oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - DEC 6, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beautiful black pour with a boisterous, fine bubbled tan head. Lacing is evident immediately. Aroma is hop heavy for the style- earthy loam, mocha, evergreen, caramel, chocolate, toffee, and roasted barley. Flavor has quite the bite- dark roast coffee and resinous hop characteristics combine to make for an abrasive but enjoyable flavor arrangement. Tons of dark chocolate, espresso, spruce, citrus, and caramel with more mild notes of cream and roast. Palate is medium to full with a silky, creamy velvet mouth feel and a chalky roast oriented dryness in the finish.
WLG423 (201) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 6, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark body with a caramel colored head. Aroma has a strong initial hop character with notes of coffee, caramel and almost hidden sour citrus. Body is medium with flavors of coffee with the hops coming through. Finishes off with a mouth feel similar to an IPA with a dryer feeling on the tongue. Overall, this is a rather unique take on the stout style though quite delicious all the same.
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
No coffee aroma, no coffee taste. This beer is very smooth and slides down real easy. Finishes with avery slight undertone of maybe coffee-esque. But not really. The beer is good and worth a try, but it was a let down from an otherwise good brewery.
pete4999 (1445) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle. Pitch black pour. Doesn’t really smell like much - subtle coffee notes, as expected, but nothing huge. Taste is kinda a letdown too - the coffee is there, but it’s in the background. Not a huge coffee bite like I was expecting. A good beer, sure, but far from the best coffee stout I’ve tried.
thornecb (5810) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 29, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black into a snifter. Mocha head recedes to hug rim. Chocolate and espresso aromas. Thin with vanilla, chocolate and sweet espresso. Lasting coffee finish.
reggiedunlop (3703) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours a very black color with a huge mocha colored head...some sediment visible throughout...nice lacing and retention. aroma is not as bold as i expected but does have coffee dominating it...also the faintest hint of a dusty aroma. flavor has some roastiness and burnt qualities and mild coffee...a touch of milkiness too..not as complex as i expected. excellent creamy mouthfeel...velvety and lively...with a lingering roasty coffee finish. pretty nice but i was expecting more out of this one...
JFGrind (2034) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2009
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black, coffee infused stout, malt, oatmeal, and medium bitterness. Picked up a bomber @ premium price, enjoyed Java Head, but it left me yearning for more.
smcolw (617) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 25, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Large, rocky head--leaves a lot of chunky lace. Dark, dark brown where no light shines through.
Cooled off hot chocolate smell; creamy; semi-sweet without the typical burnt aromas.
Tastes more dark than the smell. Far more bitter--burnt toast and background hop. It’s thinner than I like, particularly for an oatmeal stout. The aftertaste is similar to mocha. Put it together, a nice complexity.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 24, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from State Line Liquors. Very nice pour, thick and deep brown, with a hefty head. Slight sediment visible in the body. The nose is actually a bit indistinct, particularly as far as coffee stouts go. Sharp hops are the dominant characteristic, and there’s a particular citrus aroma to them. Strange. Full bodied and very smooth, with a dry finish. The flavor is more complex than the aroma, with the bean coming in somewhat shyly - certainly not much of a roasted characteristic, more of a smooth dry chocolate. Overall, it’s an enjoyable beer but I found it more like a black IPA than a coffee stout.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Ginger Man in NYC. Pours a very deep brown colored body with a finger-width, creamy, tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is full of medium roasted malts, coffees, dark chocolate, oatmeal smooth milk chocolate, and a caramel sweetness. Flavor is similar. Smooth, medium roasts and a good amount of coffee. Lightly sweetened caramel malts with a good amount of rich, dark chocolate as well as milky chocolates. Finishes with a light astringent coffee, medium roasts, and a bit of a floral bitterness. Lingers with lots of coffee and sweet malts for a good amount of time. Dry, lighter body, and smooth. Overall, a really nice coffee stout. Relatively straightforward, but full of flavor. Hard to complain here.