Bill Becker (2004) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 20, 2017 DarkStar22769 (100) - Ontario, - APR 26, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a rich, thick black with a smooth, coffee-cream hued head forming at the top. The aroma is all malt as one would expect from an Imperial Stout or a Doppelbock. The flavour has a bit of coffee bitterness followed by chocolate and the burn of alcohol.
From Apr 2007
This one pours from 22oz bottle a pitch black with a very small head of foam. That soon shrunk toi just a small island...is that Java? ;^)
The smell is huge! Lots of coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, caramel malt, and some alcohol but the first thing I thought of when I took my first whiff was how much it smelled like a fine Port.
The taste is kind of overwhelmingly sweet on first sip. There's a ton of sweet caramel malt, chocolate and molasses and a very strong alcohol presence followed by a good coffee flavour. Further sips in and the coffee becomes a bit more assertive while the sweetness is offset by roasted malt and some hop bitterness, especially near and through the finish.
Bottom line: At 12%abv, this one is definitely a sipper but it's a good sipper and one that I would enjoy again if given the opportunity.
Thanks to Nutbrown for this sample!!
Itzjerm (3175) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - NOV 4, 2016
Very sweet. This is very sticky with slight coffee. Not to bitter but enjoyable. Almost a cream and vanilla comes through. This is almost like a candy bar honestly. Thin fading head. I would get again. But missing a bit.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone bigda83 (879) - Jamestown, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2016
2012 vintage sampled at 05-15-16 Public Day. Poured a dark brown with a small off-white sudsy head. Aromas of coffee, sugar, light cream, and chocolate. Flavor had cream and sugar, chocolate, and muted older coffee. That’s to be expected with this an older vintage. Full body, slick texture, soft carbonation, pretty smooth finish. Gespuccian (144) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 4, 2016
Great stout. Pours a dark black, with very little head. Nose is coffee, dark roast, a touch of alcohol. Taste follows suit. Plenty of coffee flavor, though it’s not overly bitter. Likewise, the dark roasted malt is dark and full of flavor, but there’s a residual sweetness that cuts some of what could be bitter on the mouthfeel and creates a smooth, chocolatey, and full mouth feel. Finishes with a slightly crispness, and some burn from the high ABV. It all works together though. Great beer. Underdogs88 (325) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 26, 2016
Sweet chocolate aroma. Appearance is jet black with a thick tan head. Flavor is full of milk chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium with medium carbonation. Overall, it's a good chocolate beer. It has an extract chocolate aroma and flavor, but overall it's solid.
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probstblueribbon (4088) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 23, 2015
Bomber from parts unknown, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass. monk191 (2022) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 18, 2015
App.: Deep brown-black with a decent mocha head.
Aroma: Coffee, dark chocolate and nuts, dark-roasted maltiness, so much coffee, chocolate and nuts, wow, lightly boozy.
Palate: Medium-full body, very creamy and very fine carbonation.
Flav.: Tons of coffee, lots of dark chocolate and moderate nuttniness, boozy, so full-bodied and rich; lots of booze, and a very long coffee and dark chocolate finish.
A very big beer. Probably a poor choice for a work night.
A very good, milk shake like beer. Pours a beautiful deep black with thick tan head. Smells of mocha, vanilla and cinnamon. Extremely thick taste. With lots of milk, vanilla, cinnamon and some chocolate and coffee bitterness in the finish. Had in the bottle. vjohans (765) - SWEDEN - MAY 30, 2015
Coffee, espresso, chocolate, , tanned head, Brownblack, medium sweet, light bitter, almost sour taste, little alcohol,
Medium body, no bitterness from the coffee. Niko100 (3012) - Chicago, New York, USA - MAY 5, 2015
Rich black color; Heavy creamy body; Aroma of malt, coffee, & chocolate; Flavor of roasted sweet malt, coffee, chocolate, some vanilla, and cocoa; Full body & nicely balanced; Quite satisfying. fugitive (2061) - Athens, GREECE - APR 26, 2015
Bottle. Color black with small brown head. Aroma some coffee, alcohol, chocolate. Taste sweet, chocolate, coffee, roasted.