GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 28, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another Shorts beer courtesy of hoppymeal.
Pours pitch black out of the bottle, completely opaque with a big thick mocha head that refuses to die and sticks to glass stubbornly on the way down.
As a coffee beer lover, I might be a bit biased, but this thing smells fantastic. Freshly ground coffee, sweet cream, dark roasted malts - just spot on for the style and completely fills the nose.
The taste isnít quite as heavenly as the nose, but itís close. The spent coffee grounds are still in full force along with the big lactose sweetness. Tastes like an iced latte. The only complaint I have in the taste is itís a tad too bitter but thatís nitpicking.
The mouthfeel is probably what keeps this one from the pantheon of coffee beers in my mind. Itís just too carbonated for a stout in my opinion.
As a coffee beer lover, this one certainly hits the spot and if they ramped the carbonation down a little, this would be a world class beer. As it stands, itís just plain great!
Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JAN 25, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a light brown head. The aroma is strong coffee with some light smoke. The flavor is strong coffee with some cream, about what you expect after reading the label. Good bitterness and some roasted malt and chocolate. Medium-thick, semi-creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
thirdeye11 (6151) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
( 12oz bottle thanks to blutt59) Pours black with nice creamy tan head. Nose of coffee, cream, and raw wet coffee grounds. Taste of coffee, cream, and a very creamy finish. This tastes really sweet and was an awesome unique beer.
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler. Poured a deep reddish brown with a fluffy light brown head. Nose is coffee, roasted malt, and some chocolate. Body was slightly thin with an oily mouth feel. Flavor starts with somewhat strong coffee which leads into sweet roasted malts with light chocolate and caramel notes. Finishes roasted.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 16, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to KlevelandRocks for this one! Viscous black pour. Thick brown head that quickly fades. No lace. Aroma is in your face coffee. Roasted coffee beans, chocolate, and a dry creamy finish.
mar (5371) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 16, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle thanks to blutt59. black with an epsresso head. wow, thatís not anything but coffee, roasted and ground beans pretty much. nice on the palate with a big kick in the face of coffee and that about sums it up.
BMan1113VR (7921) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 16, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to blutt59. Pours with a large tan head over a black body. Lots of coffee. Starbucks. Fresh Roast. Slight earthy hop notes. Taste is just fully coffee with light sweetener. Ridiculous amount of coffee. Creamy carbonation.
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JAN 15, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2010 bottle. pours a deep brown with a big foamy dark tan head. Head dissapates quicly leaving a thin layer of bubbles atop the beer. Aroma of molasses, burnt chocolate, coffee, vanilla beans, and caramel. flavor has notes of espresso, roast, bitter dark chocolate. For the relatively low ABV, this beer has great mouthfeel and a ton of flavor. Great all around really. Few apparent faults- nice clean flavor and aroma, great body. like a Dark chocolate and vanilla dark roast coffee with a nice big creamy, chewy, sticky mouthfeel. A winner, and definitely my favorite so far from this brewery. Not very sessionable, however.
rerate. much much more sugary and sweet than i remember, and the coffee presense has faded. Bottle from the same six pack consumed three months after original bottle. Couldnít finish the bottle. way too sugary.
notalush (5836) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 14, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 ounce bottle from FlandersNed (thanks!) - black pour with a dark tan head - aroma of whole bean, dark roast coffee, molasses, vanilla bean, a bit of doughy character - full, mildly prickly carbonation - mild coffee bean acidity - slightly bitter black malt and moderate roast - coffee flavors integrate fairly well with these characteristics - vanilla creme sweetness develops late, and washes the acidity and bitterness off the palate - a touch of anise and tobacco in the finish - pretty nice.
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep dark pitch black color with a frothy 1.5 finger light beige creamy head with excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of of soapy lacing left behind.
Deep roasted silky chocolate malty aroma with hints of toffee roasted coffee bean, caramel, toffee, and subtle hops. The roasted notes are not overpowering allowing the chocolate mocha note to shone through.
Very roarty up front with a slightly viscous medium body. Lots of bittersweet dark chocolate and bitter earth hops. Strong bitter roster espresso bean flavor with chewy chocolate malts, earthy hops, toffee and burnt toast/coffee notes. The roasted flavor is a bit overpowering, taking away from the silky chocolate notes but overall this beer is decently balanced. The strong roaster character makes it slightly less quaffable and a touch harsh but Iím still putting this one down pretty quickly.