redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - DEC 2, 2013j12601 (11055) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 27, 2017
Opaque black with a nice dense inch dark tan head. A amateur mix of ingredients with the grass hops and roasted coffee malts giving this an unpleasant taste. A chalky residue, along with several other characteristics makes me think this did not age long enough before bottling.
On tap at the Phantom Carriage. Pours a deep black with a thin tan head. Coffee and roast on the nose, dusty, malt, roast. Medium bodied, thins a touch, roast, cocoa, papery roast with a bit of cooked peppers. Roast into the finish, chocolate, cocoa. Papery, and somewhat old tasting.
hman43 (1541) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - JUN 22, 2017
It pours dark brown, almost black with a brown head. Initial aroma is a deep, dark roasted coffee. There are also moderate roasted elements in the aroma. There is a faint dark fruit smell well into the background. The initial flavors are a combination of coffee and roast. There is a bit of spiciness to it. The are also backgrounds hints of wood and dark fruits. It has a smooth texture to it and is moderately bitter in the finish with sweetness combining with bitterness at the end. Overall, this is a malt driven beer with coffee and roasted elements. Other flavors are well into the background and enhance the malts. alteregoo (1396) - Kalisz, POLAND - JUN 8, 2017
Piana niewielka, sycząca, szybko opada prawie do zera. Barwa czarna, nieprzejrzysta, z brązowymi refleksami. W aromacie głównie kawa, taka parzona po turecku, lekko kwaskowa, ziemista, w tle troszkę jeżyn, czekolady... W smaku półsłodkie, tu także kawa na pierwszym planie, z kwaskowym posmakiem na finiszu, do tego ciemne leśne owoce, czekolada, dość wysoka, palono alkoholowa goryczka, średnie do niskiego wysycenie, półpełne w odbiorze.
SloaneRanger (18) - - JUN 3, 2017
Mieszane odczucia - niby fajna kawowość i stoutowość, ale nieco przeszkadza alkohol i podwyższone kwaskowość...
On lasissa hyvin tumma ja muodostaa ruskean vaahdon. Näyttää kunnon imperial stoutilta. Tuoksussa hieman kahvia ja luumua sekä paahteisuutta. Alkumaussa on mukana kahvia, mutta ei merkittävästi ja toisaalta tulee mieleen, onko se edes tarpeellista. Jälkeenpäin mukaan tulee maltaisuutta ja lopuksi humalan kitkeryyttä. Suuhun jää alkoholinen maku, joka toisaalta on lämmittävä, mutta siinä rajoilla, että onko häiritsevä. Loppumaku on pitkähkö ja jää kurkkuun. Alengrin (5262) - BELGIUM - APR 17, 2017
My first from this Californian brewing company, heavy stout with added coffee. Bottle from Beergium, with different label than the one shown here. Yellowish pale beige, moussy head retaining as a dense rim and some flat, tan ’islands’ in the middle, crowning a black beer with hazy mahogany brown edges, the colour being visible for about five millimeters inwards. Aroma of cold coffee with milk, very old black chocolate and ’crude’ baker’s chocolate, moldy walnuts, tree leaves, old tea, cooked parsnip, brown rum, wet leather, dried fig, stewed beef with a lot of bayleaf in it, mud, freshly cut horseradish, a kind of ’green’ quality of raw spinach leaves, subtle accents of soy sauce, wet dog and dried blackcurrant. Clean onset, ’dull’ dried berry sourishness imbedding a vague fig-like sweetish core, umami effects of dry chicken stock cubes coming up shortly after that and quite expressively so, medium carbo, thick and lightly greasy mouthfeel but not as viscous as is often the case in this style. Thick nutty malt core, again vaguely sweetish but immediately turned towards a fairly strong toasted bitterness, exhibiting increasing coffeeish aspects towards the finish, where the added coffee indeed reveals itself clearly - but sadly not as aromatically and ’ethereal’ as I was hoping for. Ends a bit harsh and crude, with this toasted malt bitterness going down alongside the coffee grounds-like flavours, a herbal hop bitter aspect and softly but unmistakably warming, wodka-like alcohol. Bitter black coffee flavours remain stuck to the throat after swallowing, as I assume was the intention. Not sure about this one: it has an earthy, bit ’dirty’ quality to it which I was not expecting, and the coffee factor should have been more expressively aromatic, though the coffee flavour as such is certainly there; let’s say that I was expecting a fine Italian ristretto rather than drab, dull and ’generic’ coffee grounds from a coffee machine. Needs finetuning and a lot more personality to stand out in a sea of great American stouts.
Korcz (3375) - Warsaw, POLAND - APR 13, 2017
Początkowo jakby żelazo, szybko znika. Mocna dominacja kawy i paloności. Dobrze ukryty alkohol. Długie, dość słodkie, palone posmaki. Bdb. martjoobolut (4230) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 10, 2017
Bottle (as "Cismontane Imperial Stout with Coffee Added", 8.5% from beergium). Pours dark brown with light brownish head. Aroma is beany, coffee, roast, fruits, sour notes, booze. Flavor is sweet and bitter, beany, coffee, malt, fruits, fructose, roast, something medicinal - iodine maybe. Finish is coffee and sweetness with more beaniness and booze. Overall: feels like kind of crappy recipe and beany coffee notes are just trying to cover it. Then again I can drink it without effort, so not even close to the sh*t zone for me. tricksta_p (4561) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - MAR 4, 2017
Bottle from Beergium. Aroma is dark fruits, coffee, mocha, roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, touch of vanilla, berries, charred wood. Flavour is above moderate sweet and bitter with a hint of sour. Body is medium. Curious one, lots of coffee and berries/fruits, unexpected note of sour, bit rough, complex or flawed? I’m not sure to be honest. Anyway, interesting to say the least, good coffee. branlovesbeer (14) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 4, 2017
It was for sale at the Beer and Wine store for $5.99.
I’d never heard of this brewery or the beer so I said, "What the heck. Why not?"
On the Pour:
It was very opaque. I could see, right from the start, that it was WAY too over-filtered (my pet peeve).
The head was only light khaki. The color you’d expect from a pale beer.
Coffee and some lightly roasted grains. That’s it.
The mouthfeel was alright. More than I thought it would be but still not great from what I expect from a stout.
The coffee was the overwhelming flavor. behind that was some roasted malt. But mostly coffee.
BUT. And this is a big ’But’.
When the canister of coffee tells you to mix 5 tbsp of coffee to 5 cups of water, but instead you mix 2 tbsp of coffee to 5 cups of water… That is the strength of coffee that I’m getting. It’s the only flavor but it’s very faint.
I’m not impressed AT ALL.
This was not a good first impression of this brewery. And I probably will not sample any of their other beers if I come across them. nihtila (3603) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 26, 2016
Keg at The Hanging Bat. Dark brown, brown head. Nose is big coffee, quite sweet, chocolate. Tastes chocolate, coffee, sweetish, roast. Misses sth.