bb (9789) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 28, 2014 PilsnerPeter (3050) - Flushing, New York, USA - OCT 14, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Notes from my backlog: Deep brown near black pour with a thin tan ring of head. Roasted coffee aroma, some charred barley- one dimensional. Thin fizzy body. The malt presence is lacking. Mainly coffee notes in the flavor. Some resiny quality. Eh.
Draft. Black beer with a dark tan head. Light coffee and chocolate aroma. Chocolate and coffee flavor with fruitiness and caramel. Medium bodied. Coffee and chocolate lingers with fruitiness. baraciisch (3375) - California, USA - JAN 27, 2014
Huge coffee aroma, like smelling freshly ground coffee from the bag... Flavor is espresso, dark chocolate, Malts with coffee really permeating throughout... Solid porter
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Pours dark brown with a nice off white head. The aroma is pretty much straight up spent coffee grounds. The flavor is the same with a medium body and a good strong finish. A bit one dimensional, but if you like coffee beers this is a good one. The alcohol is very well hidden. GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - AUG 21, 2010
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JoeMcPhee (9550) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 16, 2010
Aroma - enormous coffee aroma, some molasses & dark sugar but just an explosion of coffee.
Appearance - black body with a dense, 1" tan head, very nice retention
Taste - sugary coffee drink, coffee and more coffee.
Palate - smooth, slightly cloying, long bitter coffee finish
Overall - quite easy to enjoy. At a mid 7 ABV, it doesn’t overwhelm.
Tap at Rattle N Hum. Deep black pour with a sticky tan head. The nose is great. Lots of fresh coffee over a soft cocoaish base. The beer does have a vegetal character that I could probably do without. Loads of coffee in here though with a distinct herbal component to the brew. A bit of spiciness as well. Oddly, as the beer warms the vegetal character kind of dissipates leaving a nice rich mocha like character. The base beer gets hammered a bit, but it’s still a pretty well-made brew. vtafro (7444) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUN 9, 2010
Draft @ R’n’H. Black pour with tan head. Great aroma of espresso and roasted coffee dominating. Roasted coffee, espresso and some dark malt flavors. Very smooth texture. popery (2231) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 14, 2010
Tap, City Beer Store. Lots of coffee. Probably a bit too much, really. Much of the nice chocolate flavor in Payback is lost. The coffee flavor is good, but these sorts of beers should be happy marriages between the dark malt and coffee, and, in my opinion, they didn’t quite pull that off here. I’m a big fan of Ritual coffee, and this beer certainly does have a nice iced coffee feel. However, the coffee is a bit bland and simple in this beer. As for appearance, it’s quite similar to the base beer - very dark brown/red, verging on black liquid, dark beige head. Mouthfeel is good, though I would prefer it even thicker. All in all, it’s a good beer, particularly for fans of coffee stouts/porters. iowaherkeye (2804) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAY 13, 2010
Tap at City Beer. Clear deep dark ruby with a small tan head, fading to a tattered film before long. Aroma of freshly cold pressed earthy roasty coffee, light spicy pepper notes. Flavor adds a bit of dark chocolate chips and a light caramel sweetness. Bitterness peaks at a 3 in the roasted finish--no burnt or ashy notes! Light prickly carbonation with a light to medium body. Pretty good coffee beer. badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 13, 2010
Black with a fizzy white head. Big strong coffee aroma up front. Some chocolate notes but a huge coffee flavor with an earthy finish. Excellent.