Updated Review 11/10
Bottle label has “Seasonal : 2010” in vertical text on the right hand side. Same ABV, same Jittery Joe’s, same everything!
Pour is just as inky black as usual, but the nose and tastes remain VERY “black coffee” rich. One of the bigger nose and tastes that give a strong sense of coffee grinds – no doubt.
You’ve got to be in the mood for a coffee stout, but if you ARE, and you REALLY want coffee grinds, then this is for you.
I wonder what this would be like with a healthy dose of coffee creamer and ice?!?! It wouldn’t be beer anymore, but…
Updated Review 01/08
Vintage 08 dot-matrixed on the label – released late in 2007.
Coffee aroma and tastes are much more pronounced. Creamy, low carbonation and a lack of bitterness.
Original Review 01/06
I missed this on tap in a previous incarnation, so I am not making comparisons, just enjoying this exceptional brew.
Classic jet black, viscous pour with a darker than usual head (not so much tan as burnt tan). Some lacing but not a huge amount.
Aroma has a lot of the cereal, oatmeal feel rather than coffee and there is a distinct surprise that it is not a more potent, gripping nose.
The taste is incredibly smooth and the mouthfeel is full. Smoothness is reflected in the lack of coating this puts on the tongue. Without question, the most notable feature of this beer is the LACK of bitterness. Coffee based, double stouts can be notoriously bitter (for obvious reasons) but this drinks like a creamy and delicious classic, almost like an ironed out, creamy Porter
Some burnt and coffee notes, but these are distinctly in the background. Reminds me a lot of smoother version of Stoudt’s Fat Dog.