KyotoLefty (10808) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 4, 2010
Fresh bottle. Had side by side with Bell’s Expedition. No head. Strong, fragrant coffee and chocolate aroma. Nicely roasty, smooth, sweet, creamy cafe au lait. Slightly vegetal factor as well, like beans. Big coffee flavor with chocolate and a sour edge. The burnt coffee flavor dominates from start to finish and actually gets a bit irritating. Lacks complexity. Light, almost thin body. Good but too much coffee and trounced by the Bells. dylan88 (227) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2010
37,5 cc bottle. Pours deep black with a nice dark brown head. Tons of coffee and chocolate both in the aroma and in the flavor. GREAT BEER!!! teorn88 (8066) - Rimini, ITALY - MAY 4, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2010 37,5cl bottle. Pours black with a big thick brown head. Foam is mostly lasting and good lacing. Aroma is strong and intense: lots of malt and tons of coffee. Notes of caramel and chocolate too. Taste is similiar: strong and complex, mostly sweet with coffee, chocolate, roasted notes and some alcohol in the end. The alcohol, by the way, is very well hidden. Palate is thick, creamy with medium carbonation. Overall, a wonderful beer! RickTStiles (827) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 2, 2010
Pours black with a nice brown head. Chocolate and coffee aroma. Rich but crisp flavor of chocolate and root vegetables. Finishes light but with a nice burn. pilsnerrogge (3021) - Finspång, SWEDEN - MAY 1, 2010
mickut (305) - Espoo, FINLAND - MAY 1, 2010
Color is black, head is large and rather thick. Aroma is roasty and has notes of coffee and chocolate. Thick mouthfeel. Flavour i roasty with notes of coffee and chocolate leading to a warming finish. Well balanced and very drinkable.
Bottled. Pours black with brown head. Taste is lightly bitter sweet. Palate has a full body and lightly burnt, dry mouthfeel. Aromas have dark chocolate, roasted malts, coffee notes. Blom (848) - Sorø, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2010
Black with a beautiful dense brown head. Strong aroma notes of liqourice, soy, roasted bread, coffee and tobacco. Initial flavours of cocoa, chocolate, roasted malts - and then the real magic of this beer sets in: a mind numbing long aftertase of coffee. revoke (10) - Michigan, USA - APR 30, 2010
Dark in color with almost no head. Very nice aroma with some smokiness and coffee coming through (almost like burnt coffee). You have to like coffee to like this beer. It was balanced. Not too sweet, not bitter at all yet would make for a great "dessert beer", thanks to that coffee flavor. I give it two thumbs up. A good attempt at stout... but you definitely have to be in the right mood for this one. Countbeer (6589) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - APR 25, 2010
Very nice thick beige foamy head.
Smell some chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and a slight hint of carbon dioxide.
Color is lovely pitch black.
Taste is a beautiful mix of coffee/espresso, dark chocolate, some roasted malts, bit of a smokey taste and cacao with other dark ingredients.
The aftertaste changes a bit into a lasting dark chocolate, coffee and a slight bitternes that is all perfectly balanced.
A very interesting and great tasting breakfast stout. BiddleBrau (1238) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2010
Pours black with very brown, dense head. Nice so far. Cocoa and bitter chocolate with a roasty aura permeating. Flavor is intense, very burnt, roasty. Slight hint of chocolate but this beer is charred and it lingers. Palate is somewhat creamy although my tastebuds have been severly damaged by now. Personally a bit harsh for my tastes but one can’t deny there is a ton of flavor in a single glass.