Tmoney99 (14365) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2009
Draft sample at MBG Winterfest 2009.
Poured black color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate roasted coffee, chocolate and nutty aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy roasted bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration.
My expectations where met with a solid drinkable beer. crossovert (12613) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 2, 2012
A wierd one. It is stout-like but a bit thin, rather than hazelnut i get fruits and vanilla. jercraigs (10303) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 24, 2006
Michigan Brewers Festival 2006. Hazy dark brown body. Aroma of sweet mocha and hazelnut. Flavour is a bit rough/sharp, some sweet malt and a very dilute roast. Average palate is a touch thin. I had hoped for more. 7/3/6/3/13 arminjewell (9581) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 20, 2016
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, dark black pour with khaki colored head, aroma brought notes of big coffee, hazelnut, cream, hints of cocoa powder, slight vanilla, slight coffee ground notes. Taste was a mix of big coffee, hazelnnut, cocoa, roast, slight vanilla, slight caramel, hints of salted caramel, finishing slightly sweet, slightly roasted. Tastes lIke a good hazelnut coffee, pretty nice, was expecting sweeter and it’s refreshing. Strykzone (7299) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - SEP 17, 2011
On tap at the brewpub. The option was nitro or CO2 and this was CO2. Black with some red. Little head. Such a nice aroma! Cappucchino with hazelnuts. The flavor doesn’t jump out likebthe aroma, but how could it?! Very nice it is much
Ike the nose, though and is tasty as can be. Very good!
ClarkVV (6635) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 20, 2006
Draught pint at the brewery on 5/12/06. Deep, midnight-black beer is opaque and almost looks chewy-thick from just the appearance. Creamy-caramel head is fairly well-retained, though not much lacing sticks. Nose alerts to the presence of hazelntu immediately, with lactose-like sugars, oddly enough, followed by a crunchy, not quite acrid, roastiness that has notes of heavy coffee and hersheys syrup fudge, bolstered by hazelnuts. Well I would rate the rest of this, it’s lovely and tastefully done, but I have to go drink a Drie Fonteinen beer. (and keep that nitro off of this!) HogTownHarry (6622) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 26, 2006
Draught. At 2006 Michigan Brewers’ Guild Festival. Murky deep brown, no head, kind of sludgey looking. Nutty, very sweet roast malt aroma, very much hazelnut dominated, with some light dry floral hops. Taste was a little wan, I mostly got vague roast malt, hazelnut and some watery nutshell bitterness in the finish. Extremely weak body, flat, bitterness in the finish - ehh, not much here, barely brown ale blood and bone character. BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 24, 2006
Michigan BGF 06, Day2: My last brew of the fest (gotta get one more stoutie rating, ha!). Deep black with small frothy tan head and some lace. The aroma has notes of hazelnut (duh), sweet caramel, chocolate, crabapple, and espresso. The taste is sweet and smooth but not cloy or syrupy. A nice grainy and espresso bite towards the finish. The nutty qualities shine more on the aftertaste. Not too shabby at all, I like the hazelnut addition and it adds to the beer. Pailhead (6539) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - AUG 13, 2007
On tap: the aroma consists of sweet chocolate, hazelnut coffee, and vanilla. It’s a dark brown with no transparency and a soapy off-white head. The flavor starts with light chocolate,caramel, and hazelnut. The finish has lots of roasted coffee. superspak (5494) - Michigan, USA - SEP 15, 2015
22 ounce bottle into pint glass; no bottle dating, but was released fairly recently. Pours nearly opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, light nuttiness, light vanilla/cream, light smoke/char, herbal, floral, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of roast/bready malt, moderate coffee, and light earthy hop/yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of big milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, light nuttiness, light vanilla/cream, light smoke/char, herbal, floral, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, light nuttiness, light smoke/char, and herbal/roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready malt, moderate coffee, and light earthy hop/yeast ester flavors; with a nice roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good English style coffee stout. All around good robustness, compelxity, and balance of roast/bready malt, moderate coffee, and light earthy hop/yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.