kosko20 (352) - Bemidji, Minnesota, USA - MAY 24, 2009
Gorgeous dark brown, almost black pour with a thick, creamy brown head that leaves a thick lacing. Aroma would be better fresh I would guess because it had the smell of old espresso beans with dark chocolate, caramel, vanilla, raisins and figs lingering in there. Flavor is wonderfully clean bitter and mouthfeel is smooth, rich and creamy but a tad thin. Overall, this is delicious and would like to try fresh. bblack99 (527) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - MAY 23, 2009
Pours the usual opaque black with two finger pillow of brown head. Decent retention, amazing lacing on the glass. Strong aroma of oak, vanilla, and cocoa.
Espresso flavor is so intense, it stomps over the great base. However, the base stout is one of my favorite beers ever, so it’s hard to knock it! bleeng (1682) - Seattle still not near Beersel., Washington, USA - MAY 20, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2011 Bomber. Black with a huge brown head. Nose comes off with a huge coffee flavor, chocolates, malts. Any oak is hidden. Taste is very chocolately, coffee, rich, and alcoholic. Very nice and chewy and a bit fluffy. Way too easy to drink. This is a special beer-very well done and I’ll be looking for more bottles of this. 2/23/11: Draft at The Nook Huntsville. Even better than I remember-so smooth, rich like a milkshake. Delicious beer. topherh (1928) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - MAY 20, 2009
Pours black with a thick black head that lingers. Aroma is roasty malt, chocolate, coffee, and hops. Flavor is creamy chocolate with a hint of earthy coffee, and a lightly bitter long finish. TheCaptain (613) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 20, 2009
Bottle- And what a bottle, a black pour of creamy delight! Thick slight tan head with vanilla, creamy roasted malt and mocha. All seasoned with a perfect oak aged essence. Such a pleasure to drink this... to describe in words pales in comparison. If you can get this GET IT, get two and cellar the other. What a fantastic stout - will find this again.
Frauditor (160) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - MAY 19, 2009
big one from bob. this is one of the best beers i’ve had to date. a nearly perfect balance between hops, malts, and coffee. plus, the abv is perfect. GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 18, 2009
Bottle shared by iowaherkeye and firmbuttstone. Poured an opaque black color. The head was thick and dark brown with an orange tint. Smelled of chocolate, light roasty malt, molasses, and a hint of booze. Medium to full boded and very roasty with mild to moderate bitterness. I anise, citrus, and chocolate. There wasn’t much in the way of distinct coffee, though. Delicious nonetheless. DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAY 18, 2009
Bomber. Jet black, oily, thick with a nice thick dark tan head. Big coffee nose and flavors balanced out with a noticeable hoppy bitterness, mostly on the finish. Very warming and definitely a slow drinker as it’s a lot to take in. The flavors are so sharp and biting that they do cloud each other more than I’d like. I’m thinking a year or so on this and it’d be even better. badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 16, 2009
pours ruddy brown with small tan head..heavily roasted beer with a strong coffee and coffee aroma with burnt malts and resinous hops..these elements smash the palate and deliver a satisfying coffee stout..oak does not subdue the essentials in this beer, and the espresso is an excellent addition to the already-amazing oak aged yeti patrick767 (4063) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 16, 2009
bottle at Ft Wayne tasting - Pours black with a moderately thick tan head. It smells of roast malt and coffee. The flavor is full of vinuous hops with the dark roast malt and coffee coming through strong too. It has a lingering sharp bitterness and a full body. It’s a very good beer, but it seems young. I think it would benefit from a couple years of aging.