BlackBeerPG (937) - Darien, Illinois, USA - JUN 11, 2017
Taste: Bold dark malts, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, spices and molasses notes. Big roasted coffee bean aroma! Very dark Brown, mostly opaque, tan head with delicate lace. Medium/full to Full body. Slight dry hop in background to toasted malt profile. italianjohn (3281) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2016
Black pour with a thin tan head .... Aroma of dark coffee lots of rich potent coffee Wow roasted malts and not much else .... Taste is of heavily roasted coffee, bitter cocoa, roasted malts, caramel malts and a bit of an off sweet flavor .... Bitter dry roasted flavor ... Decent solid brew ... Smells amazing taste is not as good as aroma NachlamSie (3581) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 29, 2016
Bomber from Warehouse Liquor. I have lamented that brewers outside of the Midwest and East are afraid to really overpower a beer with coffee. Spiteful has reinforced my stereotype of this region by delivering a delightfully potent coffee bomb. The aroma is so rich of the coffee bean that I can start to pick out notes of the bean itself. It’s slightly fruity and peanutty. A hefty, pleasantly astringent malt base gives a bittersweet mocha balance. The palate is full and well rounded. Loads of pure coffee wash over my tongue. Earth, leather, cacao, nuts are all hinted at. ryecatcher (1467) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2016
Bomber. Opaque, stouty brownish-black pour, creamy espresso colored head with decent retention. Nose is coffee, cocoa, wheat puffs, Little Debbie fudge nut brownies (takes me back to the early 80s). Mouth is medium-full, creamy, mild sweetness, cocoa, coffee, hazelnuts, roast, vanilla, pleasant subtle bitterness. The only knock I can find is this one never really has that thick mouth feel of it’s GFY forbearers and gets downright watery just after the midsection. I like my stouts to be stouty. Still a solid beer from one of my favorite breweries though. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2016
22 oz bottle from Binnys Naperville (Napervillle, I). Been awhile since I’ve revisited this GFY, may as well go with the Coffee version. Pours a deeper dark blackish huyue, opaque with ruby Tootsie roll brownish ruby glow. A frothy full brown head atop is bubbly, frothy, and sticks around nicely. Solid lacing, a decent film and thicker ringer remain atop. Aromas are delicious and alluring roasty coffee, espresso and cocoa nibs meet roasty earthy malts, coffee and some ashiness. Subtle cola, bitter earthy hops and black malts. Caramel and carmelized malts are toasty, bitter, the coffee giving it a bit more potency as it settles. Initial is fuller bodied but not heavy, potent roast and toast meet some carmelized malts, sweetness that grows but is quickly overwhelmed by that potent bitter hop presence GFY is known for. Cocoa nibs, roast, a bit of creaminess up front and sweetness is overwhelmed by potent bitter hops, complimentary coffee whoioch elevates it’s potency and boost. A really nice flow from the elements, going down easily with blasts from a nice roasty, earthy coffee, espresso and chocolate, toasty and carmelized malts with a supporting body beneath, potent bitter hops that really work nicely. A great pour, a nose you can smell and grabs you right from the pour. Lovely stuff that is flavorful, rich, but goes down a bit too easily. It’s no surprise this treatment works so well with the base GFY being so great though. Lovely yet simple overall, really.
crossovert (14006) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2016
650ml bottle thanks cal. Jet black appearance, fizzy head. Nice roasty ashy coffee aroma that resists the green pepper note. Some peanut butter cup under that. FLavor is great, coffee, some acidity, cocoa, mild bit of hops, not green pepper in sight which makes most of the time for a good coffee stout. Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 5, 2015
Bottle from cwsample’s wife. Dark pour with a brown head. Aroma is coffee. Taste is roasted grain, burned toast, and a ton of coffee bean. Nice finish. Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - MAR 28, 2015
Courtesy of Darshan tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - MAR 28, 2015
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate-heavy coffee, dark chocolate, anise, and a touch of molasses. It pours a dark brown with no transparency with a small khaki head that quickly fades to a minimal film outlined by a thin ring. The flavor starts with moderate dark chocolate and light molasses. The finish has moderate black coffee with a touch of anise. It’s medium bodied with mild carbonation and a somewhat slick mouthfeel.
Bottle: Thanks, Darsh. Dark, basically black with a semi-foamy khaki collar. Aroma of deep coffee beans, roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, & a touch of ashy brown sugar. Flavor is a bit more ashy & roasty with a bit of coffee beans & dry cacao beans. Hints of brown sugar & anise lead into a slightly woody finish. There’s a very mild papery touch I get in the aftertaste at times, too. Not great, but still good. jjgmd (2264) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - MAR 6, 2015
With Zachary, pours a pitch black pour with an ephemeral beautiful Java head. Nose is heavy malt, dark chocolate and rich ’ joe ’ . Taste is sweet chocolate and delicious coffee...rich, velvety and smooth. Finishes on the same tasting notes, sweet and delicious chocolate coffee notes. Magnificent ! Quaff Score 9 / 10