty of creamy full bodied espresso, vanilla and finished with a long lingering dry roasty aftertaste. Hope to be able to try this again someday.