crawej21 (7) - - JAN 3, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Most would say a coffee stout would not do well with age, but this bottle is a year old and has only gotten better. Fresh I had a touch of bitterness but it has really smoothed out now.
Dave11899 (16) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 27, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2014 release Pours black with very little khakis head.
Aroma is bourbon and raisins.
Taste is sweet with a slight alcohol presence. Mainly of chocolate and bourbon.
Palate is smooth with some dryness similar to a bitter beer.
Overall a good beer. Doesn’t match up to some of the other barrel aged series from Central Waters. I’d recommend one of the other options over this one from these guys.
kkleu357 (122) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 27, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2014 Dark pour. Kind of looks like Coke. Bourbony coffee smell. You can tell just by the aroma this is a Central Waters beer. Must be the barrels. Tastes great. Great chocolaty toasty flavors. Very sweet. Nice touch of bourbon. A little tangy on the tip of tongue. The tangyness isn’t to pronounced. Have had 4 bottles so far and all have been fine. Will probably drink the remaining 4 soon because I hear the tangy taste will eventually sour the beer. I like this beer a lot. Would hate to see it retired, but I guess we’ll have to wait and see on the future status of it.
Dogbrick (7095) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 9, 2014
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Sample at Kurtkeller 005: Coffee-tastic 01 on 02/08/2014. Pours black with a medium khaki head that recedes quickly to an outer ring. Short strings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of coffee, oak and malt. Medium-bodied with an odd mineral/metallic character that makes me wonder if this bottle is infected. Notes of buttery bourbon, malt and stale coffee. The finish is roasty and metallic with a malt aftertaste. A disappointment overall.
DrewFace (411) - Rockledge, Florida, USA - JAN 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle share thanks to Homer321. Pours a dark brownish, black color, fairly clear. Aroma of coffe, roasty, choco, and mild booze character. More coffe and roastiness, good, tasty, yumm yumm.
Homer321 (883) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - JAN 24, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Tons of coffe in the nose. No sign of infection so far. Taste is about the same. Moderate coffe flavor not as much as nose would indicate. Solid booze flavor. Pretty darn good.
pwnzilla61 (9) - - JAN 24, 2014 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
caramel, chocolate, roasty, coffee, vanilla, smoke, butterscotch, black, minimal head, white foam, medium sweetness, cocoa, coffee. drinking a 2013 so about a year on age. With a year of age the barrel character has died a little bringing out more of the chocolate left over from the coffee still getting quite a few coffee notes even after a year. drinks so easy a clean. creamy and chocolate. one of my fav. coffee beers. not infected whats so ever.
Lectvay (58) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled January 2011, so three years old. Didn’t pick up much coffee in the nose, but a mellow dark coffee flavor coffee comes through. Nice, well-rounded, flavorful imperial stout, but I bet this would be brighter and more impressive if it were fresher. Has that certain drab flavor of an imperial stout slightly past its prime.
artmcd8 (1217) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep brown without any head. Aroma of fudge and bourbon. Slight vanilla. Slight coffee. Taste is sweet with a roasty coffee taste with a slight bourbon heat. Medium thick body and a medium carbonation. Really pretty surprising.
jbrana (334) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - JAN 6, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very little carbonation or head. Sweet, with nutty notes and flavors of coffee, vanilla, caramel, and roasted barley.
RIXBREW (10) - USA - JAN 4, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Having had several bottles of Founders KBS in the past two months I soundly place this beer in the same league. KBS is a perfect 100 this is a solid 90+ beer. Very smooth chocolate coffee taste not overpowered by bourbon. A bit thinner than KBS but a worthy beer that more than fills the void! A highly underrated beer. My selection has been on tap so I have not had the other issues people described.
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