kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 24, 2010
Shared by a generous RB at tpd975’s throwdown in December, 2009. Pours a pitch black color with tan head. Aroma is sweet and malty with roast, coffee, chocolate, brown sugar, burnt toast, toffee. Flavor is sweet and malty with notes of chocolate, burnt coffee, roast, light toffee and molasses. Medium to full body with a pleasing malty coffee finish. brokensail (16432) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 21, 2010
A: The pour is black with a nice fluffy mocha colored head. Not much lacing, but what can ya do?
S: This beer makes it’s presence known. I could smell the coffee as soon as I opened up the bottle. There is a very slight hint of chocolate and roasted malt, but the coffee really steals the show.
T: Once again, the coffee takes center stage. However, the taste has a bit more going on than the nose. There is a very pleasant sweet, cream taste (probably lactose) which adds just an amazing compliment to the coffee. Dark chocolate and roasted malt also make appearances, but again, the coffee is the star.
M: The body is a bit on the thin side, perhaps, but it doesn’t ruin the beer at all. Still a medium bodied beer with a fairly creamy and smooth mouthfeel.
D: I’ve had several coffee beers and this is easily the best. Great aroma and flavor and a pretty easy drinker too, even at 8% ABV. pauls_parade (340) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 20, 2010
Pours dark black with a solid brown head. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, lactose, and roasted malt. The palate is effervescent at first, but softens over time making the beer oily and slick over the tongue. The taste is sweet upfront, a little sour over the tongue and finishes with a lasting coffee bitterness. I found the lactose to be over powering and the initial strong carbonation to be uncharacteristic of most stouts. It mellowed as it warmed, but left me unimpressed. StefanSD (2451) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - FEB 18, 2010
12oz bottle courtesy of Dakine. Pours an opaque black color with a medium tan head that has good retention. The aroma is pure coffee and espresso. The flavor is more of the same, lightly sweetened espresso with a shot of coffee liquor. The mouthfeel is full and smooth, there is a trace of acidity. The finish is long with lingering bittersweet coffee. Overall: As a fan of coffee beers, this one rocks. bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2010
(12oz bottle, courtesy of blutt59) Pours a dark brown body with a medium tan head. Aroma of pine, coffee grounds, light citrus, and lactose. Flavor of coffee, roasted malt, caramel, lactose, and chocolate.
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 16, 2010
Draft @ Shorts: Pours a pitch black...nose is massive amounts of rich, fresh coffee.....................and not much else. There are a few underlying notes of what may be chocolate malt apparent but this is all coffee. Medium-full bodied....flavor pretty much follows the lead of the nose, massive amounts of coffee with some vanilla bean to note. Top notch coffee-based stout. Pailhead (6539) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - FEB 15, 2010
Bottle: The aroma is loaded with roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and just a hint of vanilla. It pours a dark brown, virtually black, with a large brown head that fades within half a minute or so...some better retention and lacing from being a 5 in appearance. The flavor is exactly what you get in the aroma. It starts with lots of dark chocolate. The finish has lots of roasted coffee and a hint of vanilla. Medium-full bodied with somewhat lively carbonation for a stout. StoutFest (77) - Stoutville, Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2010
Pours dark brown. Nice creamy head. Aromas of coffee, roasted malts, and chocolate. Full bodied and creamy. Smooth, silky feel to it. Hops, cream, coffee, and chocolate. Long roasty lingering finsh with head still sitting at the bottom of glass. DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - FEB 13, 2010
Bottle from punkrkr27..pours black with a mocha head..aroma slightly sweet with black coffee...Flavor is dark malts, chocolate and coffee..thin body with lots of carbonation..pretty tasty msante79 (2225) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2010
12oz bottle from Holiday Market. Pours almost black with thick dark tan head which is still bubbling 15 minutes after pouring. Aromas of roasted coffee, chocolate, and some roasted malts. Flavors of dry roasted malts, some chocolate, and loads of coffee. Finishes dry with bitter coffee. Lively carbonation. Solid coffee stout.