larsga (7509) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 24, 2010
Medium dark brown head. Opaque black body. Strong burnt coffee aroma with resiny mealy chocolatey notes. Bitter-sweetish burnt coffee taste with mealy chocolate notes. Taste much the same as aroma, in other words. Light body. Sharpish mouthfeel. Dry chocolatey resiny aftertaste. Light, flavourful, harmonic. Very, very nice. (0.355l bottle, Systembolaget, Stockholm.) koopa (338) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2010
Appearance: quite opaque in color with a thin caramel head that quickly dissipates. Some lacing and an overall look of quality that entices.
Smell: Can you say coffee?
Taste: Notes of chocolate are overpowered by a dominant coffee character found in this fresh sample. A good amount of acrid/bitterness as well. Very nice taste and that is saying a lot considering I am not a coffee drinker! No alcohol presence.
Mouthfeel: I was very surprised by how thin the 2008 batch is. I really was expecting this brew to be a bit more hearty. Then again that only adds to the drinkability!
Drinkability: Much easier to drink than other full bodied viscous stout examples. The alcohol has no presence.
Overall this is a great American Stout and will be one of my go to stouts.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 09-16-2008 gnoff (10241) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - MAY 21, 2010
From bottlejkwood04 (5448) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 17, 2010
Black color tan head. Sweet and hoppy scent. Sweet at dfirst, though turns qutie dry and to the high bitter side in taste. Medium to dry mouthfeel, high dry bitterness. First time I had it warm and as the first beer, then I did not care for it much. Second time I tried it very cold and after several other beers, then it went down much easier. Not really anything I’ll go back to a lot.
12oz bottle in an English pint. Pours dark brown, almost black with a thick beige head. Aroma of chocolate and oatmeal. When you first drink it, the sweet roasted malts and oatmeal dominate. But then the finish comes in with chocolate and coffee. Oily texture, Full bodied. This beer was near perfect, but during the night it was followed by the KBS and Expedition Stout. It’s not as good as those, but it’s incredible. Getbetter (1033) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - MAY 16, 2010
thanks to Hophead22 for the tasting.smells and taste like black coffee,alot of c02, black in color.
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAY 16, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2012 Re-rate on fresh bottle. Lots of chocolate and coffee, thick body, no lactic flavor or aroma. Great! PolishHammer (124) - Norwalk, Connecticut, USA - MAY 15, 2010
12 oz bottle from beernbourbon. Pours dark brown/black with a huge foamy tan head that leaves some spotty lacing, this one was definitely under pressure. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, dark roasted malt and a bit of acidic lactic scent. Flavor is dark rich bittersweet chocolate, coffee and a sharp lactic aftertaste. Full body with active carbonation and a super long finish. Not sure if this was a slightly funky bottle or what, will have to eventually re-rate another bottle. Thanks again Vince.
Wow... What a complex and interesting brew. Strong coffe and chocolate aroma... Sweet, malty and toasty. Taste to match... Mocha. Drink cold... Alcohol is well hidden -really 8.3? As it warms, takes on more of a kahlua and boozy taste, but if consumed at appropriate temp this is a wonderful delicious and complex coffee and chocolate flavored beer. larsniclas (7040) - Billdal, SWEDEN - MAY 14, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2016 Bottled from Systembolaget
Pitch black with a large, beige head.
Chocolatey and burnt peaty aroma with some coffee as well.
Thick and oily palate.
Very roasted; licorice, tar and salmiak. Medium bitterness.
A bit sweetich with a dry cocoa-feel. hallinghansen (3126) - Odense SV, DENMARK - MAY 12, 2010
Bottle. Black body with a long lasting creamy brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, smoke. Flavor is bitter chocolate, coffee, oatmeal, roasted malt, notes of hops. Smoky notes. It has a very long lasting aftertaste of bitter coffee. Alcohol is well hidden. Nice lacings. Thick mouthful. A lovely and cheap beer. Riotbeard (107) - Birmingham, USA - MAY 9, 2010
Overall, a very nice breakfast stout. Coffee dominates the aroma, but the flavor is more cocao and roasty. Color is black with a tan head. I think KBS ends up being a little bit better balanced than the bs.