Art (3220) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2013
From the tall skinny 12oz can into a balloon tulip. Strong head off the bat, dissipates into some nice lacing and no head. Not overly malted but unfortunately there is a metallic aroma and taste. Slight bitterness of dark chocolate and coffee on the back end but not very prominent. Picked up the last 4 cans at the bottle shop. Probably trade/extra away. Just OK.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone blklab2007 (2120) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 17, 2013
Super fresh can poured a dark cola brown in color with a coating of off white head that retained a ring on the glass. Aroma has coffee beans, dark chocolate cocoa powder (is there such a thing), light roast, and grains. Mouth feel is medium but does have a full texture. Flavor has dark bitter chocolate, grains, very light coffee, and some earthy minerals. Certainly a solid imperial porter but it is missing the big leading flavor. crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - FEB 17, 2013
A nice brown body with a tan head that had little retention and no lace. Aroma was a mix of mildly roasted coffee malts and a good profile of cocoa malts, some mild peat notes. Flavor was well balanced slightly stronger on the roasted coffee malts than I expected from the aroma and the cocoa was just right. The alcohol was well hidden. Somewhat elevated carbonation, and it could have had a heavier mouth feel. Overall it was decent. egajdzis (6830) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2013
nearly opaque dark brown color with a medium sized, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, burnt wood, and a bit of cocoa. Taste of more roast, cocoa, espresso vanilla bean, and a light alcohol in the finish. Sarlacc83 (2436) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 16, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2014 Thanks to claspada for this. Sorry to say it didn’t measure up. 12 oz can.
A: Opaque brown verging on black. Thick speckled creme head. Looks just about right.
N: Faint coffee and bittersweet cacao. Deep smell of malted barley. There’s noticeable smokiness and a hint of peat. Touch of vanilla and milk. Tons of grains.
T: Sharp. Really sharp. Has a burnt, acrid chocolate flavor and pronounced ash, like they charred the oak barrel. Coffee has gotten lost on its way. Caramel shows, and there are hints of honey and flowers. Red grapes and uncooked macaroni? Not great. Under-attenuated?
M: Lots of alcohol and a medium mouthfeel I wasn’t expecting.
O: really misses a lot of what should make it good. Very bitter, and yet, somehow backed up by nutrasweet. I’ll age the other can in hopes this mellows out or in case I got a bad one because this never comes together.
gripweed57 (2970) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - FEB 16, 2013
12 ounce can. Translucent dark brown color with deep red highlights. Small creamy beige head with lovely clinging Belgian lace. Rich roasted malt aroma has notes of dark roasted coffee and chocolate. Flavor of strong French Roast coffee and dark baker’s chocolate. Lot’s of bitter hops as well. This is a beer to sip slowly and savor. It’s that big! MacBoost (1957) - Victor, New York, USA - FEB 16, 2013
Pours almost completely black with only a small tinge of red on the edge of the glass when held up to the light. Strong roasty aromas, green coffee, some floral hops. Very, very bitter taste, but it stems not from the hops, but from the immense amount of coffee in this beer. Jesus. I can’t imagine how much caffeine this thing has in it. This is basically cold, carbonated coffee with a shot of liquor in it. That being said, its also pretty good. Worth a try. UDBeernut (2883) - Saint Johns, Florida, USA - FEB 16, 2013
Minimal head with a tan foam ring. Nose of black coffee and heavy roast. Moderate astringency and strong booze in the mouth. Booze is upfront and warming and gives a nail polish like property. Meh demmbonz (784) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 16, 2013
Can to sampler glass. Nice dark rich pour with pillowy head. Booze and coffee with a little malt on the nose. Nice coffee bitterness. Coffee and chocolate flavors. Texture resembles an oatmeal. Very nice. pianotu (69) - USA - FEB 15, 2013
Wished for more aroma--a nice sipping beer with strong coffee flavor. It gives away more sweetness as warms up.
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