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 donít like black coffee, stay away.
Mouthfeel is sufficiently thick and almost oily. Not quite as íbigí as I was expecting, though. Not quite creamy enough, for me.
Taste wise, this is totally drinkable. The body is a minor letdown, as Iíd gladly drink many more of these.
The very well-hidden 8.3%ABV will sneak up on you, though.
LearninBeer (577) - 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. Iím thinking some aging will help bring out some more flavors. 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 itís still excellent! wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - NOV 16, 2009
bottle courtesy of . pours black with a minimal brown head. nice lacing and spotting. aroma is heavy of oats and chocolate, and some nice spices as well! but mostly coffee!!! taste is great, jujst as the label description implyís, but the mouth feel is phenomenal! uber creamy, seems to dissolve away in your mouth. smooth drinker, more sessionable than the kbs! Sean9689 (285) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2010 On-tap @ The Rotten Apple in Grafton, IL.
Poured into a pint glass.
A - Black with a cream-colored head which vanishes leaving some lacing along the sides of the glass.
S - Lots of dark chocolate, coffee/expresso, oats, nuts. Really melds together well and is very pleasing.
T - Like dessert. Chocolate, coffee, expresso, roasted nuts, oatmeal, creamy sweetness.
M - Nice and rich. Medium-full in body. Little to no carbonation.
D - This is a great stout that I really love. A must-try!
Lyncham (251) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2009
The beer is heavy with flavors of coffee, oat flakes, and cinnamon. The head is a reddish brown color. The hops bitterness and coffee bitterness blend and balance very well. The nose of the beer is the "best part of waking up...with a breakfast stout in your cup!" rpm56 (13) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 15, 2009
Wow, had this on draft at the Blue Monkey Tavern, Iím not a coffee drinker but this stout is truly amazing. A nose of deep, dark roasted coffee, an unctuous mouthfeel and lingering finish. A keeper. deyholla (11479) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 14, 2009
On tap at Yogiís. Poured black with a brown head that laces beautifully. Aroma is full of coffee notes with an undertone of chocolate. Flavor is overwhelmingly full of coffee notes. I understand this is what the beer is going for, but still it is overwhelming. wmubronco1992 (709) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - NOV 14, 2009
Bottle - Pours black. Huge dark tan head that lasts forever. Unbelievable aroma of strong black coffee. Taste of coffee, bitter chocolate, and malt. Strong lacing. Serious bitter mouthfeel. Overall a tremendous beer. Sets the standard for stouts. SpencerDB (223) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 12, 2009
Dark, dark, dark and delicious. Poured with a thick dark tan head that held pretty well. Aroma was somewhat lacking compared to the taste. The malty, coffee flavor backed up with bitter chocolate undertones are just superb. The palate is simply your morning coffee. Definitely rich coffee flavors and malty chocolate. It kills me to say this, but the best part of the beer was after I had finished it and the last little bit had started to crystalize at the bottom. The smell was spectacular! Awesome beer