MrBeerFanatic (1046) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUN 13, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a brown/tan frothy slowly dissapating head. Smells somewhat strongly of coffee, chocolate, and hints of caramel. Has a sweet/powerful taste of coffee, coffee and coffee. There is also flavors of coffee beans, hints of chocolate and a little caramel but hard to notice as the coffee really takes charge in the flavor. Very rich, complex, tasty, well balenced, smooth and creamy. I’ve never had a stout quite like this one, as it is very unique. If you love coffee/expresso’s you must try this brew!!!! One of the best brews I’ve had in a long time I must. Wow...
Hangover (1126) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - JUN 13, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark black pour with a huge and delicious looking caramel colored head. Heavy coffee aroma with some chocolate, roasty and slightly burnt notes with some nuttiness. Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth and... smooth. Bitter on the palette, warming booze towards the middle which doesn’t stop until much later. There is a really complex, dark coffee flavor in this one. Somehow it remains balanced with a faint and prickly hoppy finish. This is a great freaking brew.
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - JUN 13, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours deep brown with no head. The nose is coffee, pepper, chocolate and vanilla. The flavor is the same along with some earthiness. Tons of complexities. A true experience.
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 10, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2008 12 oz. I’ve been after this for a good while, it better be good... Dark, dark brown, opaque pour with a dense and fine tan head. Looks great. Coffee (dominant), smoky campfire, belgian cocoa, and hops in the aroma. Dark, concentrated, dried fruit type aroma - dates, prunes, figs, raisins. Earthy and musty qualities also. Flavor is balanced up front, and gives way to a tannic, dark chocolate finish. Cherries and citrusy orange zest component too. Lingering bitter finish, espresso. Excellent overall, more of a fruity component than I was expecting. Points for being a little different. I’ve got another bottle I’m going to sit on for a while. Nicely brewed.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUN 9, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Served at cellar temperature. Smelled of coffee and subdued chocolate. Poured an opaque black color. Light brown crema with an orange tint. It retained its height fairly well, but eventually settled to a thin film. Fairly effervescent. Bitter and roasty on the tongue with lots of dry coffee flavor. There was also a hint of burnt stick. At 9.5%, the alcohol aroma and flavor were well hidden. A bit of dark fruit came out at the end. Not as thick and chewy as most imperial stouts. This is a good beer, but a bit overrated I think. Probably not worth the high price of admission.
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 9, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of HogtownHarry, thanks a lot for this one Harry! Dark, black liquid poured from the 12 oz bottle, and left a frothy, creamy, mocha head that lasted. In the nose, I got freshly brewed black coffee, rich dark chocolate, some vanilla, with a touch of wood smoke and hops. The flavour profile was quite enjoyable to me, as I love coffee. Fresh dark roast with loads of bittering hops, vanilla, dry, bitter dark chocolate, some smoke. Bitter with long lived coffee aftertaste. Creamy, and very drinkable considering the ABV. Quite a treat. Thank you Harry! :)
hombrepalo (1971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 8, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. Expensive @ 4.99 I think. Pours black and opaque with a creamy tan head - this one just looks good in the glass. Aroma features coffee, chocolate, molasses, lots of roasty notes and more coffee. Flavor again shows off the coffee, roasty, sweet maltiness with a nice balancing tanginess on the tongue, earth and bitter chocolate. Full, creamy mouthfeel - very smooth.
Defreni (3087) - Husum, DENMARK - JUN 8, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Flaske. Minder mig om min allerførste rating. Kold kaffe, men på en yderst delikat måde. Mundfylden er ikke tyk og olieret men er alligevel ikke tynd på en dårlig måde. Alt i alt en fantastisk øl. Tt på et mesterværk.
jbrus (4990) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - JUN 8, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
, #4000. Sweet esprresso with chocolate aroma. Black color, large thick brown head, very nice lace. Sweet, bitter, very roasted, grined coffee beans, some black chocolate. Medium body, light dusty. Very flavorful, powerful, very coffee!
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 7, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Yep, this is coffee beer alright. Deep dark pour with bubbly dark tan head. Hit the spot when I was fading last night. Best word to describe it is bitter. Bitter in a good way. Coffee grounds and intense dark chocolate on the nose and on the palate. Somehow still a bit sweet, hitting more on the back of the palate. Almost a burnt brown sugar/syrup aftertaste. A little good must, too.