Darkmagus82 (2303) - - DEC 10, 2014
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a super deep brown-nearly pitch black color with a two finger head of tan colored foam. The head is fairly thick and has a good level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a ton of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is big of a roasted malt and espresso smell as may be expected from its style. Along with these aromas comes smells of sweetness with some more cream and caramel like aromas which give it a nice sweet coffee smell overall.
Taste – The taste begins with a roasted malt taste with a little bit of a coffee taste upfront and a moderately strong sweeter caramel and sweet cream taste. A little bit of chocolate is there as well, with this fading from the taste and being replaced by more roast and a fairly substantial rise in the coffee flavors. With the increase in the coffee and a little bit of an earthy flavor coming to the taste, one is left with a still rather moderately sweetened but slightly bitter cappuccino like flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is quite a bit thicker for a brew of only 5.6 % abv with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. For the sweeter coffee and roasted flavors of the brew the feel was very nice, accentuating the more coffee dessert like quality to the brew, but yet still maintaining a great level of drinkability.
Overall- I rather enjoyed this brew as it had a moderate abv., but had a good flavor which makes it a very nice and easy drinking coffee stout.
Arayaga2 (2224) - portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 9, 2014
Dark ruby/cola colored with a bit of brown head. Aroma is smooth coffee and mild cocoa.Taste is the same, with a very slightly bitter coffee edge. Very drinkable, and clean on the palate. DMLINAZ (332) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 29, 2014
From a winter variety pack. Aroma is mild. Flavor is decent - roasted stout quality, malts, chocolate, espresso or coffee bitterness that builds a bit over time. Consistency is a little thin for a stout. Good lasting head. maxwelldeux (4433) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - OCT 24, 2014
Bottle from a winter mix pack. Pours a very dark brown color with a moderate light brown head on there. Nose is pretty coffee laden with roasting to it as well. I find the taste to be a bit bitter, and has a similar taste as black coffee. Slightly sweet finish, but definitely a coffee beer. Headbanger (4022) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2013
22oz bottle 1/15/00 -Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt. Taste of the same with more coffee. This full bodied brew is well balanced and quite tasty.
RSRIZZO (2034) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2007
Had this beer on 1/15/2000. Aroma is a deep roasted scent. Color is black with light carbonation and a thin tight head. Its a good dry stout with a nice bitter finish.
kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 10/16/1996PhrankSlovacek (54) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 17, 2004
Source: portland airport
black, thick tan head, sweet roasted aroma, rich smooth body, hints of roasted malts, very dry
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 10/20
The score was calculated based upon the notes and an old scoring system.
The bottle of this beer I sampled was 2 years past dated. Roasted coffee smell. Smooth, mellow coffee flavor, with a bitter, chocolate after taste. Ok beer but not much comlpexity. bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - FEB 5, 2004
on tap berkeley brewery:
this one was pretty descent....nitro poured creamy head. looks like a guiness but darker when looking through the glass. dominant choc malt aroma and toffee coffee taste. not a bad stout, smooth down the hatch. i would have another but wouldnt drink em all day. wnp22 (698) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 19, 2003
Had this one in Berkeley. This is a rating by memory. Good colour, dark and deep. Nice roasted scent with hints of bitter tang. Taste was malty with deep coffee/burnt malt taste. Finishes with slightly sweet ending.