Bottled on 10/14/09
Purchased at Blue Max Liquors in Burnsville, MN
$9.19 for a 4-pack
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Aroma: First up in the aroma is a gritty cold-press coffee nose with a background of sweet chocolate. Dark roasted malt presence is subtle, but helps to round out the predominately roasted coffee notes.
Appearance: Pours an opaque black with a rich almond brown head. A very well retained head with good lacing sticking to the edge of the glass.
Flavor: Burnt coffee and dark chocolate flavors hit your tongue immediately with a creamy sweet backdrop. This follows with a peppery presence as well through the middle that is almost burning. This spice backs up the coffee and chocolate sweetness well. Finish is of bitter dark chocolate and is probably the only area where an earthy hop bitterness is present.
Mouthfeel: Full body with low carbonation. While the beer has a drying and bitter quality, the coffee and chocolate have such an intensity that the flavors attach themselves to your palate with an oily consistency.
Overall: A stouty-stout with rich body and a flavor profile that is very focused on coffee and deep 80% dark chocolate. The aroma isn't as rich as I expected from this beer and is surprisingly similar to Surly's Coffee Bender. I suspect they use the same process to add the coffee.
An excellent stout worthy of casual enjoyment or to occupy space in your cellar.