bgburdman9 (861) - columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2006
Had this at tasting at From the Vine. Wonderful choclately coffee malty aroma. The body was rather thick but was very smooth. The alcohol was very well hidden. Very good beer. Ughsmash (7502) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2006
Thanks to Dave for the opportunity! Poured a very, very deep brown with a tall, thick mocha head... kind of yellowy. Cold, very fresh coffee, and lots of it in the nose... very well-roasted. Chocolate and oaky hints, too, but quite suppressed by the java. Flavor was fuller and more complex than the nose... with the rich, fresh coffee complemented by drier dark chocolate and vanilla. Thick and creamy on the palate with coffee and some floral/perfumey hop bitterness surrounding. Coffee lasted for quite a while at the finish. Excellent! StewardofGondor (1933) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2006
Semi-viscous pour, and charcoal brown in color, and opaque, with some light tan hues coming in at the corners when put to light. Abrasive bitter coffee hits the nose and stutter at a sinus headache. Unsweetened dark chocolate grinds shrewd on the kitchen counter. Wafts of tainted black currant and huge black patent contributions. Oily olive oil seeps slowly down the sides of the tongue. Bitterness is insanely profound. So is the triumvirate of a chocolate ensemble: milk, dark and unsweetened. Great palatability in oozy, oily wonderment. Dark chocolate enchants an ending of bitter espresso beans beaten to kingdom come. Big thanks to David (?) for bringing this gem! 1FastSTi (3358) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 26, 2006
Thanks Dave! The beer pours to a dark black body with a nice brown head. The aroma is semi-sweet chocolate, brownies, vanilla, coffee, my mom’s chocolate revel bars. The flavor is strong coffee, chocolate, brownies, oatmeal. Nice flavor. The palate is full bodied, overly sticky, great mouthfeel. MIBRomeo (2579) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 25, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2006 jet black pour w/ a thick tan head some lace. Big fresh coffee aroma hints of a dry chocolate. Full creamy palate coats well and is warm. Flavor is a nice hot bitter chocolate and huge coffee flavor. Big creamy malts blend well. A very good beer.
Jet black thick tan head great lace
Big coffee aroma w roast malts and hints of vanilla
Pal is big & thick & creamy 4
Flavor is a big sweet malt w lots of espresso & tchs of vanilla 8
SB (334) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2006
On Tap @ Alternative Brews, Amherst, NYjimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - MAR 24, 2006
Poured very dark, very opaque. 1-inch thick bubbly brown head. Aroma of coffee and malts. The coffee is the dominant flavor, but underneath is sweet caramel notes, and bready notes. Slight bitterness in the finish. Again Syrupy mouthfeel, and light to medium bodied with a dry finish. I bet this would be really good aged. It probably needs time to mellow out the coffee flavors and mix the others. Not bad fresh, but not what I expected.
Bottle courtesy of Shadey. Thanks Shane. Underneath the huge coffee flavor is a great beer. You just can’t find it because the coffee flavor is overpowering. Take away the coffee and you’ve got a great, malty imp. stout. Add some barrel aging and maybe the coffee flavor mellows. Average, but could be great w/ less coffee. ClarkVV (6963) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 19, 2006
2005 bomber from Downton Liquors consumed on 3/19/06. Chilled 20 minutes in freezer and allowed to breath at room temperature for 15 minutes. Served in a trappist style chalicesliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 18, 2006
Vigorous, hard pour, yields barely one-finger of deep tan head that immediately fades to a ring. Body is opaque through the middle, as close to black as you can get with deep tan-magenta tinges on the edges when held to the light.
The nose is a composty, beany, fresh coffee that really wraps around the nostrils, adding waves of light vanilla, bitter black chocolate and some tart-like molasses. Hops are only barely perceptible at first, further adding dryness (deep resin and bitter grapefruit).
WOW. First sip is immensely bitter, dry, sharp, strong and smacking of alcohol. Ouch, makes me cringe. Very dry coffee, some peanut brittle and sticky-sweet caramel, but on the end a blossoming hop bitterness (acidic and heavily bitter) with roasted barley/black malt astringency and fiery alcohol. I see they werent kidding about the 125 IBUs. Further sips prove bitter, sharp and full of alcohol, with the coffee seemingly tastefully done, but just overwhelmed by the black malts and hops. Tar, resin, burnt wood, citric acid and heavily bitter black chocolate pulverize the palate. Compelling, in a masochistic sort of way, but no, this is just over-the-top decadence. Upon warming further, more coffee emerges, but then, so does the alcohol (though, in it’s defense, the alcohol is not TERRIBLY apparent for this level). Retronasal is green, citric and piney hops. Don’t find much complexity in the flavors. Coffee, of course, with caramel, prunes and roast. Don’t find the smoke that others have mentioned. Like Eyedrinkale says, "Burn baby, burn."
Texture is sticky, creamy, caramelized sugar-like with low carbonation and the coffee and caramel really sticking to the palate. Oddly enough, they filtered this one too (actually it’s not that odd). Kind of like DarkLord 05 in texture, which isn’t a bad thing, but I would have loved to see them go unfiltered.
The farther in to the bottle I get, the more difficult it is to drink. Hope I don’t offend anyone with my rating. I’m in to balanced beers (excepting some Cantillons) and this one is about as far away from balanced as you can get.
Bottle: Black, with a smallish tan head. Tons of coffee in the aroma and flavor. It really didn’t do anything for me, kind of a dissapointment. kylelackner (13) - USA - MAR 15, 2006
It pours very syrupy, even at the suggested 55F serving temperature. The taste matches the consistency, with very pronounced roasted malts and coffee. The alcohol is well hidden, but you could hide a body in this beer it’s so enormous. On the bottle it claims 125 IBUs, but the malts are so strong that the hops almost don’t matter. In texture and thickness it most reminds me of the WWS, but doesn’t quite match the DFH standard. Like the Imperial IPA that was just released by Southern Tier, it’s at least worth it for the novelty.