Drake (14063) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 28, 2012
16 ounce can courtesy of pepsican. Thanks! Pours a very dark brown color with a large dark brown head. Good head retention. Aroma of roasted malts, dark roasted coffee, chocolate and tobacco. The taste is coffee, dark roasted malts, sweet malts and a bit of smoke. Medium bodied, low carbonation. madvike (3293) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 25, 2012
On tap at GTMW - Was really looking forward to this one, and the nose initially lived up to my expectations. Unfortunately, then I tasted it. It poured nice, black with a thin tan head. Nose has lovely coffee, hazelnut and vanilla. Taste isn’t at all what you’d think though, with everything watered down--the coffee, the roast, the vanilla, the nuttiness. Even the body is really light. Just a big letdown. radagast83 (8340) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - AUG 18, 2012
16oz can, bought in the Quad Cities. Poured a completely black color with a small, dark brown head. Aroma was a bitter coffee note, with a slightly roasted malt character. Flavor was like a chilled iced coffee without a single drop of creme or sugar. Not really as coffee forward as I would have expected from what I expect from most coffee stouts, but I enjoyed this one. JohnnyJ (5569) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 18, 2012
Can. Clear brown pour, with a light tan head. Flavors strongly of burned cold coffee, with roasted malt and dry dark cocoa powder. I thought it was a bit watery. A simple straight foreward coffee beer, but decent enough. FlacoAlto (4220) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 13, 2012
Iowa at last!
JPDurden24 (1675) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JUL 8, 2012
A steady pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a ½-finger thick, darkly brown tinged, tan colored head. The beer is quite opaque and near black in color. The nose smells of concentrated, cold pressed coffee; notes of pepper, blackened bell peppers, burnt grain husks, espresso roast coffee notes, and, once you really dig, softer notes of dark chocolate, toasted spicy whole grains, roasted brown bread, even a sweeter side that accentuates the cocoa notes as well as producing temporary notes of roasted berries from time to time.
Perhaps a bit on the cold side (maybe in the 40s) for a beer like this, it is thick and creamy, but also prickly from the carbonation. Up front this is all huge, roasted, and burnt coffee and malt notes; roast bitterness, perhaps a touch of burnt acidity (this also being accentuated by the carbonic acid), slightly smoky, certainly a touch savory in its roasted character, charred wood and even some astringency that lingers in the finish a bit. There is a bit of burnt bell pepper vegetal character here, certainly a touch of woody pepper character. As the beer warms up it start to pick up a touch of sweetness that accentuates a dark chocolate character and a hint of dark malt sweetness; this still is more characterized by a savory, almost briny, smoky, burnt roast smoothness though. The beer really smooths out as it warms up; the carbonic acid bite really disappears.
I like the thick, chewy, but not at all cloying, texture that this beer has, it just seems quite appropriate for this kind of Stout. The aroma is pretty decent, and it would be quite good if not for the burnt vegetal note that is sometimes found in roast focused beers. Luckily this vegetal note is much reduced in the flavor. All in all this is a very good Coffee Stout, one I am quite happy to be drinking right now.
Can. Poured into a snifter with a dark brownish black pour and a nice tan head. Nice scent of coffee and chocolate with similar flavors. This is a nice coffee stout, roasty and deilcious. crajun (1259) - , Texas, USA - JUL 1, 2012
can to glass; received in trade from emeinz. not a fan of this one - it was a cool 90 in July so I switched from ipa’s to a stout - didn’t let it get cold (normally don’t with stouts) AND I just finished a cigar - so maybe all that had something to do with it but... nice roasted aroma + coffee. ink black pour. taste started ok but got thin and astringent in mid taste.. Terminus (3711) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 26, 2012
Can-purchased at John’s Grocery in Iowa City, IA-pours pitch black fairly viscus with a lovely dark brown head with ample lacing. looks great! nose is huge roast, char, coffee beans, lite dusty ester, and molassas. pretty big nose here however, i think the can has a bit of age on it, so the coffee doesnt come through as strong as it could have. lite metallic note on the nose as well. flavors are chocolate, char, roast, metallic notes (can?) and alot of anise. a well put together beer that im sure is fantastic on a cold winter day in the Quad (S)cities. I would like to try it at the brewery sometime. the metallic note gets fairly strong the more the beer warms, making it not as pleasant. long ashy and lite smoke finish make this beer fairly complex. pete4999 (1445) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 21, 2012
Can, as pictured. I got this as an extra in a trade at some point. Poured extremely dark, I mean literally black, with a nice foamy dark brown head. Smells strongly of coffee. Taste is a bit lighter than I was expecting. Pretty good overall. GT (10001) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 17, 2012
16oz can thanks to pepsiedcan. The pour is near ink with a larger, sheen, mocha head. Nice retention and small lacing. Nose is spicy peppers and chili bowl. A bit vegetal. Taste is watery, soapy, small olives, salt, brine. Palate is bland, minerally, weak.