NicerInPerson (337) - North of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 2, 2007
Extremely strong coffee aroma (compared to other years), some grassy hop notes, chocolate and toffee presence as well. Coffee rules the roost in 2007 and is present in spades. The beer poured black with a tall brown head which fell slowly to lace the glass. The flavor was acrid roasted malts and strong espresso coffee with a nice backbone of chocolate and caramel to keep the roast and coffee bitterness in check. The flavor was also a bit grassy with hop character. Full on the palate with a creamy mouthfeel. A really nice Imperial Stout, but the coffee this year is nearly over the top. 12 ounce bottle - 2007. andyhite (308) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - JAN 28, 2007
from a 12oz bottle - biggest non-receding head i’ve ever seen on a stateside pour - beyond a three finger, with a merengue consistency. about the color of motor oil, coffee, and molasses mixed together. scents of espresso, caramel, milk chocolate, thick toasted wood and a malt-dipped hops are dancing around in my nose. taste? for a stout - it is quite smooth, with an off-sweet finish. i don’t think i’ve ever tasted burnt fruit before now. there’s a pancake batter taste here that is mixed with oatmeal, but i must say that the name of the beer is only partially represented here. nonetheless, it’s a damn good beer. Zeswaft (1783) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 26, 2007
wow, coffee just explode from this in the aroma. Flavor is really sweet. more so than normal. coffee everywhere. I don’t taste any oatmeal. creamy body. Tastes a lot like Founders breakfast stout. this would taste awesome with ice cream. super beer. I think I like that it’s not 10+ abv like most imperial stouts. AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2007 12oz bottled poured into a tulip glass. Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 23, 2007
Beer pours very dark with a nice 1/2 inch head. Plenty of good lacing, but it all falls back into the beer.
Smell is subtle but nice coffee. Slight chocolate and alchohol as well.
Taste is coffee, chocolate and a slight oatmeal roastiness. The coffee is very well done. It’s not overpowering or overly bitter. It’s almost, dare I say, perfectly balanced in this beer.
The mouthfeel is a little thinner than I like. It could be a little more thick and creamy. That being said, it is a very good beer that is highly sessionable. This is a great beer that I would love to have on hand at all times.
(bottle)poured into a snifter. pours a dark, dark coffee with a dark tan head. has a strong coffee aroma. taste is a heavy coffee bean in the front, middle, and finish. it is like drinking cold coffee. a great and unique beer, if you like coffee you will love this, if not, don’t drink it. It is brewed with coffee. a nice change up, but one will do ya.
sojifio (11) - madison, Alabama, USA - JAN 22, 2007
bottled. nice dark brown pour with burnt-caramel colored head 1/4 finger high that dissapates rapidly. very sweet flavor with not much hops adding to the taste. short finish, though overall a nice stout DougShoemaker (3146) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 21, 2007
Roasted coffee aroma, chicory and treacle as well, dark brown, red at the edges, a small cappuccino head, good lacing. Robust coffee taste, dark chocolate, hazelnuts too. Medium bodied, really well balanced, smooth as silk, with a firm bitterness. Terrific! Thank You mr_kimchee! jgd0608 (187) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - JAN 17, 2007
12 oz bottle courtesy of Degarth! Thanks. Pours a pitch black, with a finger of creamy beige head. Well that smells nice, vanilla, coffee, chocholate even a hint of oak, even though i don’t think it was barrel aged... hmmmm. Wake-n-bake baby, goes down real smooth with almost the same texture as maybe a light chocholate milk. Flavors of chocholate and coffee, and vanilla. Good thick mouthfeel, and really tasty. bergface (56) - madison, Alabama, USA - JAN 16, 2007
The oats make it go down real smooth, and the coffee jumps out on the finish. I mean its not just a hint you can really taste it regardless of how sophisticated your palate is. It was tasty, I would like it a bit more if I was big on coffee. Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 15, 2007
Pours with a black body topped by a thin, brown head with little lacing. It’s sweet and malty with nice roasted coffee notes with a little fruit and some underlying chocolate. Full bodied and smooth with a little tingle from the carbonation.