Steve_0 (1236) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On Nitro at the brewery. Pour is pitch black with a big brown head and great lacing. Big bourbon, figs, dark cocoa, oak, light roast, slightly earthy, coconut, vanilla, and maple in the aroma. Taste is rich dark chocolate, raisins, light bourbon, sweet vanilla, dark fruits, oaky, toasty, caramel, and lightly grassy with a light burn on the backend, but it seems to work. Syrupy/creamy mouthfeel with soft carbonation. This was probably the best beer I had tonight.
wchesser (664) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
At Boulder Strong Ale. Fading bourbon nose. Medium bodied, bitter hops and far less coffee than I expect for the style and from the name. Enjoyable but forgettable.
wilnatp (438) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at brewery with the Lumberjack 4. Poured in a goblet, the aromas of oak and coffee wafted out nicely and boldly. This has a smooth finish and is strong in alcohol almost like cough syrup. Great boubon notes. Decent and full bodied.
arminjewell (4159) - Saudi Auroria, Colorado, USA - APR 1, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour on tap at the brewery, dark black pour with fine off white colored head, aroma was definitely some bourbon, oak and vanilla notes, hints of slight coffee and chocolate, some roasted malts as well with a hint of sweetness in there. Taste is a mix of sweet vanilla and caramel mixing into the bourbon and oak, touch of chocolate and some coffee come through but it is fairly restrained. Fairly sweet but dry finish. I guess I like my coffee stouts a bit more coffee forward, but overall this still tasted pretty good.
Camons (3685) - Hasselager, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Copper Kettle, Denver. Pours pitch black with a small lasting tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, oak, dark chocolate, fruit, bourbon. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark fruit, oak, bourbon, oatmeal, light spicyness, very smooth and yet complex. Medium to full body, silky mouthfeel, soft carbonation. Lovely. 200212
notalush (4172) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 4, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2013 (batch two re-rate) a few changes to the recipe this year - they added some dark chocolate, switched to better quality coffee and aged it in bourbon barrels rather than using bourbon-soaked oak blocks - the result is a much more robust and bourbon- forward brew - lots more vanilla and oak - much lower bitterness - a little boozy, but quite intense and tasty - better and bolder than last year (batch one - 3.6) Ordered this one at the same time I ordered the hefe, just to let it warm up to room temp, and I think the beer benefitted from it - deep black pour - nose of light wood, chocolate, espresso, cream, vanilla, moderate bourbon - slick in the mouth - slightly light-bodied for the abv, with well-masked alcohol, making it a bit dangerous - flavor is moderately sweet and fairly bitter, both from the coffee and the black malts - a bit of charred character - the bourbon is very subdued, which is a welcome change for a bourbon stout, adding just touches of vanilla - very mild woodiness - a bit of anise and chocolate - moderate coffee - there is a sort of charred peanut skin quality that I often pick up in coffee of poor to middling quality, which is a slight turn-off - otherwise a solid and well-balanced imperial stout.
adnielsen (6161) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 4, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ CK. Black appearance with a foamy, dark brown head. Oaty, rich dark chocolate malty, mild medium roast coffee, light vanilla, very light bourbon aroma. Oily mouth feel. Very tasty, roasty dark coffee flavor. Rich dark chocolate/cocoa, mild woody, light vanilla, very mild bourbon flavor. Rich mocha, somewhat bitter aftertaste with the alcohol nearly nonexistent on the finish. Really an excellent, super easy drinking beer but the bourbon really isnít coming through. I understand that many of their customers may prefer it, but it was served far too cold. Edit: The bourbon comes out more in the aroma and somewhat in the flavor, as the beer warms up. Again, not the best beer to serve ice cold (but it is an exceptional offering).
onceblind (2532) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 29, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Inky black pour with a frothy dark-beige head, with great lacing. Enticing aroma with some chocolate, a little bourbon, a little oak, a little vanilla, a little coffee, and a little licorice. Tastes as awesome as it smells. Has a nice medium-full body that encourages continued sipping, with very fine carbonation, like velvet. Big flavors of roasted dark chocolate, vanilla, oak, bourbon, then chocolate again, a little coffee, more oak, a little more bourbon, some roastiness again, and some boozy warmth on the back end. It has insane complexity, but itís easy enough to just enjoy it for its own sake. Slightly boozy, but thatís to be expected I suppose. Just delicious through and through.
Ratman197 (7609) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 29, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Copper Kettle poured a clear dark reddish brown nearly black with a lasting brown head. Aromas of roasted malt, oak, vanilla, light bourbon and carmel. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of dark chocolate, vanilla, oak, roasted malt, coffee and light bourbon with a smooth lingering oak finish.