oldrtybastrd (5228) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2016 elektrikjester (90) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 4, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a jet black color with a dark ruby tinge when held up to direct light. A very thin, light tan head disappears almost immediately, leaving little in the way of lacing. Aroma is a bit restrained, but is definitely dominated a coffee and sugar. In fact, I’ll go so far as to state that it smells almost identical to a Starbucks DoubleShot canned espresso beverage. Taste is very coffee-forward, with sweet, black coffee predominating. Some toasted malts are noticeable near the end, with just a slight bitter aftertaste following a strong, sweet flavor. Mouthfeel is just a bit thin for a stout, but not necessarily watery. In summary: A subtle beer this is not. It is one of the most coffee-forward beers of its kind. I do, however, question whether this beer is rightly a stout. The slightly toasted flavor of the malts suggest more of a porter than a stout. In fact, if you’re looking for a point of comparison, think Kona Pipeline Porter. But this one probably has a slight edge. Definitely one for the coffee lovers!
Pours a nice deep dark brown(almost black) color. Aromas of chocolate, smoke, and some sweetness. Flavor is dark chocolate, a touch of berry, and smokey. Creamy with a dry finish and a bittersweet aftertaste. REDDOGICE (243) - nantucket, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 10, 2016
Part of the winter pack. Decent coffee stout. If it weren't so hard to find I'd buy it more often.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone chinchill (5449) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 27, 2015
Black with deep brown edges. Thin, short-lived, tan head.
Sweet, fresh ground coffee over well-roasted malts with a bit of dark chocolate.
Taste: Nicely balanced dark malt and coffee flavors. There’s a hint of spicy hops, particularly in the finish. Excellent sweet/bitter balance. Fine and long-lasting coffee/roasted grain/hops aftertaste.
M: Smooth and creamy; perhaps more lively (carbonation) than usual for a coffee stout, but works well for this beer.
O: Another very good coffee stout; these seem to have gone from rarities to nearly commonplace (e.g., Kona) in a short time.
[from notes] slowrunner77 (13368) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2014
"nice addition to the holiday pack! pours a deep dark brown, near black w/tan head. at first the aroma i was expecting wasn’t there, so the explosion of roasted malt and coffee on the palate came as a bit of a surprise. But the aroma opened up eventually too. Coffee dominated in a good way. A little thin, but about right for this style (it’s not an imperial after all). Well done." Bulk_Carrier (6064) - Vermont, USA - MAR 24, 2014
Reviewed from notes.
The appearance had a pure pitch dark black colored body with a creamy light brown head that disappeared fairly quickly, quick sliding lacing.
The smell had dark roasted malts, smokey coffee and just a hint of chocolate.
The taste had a roasty coffee flavoring that lingers for a while, chocolate comes out as it warms a bit.
The palate was about a medium, fairly sessionable, mild watery sweet aftertaste and finish.
Overall, I’m thinking Sam Adams did what they wanted to do with this one, chocolate and coffee, as for me, yeah, I’d have it again.
onceblind (11084) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 21, 2014
Clear dark brown with a thin laceful light tan head. Nose is a bit light but its caramelly with a wee note of nuttiness and very light coffee. Sweet flavor with earthy strong toffee and a wee bit of nuttiness, very light coffee tones. No heavy body, roast, or chocolate tones. A light bit of dark fruits throughout. Not shabby. brandon1989 (712) - Lewisville, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2014
pours a dark black with a thick khaki head that leaves lots of lacing. the aroma is of coffee, chocolate, brown sugar. the taste is lots of the same and very complex. Sam Adams did a great job on this beer. ajnepple (7535) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - DEC 16, 2013
On tap at Barrels & Bottles. Black appearance with a lacy tan head. Aroma and flavor of coffee, espresso, rich malts (chocolate, caramel), bread and dark fruit. Medium body, a little thin. Pretty tasty. DiarmaidBHK (6170) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 18, 2013
Draft at Sharp Edge McMurray. Pours black with a thin khaki head. Leaves some lacing in the glass. Nose smells like they burned the malt. There’s a hint of coffee there. Some coffee notes on the tongue but they’re kind if subdued. I do like my coffee beers to taste like coffee so there’s that. Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chester, Virginia, USA - SEP 1, 2013
November 2011. From bottle. Black with a beige head. Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and dark fruit. Bitter finish from the hops. Very good.