Coffee Stout (Brewmaster Series)
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 18.11.11 in bottle
73 / 100
(Very Good)
Pours a dark brown, almost black colour except for the edges. Head is ochre, kind of nutty-hued and disperses to a thin film of caramel-coloured lace. Easily revived with a swirl. Looks nice.

Smells very dark, almost burnt. Plenty of smoke on there, but blended with espresso, licorice and arrowroot providing some edgy sweetness. Nice complexities, doesn't appeal perfectly for a sip though.

Taste starts out with that woody, smokey kind of flavour on the assault. Develops a long dark malty mid-section with a smooth chocolatey flavour and touch of vanilla. Finishes quite bitter, with roasty espresso, licorice and a savoury/sweet kind of nutty character, spice and quite a drying crisp texture on the finish. Not bad at all, really, although a bit thin for the most part.

A milder flavour for a strong dark beer, that still manages to retain a good punch. Quite pleasant.
appearance: 4.0 | aroma: 4.0 | taste: 4.0 | feel: 3.0 | drinkability: 4.0
Coffee Stout (Brewmaster Series)
Reviewed by Jez on 30.10.11 in bottle
68 / 100
Purchased from Whole Foods in Tribeca, brought back to Australia to drink with @tobeerornottobe and @LaitueGonflable

Pours a deep block-brown colour, with a crackling film of melted chocolate brown. Body looks quite fluid, but dense enough to hold some tiny brown carbonation. Looks like a very dark beer, perhaps not a particularly heavy one, however.

Nose is roasty, but surprisingly bright, with an almost crispness from the coffee character coming through. Certainly smooth and dark otherwise, although it doesn't have a lot of sweetness present—it's almost as though the coffee is the character used to sharpen the flavour of the beer. Interesting.

Taste is indeed, a little thinner on the palate than it could be, with a clear and rather sharp coffee presence through the centre. Surprisingly, there's only touches of roast grains in the flavour, sitting around the edges of the coffee. Thin body, which accentuates the whole thrust of the beer, but I think weakens it overall.

A nice beer, but not an exceptional one. The coffee is well showcased, but the brew is rather thin otherwise. It's a shame, because it looked better.

appearance: 4.0 | aroma: 4.0 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | drinkability: 4.0