bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - NOV 8, 2006
Bottled. Black as pitch with almost no head. Very soft mouthfeel. Heavy notes of coffee, roasted malts and chocolate. Mild but at the same time very round and full. barleyPops (1183) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2006
OhioDad sent this 12 oz. bottle my way recently, thanks Scott. pours black with a small khaki colored head fading to just a hint of a ring of lace. aroma is chocolate and some coffee. flavor is all about the coffee with some chocolate and a hint of hops. full palate and well hidden alcohol. a full, thick and rich impy. stout! thebaldwizard (1365) - Ohio, USA - NOV 4, 2006
The Wake-n-Bake pours out a nice black color with a decent tan head. The aroma is lots and lots of roasted coffee with some chocolate. Taste is dominated by coffee flavors and is a bit thinner than I would have thought. Enjoyable brew. kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - OCT 28, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2006 12 oz bottle via captaincouger (thanks!). Pours a dirty black motor oil thickness with a small tan head. Thickest oatmeal stout in the history of the world, lol. Nose has lots of chocolate, espresso, molasses, anise, licorice, and a tiny tiny bit of oak aged bourbon alcohol. Taste is EXACTLY like the aroma, the only thing i would add is that the oak/bourbon alc comes through a bit strong with some coffee. This is like the anti-session beer but the perfect nightcap....crap it is only 7:46pm though, lol. Anyways this is a unique and quite tastey stout. One will definately be enuff though. Dubbercody (213) - Vancouver, Washington, USA - OCT 28, 2006
Black pour with fizzy cascading tan head. Chocolate and coffee come out to dance in your nose, leading to a first taste that mmmm...tastes like chocolate coffee. Wow, really great beer with coffee, may miss the boat and don’t have the whole package IMHO. This one is great, easy to drink with a great coffee aftertaste. I was expecting a heavier mouthfeel, but it turns out it’s nice and normal, doesn’t overpower the whole mouth like some might.
I’m impressed by this beer, probably my favorite coffee beer yet.
BeerandBlues2 (14018) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 21, 2006
Bottle provided by northerntimber. Pours opaque with very little fizzy brown head, patchy, very thick liquid. Aroma is dark roasted chocolate malt, coffee and ashy wood, hidden dark fruit (raisin, prune) with a velvety alcohol nose. Medium bitterness and acidity, medium sweet chocolate and nutty roasted malt, coffee and oats, ashy finish. Full bodied, creamy and thick, smooth and velvety palate with a slightly dry end. Svesse (8921) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - OCT 21, 2006
(Bottle, Stockholm Beer Festival, 6 Oct) Pitch black colour with small brown head. Roasted, creamy nose with chocolate, coffee, moccha and grainy oatmeal notes. Roasted taste with creamy chocolate, coffee (with cream), blueberries and crowberries. Smooth oatmeal character in the finish. Very nice one. hellomynameis (877) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - OCT 14, 2006
Black coffee colour with a brown head that was thick but not long lasting. The aroma is chock full of chocolate and dark roasted coffee. The palate was thinner than I expected which was quite dissapointing. the flavour was nice but a bit subdued. The coffee was definatly present with more chocolate and roast notes. shigadeyo (3817) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 13, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2009 10/13/2006: 2006 from illinismitty. Very deep dark brown; as close to black as possible without actually being black. Moderate carbonation & a brown crown. Pours like old motor oil; it just looks thick, but silky at the same time. Aroma is so intriguing & inviting: Chocolate, coffee, dark malt, charred wood. Flavor is very deep & rich flooding the tongue with tastes of dark chocolate, coffee, cola. Finishes like a fine cup of espresso with some cola. There is even an almost imperceptible hint of smoke or charred wood as in the flavor too. The lingering flavor reminds me of the taste of sucking on whole coffee beans. The bitterness of the beer is extremely balanced & the alcohol is nearly invisible. Medium body & is very glossy & smooth on the palate. Overall it is pretty intense & complex with so many aromas & flavors drifting around in it. I think it is great & I am extremely disappointed that this fine beer isn’t readily available in Ohio. Rating: 7/4/8/4/17=4gnoff (11138) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 9, 2006
2006 Vintage - 11/15/2008: Pours out in a silent & silky near-black stream. It swirls slowly in the glass, but has very little carbonation & really no head or crown. The aroma is rich creamy chocolate with hints of sweet, charred malt, coffee. The flavor is also rich & starts sweeet with deeply caramelized malts & some char, then fine, smooth alcohol, & finally indulgent bold & robust coffee. As it warms, the oatmeal flavor & texture becomes more apparent. There is also a thread of what I can only describe as sweet citrus-like candy that must be from the aged hops. Body is medium-full & it’s mellow & velvety on the palate. Definitely not overcarbonated, but a touch more would have actually been welcomed to help open up the flavors more. Overall it is still drinking quite well at this age. It too may have lost some of its complexities & the bitterness has gone out of it a bit, but it is still a delightfully warming, richly flavored beer. Probably peaked within 1st year. Rating: 7/3/8/4/16=3.8
(355 ml bottle) Dark brown to black color, small brown head. Smooth light youghurt berry scent. Sweet mixed with burnt taste, burnt aftertaste. Some salty tones. Medium bitterness. A bit grainy mouthfeel "taste".