mcmd (315) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 28, 2009
07 bottle. Pours a thick pitch black with a thick mocha head which lasts. Aroma is all dark chocolate and espresso. Alcohol presence as well. Taste is more dark chocolate and espresso, smoke. Dark dark chocolate bitterness which stays on the tongue in the finish. The best coffee stout next to Kentucky Breakfast Stout. kwerikson (178) - burlington, New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2009
pours out super thick and black with no light penetration with a thin dark mocha colored head. the aromas are coffee. well.....i also get a good amount of chocolate, roasted malts, carmelized sugar, plum and dark ripe fruits. it is full bodied with an amazing taste in which all the ingredients work in harmony. it is like a symphany on my friggin tongue. i taste the noted coffee, very nice and not overpowering, works really well with the tasted malts. it has a very creamy velvety mouth feel that feels like silk as it slides down the back of my throat. it is a little bitter from the coffee, but not to much from the hops that i can tell. it finishes a little watery and leaves a very soft aftertaste which is very plesent. RoscoeJackson (372) - Michigan, USA - NOV 27, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2010 what every other stout wishes it could be. this is an incredible beer. thick, chocolately, coffee, creamy, tasty.
UPDATED 9-29-10 .. lowered my rating slightly. this beer just sort of lost it’s mystique to me. lots of coffee, very thick. i think it needs more booze or something to balance out all that coffee roast. sjolles85 (104) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2009
4 pack from Lukas liquors in STL. Pours black with a tan head that settles quickly. Strong nose of coffee and chocolate. Taste is incredible...huge semi sweet chocolate and java.. Smooth mouth feel from the oat. Nice staining on the glass. A much try!!! obguthr (6593) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - NOV 26, 2009
Deliciously complex and well blended aroma, but not very strong. Coffee, caramel, and vanilla are predominant, but charred oak, raisins, and molasses are also easily detectable. Deep dark brown, slightly viscous pour, headless. The flavor is strongly of espresso with pruny vanilla undertones and a lasting charcoal finish. Nice mouthfeel, medium body, a little light on the carbonation. A tad off balance toward the dry side. A stout lover’s wet dream. Pretty freaking awesome!
EvilKingWilson (14) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - NOV 25, 2009
decent beer. screams coffee. not my favorite coffee beer though. many others i would prefer over this one. an overated beer imo. islay (2951) - 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 don’t like coffee, so this doesn’t 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 it’s not. It literally left a bad taste in my mouth. Oh well; it’s just another reminder to stay away with anything contaminated by coffee. nittanytide (288) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2009
From the tap. Black with tan, slowly dissipating head. Sweet malty aroma. Taste: Nothing at first and then…there it is! Rich chocolaty taste slides over your tongue, with just a little bit of coffee bitterness in there to add character. Very delicious. dagimp (1008) - 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 it’s at. Mouthfeel is very nice, thick and creamy. I’ve tried a taste of it on draft and it was even better. Taste is a mix of chocolate and coffee with an underlying tartness that’s common to most oatmeal stouts. All flavors blend together nicely and don’t leave an overly cloying aftertaste in the mouth. Alcohol is present but very subdued. An overall excellent beer. It’s on the pricey side but worth a taste. 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!