Anova167 (390) - Manhattan Beach, California, USA - MAR 28, 2012
Breaking this open for breakfast as suggested. Pours black with a foamy dark tan head. The aroma is dark roast coffee, oatmeal laced with a slightly fruity and piney hop note. The flavor is very complex. It begins with a chocolately espresso flavor followed by a citrusy punch. It ends with an intensely bitter hop and coffee finish that will probably last all day. A hophead’s stout if I have ever seen one. Really good. Davros (3338) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 26, 2012
Pours black with a large, dark tan head and lacing.
Nose shows passion-fruit, chocolate truffles, soft pine, oatmeal and earthy coffee beans. Very nice.
Very rich, decadent flavours, with massive amounts of espresso and cocoa complimented by more passion-fruit and peach. Coffee is definitely the dominant flavour though, becoming almost harsh and creating a very sharp bitterness.
Could use more carbonation to create a creamier mouthfeel. CamdenD (1204) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAR 26, 2012
Strong oatmeal/coffee nose with deep black color. Taste is a bit thin but allows for more aggressive drinking. Palate is smooth with good hop aftertaste. Great again. olio (10672) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 24, 2012
50 cl bottle.KyotoLefty (10808) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 18, 2012
Rated on 20110602.
Pours hazy brown color with small head. Aroma of hoppy fruits, a bit too hoppy for a stout. Flavor of roasted malts, hoppy fruits and chocolate. The elements of regular beer geek breakfast can be found beyond the hops.
Bottle from Asahiya. Big citrus hop and coffee nose. Lovely lace runs down the glass after swirling. Pitch black. Astringent and citrusy hops go very with the coffee flavors. Rich burnt malts. A very nice beer.
bluebetty (1021) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 17, 2012
Bottle. Jet black pour with a dense dark tan coloured head. Very fine lacing. Aromas are dominated by espresso coffee with a hint of vanilla ice cream in support. Initial flavours are quite sweet with some roasted grain and a little acidity. Resiny bitter finish. Nice beer. Brenhophead (695) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 15, 2012
500mL bottle pours pitch black like motor oil with tan head and a heavy coffee/hop aroma very nice. Straight a bit of warmth, then a raging coffee hit with a slight hop flavour on the back end. I’m enjoying this beer. AdamChandler (5206) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 11, 2012
Picked this up for about $10 at Hunger Mountain co-Op in Vermont. Poured into a basic glass tulip.
Butters (4062) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 10, 2012
A - I thought I’ve seen motoro oil pitch black beers before. This owns the category. This is an twilight black beer just completely oily and viscous into the bottle. Produced a 2-finger coffee colored head with a mix of thick and creamy bubbles and the head stayed around for a very long time.
S - Smoked malts, chocolate malts and simcoe hops completely dominate this beer. There’s some coffee scent in here as well.
T - Coffee and chocolate at first taste followed by an eruption of hops that pass over the tongue and make it dance. I’m pretty amazed at the mix of coffee, chocolate, smoked malts and hops. Most breakfast stouts don’t have a big hop profile but this does. It’s a very unique beer. Not that boozy. I don’t taste the alcohol at all and no legs on the glass.
M - 60/40 carbonation to liquid on a mouth swish. Heavy in body and a very hoppy syrupy linger at the finish.
O - Pretty damn good.
Very dark brown pour with decent brown head. Honestly, I’m barely picking up the hop on the aroma. And on the flavor it only comes across as extreme bitterness. Mildly green, but mainly just woody. Dries out the mouth. Not as great as I had hoped. Grima (2511) - Merzkirchen, RLP, GERMANY - MAR 8, 2012
500ml bottle from bierkompass.de
The beer in the glass is pitch black with a dark brown creamy head. It smells very roasted coffee-like, intensiv malty, strong hoppy. Starts very grassy-hoppy, with a lot of citrus, combined with powerful aromas of coffee and a massive maltbody. The middle part is very bitter hoppy, lots of citrus and grapefruit. The hops are surpassed by the massive roast coffee flavors! In the finish, the bitter hop flavors dominate, it is very bitter and dry. The roasted coffe is hardly noticeable in the finish!