Guerde (1184) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - APR 9, 2009
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2012 (bottle) Pours dark brown with a light tan head and a lot of lacing. Aroma smells like cheap coffee mixed with an artificial vanilla syrup along with some chocolate and peanut butter. The chocolate and peanut butter combo isnít bad, but that coffee coupled with the syrup takes away from the aroma. This reminds me of ST Creme Brulee in fact. Turns even hotter as it warms and singes the nostrils with hints of tar. The taste is light chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, coffee, brownie, and really not much else. Itís good in that there is no astringency here, but these parts donít really mesh all that well together and everything is pretty low-key. Finish is of light wood, roasted malt, and alcohol with a thin mouthfeel. Overall this is quite a disappointment, especially considering the price. I guess I shouldíve bought a Black Wheat for three dollars less.
angrypirate06 (1387) - Texas, USA - APR 7, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Bman1113vr. Black pour with a light brown 1 finger head. Absolutely delicious aroma, smelled like a fresh cup of coffee with vanilla/hazelnut/caramel creamer. The taste was sweet for a stout, but a nice coffee taste, with caramel, vanilla. Creamy effervescent mouthfeel. Iíd love to have this beer again.
BMan1113VR (7874) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 7, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to pepsican. Pours with a large, creamy tan head over an ultra dark brown body. Aroma is strong with coffee, chocolate, tons upon tons of spicy roast, soil, cocoa dust, vanilla, oak, leather, hazelnut liqueur and something else I canít read from my notes. Taste is coffee, vanilla and hazelnut creamer. A bit salty in the finish. Not a lot of residual sugars, but it works well. Mouthcoating and a bit syrupy, light carbonation. Very nice.
Ibrew2or3 (7107) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 3, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy of Gillard. Pours dark brown with amber edges and mocha head. The aroma is coffee with a backbone of chili peppers, chocolate, molasses and mild burnt malts. The taste is smooth goodness spiking first with a pulse of chili peppers and then quickly moving into chocolate, molasses as well as roasty to burnt malts. This is smooth, rich and deliciously good.
madvike (2907) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - APR 1, 2009
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle - Pours near opaque black with a nice frothy tan head. The aroma is just okay, as the sweet vanilla smell is almost cloying. Thereís a bit of bourbon and malt to mellow it out, but itís still sticky sweet. The taste is more of the same--sweet vanilla with some roasty flavors. The finish starts with a blast of coffee grounds, then lots of sweet flavors comingling at the end. The bourbon is the only flavor that seems to be balanced. Itís just enough to taste but doesnít overpower anything else. This was real disappointing, and the thinner-than-expected mouthfeel didnít help any. It was a decent dessert beer, but I donít think thatís what they were going for here.
incutrav (577) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - MAR 31, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
15.99 4 pk.Really sweet with chocolate, then some coffee, then the bourbon. The bourbon was more in line of DOAB, more subdued, which I like, not in your face like KBS. I expected a bit more of the coffee aspect, as CW reg. coffee stout is packed with beans. Has a lot of great flavors all melded together very well. Great breakfast brew for sure.
KAF (448) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - MAR 22, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark pour with a tannish head. Sweet caramel and coffee aroma and the bourbon is also present. Well balanced coffee and bourbon flavors. Also melted caramel and a touch of vanilla. This is a great beer.
Headbanger (3388) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle 3/15/09 (Discount Liquor)-Pours a pitch black body with a small tan head which emits an aroma of bourbon. Taste of bourbn, chocolate, vanilla, and slight coffee. I was expecting more coffee from this full bodied brew but it is very well balanced and delicious. It hides the alcohol well.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 15, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Soft ,but intoxicating deep roasted coffee aroma, hoping that it gets stronger and richer as it warms,it doesnít,more alcohol comes through instead,taste is mellow blend of almost rich malt and fresh roasted mountain coffee bean,plenty of coffee bitterness in the finish. Had the potential to be one of the best,just didnít have enough malting to handle that alcohol,and turned out to good not great
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 12, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by pepsican. Poured a hazy brown color with a brownish head. Attractive aromas of coffee and creamy milk chocolate. Medium bodied and delicately sweet. Soft, creamy mouth feel with mocha, roast, vanilla, and caramel flavors. This was a very good beer. Better than I had expected.