pivo (2675) - - DEC 11, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Huge huge huge espresso nose--smells like you just walked into a coffee store. Dark brown color--shimmering. Fleeting dark chocolate sweetness gives way to a braod bitterness with, of course, coffee flavours everywhere. Medium thin body. Over-the-top beer that you might say isnít balanced, but it was fun to drink. Probably a good new years eve beer to keep you awake.
JDBaker11058 (2024) - Maryland, USA - OCT 15, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
appearance: near black, silky pour, beige head, minimal lacing. aroma: coffee, chocolate, vanilla, general roast. taste: as the aroma indicates, with a slightly sweet and earthy undertone. finish: roasty, dry, smooth palate. notes: Nice. Good coffee notes without being too acidic.
crossovert (12002) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 5, 2016
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
355ml bottle. Black/brown pour, aroma is a bit vegetal, flavor is fruity, coffee, roasted malt, cocoa. DEcent taste.
jamesewelch (259) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 2, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From 12oz bottle, poured into shaker pint glass
Aroma: coffee, roasty, smooth
Appearance: black, clear, tan foam,
Taste; lightly bitter, medium sweetness,
Palate: full body, sticky, creamy, average carbonation, bitter,
Overall: A great coffee porter. Canít believe I hadnít rated this one. I picked up one of the last 6-packs on the shelves of the last distribution after the brand ceased operations earlier this year. A solid coffee beer thatís been consistent and consistently good each year. Iíll miss this beer.
demannu (431) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 31, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty enjoyable overall but doesnít do anything to really stand out. Roasted coffee and chocolate aroma, light/medium body with smooth mouth feel. Taste follows nose, coffee and chocolate with subtle hints of vanilla.
Pumpkin87 (245) - - JAN 1, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours almost black but with beautiful garnet tones when held to the light. A medium beige head lasts long enough to provide some lacing and minor skim.
Big whiff of dark roast coffee followed by rougher cocoa nibs. After a few minutes aeration, the flavor smooths out with coffee, dark chocolate and just a hint of vanilla.
Not tremendously complex, but the light-medium body and almost creamy texture make for an enjoyable glass. Sorry to see this one go.
FROMTHEBOTTLE (71) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 30, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Not as dark in the glass as expected. Aromas of roast coffee and sweet ( not bitter) cocoa. All the elements are there. But something is missing. Coffee, cocoa, vanilla. Nothing too highlight. Not a bad beer, but also not a great one either.
Bulk_Carrier (4534) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - DEC 17, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Couple sample glasses at Maple Leaf Tavern in Wilmington, VT.
The appearance was a dark brown color with a concave film of lacing around the glass.
The smell had sweet and roasty smooth coffee beans over top of delicate sweet cocoa powder.
The taste was mainly sweet through the previously mentioned flavors and lead to a nice rich sweet aftertaste running into the finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. Carbonation runs fairly light allowing a silky texture all about.
Overall, what a wonderful coffee porter. Too bad, itís getting retired. Oh well.
MadRobin (2882) - Silver Spring, Alabama, USA - NOV 27, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from 12 oz. bottle after cellaring for a year.
Opaque, black-brown with a thin khaki head and fair lacing.
Aroma of intense roasted coffee, dark chocolate and dark toast.
Taste of strong black roasted coffee, dark chocolate, oak, toast and sweet roasted malt.
Medium/light body high/medium carbonization.
I thought the cellaring might have mellowed the strong dark coffee element, but it doesn't seem to have had much affect. Still a good beer, even if it would benefit from better balance.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
jrodooo5 (1583) - DOVER, Delaware, USA - NOV 20, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beautiful pour & great mouthfeel w/ a decent taste. Love the dark pour w/ a big tan head & lacing. Aroma is slightly roasty. Taste is a touch thin but has hints of coffee. Not quite enough bitterness or complexity to make it great but itís highly drinkable & overall a very solid beer!
katrinaez (1664) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not the best coffee porter that ever existed but for an odd man out it was good enough to drink if handed to me. Bottle.