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RATINGS: 218   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
Black ale beer, made with real coffee. This java stout goes through a unique process, involving caramelizing brown sugar to give it an intense caramel & vanilla aroma.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwood04 (5379) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Growler in a tulip. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, hints of roast and caramel, plus light hops. Flavor the same and really too sweet and vanilla-y. Smooth texture. An interesting stout but too sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crossovert (12076) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 28, 2012
Flat out crushes the southern tier versikn. Not too sweet. Layers of bunt cara.el, coffee, vanilla, and cocoa.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
574deadzone (1401) - North Central, Indiana, USA - SEP 3, 2012
On tap at HopCat. This was a tasty treat for sure, pitch black with lovely coffee and sweet aromas. Not too heavy at all, perfect strength. Very smooth and enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
umich03jm (3513) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - AUG 31, 2012
Sample draft at the brewery. Pours a near black color with a nice beige head that lingers. Aroma is delicious. Lots of coffee, vanilla, and burnt brown sugar. Taste is slight sweet and a slight bitterness too. Really tastes like liquid Creme Brulee with coffee. Finish is incredibly smooth and leaves a long coffee flavor. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and carbonation is a bit strong. Would love to try an imperial version of this. I bet it would be amazing. Still, its a very tasty stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wmubronco1992 (709) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - JUL 7, 2012
Draft at Kuhnhenn tap room. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of sweet chocolate and vanilla. Flavor is of roasty coffee with plenty of chocolate. Lots of intense flavor in this. Excellent in small quantities, but drinkability is limited. I very much enjoyed it, but even though the alcohol content was suprisingly low the sweetness pretty much cuts you off after one beer. Would definitely try again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (23944) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 6, 2012
13th February 2010
Opaque black stout. Light vanilla nose. Palate is light and a little crisp. Sweet burned vanilla malt - quite airy. Minerals. Finishes soft and pretty dry. A distinctive beer but the Southern Tier is casting a long shadow here. Still good though.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
radagast83 (7694) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAY 4, 2012
From a growler straight from the brewery. Poured a pitch, motor oil black color with a dark tan head. Aroma was... woah. It was coffee, vanila, roasted malts, and a touch of lactose/milk, like cream. Flavor was, how to put it... pretty amazing. This was like drinking a sweet, sugary, creamy coffee, treat. This one is a bit syrupy sweet and it’s not so much a beer as a confectionery delight. It’s caramel sweetness, with toffee, doused with liberal amounts of vanilla and coffee and it’s so good. Very drinkable, which is a huge plus as it’s not some alco-bomb that ends the night right when it touches your lips.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
phaleslu (9845) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2012
2009 bottle shared by jckp64- thanks a lot, John! Pours a dark, hazy chocolate brown with a small head. The aroma is sweet and roasty, with coffee, creme brulee, cream, sugar, chocolate, and toast. The flavor falls off a cliff and doesn’t match at all. An overwhelming dose of dark fruits underlies sugar and coffee. Infected, maybe?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2012
From notes. First reviewed 5/27/2011. Poured from a growler into a tulip. My pour is pitch black with a smooth, quickly fading coffee brown head. The aroma is dark, medium roasted malt, tons of creamy coffee, and vanilla. The flavor starts out with some milk sweetness, a good amount of roasted malt, lots of slightly bitter and very full-flavored coffee. There is some lingering bitterness, but the vanilla and cream really come to dominate the flavor. Fairly sweet. Crème Brûlée has a medium to full body, light carbonation. Slight milk stickiness. Very creamy and smooth. This was very good, although it became a little bit sweet as the glass progressed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
strongpieman (1651) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - DEC 29, 2011
Draft. Very good all around and this hits the mark for the name / type. Full body and smooth, good balanced taste -- not too sweet nor any of the flavors overpowering.

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