ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Reviewed 12/25/2012. Bottle says 14.3%. 22 oz bottle poured into an adorable little goblet.
A: Pours a pitch black color. Much like regular BCBS, the dark tan head fades away to nothing in little time. Nice alcohol legs.
S: Smells quite similar to BCBS, with bourbon, chocolate, dark fruits, cream, and brown sugar...right up until rich, exquisite black coffee makes itself known. This is such a joy to inhale, even over regular BCBS. Wow.
T: Itís BCBS with coffee. No, that doesnít sound terribly descriptive, but the coffee used is completely fabulous, and plays perfectly with the big sweetness and decadence of the base beer. Tiny little subleties of cream, vanilla, hazelnut, dark fruits, bourbon, and rare (just kidding about that one) give it real enjoyability factor. A little booze pops up in the finish, but not nearly enough to suggest itís 14.3%. This one will completely wreck me in the morning...
M: This doesnít seem to feature the syrupy heft of the base beer. Rather, itís drier and thinner, featuring carbonation that seems to be a bit more vibrant. Still an amazingly sticky and viscous coffee stout. The flavor intensity and finishing booze still suggests one to ísipí. Actually, I kind of prefer the feel of this over standard BCBS.
O: I didnít think this would be much better than BCBS - but I was wrong. Even though itís quite boozy, itís one of those offerings where the intense flavors render that problem moot. Iíd even say it lives up to the hype. Good luck killing a bomber solo if youíve already had a few drinks tonight, though...my body is saying ínoí but my tastebuds are saying ífuck yes!í
Luk_ (104) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 25, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 2013 vintage. Brown-black pour with a mocha ring of foam. Intense fresh and "green" coffee aroma upfront, some dark chocolate and light bourbon notes. Taste is rich mollasses, coffee, chocolate and tobacco. Smooth and round. Iím not a fan of "green" coffee but it didnít bother me in this one. Delicious sipper but not the most complex.
pdx77 (1329) - Oregon, USA - AUG 19, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draught at ABV Public House. Deep amber brown color with dark brown lacing. Aroma is dark chocolate covered espresso beans, latte, cherry, and a hint of smoke. Taste is strong cold brewed coffee, dark chocolate, bourbon, oak, dark cherry, and roasted malt. An incredible stout with a wonderful addition of the coffee.
Busick (379) - South Carolina, USA - AUG 13, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Excellent! A nice smooth coffee stout with a slight bourbon finish! Amazing how tasty with such a high ABV.
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alobar (2762) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 8, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Caponeís. Pours black with a tan creamy head. Aroma of coffee, roasted malt, bourbon, vanilla, and dark fruit. Strong coffee flavor with roasted malt, bourbon, vanilla, and dark chocolate. One of the best Iíve had in a long time!
77ships (3689) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 5, 2014
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
355 ml. bottle @ home. Obtained in a trade with AdamJackson! Pours black with an instantly gone small tanned head. Nose is very thick molasses, syrup, bourbon, creamy dark chocolate, typical BCBS goo smell, with lots of roasted coffee, way more than expected here on my behalf. Tastes of very thick molasses, bourbon, caramel, chocolate, very thick syrupy, that BCBS syrup adorable taste is clearly here, mocha ice cream, vanilla, lots more coffee than expected, lots of real coffee bean, chocolate syrup, warming but booze is way less than what I am used with BCBS maybe the coffee covers it, the lesser presence of alcohol makes this my favourite BCBS so far because the unbalanced boozy character of this almost made them close to perfect but not cigar for me, fudge, brownie mix, thick chocolate syrup, vanilla,Ö Insanely thick & syrupy with lower carbonation, this is insane, I love the BCBS beers so much, this reminds me of the first time I tried a RIS, this is sure an experience.
Klimaet (131) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - JUL 31, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Some dude gave me half a glass in the queue for Blåbær Lambic. Thanks dude... Whoever you are! Pours pitch black, slight edgy tanned head. Mocca hues. Aromas of strong bourbon, coffee, roasted malt, raisin, dried dark fruits. Taste is that Classic bourbon county with some more roastedness and dark coffee.
JefVerstraete (1272) - BELGIUM - JUL 31, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 355ml from De Hopduvel, vintage 2013. Oily black colour, thin layer of brown foam. Soft carbonation. Aroma of roasted malts with sweet coffee (where is the roastiness of a black coffee?), vanilla, brown sugar and bourbon, a bit too much. This beer well balanced but itís a bit too cloying sweet for me. Aftertaste of warming alcohol. I like more roastiness and ashes in stouts.
SpongeRuiner (698) - Michigan, USA - JUL 27, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A big thanks to HisBoyElroy for the share on this want. A straight black pour with a really nice dark chocolate color head. Unfortunately the gorgeous head dissipates too quick. Very nice nose with a lot of vanilla, coffee, and bourbon. Extremely smooth stout. Very true coffee flavors. Definitely a dangerous drink. Very drinkable.
tdoyledesign (173) - Michigan, USA - JUL 11, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
í14 on draft and í12 from bottle pour at Heidelbergís Migration Week tapping. Pours a dark brown with a thin head that disappears quickly. Aromas are very coffee forward with hints of chocolate and bourbon in the finish. Taste is bourbon and a whiff of chocolate followed by an intense hit of chocolate. The í12 was obviously aged and more subdued, balanced and less bitter. Palate is very well balanced but coffee is the predominant flavor here. I prefer the í12 as the coffee seems more settled and less overpowering. More likely to the aging though.
joshwoodward (566) - - JUL 9, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had a glass at the Goose Island tasting at Heidelberg. So delicious, rich, coffee is big, creamy.