bblack99 (527) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - MAY 3, 2009
Pours like black coffee with huge head that has the look of frothy chocolate milk. The malt seems to have been roasted to the point of being burned, with bitter chocolate, and strong espresso aftertaste.
This is one of the best-looking beers I have seen, but the taste didn’t quite live up to my expectations. A re-rate might be in order one day... kennydiaz (362) - Manahawkin, New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2009
Nice and dark pour with a creamy head. Chocolate and coffee overtones. nice and smooth aftertaste it definitely belongs on the top 50 list. I will buy it again. unclemike (3195) - Junction City Kansas, Kansas, USA - APR 30, 2009
A pitch black beer with a large frothy dark brown head. Complex aroma with strong notes of high percentage chocolate, dark roasted coffee and tobacco. Flavor is robust, with a smooth maltiness. Strong notes of espresso, much due to its acidity, with hints of chocolate and roasted coffee beans. It’s saltiness and bitterness makes wonder if this isn’t really an imperial stout. Gets better the closer it gets to the right temperature!
MeisterBrew (138) - Cheyenne, Wyoming, USA - APR 27, 2009
Bottle. Pours pure black with a large cocoa colored frothy head. Looks fantastic! Aroma of chocolate, roasted malts, black coffee and a hint of alcohol. Flavor is of strong bitter chocolate and espresso. Nice lingering bitterness finishes it off. Great oatmeal burps too! Fantastic stout... I love this one. Finally I’ve found a chocolate stout that compares to Founders that I can get locally! ChainGangGuy (4941) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 26, 2009
Appearance: Pours a deep black body with a large, creamy-looking, tan-head that, when I turned to look at the final moments of the film "Monsieur Verdoux", had grown to absolutely monstrous proportions. Good heavens!
Smell: Exceptionally roasty, aromatic nose of sweet-smelling dark chocolate-covered espresso beans, charred oats, and some oven-roasted caramel squares. Roast, roast and more roast.
Taste: The taste launches off with a sharp, highly roasted coffee extract flavor with malty touches of bittersweet chocolate, fire-scorched oats, chicory, and smoked black licorice. Lesser hint of vanilla. Faint blip of citrus hops buried under tons of roasted, malty rubble. The bold roasted bitterness ends up on a feedback loop as you drink. The aftertaste begins to turn a charry and acrid as it lingers almost indefinitely, but, as you make your way to the bottom of the bottle, the finish eventually smooths out, as flavors of sweet dark caramel, seared marshmallows, and burnt bread crumbs start to emerge. Finishes dry, very roasty, with a pure taste of chocolate-covered espresso beans carrying over from the aroma.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel.
Drinkability: As it begins to really hit its stride upon some very slight warming, the beer goes down unusually easy. It is very impressive, yes. Recommended.
SrSilliGose (3324) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - APR 25, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2009 pours black with a tan head. coffee, smoked, fruits, a pretty good stout for breakfast beerchugger (717) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2009
Pours a nice inky black with a pillowy soft dark tan head. The head is full and dense adding a nice creamy texture. Chocolate malts, rich roasted coffee, oatmeal, and dark lucious fruits accompany each other in the nose. The dark coffee is prevalent alongside of the deep complex fruits, rich chocolate, and bitter hops. The thick and creamy body balances the tremendous flavor of a robust breakfast coffee and sweet oatmeal nicely. This is fantastic; simply delicious! beerlud (22) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2009
UPDATED: APR 28, 2009 Pours a huge, rich and velvety brown head. Great lacing and lasting head. Chocolate, cocoa, coffee, dark fruits and molasses nose. Bitter dark chocolate, hops, coffee, rich and velvety like a chocolate liquor. A delicate bitter hop finish. Great charactor!! noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 21, 2009
Aroma of booze, coffee, roasted malt. Pours black with a large free-standing tan head, abundant lace. Buttery caramelized roasted malt flavor, some heat and aniseeed and booze, coffee on the finish. Very thick on the palate. HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 21, 2009
Bottle. Poured deep black with a medium chocolate brown head. Aroma is of sweet roasted malt, hops, coffee and maybe some chocolate. Flavor is amazing! The coffee definitely comes thru but is in no way over-powering instead it perfectly compliments the sweet roasted malt base. The coffee flavor is of a mild roast like a breakfast blend, very nice. The hops are definitely present as is some bitter chocolate. Carbonation is near perfect and the mouthfeel is silky. Excellent. By far the best coffee stout I have had so far.