bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 29, 2009
Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.
Jet black with thin tan head that leaves slight spotty lacing.
Aroma of espresso beans, dark chocolate, vanilla and licorice. Some noticeable alcohol.
Not quite as coffee dominant as it smelled. Tastes like a fantastic mixture of coffee, chocolate and roasted malts, with light fruitiness and licorice detected. Unlike some coffee beers, I can actually taste the Stout underneath. Nice bitterness at the end, which seems to be due to hops as much as burnt, roasted malts.
Liquid velvet. Very, very smooth rich full body with low carbonation. Slightly warming.
Great sipping brew, but I have never been compelled to drink a lot of coffee beer at once. That said, this may be the most drinkable one I have had.
johnnyoski (445) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - OCT 27, 2009
Bottle. Near black pour with one finger wide brown head. Roasty, dark chocolate aroma with coffee and sweet cream in the background. Roasted coffee is the dominant flavor with some cocoa, cedar and dark fruit. Finish is dry and extremely bitter. Lively carbonation with a medium body. A very subtle hint of alcohol warms your pipes as you get closer to the bottom of the glass. A great Fall/Winter sipper. gam (4078) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 25, 2009
Good tan head some good carbonation very dark IMP,aroma strong coffee essence,aniseed and liccorice rich dark chocolate,mild oatmel,flavour strong bitter roasted tastes first up, liccorice,coffee very strong,oatmeal seems drowned out by bitterness,chocolate is mild compared with coffee,finish overdone with the bitter taste,drowns out the full flavours a real dissappointment to me,still good but for the bitter. Loremonger (3) - Missouri, USA - OCT 25, 2009 does not count
Pitch black pour with a nice persistent brown head. The aroma fills up your lungs with a strong alcohol/coffee/chocolate impression, in that order. The first sip explodes with complicated flavor. As the alcohol numbs your gums and tongue, the chocolate becomes apparent, and then the coffee. I’ve never tasted so much coffee or chocolate in a beer. It finishes bitter with a lasting presence. I had to wait about five minutes between sips it was so rich. SHIG (4964) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - OCT 25, 2009
Bottle: Poured a black road tar color with a huge long lasting brown head. The aroma was spices, chocolate, and roasted coffee. The taste is rich coffee bean and dark chocolate.
KornDogg (570) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2009
draft, at the Exton PA, Drafting Room. Aroma of coffee and chocolate, strong coffee flavor with hints of bittersweet chocolate, smokey notes... a ton of flavor pulled together in this stout brigg (708) - New York, USA - OCT 24, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2014 (Bottle) Pours thick black with a medium, kinetic brown head that dissipates into a think film. Aroma of molasses, dark roast coffee; bold and rich. Flavor is sweet, maple syrup, coffee, and chocolate malt; rich; a hint of fruit, too. Velvety and smooth, medium- to full-bodied, somewhat oily.
(bottle) Pours black with a medium chocolate brown head. Aroma of dark chocolate, coffee and alcohol. Flavor is dry and very bitter with roasted coffee and dark chocolate - there’s a bit of fruit in the end, too. Medium bodied and oily.
(Original rating: 8/4/6/4/15 on 10/24/2009)
(Second rating: 8/4/8/4/16 on 11/30/2014) barncatmatt (2355) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 24, 2009
12 oz bottle from holiday market. pours black with a small tan head. aroma of coffee. oh there was other stuff there too but the coffee is huge on this one. the flavours is of coffee, charred black malts and finishing hops. the mouthfeel is a touch thin for and impy stout but this makes it more drinkable in a way. i really like it. jb43 (1695) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 23, 2009
(bottle from Cletus or Riverside AK). Black color. Large brown head. Roasted coffee aroma. Strong roasted coffee flavor with light oatmeal and alcohol. Long duration. Smooth finish with light bitterness. Thin texture. Moderate carbonation. Excellent lacing. dwaggs2 (1298) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - OCT 22, 2009
Bottle. Poured a jet black color with a creamy tan head. Aroma was coffee, roasted malts, and chocolate. Flavor was very rich and creamy. More coffee, chocolate, and burnt notes. Very complex beer. Very good.