bigabe (194) - California, USA - JAN 30, 2011
Five. Point. Zero.
This beer smells like coffee. Not just any coffee, but damn good, perfectly roasted coffee, fresh out of the roaster. The beer pours thick and viscous, and builds a heavy mocha head if you pour aggressively. The beer and the head leave a thick, sticky film on the glass. My glass looked like I drank a milkhshake out of it.
The flavor is incredible. It’s a coffee flavor, but not the typical coffee beer coffee flavor. This is complex, acidic, with lots of little tropical fruit notes. The creamy, rich chocolate, cinnamon and oatmeal base was there of course - but it tasted like it was mixed with a high quality, fresh, light roast yirgacheffe.
An absolutely incredible beer. Have it with a glazed donut. I’m not kidding. porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - JAN 30, 2011
(500 ml bottle from Rising Tide) Pours very, very dark coffee brown, appears opaque. Half a finger of lighter brown head. Aroma of molasses, dark caramel, coffee and chocolate. Mouthfeel exquisitely smooth, one of the better palates I can remember in an imp. stout. A brown syrupy film of lacing and some light weepy rings. Flavor carries all of the lovely elements of the aroma along with a rum and wood-like note. Pretty outstanding. madmitch76 (25568) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 29, 2011
18th April 2009 DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2011
Opaque black beer with a thick creamy chocolate coloured head. Very soft palate. Immediate rich coffee but tangy and not bitter. Followed by a pronounced red fruit tone - dominated by cherry. Finishes with a little aniseed alcohol. Sumptuous beer - rich, full of flavour and with good coherence.
Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to mbrasi for this.
4.5 A: Pitch black. Two plus fingers of creamy/frothy hyrbrid medium brown head. Very good retention and moderate spotty lacing.
5.0 S: Really nice here. Rich depth of aroma, probably from the poop residue, haha. In all seriousness, great balance between the sweet and the roasted. Good bit of roasted barley, some toastiness, medium roasted coffee, and loads of semi-sweet chocolate. Everything is big, bold, and complementary.
4.0 T: Taste is very good as well, but not as good as the nose. Roastiness is plentiful and gives a decent bitterness, cancelling out the lack of bitterness from the shit beans. Coffee flavor is plentiful, but much of the chocolate in the nose is not present here. Blackstrap molasses, slight citrusy hoppiness, and the smallest touch of plum fruitiness. Alcohol is hidden fairly well.
3.5 M: Medium body. This is the only problem I have with this brew. The body is lighter and less chewy than I’d like. The carbonation is fine, but the beer still feels dead. Warming alcohol on finish.
4.0 D: Awesome appearance and nose. Pretty good taste. Mouthfeel could be a lot thicker though.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 08-09-2010 02:49:28 JohnMan (102) - Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2011
A fantastic beer for any coffee/espresso lover! I thought that the body on this beer is quite nice. Robust and well balanced, this beer has roast, espresso, slight cocoa, and even slight hints of dark fruit in it.
Sledutah (7834) - Utah, USA - JAN 24, 2011
500ml bottle from Secret Santa 2010 keepersj12 (3137) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 23, 2011
Appearance: Pours black with a medium sized dark tan head and some lacing
Aroma: Roasted malts, dark cocoa and roasted coffee
Taste: Dark malts, smokiness, cocoa with a slightly bitter hop finish
Very nice and tasty.
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 (652) - 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.