lamas (1642) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 9, 2017 ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle says 6.7%. Poured into a pint glass and consumed relatively warm.
A: Pours a dark burgundy color with good opacity. The head is a two finger khaki shade. I don’t like how fizzy it looks, nor do I like its poor retention. Forget about lacing on the glass, ’cause there isn’t any. Addendum: at a colder temperature, the head has a creamier texture and retains itself more solidly. Therefore, it deserves a higher mark here.
S: It’s got the coffee character I like in my coffee stouts - not too stale or mild. A hint of balancing chocolate sweetness and mild hoppiness helps to break up the monotony. But even if it was completely one note, I’d still enjoy the coffee character a great deal.
T: At first, there’s a mild chocolate and caramel character. After the midpoint, coffee takes center stage. I also notice a distant aftertaste of mild hops. It’s mostly a coffee bomb with only touches of chocolate, so thank cripes that it seems very fresh and flavorful to me.
M: Quite thin in body. Since this is a single stout, I can forgive that. It’s not really creamy, either, which is perhaps less forgivable. Still, the mouthfeel succeeds in providing a bone-dry finish while leaving lingering tones of coffee and chocolate on the palate. Superb drinkability as a result.
O: I’ve seemingly had a billion coffee stouts recently, but this is the one that could be mentioned in the same breath as the FBS/WnB pantheon and not get embarrassed as a result.
Draft at Roscoe’s Neapolitan Pizzeria, Takoma Park, MD on 08/05/17. Served in a pint glass. Arrived at the table a DEEP mahogany color with a dark khaki head. The pleasant aroma featured lots of chocolate, roasted coffee, caramel, creamy vanilla, and some lightly charred grains. Went down surprisingly rich and smooth. The taste was much better than anticipated - roasted coffee, rich chocolate cake, caramel, creamy vanilla, and some light char at the end. A nice surprise. 05barnold (37) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2017
Poured from the tap at the pub in Salisbury. Had this on nitro. Thick, creamy head. Only complaint is that there is little aroma. Otherwise this was fantastic. Smooth coffee taste with a bitter finish. Would absolutely purchase this again.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone ganache (5956) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 12, 2017
Bottle. Nose chocolaty roast, smooth but not quite lactose-enriched, also not finding any toast. Some nice smooth coffee, though. Pour is dark brown, close enough to pitch in the glass, head sudsy and fizzy tan. Fizzy light body a little watery, light bitterness even rising to medium at times but always ultra-smooth, a good deal of light-medium roast but no graininess or toast, and subtle flicks of plum and red berry behind medium and darker caramel. The coffee is decent here, sweetness a little too high for my liking though (although a milk/lactose edge would lend acceptability), some actual malt character and body (milted malt balls), and just a hint of mostly-obscured booze in the background. Aftertaste is much dryer and huskier, to its credit. Sticky lips and enjoyment. I’m beginning to think there’s a reason most coffee-augmented stouts are not of the ’foreign’ variety, but this one is pulled off pretty well. [2017.03.12: 3.4] kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2017
Bottle. Pours a clear dark brown body with a small fizzy beige head that faded to a thin ring. The nose is pretty great for me, but I love coffee. Lots of fresh roasted coffee, some roasted malt, burnt caramel, and a slight citrus note. The flavor is very coffee forward, almost more coffee than there is beer flavor. Nice slight citrusy note from the coffee, light burnt and roasted maltiness. Just a slight burnt caramel sweetness throughout. Medium to full bodied with soft light fizzy carbonation. Pretty nice foreign stout, provided you are a fan of coffee. RedSox2004 (1909) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - FEB 8, 2017
Opaque black with reddish brown highlights, two-inch foamy tan head with good retention and very nice lace. Big coffee aromas dominate, with notes of roasted grain and dark fruit. pleasant sense of smoke as well. Lots of dark roasted coffee flavor, some dark fruit sweetness, earth and wood, and a gentle alcohol warmth. Mild hopping provides a balancing bitterness. Medium to full body, creamy mouthfeel, moderate carbonation and a lingering smokiness.
Imaena (2327) - Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE - FEB 7, 2017
Bottle. In DC. This is a nice little coffee stotle with subtle carbonation and lots of roasting. tsd08460 (1193) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - JAN 21, 2017
On tap at Whole Foods Market Fair Lakes
Aroma: coffee, roasty,
Appearance: black with a brown head
Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness,
Palate: medium body, slick feel, soft carbonation, bitter finish
Tasty tia (2228) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - DEC 15, 2016
Tap at Bottom’s Up Pizza. Very dark with thin bisque head. Nice dark coffee aroma with dark fruit and chocolate. Taste is bitter, roasty. Dry, well-balanced. I am in a good mood today so I am giving this extra points. jtclockwork (16701) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 3, 2016
Draft / pours dark brown tan head - nose and taste of fresh coffee, cinnamon, chocolate and light spice - medium body slowrunner77 (12147) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUN 10, 2016
Rich coffee nose, full dark roast. green with a little berry even. Flavor is highly roasted as well...almost as good but a little greener on the coffee part. Good brew for a decent price.