richlikebeer (839) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2005
someone was nice enough to bring a growler of this to heavyweight...poured jet black with very little head. aroma was huge with coffee and hints of chocolate. flavor matched it, with the coffee flavor not becoming overbearing. the sweetness of the beer was dominant in the tail end of this highly enjoyable and flavorful coffee stout. Dickinsonbeer (5073) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 9, 2005
Nice pure black with a good beige head. Aroma is pure fresh brewed coffee with hints of chocolate. Flavor was predominantly coffee with lots of roasted malts and some chocolate. Very smooth mouthfeel- body was actually a bit light but very nice. hopdog (13258) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2005
Tasted from Growler. Poured a dark, dark black color with an averaged sized off white head. Main aroma and tastes of coffee. Dark chocolate, roasted malts and some dark fruits as well. This one was all about the coffee but not in a bad way. egajdzis (6830) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2005
Poured an opaque black color with a medium sized, light tan head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of java coffee and smoke, chocolate and vinuousness as well. Taste was dominated by coffee, with chocolate, and dried fruits coming through as well. Really nice beer. chriso (7536) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2004
Having already tried the Town Hall H2O Oatmeal Stout, which I found very coffee dominated, I was wondering what to expect from this one. In fact, I found it very similar to the H2O - certainly not significantly more coffee accented. Another respectable beer, that didn’t quite set the taste buds afire. From growler at the DC gathering.
jgb9348 (6586) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2004
Slightly hazy dark brown coloured body with a thin light brown head. Roasty malt flavour with some coffee tastes later on. Aftertaste has some dark chocolate (~60% cacao) tastes and a fair amount of roasted malt. Overall, a nice beer overall, pretty much what you’d expect from the title! I sampled this beer in a growler from draught after the RB party at Founder’s in Alexandria, Virginia at Mike’s (the_beer_god) hotel room on 20-November-2004. MilkmanDan (1942) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - NOV 22, 2004
Black, with an oily mocha colored head. Nose has definite coffee with smoky nicotine. taste is sweet, nice smoked wood/charcoal character, nutty raisiny, and bitter at the end. Some coffee in it, but not overpoweringly so, doesn’t deserve the "coffee stout" label in my book (which is a good thing). TheBeerGod (6284) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 20, 2004
From the DC/VA/MD/PA/WV gathering. From the growler thanks to hopscotch. Dark brown to near black. No head on this. It’s a leftover from the tasting. Nose is huge coffee, some dark bittersweet chocolate and roasted malt. The taste is comprised of rich roasted malt notes, strong coffee bitterness, and dark cocoa notes. Body is oily and bitter with some faint carbonation and some dry notes. Finish is bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and more roasted malt. beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - SEP 3, 2004
On-cask at the brewpub: How gorgeous is that pour! Lovely off-matte black color with the unforgetable flow of yellowy cascade flying up the glass. The cap reaches about a finger high of oatmealy rich and thick yellowed light-tannish froth. It sits and sits, always present with a great pride of stern girth that takes a very long time to reach its final stage of thick skimming. Lacing is thick and patchy of strings all over the place.
Aroma is wonderfully displayed here. Super fine mixing of oaty sweetness, roasty edged cocoa, and a miraculous freshly ground coffee bean tone that isn’t overly potent but just right in regards not to overtake the other elements of its richly demeanor.
Taste is more of the same, oh, how is this so? Umm, I don’t know, but it is so. A perfect meld of flavors here, maintaining a great mild tone and character. Rich, full, smooth, and nearly perfect coffeeness to it. It reminds of a fresh Jamician blend I had that was one of the most drinkably smooth coffees I’ve ever had. That’s what this stuff is like. Lightly sweet with some oaty factors, nice milding chocolate/cocoa dustings, and that terrificly balanced coffee sense. Very fresh and rich, I swear I was picking coffee grounds out of my teeth it seemed that fresh. Its not like that full on coffee richness found in Bell’s Java Stout but is damn close. Mild yet fulfillingly yummy!
Feel is way to smooth... yikes man, its cask character is sooo nice. The warmer served temp gives it the impression of drinking a semi-warm coffee; brilliant. Mega fresh, with a heavenly smooth and rich medium body that floats across the palate and drys out ever so delicately leaving coffee beans and oaty sweetness parked around ever corner of the mouth. This stuff rocks! On-cask this was supurb. badgerben (5379) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 2, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2009 Cask. Pitch black color with a big, foamy tan head. Rich coffee and chocolate aroma. Very fresh, just crushed coffee bean taste. Lots of chocolate. A winey taste as well, kind of like Cabernet Sauvignon. Light English hops on the finish. Yum.