IMtheOptimator (1170) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - FEB 4, 2005
Thanks to Mr. Facto for this fine brew.Terminus (3755) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 4, 2005
Pours a viscid onyx with a dark brown head. Looks much like an imperial stout. Aroma is lots of coffee... roasted, bitter, and warming. The taste is of strong coffee and dark chocolate notes, with a touch of sweetness and a dry bitter roasted coffee finish. Considering the strength of this beer, I could not taste a drop of alcohol. It went down as smooth as a fruit beer. Another terrific stout from the midwest, and another great trade with a great RateBeerian.
here we go, #1100! Thanks to Wolhfs for sending this beer my way. pours almost completely black with a small light brown head. a little red tinge at the surface of the beer. Chocolate, burnt grain husks, toasted oats, rasins, rum, carmel, butterscotch, char, and hazelnut coffee in the aroma. Holy crap! lots of dark chocolate flavors in this one. Rich roast, burnt with tons of coffee. Solid palate, but never becomes imperial by any means. Alcohol is never detected. A little metallic on the finish. Another winner from the stoutland (aka Michigan). Jokes (1455) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 3, 2005
Deep, rich black with an thin, espresso-color head. Intense aroma of burnt coffee, charcoal briquettes, roasted black malt, dark, bitter cocoa, sweet caramel, bitter hops and a touch of warming alcohol. The body is thick, smooth and chewy but the carbonation is almost non-existent, which detracts from the beer. The flavor is superb with a lot of burnt, roasted bitterness and balanced ever-so-slightly by the caramel and residual malts. A bit more carbonation to round out the flavors and offer a velvety body would improve this immensely. This could be tweaked, in my opinion, to achieve even greater heights. An excellent, delicious stout that could be tops in it’s class. Nuffield (4254) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 2, 2005
This was the crowning glory of an evening in which I had a number of excellent beers. It is a nice oil pouring from the bottle, black with a quick finishing dark head and some yellow-to-red spectrums of color at the edges (but otherwise black). The aroma is like walking into an interstate truckstop on a cold morning, with a half dozen industrial strength coffee makers going. Had I been blindfolded I might well have thought that someone had given me a cup of coffee rather than beer. The palate doesn’t match the expectations of either the appearance or in general what one hopes for from such beers, but the coffee flavors in all their complexity and richness are an amazing accomplishment. Thanks TChrome for one very memorable beer. Volgon (2761) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 2, 2005
XBF05: Black with a small tan head. Huge roasted coffee with a touch of chocolate aroma, wow forget drinking coffee, I’m going to drink this in the morning. Full bodied with an oily texture and average carbonation, starts and ends bitter.
Nanook732 (4) - Michigan, USA - FEB 2, 2005 does not count
I’ve been drinking the tap only version of this beer for awhile. This is the best coffee stourt I’ve tasted. Founders has put itself on the road toward being the best of michigan breweries. letters (5) - Michigan, USA - FEB 1, 2005 does not count
Very little head and very dark when poured. The coffee dominates the other ingredients in both flavor and aroma. It goes down smooth without a disturbing aftertaste. zathrus13 (1776) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - FEB 1, 2005
Pours black, with a tan/brown head. Aromas are coffee, espresso, coffee, chocolate, roasted malt. Did I mention coffee? Taste is much like the aroma, coffee dominates, with chocolate, roasted malts, and toasted nuts. I can understand why people wouldn’t like this, with the huge coffee presence. It is a bit too much, but this is still very a fun, interesting brew. I wonder how it would age? Thanks to flemdawg for this one. ClarkVV (7141) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 1, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2006 XBF05 draught. Very dark black pour, maybe hints of dark brown around the edges. Seemingly opaque, with a perfect light brown/ash colored head that sits lastingly above the beer. Aroma screams coffee. There is some very dark, heavily roasted malt, plenty of black malt and maybe some dry cocoa notes. . .but it’s mainly the coffee. Flavor begins with a roasty, oily, nutty coffee flavor. It’s very distinct and dominant. Incredibly authentic tasting and what I liked most was, with all of the coffee and dark roasted malts, this beer does not have the typical acidic/astringent notes that seem to come with this type of beer. The brewers did a very good job controlling the pH level, and that deserves a couple points in my book. Wonderful smooth mouthfeel that is unique and not easy to describe. It’s not quite creamy, per se, more like a smooth, almost chalky (but not in a bad way) texture. The beer just glides down the throat. Must be the oats! My biggest complaint was a lack of sweetness. I would like to see some more caramel and chocolate sweetness, to balance the dry coffee flavors. Full body though, with a low carbonation. beerbuzzmontreal (3486) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 31, 2005
Sampled at the Extreme Beer Fest. Pitch black color. Amazing aroma of coffee, roasted malt and chocolate. Amazing flavor of coffee, roasted malt and chocolate with a bitter finish. Medium body, creamy texture. Hmmm, very good, as good as it’s supposed to be.