ztrvz (218) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - FEB 28, 2004
sour coffee smells. super duper dark. nice brown head that goes byebye. deep dark coffee flavors. all the bubbles seem to make it a tad thin. a lil dry, acidic coffee finish. there's a helluva lot of flavor in here. frankR (149) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 20, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2004 Large brown head mostly diminishing while leaving good lacing. Nose is roasted chocolate malts with a hint of hops and yeast. Front is malty, roasted chocolate malts with a coffe body, sweet and pleasant. A tad bit of hops come through during the exprience and the finish is burnt and sweet. Palate may be a bit on the watery side which reveals some alcohol flavor, perharps the beers biggest weekness. Overall, very good! DrnkMcDermott (3108) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2004
Bottled. Solid black, with a big frothy brown head. Big roast coffee taste, almost a hint of burnt toast, and of course, a roasty smell. Good northwesartn hop balance to the roast bitterness, but also some tannins seem present. Finishes with a slight hint of orange and pineapple. SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 14, 2004
Hmmm. I'd put this one as a dry stout. Certainly not in the same league as their chocolate stout, but very good. It has the body and smoothness of an oatmeal stout. Good boiling hops content. TheBeerGod (6233) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 9, 2004
Empties near pitch black. Tall brown head. The aroma is made up of hops, roasted malt, and faint chocolate. There's some stronger chcolate flavoring on the tongue along with light coffee, hops and sweetened malt. A lot like a reduced Rogue Chocolate Stout. Very smooth and very tasty beer. Recommended!
firemedic713 (169) - Palm Bay, Florida, USA - FEB 8, 2004
Smells of chocolate, and roasted malts. Very sweet nose. Color is opaque black, with a very nice dark cream foam head. Taste is smooth and thinner. No real bitterness from hops until the end, and its slight at that. Flavor is characterized mostly from its overall sweetness. It has a mildly chocolatey taste, more of a creamy feel.
thehoff (598) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 2, 2004
Beautiful black beer with a creamy foamy tan head. Great lacing. Smells like bittersweet baking chocolate. Good deep flavor. A slight tinny flavor which takes away from the coffee/chocolate aftertaste but really a nice stout. Smooth. Really nice stuff. hershiser2 (3478) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 31, 2004
BEAUTIFUL appearance! Thick and black with a large dark brown head. Nice lacing. Light will not permeate this beer.
A bit sweet and floral scent, not what I expected for such a robust looking brew.
MMMM... lots of orange in the taste, with a hint of chocolate. VERY nice!
A little thin in the mouthfeel, but it works.
Extremely drinkable- a bit filling for more than one though. HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2005 I was lucky enough to get a 3L bottle of this for my b-day(signed by John nonetheless)and shared it with family on X-mas eve. As on other occasions, I thought it was just wonderful. Full bodied-almost approaching Imperial and with such a nice balance of malt and hops. Personally I like it without the added choc. flavor, but I’m not much of a "flavored"beer lover. HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2004
This is the best American brewed stout that I have tried. Chocolate, mocha, and roasted flavors blend nicely in this one. Full bodied and very satisfying.