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RATINGS: 3435   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.15/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The coffee lovers consummate beer. Brewed with an abundance of flaked oats, bitter and imported chocolates and two types of coffee, this stout has an intense fresh-roasted java nose topped with a frothy, cinnamon-colored head that goes forever.

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2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
islay (2365) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 25, 2009
12 oz. bottle. Dry aroma of roasted coffee with a touch of cream. Pours a dark brown with a moderate amount of relatively dark, grayish-tan head. Produces good lacing. The taste is overly bitter with a sweet, fruity finish. Coffee and alcohol flavors. I dont like coffee, so this doesnt do much for me. It does become more bearable on multiple sips. Burnt, dry aftertaste that is not good. Moderate body. Creamy in the palate. Easy to drink. This seems like a relatively well-made if simplistic brew. Given its strong reputation, I was hoping the beer would be good enough to overcome the coffee additive, but its not. It literally left a bad taste in my mouth. Oh well; its just another reminder to stay away with anything contaminated by coffee.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nittanytide (274) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2009
From the tap. Black with tan, slowly dissipating head. Sweet malty aroma. Taste: Nothing at first and thenthere it is! Rich chocolaty taste slides over your tongue, with just a little bit of coffee bitterness in there to add character. Very delicious.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dagimp (970) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2009
From a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Pours with one finger of dark brown/gray head which dissipates very quickly. Aroma is all about coffee, maybe a little bit of chocolate but the coffee is where its at. Mouthfeel is very nice, thick and creamy. Ive tried a taste of it on draft and it was even better. Taste is a mix of chocolate and coffee with an underlying tartness thats common to most oatmeal stouts. All flavors blend together nicely and dont leave an overly cloying aftertaste in the mouth. Alcohol is present but very subdued. An overall excellent beer. Its on the pricey side but worth a taste.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
r1dermon (14) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 22, 2009
pours a dark black with a small head that retreats quickly. aroma is strong with dominant tones of roasted coffee and a touch of caramel, malt shows nicely, but is a bit one dimensional. mouthfeel is great, carbonation is just right and goes down rich and creamy, like melted chocolate. a very nice stout, and definitely drinkable for breakfast!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
pellegjr (396) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 21, 2009
Fluffy foamy peaty head w/ opaque motor oil pour, thick nutty roasted aroma tinged with sweetness, smooth round mouthfeel, heavy roasted flavor w/ slight notes of chocolate

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hogan873 (451) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2009
Pitch black body with a very thin brown head. Absolutely beautiful. Dark chocolate and roasted coffee beans dominate the inviting aroma. Imagine walking into an upscale coffee shop. Surprisingly smooth and silky, like a glass of milk. A coffee lovers dream. Starts sweet as if you were drinking an iced mocha. Chocolate, coffee and cream. Finishes appropriately bitter. A shot of espresso. A wonderful beer that is remarkably easy to drink, especially considering the ABV.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
timbeer (69) - Rosemount, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2009
[bottle] Deep brown color with little head but has lacing that holds on well. Roasted malt chocolate nose, smooth over the tongue and a good balanced of coffee, chocolate and malt. A good after dinner drink

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
coldmeat23 (232) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 18, 2009
Black. Totally black. Slight touch of dark crimson at the extreme edges, when backlit. No head to speak of, just a slight filmy covering of loose, tiny bubbles. Lacing is actually okay, despite the lack of a head. Fresh ground, fresh roasted, dark coffee beans. Nice notes of dark chocolate. Deep, dark roasted maltiness. Hints of vanilla sweetness. Sweet maltiness out front. Dark chocolate in the middle. Finishes with the taste of ground coffee beans. Slight sweetness of vanilla and maple syrup. If you dont like black coffee, stay away. Mouthfeel is sufficiently thick and almost oily. Not quite as big as I was expecting, though. Not quite creamy enough, for me. Taste wise, this is totally drinkable. The body is a minor letdown, as Id gladly drink many more of these. The very well-hidden 8.3%ABV will sneak up on you, though.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LearninBeer (512) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2009
Pours black, with a small light brown head. The aroma is smokey, grains and a touch of pepper. The taste is dry, smokey, bitter. Im thinking some aging will help bring out some more flavors.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
cexshun (99) - Portage, Indiana, USA - NOV 17, 2009
Pours an opaque black. Aggressive pour leaves a thin head that stays for a bit. Head is dark tan that laces nicely. Aroma is all coffee. A little yeasty and maybe a hint of sweet caramel. At first sip, get a hint of cocoa before the coffee pops you in the face. Strong coffee bitterness at the tail end. Amazing mouth feel. Thick, rich and creamy. Completely coats the mouth. Lightly carbonated to make a silky smooth palate. The coffee is a little over powering. I would have liked this to be a little more complex, but its still excellent!


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