MrChopin (4305) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 30, 2008
To start, I don’t like coffee much. Ok. Pours black with moderate sized tan-beige head, lots of lacing. The nose has a a little oat, chocolate, and tobacco, oh, and STRONG coffee. Don’t forget the coffee bit. The flavor follows with tobacco, minor fruit, and chocolate that’s more evident with warmth. Oh, and more coffee. Acrid, even through the aftertaste. There are thankfully some minor grassy hops that keep it from it becoming lava, especially as it warms. It’s definitely dry, perhaps creamy, and with some warmth comes carbonation, but is there such a thing as carbonated coffee? Maybe it’s a great beer, but I can’t appreciate the subtlety as the coffee bitter dominates everything: a complete train wreck, sensory overload, 1960s Ingmar Bergman, whatever. Coffee. DrFunk (80) - Sorumsand, NORWAY - JUL 29, 2008
bottle from monopoly outlet, Oslo. Nøgne Ø batch. Pours black with thin brown head. Espresso and spices. Sirupy with dark choclate and coffee. Extreme aftertaste of tobacco. A great ale, though not my cup of tea JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUL 29, 2008
Pours viscous opaque black with a slightly fizzy dark brown head. Nose is espresso, a very light acidity, dark cocoa. Taste is very dark roasty espresso, with a balancing lightly hoppy acidity on the finish. Smooth, carbonation is medium high, silky and creamy. Jwasciuk (198) - Lowell, Michigan, USA - JUL 27, 2008
pours muddy black with a large light brown head. Aroma is heavily malty of dark bread, cookies, roasted mals, molasses and strong coffee, lightly hoppy hints of pine and moderatlu yeasty kind of a meay/brothy aroma. Flavor is very well balanced, roasty malts dominate, toasty and coffe and dark chocolate. Finish is much the same but a bit more bitter and almost ashy in the end. Very nice. ATLBeerDog (280) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 27, 2008
Pours a beautifully stunning dark brown almost black with a thick foamy ½ inch caramel colored head. Thick milk shake like lacing clings to the glass and hardly lets go. Smells of rich roasted coffee, chocolate, and malts dominate. First taste is surprisingly more chocolaty than the aroma indicated. The coffee flavor is lovingly mean and bitter. The beer is well carbonated and fairly light bodied. Very tasty. Beer and coffee lovers rejoice.
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 27, 2008
bottle. outstanding. this one lives up to the overall percentile and placement in the charts. hops dipped in coffee - that pretty much sums this one up. pours a deep dark black with a huge tan head. some chocolate, coffee aroma - but not as strong as I would like. Huge bitterness and nice oat / coffee base. Huge, full body that is extremely smooth and inviting on the palate. The finish is what makes this one so outstanding... excellent bitter hop profile while keeping the roasted coffee flavor intact. mwelsh13 (499) - Maryland, USA - JUL 25, 2008
Deep black opaque color with a light brown head that lasts. Espresso, tobacco and roast aromas. Great flavor! Coffee, caramel, some butter, and tobacco in the taste. Nice aftertaste. Slight alcohol in the finish. punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JUL 20, 2008
Jet black pour with a gigantic rocky tan head. Aroma of butterscotch, coffee, caramel, tart ripe fruit, brandy, and Mexican chocolate. The flavor has lots of bitter dark chocolate with oak, cherry, tobacco, and black coffee. Full oily body with moderate carbonation. Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - JUL 20, 2008
Deep coffee, molasses, cherries and leather in the nose. Dark brown verging on black with a tan oily head. Fat hops and burnt sugars. more molasses, coffee beans, leather, tobacco, salt, . Finishes with fresh herbal noble hop bitterness (halletaure?) coffee, and vegital hop flower. Really shines after it warms. robforbes (2279) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - JUL 19, 2008
pour is jet black with a large brown head, very nice lacing.
smell of cocoa, roasted espresso, touch of vanilla bean.
taste is backers chocolate, coffee, some sour malt, a roastiness, ends dry with some bitterness to it, as it warms becomes more milky.