asheft (3082) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 5, 2005
[from a bottle at "the Mondial"]
This beer is definitive proof that dark, high gravity beers are overrated on ratebeer.
Almost opaque with no head--dark, reddish brown at thinner parts of the glass. This beer looked like a glass of coca-cola. The aroma was of creme brulee and a bit fruity but really lacked character. Flavour was very dry and subdued and a bit soda watery with a burnt malt finish. There was a pleasant coffee flavour that developped somewhere near the end of the taste. Thin body and medium carbonation. The coffee and malt bitterness lingered. Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 4, 2005
Mondial de la Bière de Montréal 2005. Arômes de crème, de caramel, de torréfié, de vanille... Tabac même... Saveurs acides de chocolat. DYCSoccer17 (3697) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 2, 2005
Bottle at Mondial 2005. Very sweet, chocolatey aroma with mild vanilla hints. Extremely tempting aroma that is not too off from Dieu du CIel’s Aphrodisaque. Mildly transparent dark brown/mahogany color with a small tan head. Start is somewhat acidic and harsh, but turns chocolatey and sweet in the middle with hints of vanilla. Moderate roastiness to finish. The acidity and lack of body really detracts from this beer’s marvellous aroma. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 25, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2006 Rerate 8/8/06: I got this bottle out of the cooler at Kuhnhenn, so I can attest to its handling. Pour fills the glass with about 80% foam. After it all settles, the aroma is full of tart fruity notes with some mild roastiness. Body starts lightly sweet and caramely malty, quickly turning sour toward a dry, woody, ashy, and smoky tart finish with lingering mocha notes. Something’s definitely infected here, and this is the second time I’ve noticed it. Maybe, the error lies in the way they (hopefully) sterilize the coffee that gets added, because I’ve never noticed infections in any of their other beers.
heemer77 (5358) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 16, 2005
Original rating 5/25/05: Dark and opaque with a thin, tan head with marginal lacing. Has a nice roasty coffee aroma reminiscent of Founder’s Breakfast Stout with some sweet caramel and chocolate malts, and a touch of light fruity tartness. Starts lightly malty and sweet but unveils some sour, acidic character that I find out of place. Finshes semi-dry, lightly tart and the roasty coffee shows up again amidst dark chocolate. Get rid of the acidity and add a touch more malt and you got a great beer. Thanks to jtw for the bottle!
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2006 Not the nitro version. I was drinking with pintbypint and he had accidentally ordered the nitro version. The body is black with amber highlights and traces of a head on top. The aroma is strong coffee sweetened with brandy and maple syrup. The taste is light coffee with grass and dark chocolate. As you drink, you also get molasses hints. Had this again at a festival. Still a solid beer.
pintbypint (3640) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 15, 2005
On tap, nitro. Poured near black, red highlights. One inch of sticky dark tan foam. Nice lacing. Light mouthfeel. Creamy chocolate notes in the flavour, also faint vanilla. Aftertaste of bitter chocolate. BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 8, 2005
Bottle from Walleye: Pours nearly opaque with crimson highlights and a fading frothy head which leaves a ring and good lace. The aroma is pure chocolate and vanilla latte with a hint of berry and earthy esters. The taste is less refined with the expected coffee, mocha, and vanilla bean notes but also displayed some interesting sour fruit and charred wood notes. A finish of some lingering bitters and grainy notes. The feel is a letdown, fizzy and thinner than I would have guessed. Different from most Java Stouts as the vanilla bean and mocha character is more dominate and then there is that lactic/fruity sourness than keeps you wondering. A darn solid brew but something I can say is probably not for everyone. tjwais (42) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 27, 2005
Smells great! Looks great! Tastes like... a lager and a bitter cup of coffee simply poured together. Not too appetizing, this one. I feel like they’re trying to cover up the unbalance of flavors by adding very sweet, almost fruity flavors. beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 21, 2005
Pours a deep black color with a very small brown highlight and a thin light brown head. Wow, amazing aroma of coffee, roasted malt and chocolate, maybe vanilla too. The flavor is very different, it’s much more lactic with coffee, chocolate and roasted malt notes. Medium body, creamy texture, soft carbonation. This beer feels a bit like a let down since the aroma is so excellent and the flavor while being good is less amazing, still this is an enjoyable stout. Merci Stephen ! 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 18, 2005
Bottle: Coffee brown, nearly black, foamy beige head, thin, smeared lacing. Freshly ground coffee bean dominates. Subtle roasted malts. Lactic up front, slightly sour immediately after. Trailing lambic like sourness. Light bodied Stout, mouthfeel much the same. Confused finish, heavily roasted malt based lambic, or baby gueuze. Great nose, but didn’t follow through. Quite interesting otherwise. Thanks John!