Niko100 (2967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 9, 2014
Rich black color; Heavy creamy body; Aroma of toasted malt, coffee/espresso, & dark chocolate; Flavor of roasted sweet malt, caramel, rich dark chocolate, hops, coffee, and light licorice; Warm finish; Nicely balanced; Very enjoyable. TheArgoPirate (113) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2014
Draft at Lincoln Square Winter Brew. Opaque black pour with robust lingering khaki head. Aroma is chocolate and coffee (hint of burnt wood). Taste is roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. Very silky mouthfeel, nice balance finish. Would never guess that this is 10%. Tremendous.
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Bottle pour opaque black with tan head. Nose dark fruit, light roast, chocolate, and sugar. Taste bitter roast, dark fruit, some sweetness. Bitter finish. rxeight (3183) - Illinois, USA - JAN 13, 2014
Bomber, black pour, minor head. Nose is Hersey syrup. Taste is bitter chocolate with a touch of coffee. On the lighter and more carbonated side for an imperial stout. Kinda like a thinner version of a tier chocolat with a hint of coffee ARH (1135) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2014 22oz bomber poured into a snifter. The coffee-forward nature of this one comes through immediately. A blend of fresh ground and fresh roasted coffee beans burst through. This is accompanied by an undertone of dark cherry and maybe some melon (cantaloupe?). A bit of caramel aroma peaks through as well as the hint of alcohol. It’s a deep, rich red-brown, nearly opaque pour with a milky brown head. Initially it appears that this one’ll have nice head retention, but it slowly retreats to a thin, wispy layer leaving very trace amounts of lacing along the glass. Medium-heavy sweet malty flavoring deriving from dark fruits and milk chocolate hit the tongue first, but quickly give way to a mellow, but very much present, coffee bitterness. Creamy texture, medium body, aided by above average carbonation in the mouth makes this a dangerously smooth beer - especially to an experienced coffee addict!.It does get slightly sticky near the end of the bottle and finishes with a decent alcohol kick - although it’s fairly mellow, not really offensive by any means - which provides a nice warming quality to the swallow. This fades to a mild roasted coffee aftertaste with some spiciness to it (I’m thinking licorice / anise), but it’s a very mild and light aftertaste at that
olr1984 (1500) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 22, 2013
22oz bottle thanks to my man Neal. Pours a dark blackish brown with the Tan head. Big coffee and hops aroma. Taste is the same with a chocolate finish Lubiere (14121) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2013
A deep dark imperial stout with a thin dark brown head. In aroma, loads of coffee attack the nose with caramel, treacle, and floral hops, very nice and pleasant. In mouth, intense bitter chocolate with good coffee grind, musty character, chalky notes, light alcohol warmth, very classic and pleasing. On tap at brewery. ryecatcher (1458) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2013
Bomber from the carryout @ HABC. Pours a dark, stouty brown black, thin espresso colored head, so so retention and lacing. Nose is big and fat with chocolaty goodness, dark roasted coffee, dried fruit, Tawny port, brown sugar, black cherries, plums, hint of vanilla, kiss of smoke. Mouth is big and rich, oily mouthfeel, medium sweet, lots of chocolate, coffee, those dried fruits again, dark berries, vanilla, touch of soot at the finish. ABV is well hidden until the finish where it is slightly warm. I’d really love to see what this is like in the BA version. Cheers to those good lads up there on N. Lincoln Ave! ineedbeer (2209) - Oakland, California, USA - DEC 10, 2013
2012 bomber (Big Hugs vs Mecha Hugs).
Aroma is dark and roasty with a moderate roasted coffee aroma. Moderate sweet chocolate aroma with hints of plum and cherry dark fruit. Hint of alcohol, but really just a nice mocha aroma.
Pours dark brown to black with a moderately thin, small mocha head that recedes quickly to the edges. Light lacing and small legs.
Flavor is similar to the aroma with a pretty predominant roast coffee note upfront. Some light dark frit notes and a hint of green coffee beans mid palate. The finish has quite a big chocolate note and finished like a mocha. Medium light alcohol spice and medium to medium high bitterness.
Mouthfeel is medium full to full bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth.
Overall an a pretty nice coffee stout, but not one I would agree more than a year as I think this is showing hints of a negative oxidation experience. Nice coffee and chocolate character combine to make for a mocha finish. degbert (1776) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 22, 2013
Bottle. Pours an utterly opaque black with a brown, fine-grained, velvety head with lots of lace -- gorgeous motor-oil thing going on. Nose has a big punch of roast coffee, licorice, vanilla, baking chocolate, and spruce/fir. On the tongue -- it’s big and bright, tending more towards the licorice and horehound end of things, but with enough weight behind it to give it the punch it needs. Intensely bitter but very, very smooth. Not very coffee-like, which is a pleasant change. Round and silky on the palate. Very nice.