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RATINGS: 1715   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 29   EST. CALORIES: 278   ABV: 9.26%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Our Original Stout, brewed with real Hardcore Coffee from Sebastopol. 29.5 IBU 1.076 OG

2007, 8.3% ABV
2008, 8.29% ABV
2009, 9.26% ABV
2010, 8.8% ABV

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3.6
tympanic (168) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 13, 2008
Pours a dark tan colored head over motor oil colored body. Obvious aroma of cappuccino, along with faint maltiness. Tastes of coffee ice cream, cereal, mild salt. Silky smooth and very enjoyable!

3.7
ganache (5910) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 12, 2008
Bomber. Rich coffee aroma, first whiff is a sweet candyish duft, but eventually we’re into nothing but beans and ground, dry and gritty and heavenly coffee-ee! Mahogany pour, not quite opaque, with a light brown soapy head. Espresso and light chocolate and caramel, a bit of mocha and slight candyish notes from the yeast, with an effect (but not taste) of artificial sweetener. Fullish body with light prickling from the hops, a fully dry finish and even drier aftertaste. A touch oily. Alcohol is well-integrated but still noticeably there and not exactly refined. Not a classically great stout (has some tendency towards cloying, though it doesn’t ever get there, and a little less heft than I’d like from a coffee-infusion), but a fun one!

3.6
Dedollewaitor (16171) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 11, 2008
66cl bottle: Pours black with a creamy brown head & lacings. Aroma is soft & sweet of roasted malts. Texture is smooth & filling. Very well rounded & taste have loads of bitter coffee. I miss some hop appearance & lesser buttery notes. But overall nice & drinkable! Dry roasted end.

3.5
Mrthirstyneck (341) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2008
mmmmm a bit sweet/candyish. Not really coffe i guess more cappucinno flavor which did not mix overly well. the booze was well hidden though and it was good just a bit off i thought

3.4
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2008
Opaque black in color that poured a thick head which dissipated to leave some light lacing. The nose was filled with coffee laced with a touch of bourbon, campfire smoke and brandy macerated cherries. In the mouth the coffee and campfire smoke took center stage in a balanced beer that showed off its high IBU’s toward the finish which ended dry. There is no apparant bourbon/brandy in the mouth which may have helped fill out the midpalate and make it a truly outstanding beer. Instead it remains a bit dry and light on its feet.

4.1
WickerBrew (311) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2008
Another winner from a brewery that has yet to disappoint me. Exactly what I expected, a nice stout that is loaded with coffee. Got some body to it, but not too thick, and the taste doesnt hold back. If I am only going to have one beer to relax, this is a good choice.

3.5
keoki182 (305) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 5, 2008
Perfect stout appearance, black body and a thick off-white bumpy head. Aroma of roasted coffee beans and an unexpected Belgian candy sugar note; grape like in nose. Very unique flavor...the first thing to hit me was a warm, salty taste followed closely by almost burnt malt. Good and hearty though, with a solid mouthfeel. I’m not sure if the salt flavor should be there, but it’s an odd addition to an otherwise good stout.

3.5
djd07 (14642) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 5, 2008
On tap at Flying Saucer. Has a very dark brown color with a medium tan head. The aroma is a strong coffee and dark chocolate. Good lacing on the glass. The taste is of course a strong coffee with a sweet finish.

3.4
GMUcrew7 (577) - Mason, Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2008
bottle, pours deep amber brown with creamy beige head. Aroma is mostly malty and coffee, but not as strong as I anticipated. Flavor is mostly malt and coffee, with a hint of dark fruits at the finish. Lighter flavor and body than expected, but not a bad beer.

3.5
User57106 (246) - - JAN 4, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2008 Bottled, consumed on 01/04/08. Dark brown transparent pour from bottle somehow becomes VERY dark brown liquid with a dense tan head that lasts a long time in a glass. Aromas of cherries and chocolate. Soft mouthfeel: a bit thin. Flavor is less intense than expected; some mildly bitter coffee and vaguely sweet fruits. Finish is clean and light with almost no residual flavor save for the ghost of malty chocolate. Nice but far from essential.


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