edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2005
1/25/05: Bottle. iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 24, 2005
Burnt malt and coffee aroma with a touch of sweetness. Dark brown-black body with a deep tan head. Rocky at first with plenty of lace which clings to the glass. Full and robust. Flavors of roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. Long, bitter, coffee finish.
12 bottle: light toffee coloured, creamy foam…diminishing into a light grey film. Jet black, opaque and velvety thick body. Huge, roasted coffee aroma with a rich herbal/chlorophyll component, burnt charcoal, and tar covered pine nuts. Thick mocha palate, creamy and extra smooth. Charred vanilla beans and bitter dark chocolate milk add depth, while black espresso beans provide the backbone of a subtly complex brew. I really enjoyed the silky smooth, milky palate and the developed charred coffee, I would have enjoyed this so much more with a bit of hop bitterness or more sweet malts. Dogbrick (14290) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2005
Pours pitch black with a garnet hue around the edges. Thin dark brown head that beat a hasty retreat. Thin and sticky lacing too. The aroma is really roasty with coffee and a bit of chocolate. Full-bodied and creamy, with a smoky flavor that came out of nowhere. Coffee, roasted malt and chocolate flavors are present too. The aftertaste is bitter and lasting, and the smokiness lingers long after. All in all this beer met my expectations but I am not sure that it lives up to all the hype. Still I wouldn’t kick it out of bed in the morning. tomxcs (321) - California, USA - JAN 22, 2005
Smooth, luscious black with a reddish brown head. Huge roasted coffee aroma. Taste is all roasted coffee, chocolate, and enough bitterness. Very full, heavy mouthfeel. A wonderful beer. qdog (201) - Cleveland, Mississippi, USA - JAN 20, 2005
Bottle, black with a medium brown head that dissipates in a couple of minutes to nothing, medium lacing, aroma of great coffee upon opening, wow upon tasting i don’t know if i get more coffee or chocolate, well balanced, very smooth and melts off the tongue. this is a great stout.
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JAN 19, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2006 Pours as thick as any beer I’ve seen....black body with a nice dark tan head and heavy roasted coffee aroma, actually a double heavy roasty coffee aroma. Very thick and rich mouthfeel with a ton of choco-coffee flavor with a tinge of smokiness (at least to my taste buds). Light carbonation is felt too. I guess I was predisposed to love this one, but I think it would be a rare individual who wouldn’t love to throw back a couple of these for b-fast every day! Thanks DavidP for this gem! AcctError12410 (53) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2005
woah. stellar all the way around. great sticky head, thick body, oats (check) chocolate (check) coffee (check check). Right on. Frank (4255) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2005
Good and dark, brownish head. Big nose--coffee, maple and oatmeal. Excessively smooth. Very tasty--tobacco, oatmeal, French toast... Really does taste like breakfast. kane (111) - USA - JAN 17, 2005
Wicked coffee. I can almost sense this beer was brewed for ratebeer since 10 of the top 21 beers are Imperial Stouts( and I consider this an imperial @ 8.3%).
Having been an avid coffee drinker in the past I can sense the Hawaiian coffee in the aroma and this is the dominant aroma. IMO this has more coffee than Speedway and New Glarus, which I thought would be impossible to top. Minor aromas are chocolate, alcohol, rain fresh hops. Mouthfeel is thick too the point where it coats the glass with a slight sheen of brown after swirling, but there is no oily resinous residue on the tongue. Taste of quality coffee( if all you drink is Folgers and do not grind your own beans than dont bother with this beer because you will be overwhelmed), no bitterness in taste or aftertaste, again a sign of quality coffee, a coating of chocolate on the tongue. My initial impression of this beer was that of a " Ratebeer gimmick beer" but this is such a quality beer that my initial impressions were blown away after the first sip and I become more impressed with each bottle. Outstanding. HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2005
Pours a deep black with no head. The aroma screams out coffee without letting anything else out. Flavor is very chocolatey up front with a dominating coffee flavor in the aftertaste. This was pretty thick but far too one-dimensional. Maybe after a few months of mellowing, other flavors will come to the forefront and complement the coffee flavor. On the positive side, the alcohol is well hidden.