keepersj12 (3112) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 23, 2011
Doesn’t look any better than this. Inky black with a small tan head. The aroma is superb with roast coffee, chocolate, vanilla, wood. The flavor follows with a full mouth feel and balanced nicely between sweet and bitter. Another winner. kopher (593) - New York, USA - JAN 23, 2011
aroma is super roasty with vanilla, oak, coffee, green olives, almonds, and a sour burnt-ness.
pours opaque dark brown with fine small light brown head.
aroma is fairly bitter, like a very dark chocolate.
body is heavy with a fine graniness, but very silky. finish makes you think you just downed a super-strong espresso. JB84 (649) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 22, 2011
Aroma of chocolate and big coffee. Poured opaque black big long lasting tan head. Taste wow big coffee, chocolate, espresso, roasty malt, and a touch of vanilla. Very big beer a touch bitter but not hop bitter. Very good beer thanks Matt7215 for the share. igniztion (313) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 22, 2011
Bottle 500ml shared courtesy of meilby. Pours black with small, dark tan head. Aroma of roasted coffee, dark chocolate. Taste is very sweet, lightly bitter and lasts forever. Full body, oily, soft carbonation. probstblueribbon (3791) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 21, 2011
1 PT .9 Fl OZ bottle from Bieropholie, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass.
scottw86 (1175) - Maryland, USA - JAN 20, 2011
App.: Deep brown-black with a large mocha head.
Aroma: Quite fruity, grapes, berries, really inky licorice, molasses, dark chocolate and black coffee in 2nd place, hints of vanilla, beautiful, rich coffee notes take over as the head fades, a bit more vanilla as well, really nice.
Palate: Medium-full body with voluptuous effervescence.
Flav.: Lots of molasses and licorice, deep and dark, inky, still fairly fruity, dark chocolate, resinous, leafy hops, some black coffee, more as it warms a little, quite deep, dark and delicious, fairly complex, very smooth; sweet with good bitterness, a touch of alcohol and a mouth-coating finish of big, inky malts.
I’ve never tried Kopi Luwak coffee and now, I likely won’t. This is a MUCH better way to start your day!
I was very excited for this one so I saved it for my 500th rating. Woo! Pours black with a thick bubbly/foamy head that looks similar to hot chocolate foam. Some chunks poured out of the bottle as well (weasel poop?). Aroma is very nice with lots of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and some dark fruit. Some molasses as well. Taste is amazing. Initially there is lots of vanilla and bitter chocolate malts, but the coffee flavors are what make this really great. The coffee taste is very rich and it has some light vanilla sweetness. The finish has some milk chocolate and more great coffee taste with some hops to balance things out. Alcohol is very well hidden. Who knew that weasels could poop out such delicious beer? BrooHa (121) - New York, USA - JAN 18, 2011
Pours dark, like any imPerial stout. Reddish head. Smells of dry cocoa, black coffee, cola. Taste is VERY interesting! Maybe that heralded Kopi Luwak? Heavy mouthfeel with some alcohol presence. Raisins, fig, dark chocolate, black coffee. Warming finish. Must seek out more. gramity (1638) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 18, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2013 Pour is onyx with virtually no light penetrating the beer. The head developed about one finger thick and was a tan brown color. Head retention is short as it quickly fades back into the beer. Trace amounts of lacing occurred.
The aroma from this brew is absolutely mouth-watering for anyone who likes coffee (or chocolate or beer for that matter). The immediate and dominant smell is of potent coffee but the beautiful thing is that despite the potency a myriad of other aromas still break through. It took me near 20 sniffs to identify what individual notes I could but I believe I smell dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, molasses, dark fruits, licorice, and a light hoppiness.
Tasting the beer reveals an immensely complicated grouping of flavors. Coffee, dark chocolate, and dark malts are at the forefront. These three stick out and dominate the first touch of the beer to the tongue. It is very well-balanced. The initial tastes yield to more subdued notes of dark fruits, nuts, and oats. The finish is a touch acidic and the coffee aftertaste lingers long after the swallow. The quality of the world-class coffee used is evident.
This beer has the most impressive mouthfeel I have yet experienced. It is very smooth and almost creamy. It can only be described as thick as it feels as if your mouth is both filled and coated with beer simultaneously. The carbonation is very fine. The mouthfeel compliments the tasting but allows the tasting to shine - as it should.
The alcohol content of 10.9% is amazingly well hidden; however, I could feel its presence after having had to consume this beauty in a fairly short time. This isn’t a session beer but goes down easy enough.
This is the best beer I have tried to date. I feel privileged to have been able to even have a bottle. I am afraid this is a must-buy whenever I see it. The journey of flavors this beer took me on left me sitting on my couch with my empty glass in hand feeling content, relaxed, and sporting a goofy smile. If that isn’t a summary of what a brewer should be aiming for, I don’t know what is. tgncc (3129) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JAN 17, 2011
The nose is a very nice smooth roasted coffee, cream, chocolate, licorice. The appearance is jet black, modest dark tan head, oily residue on glass. The flavor is smooth coffee, sweet chocolate, licorice, fruit, brown sugar. Medium to medium thick in body. The finish is piney, resiny hops. Excellent, if not quite up to its hype. illidurit (2327) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 17, 2011
Bottle from Whole Foods in Santa Cruz. Pours a near-black color with a thick tan head. The creamy froth reduces to a thin film leaving some light lacing. Aroma is roasted coffee with prunes, black licorice, brown sugar and molasses. Flavors of charred malts, vanilla, christmas spices, zesty coffee and lactose. There also an almost acrid bitterness. Pretty solid. Seems a little overrated.