arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2010BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 30, 2012
On tap at Clybourn, into a snifter. This is the coffee-est beer Iíve ever experienced. Smells like you stuck your nose in a bag of ground espresso (with a little bit of buttery, butterscotch malt underneath). Pitch black in the glass with a tight head of light brown, dense foam that dissipates into a thick ring around the outside. Flavor parallels the aroma: coffee. Lots of it. And itís not a "note" of coffee, or an accent to otherwise beery notes -- itís the flavor. Most coffees and espressos Iíve had havenít tasted as much like a roasty, smooth draught of java. If thereís a complaint, itís that this is too one-note (which keeps it worse than The Shit or Java Jacks), but a pretty delicious note it is. Lightly sweet, itís the sweetness that lingers longest in the finish after the chocolate-covered espresso-bean roast has worn off. A bit watery, too, and the sweetness is strongly lactic, which might turn off some (it kind of turns off me). My initial impression of this beer was much higher than my rating, but as I got acclimated to the light body and lactic sweetness, I kind of got tired of it. Still, a pretty tasty beer.
Handpull: Basically opaque with a creamy and frothy head, very good lace. The aroma has notes of roast, coffee, chocolate, earthy ashy vapours, some biscuit and twangy apple. The taste has a surprising dark fruit character along with heavy roast and coffee,, light bakers chocolate. The mouth feel is lively, ashy and dry. A solid stout, nothing spectacular. DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2012
Had a 1/2 of this at the Clybourn pub. Cask, 5.8% and received in a short pint.
4.0 A: Black color. One finger of creamy beige head. Good retention and a short ring of lacing.
3.5 S: Solidly roasty. Good amount of oats, a little less chocolate, and vanilla underneath. Not a flavor explosion, but solid.
3.5 T: Roast, chocolate, oats, light vanilla, and light caramel.
4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good carbonation for cask. Good creaminess as well.
3.5 D: Solid and easy drinking, but I wish it had a bit more power.
Serving type: cask
Reviewed on: 06-27-2012 07:09:16 deyholla (11503) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 27, 2012
Sampled on tap at the Clyborn location. Pours a clear brown with a light brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of roast and coffee with some dark bread notes and a nice bit of sweetness from the vanilla. Flavor begins with roasted malts with a bitter chocolate and coffee that is joined by vanilla for a smooth finish. pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 24, 2012
On tap at goose. Draft pour but cask version also offered... Pours a deeper toffee cola black hue and topped with a thin to medium lighter khaki head... Aroma of cocoa with a light roast quality. Cocoa nibs to boot and a chocolate and caramel malty backbone throughout... Flavors are smooth and creamy with an ashy roast component that adds a but if nuance while mingling well with cocoa and malt base stout. The ash deeper roast subsides but doesnít totally disappear. Caramel and dark fruits come forward more warming. Smooth medium bodied with a mild bitter roast finish. drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2012
Draft, pours black with small tan head. Aroma ashy burnt chocolate, nutty. Flavors of ash, cocoa, nutty, some toffee notes. Solid stout.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2012
Draft at Clybourn. A huge letdown after the other reviews. Pouts an attractive black with a beige head. Nose is muted roast. Faint coffee, some cocoa. Light and faint floral hops overall. Taste is on par with the nose, unfortunately. Mild bitterness and faint coffee. Some caramel and a hint of oxidation. Just muted overall with a generic stout quality. Really less than the Sum of its parts, which kind of makes me sad. chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2011
This is stout infused with the intelligensia gi house blended coffee beans. On tab at the brewpub into a snifter...A dark brown color with a light tan head, not particularly attractive, not much head or retention...The aroma and taste are essentially the same and I feel comfortable in lumping them in together, as this beer is a one noter. You might as well go buy a cup of coffee chill it to 40 degress and serve it without any cream or sugar. It is all light coffe, freshly brewed, its not a bad smell but just super boring. Iím not a coffee lover, but maybe a big coffee lover would love this. Its incredidly difficult to drink. Not anything that I would recommend even though you can drink this at 7.4% pretty easily. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2010
Draft at the brewpub (Chicago, IL). Pours a pitchblack dark hue, opaque, with moderate light brown head that laces ok. Aromas are a nice blast of vanilla, heavy roast coffee, a touch of mocha, espresso, a touch sweeter. Initial is smoothed out, coffee grounds and espresso, a touch of sweet vanilla and varying cocoa and coffee. Good roast and bitterness, dominant but inviting, with a touch of cream and vanilla following behind. Very nice with good flavors, decent balance, good body without being over the top.