Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 19, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
HBF 2005. Nitro. Pours rich deep black with a tan head. Aroma is instant coffee, similar to espresso. The flavor reminded me of a frappacino- lots of rich coffee and some chocolate with roasted hints. Very smooth too. I wish I could have tried more of this at the fest.
Nate (4263) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2005
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wonderful aroma! Deep roasted maltiness, chocolate and the best coffee aroma I’ve ever encountered on a stout. Like I opened a bag of freshly roasted, freshly ground coffee beans. Just a knock of bitterness. Dark black-brown, with light tan creamy lacing head. Medium watery silky body with light creamy carbonation that goes down really smooth. Starts with roasted, almost burned acidity. Mellowed by the nitrogenation to hamper the carbonic acidity. Big coffee flavor, like drinking a stout-flavored coffee rather than a coffee-flavored stout - one almost expects a caffeine buzz after drinking this. In fact the finish is almost like drinking coffee and swear there’s a chalky grittiness not unlike drinking French press coffee. Great chocolate and coffee notes in the finish. After is just a bit tangy and lightly bitter. Great stout.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JAN 1, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nitro @ Otto’s. Pours the color of oily coffee beans; no light coming through; huge, foamy chocolate-milk colored head with perfect retention and lacing that coats the glass; a beautiful pour. Dense, roasted coffee and chocolatey malts in the aroma; gorgeous coffee presence with a bit of cocoa powder. Huge amounts of well-roasted coffee in a medium-to-full mouthfeel: soft, creamy coffee grains and bitter chocolate; biscuity, chewy malts at the core; incredibly drinkable with a gorgeous coffee character. Lengthy finish showing coffee, milk chocolate, and dough.
auerbrau (3204) - Ithaca, New York, USA - OCT 21, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2008 Original Rating: 12/9/2007 Total Score: 4.2 On nitro at the brewpub. Aroma is dense, sugared soft coffee rise. Not acidic or
tannic, but softened cream and hazlenut butter, blended back with some barrel char and a light salt lick. Pours a black liquor,
frothed with a long fading brown to tan soap. Flavor maintains coffee complexity and richness through a relatively light body. I
think this is the most stunning aspect of this beer is the real intense flavor persisting over a soothingly drinkable palate that
carries light sugars, bits of cocoa nibs, and sweetened tea. Not on the salty side of a dry stout, not tinged with sourness, but the
real essence of coffee blasts through. Clean, vibrant, and fresh. I also love the finish and smack. The palate carries the freshest,
most delectable moist chocolate-mint leaf gum to work off of the robust coffee presentation. It’s the most amazing coffee and stout
with hop interaction I’ve tasted. Truly enjoyable. Fantastic.
On nitro-tap as the ’’Dark Roast Coffee Stout’’ at the brewpub. Slight caramelized sugar, burnt toast, and almond-scented
coffee aroma. Cold. Pours that classic dark black nitro-stout, with a mahogany cascade of bubbles and pencil-wide head of coffee and
cream foam. Flavor is brisk, but immediately coarse in the java category. Some bristling over-steeped grounds and slight church
coffee character find a home in the bland sugars. Acidic. The malt character has been obliterated by the dark, acidic and tannic
coffee whose expression in and of itself cannot provide enough intrigue. The hops clash at the end with a conflicting twist. Clean,
fresh, and so on, but just not the stellar blending of coffee and beer that the true Sumatra Stout is. Rated Oct 21, 2008. 7/4/7/3/14=3.5. I’m ignoring the Dark Roast Coffee Stout and leaving my original rating as the main score.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - APR 14, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler from mj aka mjames. Very dark brown, nearly black body with no head. The aroma is light roast, chocolate, molases and coffee. The flavor is slightly dry, milk chocolate, coffee and roast. Medium body is soft with very little carbonation. Very nice.
eaglefan538 (3034) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 29, 2008
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On draft at the brewpub in State College. The pour was fairly typical looking for the style, nice dark black color with a choco-colored decent sized head. Lacing on nil, head retention not as long as I would have liked. The aroma was strong coffee over top of some chocolate scents. The flavor was pretty ick, as this honestly (even with great anticipation as I was waiting for it to be served, love coffee stouts) was a mess, seemingly like someone poured coffee or coffee syrup into my beer. Roasty elements from the base stout, firm coffee, but just not melding together too nice. Left much to be desired. Mouthfeel was average, perhaps a tad on the sticky side, but certainly not a "sweet" concoction.
adrian910ss (2570) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2007
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the brewery. Pours a cola black with a gorgeous smooth and creamy thick brown head. Light aroma of faint coffee beans and malt. Taste is very smooth and creamy irish coffee flavor. Extremely smooth and creamy and not overdone. Excellent !! Will be getting a growler filled with this.
Darkmagus82 (2302) - - MAY 23, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Transfer from BA review on 3-17-12 -
Served in a pint glass
Appearance – Deep dark black nitrogen driven brew. The nitrogen/carbon dioxide mix of bubbles gave a beautiful lighter brown color cascading upwards through the beer as it settled after serving. The head was off -white/tan in color and had a fair degree of persistence. Upon fading slowly over time it gave way to only a very small amount of lacing and left a whispy foam on the surface of the brew that persisted throughout the drinking experience.
Smell – The smell was very subtle. Notes of roasted nut and malt and a light roasted coffee flavor are detected. There is an ever light cocoa aroma mixed in as well. All are very light.
Taste – The taste is of a nice dry stout mixed with light coffee flavors. It has a toasted oat base with a little flavor of chocolate malt, light vanilla, and nut mixed in. The coffee flavor begins rather light and seems to gain strength progressively through the taste soon overpowering some of the more subtle flavors of the vanilla and nut.
Mouthfeel – Smooth and creamy. The body allows the beer to immerse itself in every taste bud, giving a wonderful feel.
Overall – A very good and easy drinking beer. The coffee is light, but in some ways takes away from some of the more subtle flavors that are present , such as the vanilla and nut. Very nice overall however and one I would do again and again.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep caramel-brown body with a creamy tan nitro head. Aroma of fresh, nicely roasted coffee with light creamy undertones. Big coffee flavor with nicely balanced sweetness and roast. No charred, over-roasted qualities that sometimes sink this style. Medium body, combined with the nitro, makes the mouthfeel a little slick. A solid coffee stout. Easily eclipses Bell’s Java Stout, which I happened to have had a few of in the preceding days.
jason (1834) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 7, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at the brewpub.
Very strong but pleasant coffe smell made from my favorite coffee bean - sumatra.
Very dark stout look with a very nice head that stays.
Awesome, awesome taste. A nice bitter taste with a balanced coffee flavor without the cream. Very smooth and creamy making this a perfect drink for after a meal. Almost reminded me of an iced coffee taste. The flavor stays on your tongue long after your last sip. This is a great stout and one of Otto’s best.