altonbrownd (5897) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - NOV 21, 2016 ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reviewed 3/2/13. 12 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.
A: Pours a very dark brown color with nice opacity. The head is a one finger mocha shade. I had to pour really aggressively in order to get just one finger; and even worse is the fact that it retains itself poorly.
S: The coffee here is more of a subtle add-on than the main focus - in other words, this isn’t Wake-n-Bake, nor does it try to be. It’s actually the qualities of cream and milk chocolate that are strongest; underneath that is roasted barley and the aforementioned coffee presence. Really a pleasant aroma in general.
T: The first wave of flavor that’s unleashed on the tongue is a lot of milky cream and chocolate. Roasted coffee will gradually build on the midtaste and climax on the finish. The coffee comes across a little stale, and that’s my biggest beef here by far. Luckily, it’s not a huge problem - since this isn’t a coffee-first, everything-else-second kind of stout, the subtle note can get away with being a mild deterrent behind a rock-solid cream stout.
M: I’d like just a touch less fizz to allow the creaminess of the texture to shine through better. Once allowed to fade, the softness of the texture does come through decently; but the finish isn’t dry enough to allow the more bitter/roasted qualities to balance the sweetness some. The syrupy linger makes it a bit hard to drink.
O: Pretty solid. Once I realized this wasn’t designed to be a coffee-bomb FBS killer, I could appreciate its subtleties a lot more thoroughly. Hardly my favorite coffee beer, but good enough where I’d considering getting a 6 pack of in the future.
Bottle from Total Wine & More, McLean. Dark black body with thin tan head. Nose is toasty malts, plums. Taste also toasty, dark berries and barley and plums. Sweet in the finish. Creamy texture. Good stuff. OldGrowth (3665) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - AUG 7, 2016
bottle, from unknown. batch code 11 18 15 good aroma, sweet coffee and chocolate. dark orangy brown color, not much head, faded quick, no lace. sweet flavor. medium body, smooth creamy mouthfeel, sweet finish. perfectly fine coffee stout, nic eit’s a lower abv stout with this much flavor, best part imo. suppose a coffee addition will do that....good to try, Alewerks is a solid brewer. vtafro (7444) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 15, 2016
Draft. Black pour with beige head. Roasted, coffee, sweet aromas. Flavors are roasted, crystal coffee, slight sweet notes. ChadPolenz (1847) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - APR 23, 2016
2015 BJCP Category: 16A Sweet Stout PorterPounder (8286) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2016
AROMA: Dark malt, some lactose sugar. No deeply roasted malt or coffee. Mild nose overall. 7/12
APPEARANCE: Dark black, seemingly opaque. Brown foam almost completely dissipates. 2/3
FLAVOR: A general dark maltiness. Slight sweet, almost cola flavor from the lactose. No distinct hop presence. Coffee is mostly faded. Metallic flavor on the finish. 10/20
MOUTHFEEL: Fairly light body; low carbonation. Feels like flat soda. Clean finish. 2/5
OVERALL IMPRESSION: Bottle was almost six months old which explains the weak palette and body. Probably good fresh. 4/10
TOTAL SCORE: 25/50
DISCLAIMER: The author is not a certified BJCP judge; therefore, this score sheet is not necessarily indicative of proper BJCP judging techniques and protocol. The author is grading to 2015 BJCP Guidelines in order to prepare for examination.
Williamsburg, Va. - on tap at Alewerks Tap Room. Green aroma with fresh coffee bean accents, a touch of anise seed. Bold flavor with solid coffee
notes, some licorice, a hint of two of chocolate. Silky smooth mouthfeel.
OnTheTrail (583) - Virginia, USA - FEB 4, 2016
Pours black, dark head. Aroma is a tangy espresso like coffee. Taste is malty, coffee is not overwhelming. arminjewell (9720) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 21, 2016
Pour out of 12 oz bottle, thanks Drake! Dark black pour with off white head, aroma brought notes of acrid coffee grounds, some acid, roast, slight earth, cocoa, slight dark fruit. Taste was a mix of ash, smoke, coffee grounds, hints of acid, roast, and a touch of cocoa, finishing bitter. metalhead0043 (342) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 20, 2016
12 oz bottle from Sam’s for 2.29. Pours black with a small brown head. Aroma is coffee, slight vanilla, a little roasty and a little sweet. Taste is coffee up front, slightly sweet and smoky on the back end. Nothing overwhelming; just an easy-drinking stout. Body is about average, not too heavy or too light. Overall a decent enough coffee stout. ScottWallace82 (97) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2016
On draft. Pours black with brown edges and a tan head. Huge coffee kick on the nose. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy, just right. Great coffee flavor with a nice roasty kick at the end. jhamp9 (1962) - Corinth, Texas, USA - JAN 14, 2016
Near black pour with a khaki head that fades to a film. Aroma is bitter black coffee and baker’s chocolate. Taste is coffee with cream and sugar, milk chocolate and toffee. Medium body. Drinks like a bigger stout. Pretty good.