Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 23, 2006
Opaque, little head. Aroma is roasted malt and almost overpowering isopropyl alcohol. Taste is soy, roasted malts, slight oxidation. Alcohol is probably too much. Slightly acidic, coffee in there as well. Finish is very bitter from hops and roasted malt. Something went wrong here.
jb (3301) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 20, 2006
Chocolate, molasses and roasted notes in the nose. Beautiful jet black with dark red brown head. Sticky sweet palate with alcohol, dark fruit, a bit of malt and hops. Finish is a bit sweet. There are alot of pretenders in this category but this one is the real deal. dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 19, 2006
Clean malt and a smooth chocolate flavour. A touch of licorice but not as much coffee on the palate as I was expecting. Nice dark frothy head and a jet black colour. Very well balanced considering the abv. Smoothly hopped. A pleasant discovery. hezron (614) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - APR 17, 2006
Tons of coffee in the aroma, a nice light-roasted coffee with some chocolate. Dark black in appearance with a bit of brown around the edges and a thin, brown head. Tons of coffee flavor, nice warming note of alcohol and chocolate in the finished. Well balanced, not to bitter but not to sweet. Medium body, slightly creamy mouthfeel. Thanks to whoever shared this one. CMUBEERMAN (457) - - APR 17, 2006
Pretty good stuff. Pours a chocolate black and has a bit of red earth head. Aroma is acidic coffee, roasted malt, earth, and hints of burnt chocolate. Flavor is acidic coffee with little chocolate. This one has a huge hop character that really defines the brew... and a bit of malt show through as well. Mouthfeel is a bit lighter than I would have liked...and also...kind of acidic. It doesn’t taste like a 12% beer. Pretty good stuff.
tjthresh (1875) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - APR 15, 2006
Poured into a snifter. Ominous, oily black. A vigorous pour only conjured up a bit of head that faded quickly. The aroma comes off like the coffee isle in the local grocery store. The 12% abv is obvious. Lots of roast, some underlying chocolate, and plenty bitter. The palate is full and rich, but the carbonation makes each drink very abrasive. The coffee is long lasting, and I do like that. I would love to know what technique that used when adding it, so I can copy. Aleacolyte (13) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 15, 2006
Bottle. Thick and syrupy deep black with a barely noticible and quickly dissolving brown head. The alcohol dominates (even more than one expects from the 12% abv). IMO the beer is an inferior cross between a DFH WWS and a 9% abv russian imperial stout. zathrus13 (1776) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - APR 14, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2007 Pours dark brown/black, with a brown head. Aromas are coffee and chocolate. Flavors are coffee, sweet chocolate, hops, dark fruit, and roasted malt. Body is on the heavy side. Very nice...I love it!! f351c4v (411) - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 12, 2006
Pours a dark black color with a huge dense brown head. Initial aroma of Celebrator, of all things... As the beer warms, there’s an aroma and taste of bittersweet chocolate that battles with the coffee beans for dominance. Body is thick, but not overly syrupy. Alcohol is well hidden. An excellent brew. demolayfire (18) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 12, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2006 Thanks to ChrisO. and JoyC. for the bottle. Pitch black, dense milk chocolate colored head. Aroma is almost entirely fresh ground coffee and bitter chocolate with a subdued alcohol presence. My favorite aspect of this great stout is the milk shake viscosity. It coats your mouth leaving behind a roasted mocha profile that seems to linger for ages. I’m not sure of the original source of the bottle or how old it was, but the 12% alcohol was barely noticable except for the wonderful whiskeyish warming in my belly. I would recommend serving this seductive stout close to room temp.