bird_machine (86) - San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA - JUN 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, opened up on accident in the AM, but drank anyway because I donít give a fuck. Pours dark brown with a small 1 finger sized head that leaves behind decent lacing and small legs. Rich bourbon aromas with a lick of butterscotch, molasses like sweetness. Reminds of some kind of French vanilla coffee creamer. Taste is very rich and sweet, with more of that vanilla sweetness, coffee beans, light tobacco, light roast, buttery, some coconut and light dark fruits. Medium body, maybe a touch too dry on the finish, medium-high alcohol warmth. After taste is dominated by the creamy vanilla flavor, toffee, caramel, and butter as well. A very nice beer, but the finish comes off as a bit too sweet, and lacks some bolder, bitter flavors to give it more depth.
illidurit (1961) - Sonora, California, USA - JUN 6, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours nearly black with a firm light-brown head. Aroma has heaps of sweet coffee liqueur and bourbon notes, including butter, oak and coconut. Flavor is pretty sweet -- deep brownie and iced coffee notes along with rich vanilla and coconut bourbon accents and a warming finish. Maybe a little sharp and tart for the relatively modest ABV, but overall very nice.
dlbeer (588) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 4, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap. Black pour with tan head. Smells of bourbon, wood, butter and slight coffee. Tastes of bourbon and a slight coffee aftertaste. Very good.
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joeneugs (2576) - Livermore, California, USA - MAY 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle. It pours a nice dark brown color with a beige colored head that disappears quickly. The aroma is so goodÖ balanced maltiness with some chocolate, mocha coffee, vanilla and caramel. The bourbon is in perfect balance. The flavor is a tad on the astringent side with strong black coffee notes, dark chocolate and mild hints of bourbon near the finish. The astringency borders on tartness, but overall this was a really fun beer. I liked how the bourbon barrel played a intregal, yet supporting role here with a good body and mouthfeel. I just wish the astringency was replaced with a more rich malt character.
swoopjones (4902) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Delilahís in Chicago. Big oily black pour. Big coffee and bourbon notes very roasty. Fuller mouthfeel. Abv is very apparent. Big beer in many ways; flavor, abv, aroma, mouthfeel. Sipper no doubt. Nice
Bestbrew1 (60) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 17, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a lot like Brewers Reserve. It is hard for me to pick out the coffee in this one. CW still does a great job of trying to not use too much of a good thing in their beers. I like this one at lot at any rate
kramer (4358) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 6, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a clear dark brown body with a small fizzy light brown body that fell to a thin wispy covering. The nose is pretty heavy on the coffee with a heavily roasted burnt malt note that underlies the coffee. Fairly noticeable alcohol vapors. The barrel character is fairly subdued, save for a bit of vanilla and light oakines. The flavor is a little over roasted and a bit acrid from the coffee. Rather bitter from both the malt and the coffee. The alcohol is pretty forward, enhanced by the light bourbon that comes out on the finish. Medium bodied and fairly thick and chewy with soft carbonation. An ok beer, but not one that Iíd seek out for a second try.
umich03jm (1309) - Allen Park, Michigan, USA - MAY 4, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
2012 12 oz bottle from trade with crajun. Pours dark brown with very little head that fades quickly. Aroma is bourbon, caramel, toffee, fresh coffee, vanilla, and oak. Taste is solid but it seems more like BB barley wine or strong ale. Not getting any roast or chocolate. Bourbon balances well with the caramel, toffee, vanilla, and some dark fruit. Finish is dry and a little tart. Mouthfeel is pretty thin and even a little watery. Overall, good flavors and nice subtle bourbon taste but the mouthfeel and finish are terrible. I also expected more coffee taste.
Tortman18 (151) - Batavia, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2013 12oz. Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a finger of creamy, mocha head that dissipates quickly to a thin ring. Nose is incredible. Bourbon hits you right up front. it is strong, but blended perfectly with the other aromas. oak, vanilla, chocolate, caramel, once again, perfectly blended. Mouth.....is also amazing. The bourbon once again comes out in front. Its followed by vanilla, chocolate and a perfect alcohol bite. The bourbon burn is definitely present. This beer was an absolute pleasure to drink.
jandd1983 (1905) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAY 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at DLD 2013. It poured a deep brown color with a light beige head. The aroma was of coffee and malts. The taste was similar with roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, alcohol and a moderate hop finish. Good stuff.