AlabastorJones (815) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 14, 2004
coffee chocolate and licorice aroma, black body with a light brown lacey head, rich chocolately flavor with a dry coffee finish, creamy mouthfeel, gives Bell's Java stout a run for its money, a delicious addition to any meal of the day. herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - JUL 27, 2004
Pitch black pour. No head. Nose is like fresh ground coffee. Medium light body. Creamy mouthfeel. Sweet coffee taste. Dark roast, one sugar & one cream. Excewllent beer. Thanks hopsrus! JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 25, 2004
huge coffee aroma and flavor, medium body, sticky on the tongue. gorgeous flavor. Very tasty. Thx hopsrus cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - JUL 24, 2004
If I could drink this before work every morning, days would be much improved! Very smooth and rich coffee flavor, not sharp like the mocha usually found in stouts. High-quality java, like Blue Mountain or Kona, softened with a bit of cream and a hint of sugar. Very enjoyable. TAR (2787) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - JUL 23, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2010 Midnight black. Frothy bronze head. Fresh tar-coated coffee grounds in the nose, laden with dark chocolate, matchstick, and vanilla bean. Quite meaty, as well, with hints of damp soil and ashes. Silky, creamy mouthfeel. Slippery body. Subtle bready malt flavors trail the fresh coffee and soften the acidity. Subtle complexity abounds, midway, with flashes of charcoal, vanilla, and smoked wood. Traces of coconut milk lend more softness to the body as rich espresso absorbs the subtle acridness, as there’s very low hop and fruity ester presence to speak of. Coarse malts roughen the finish somewhat, topped with a tasty mesh of burnt espresso, chalk, and a lengthy burst of husky black malt. Long, albeit rather subtle, afterthoughts of vanilla and tar. While this is wonderfully coffeeish and charred, it could benefit from more rich caramel, hops, and/or esters, which would seemingly add more body and soften the sharp coffee and black malts. Still, very pleasing.
JoeM500 (1909) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JUL 17, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2004 Thanks to Hopsrus!!! Big and black, no light will penetrate it!! Huge Folgers instant coffee nose, huge brown head (how does John manage to preserve all of the freshness?). Really thick
and coffee-sludge-like, which is wonderful here at 0915 on a Saturday morning!!! Dry aftertaste is sweet and reminds me of powdered sugar. Coffee roastiness in the corners of my mouth. No acidity, alcohol, or chocolate notes, just kicked up coffeee goodness. This is awesome stuff!!! kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JUL 16, 2004
Got to thank John (Hopsrus) for this one! Sorry it took me so long! Softball and a nasty allergy attack kept me from rating this sooner! Very dark, blackish brown body w/ a lasting chocolate bar brown head! Coffee bean and chocolate immediate nose. As it warms it becomes like a freshly brewed pot of coffee, but with some sugary lactose sweetness. This seriously smells like a fine cup of coffee! Flavor is lightly roasty and chocolatey, hints of caramel, & lactose sweetness. Very well balanced, malty, roasty finish, and just a hint of hop flavor. Aftertaste is malty sweet. Very full bodied for a lighter stout, velvety smooth intially, but dry m/f in the finish of the sip. Wow! If coffee actually tasted like this, I’d probably drink it! Fantastic version of a sweet stout if this is one, and I wish I had more!!! Again, thanks to Hopsrus fo this one!!!! JCW (1279) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 1, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2006 If you are like me and love a cup of strong coffee in the morning, the stronger the better, well then I got a stout for you. Smells like coffee with one or two lumps of sugar. Black as Labrador retriever. Yes, one dimensional, but a dimension I REALLY appreciate. Very, little acidity(something I didn’t like about this years Speedway Stout). Sweet finish, exceptional stout. lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - JUN 26, 2004
huge coffee aroma, black as night with a dark reddish brown head, huge robust coffee flavor with a touch of souring bitterness by the hops, very full mouthfeel with a touch of oilyness at the end, stop by the brewery and throw some shells on the floor and get floored by this bad boy! SDbruboy (1863) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 14, 2003
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