JaBier (8235) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2010
Growler shared by a friend. Pitch black pour with a medium tan head. Huge coffee aroma with chocolate and a bit of cream. Huge coffee flavor with cream and chocolate before a bitter roasty finish. Amazing. manny57 (162) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 21, 2010
Had on draft at FFF brewpub. This was my last beer of the night and one hell of a closer. It definitely stole the show. Too bad they didnt have it in "to-go" bottles. It was very similiar to Founders Breakfast Stout in my opinion. zach8270 (4021) - Henrietta, New York, USA - NOV 20, 2010
(draft @ FFF - Munster, IN) Served in a coffee cup. Very nice touch. Dark black with almost no head and very light carbonation. Big big coffee and cream aroma with a lot of nice roasted notes mixing with some more coffee near the end. Flavor is that fresh coffee ground taste with some very mild cocoa notes to balance it out. Predominantly coffee and rather tasty. 17thfloor (2444) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2010
Draft. Very drinkable. Nice coffee flavor without being overly aggressive, balanced roast, medium pine, well made beer that hits the spot. Off-dry. Dogbrick (13751) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2011 From growler. Pours nearly black with a thin tan head that recedes quickly. Short strings of lacing. Strong roasted coffee aroma with some chocolate notes. Medium body with flavors of espresso, malt and hops. The finish is roasty with a lingering coffee aftertaste. Solid brew all around.
bdigital (659) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 16, 2010
Growler pour, courtesy of FFF’s rep...pours a dark black, small tan head. Nose is massive espresso bean, chocolate and some charred wood/earthy tones. Silky mouth feel...flavor explodes with coffee, chocolate notes are apparent as well but this is a very focused coffee stout. Fantastic, thanks for the pour. msante79 (2244) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2010
On tap at brewpub. Served in clear coffee mug. Pretty funny IMO. Pours black with tan head. Aroma is strong with coffee with a bit of roasted malts and a touch of chocolate. Flavors of strong coffee that dominate brew. A bit of roasted malt and chocolate as well. Mouthfeel is a little thin. thetomG (250) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2010
Nice black color with a small ring of tiny bubbles. Its pretty thin, but does leave some slightly syrupy traces around the glass as you swirl.
Aroma is a massive wave of dark roast coffee, with the flavor following almost identically, except there are a few slight notes of chocolate with the coffee flavors.
As I mentioned it is on the lighter bodied side of things, but also very very smooth and easy to drink. Really is remarkable how much it tastes like pure iced coffee. TRULY a fantastic beer if you’re into these sorts of flavors... cannot wait until I get to try it again!
And here I thought coffee bender was going to be the closest beer to an iced coffee I’d ever try....
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 10, 2010
Wicked huge thanks to Josh and Jacqui for hooking me up with this dark, jittery, oily delight. Seriously one of the better coffee stouts I’ve had. Thick, rich, gloopy pour, a dark oatmeal stout look with a silky, creamy head. But the aroma is killer, rich and fulsome bean majesty but very obviously delivered in a great base beer. The long taste bears this impression out, with a really great and sessionable stout holding things down. But the roasts and oils of the coffee complement the roasted malts and bready, barley elements so well that it’s hard to give this anything less than a rock solid 4. Thanks, guys!!! phaleslu (10652) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 9, 2010
Draft served in a little clear glass shaped like a coffee mug at Three Floyds. Pours an opaque brown color with a creamy brown head. Aroma of fresh roasted coffee, dark chocolate malts, cream, and sugar. Exactly like smelling a fresh coffee drink, and I do like the smell despite not being a coffee drinker. Flavor was a bit to rich and roasty for me, with just tons of coffee character, but I can tell the difference between good and cheap coffee, and this Intelligentsia stuff is legit. Medium-bodied, with sharp carbonation and lingering roast.