ThisWangsChung (826) - 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: It’s BCBS with coffee. No, that doesn’t 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 it’s 14.3%. This one will completely wreck me in the morning...
M: This doesn’t seem to feature the syrupy heft of the base beer. Rather, it’s 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 ’sip’. Actually, I kind of prefer the feel of this over standard BCBS.
O: I didn’t think this would be much better than BCBS - but I was wrong. Even though it’s quite boozy, it’s one of those offerings where the intense flavors render that problem moot. I’d even say it lives up to the hype. Good luck killing a bomber solo if you’ve already had a few drinks tonight, though...my body is saying ’no’ but my tastebuds are saying ’fuck yes!’
andrew_drinks (161) - Luxembourg, LUXEMBOURG - JAN 23, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle from trade - hat right off to thrashD for hooking me up. Pours jet black, good old used motor oil, small ring of head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of dry roasted peanuts, chocolate, vanilla, some light bourbon booze, lightly roasted coffee beans. Lightly carbonated, just right. Deep roasted sweetness, some milky vanilla latte, some soy sauce, salt, roasted cacao, espresso, Nutella, charred meat, tiramisu... crazy range of sweet, roasty flavours. Fantastic.
Pliny_SR (17) - California, USA - JAN 12, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft @ Harry’s Hofbrau RWC on 1/9/15. Aroma of predominantly coffee with booze, hints of roasted malt and vanilla. Pleasant mouthfeel and tastes of coffee, roasted malt, bourbon, chocolate, and vanilla. Very solid for the style…could drink several more of these.
maxodom (22) - - JAN 8, 2015
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2014 Bottle. Unbelievable coffee smell, thick pour no head, tons of sweet (but not too sweet) coffee flavor. Overall my favorite beer of any category.
JRG7 (21) - - JAN 6, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black. Huuuuge coffee nose. No lacing. Dark head. Great coffee taste. Begins a bit bitter like coffee but ends very smooth & flavorful.
RickTStiles (804) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Big sweet coffee chocolate aroma. Taste is huge with coffee vanilla, butter scotch, and toffee. Finish is sticky and boozy . Amazing
aleigator (309) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - JAN 3, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from Kevin, thank you very much, 2012 version with La Tortuga coffee.
Pours a viscous, black color, with a small, soon fading head.
The aromas got a hot Bourbon burn to them, wrapped up into slightly bitter, earthy coffee, with lots of bakers chocolate, molasses and toffee. The coffee acts outstandingly well with the wooden, vanilla accentuated, hot Bourbon, blending flawlessly into the rich, creamy base of the beer. Nontheless, the Bourbon stands out on itself quite well and is even more noteable than the coffee.
Drinks incredible smooth, not particularly creamy, but outstandingly silk, with calming, earthy notes to it, providing an intriguing interplay between milk chocolate and slightly sticky toffee. The Bourbon is big in this, without getting too boozy at any point, while producing a pleasant, oaken warmth with vanilla notes in it, complimenting to the slightly bitter coffee, as well as the scorched, earthy malts and sweet milk chocolate. The coffee becomes visible on the palate, paired with slick caramel and cocoa nibs, while a wooden earthiness adds to the subtle coffee sting, resulting from the harmonious, convenient integrated Bourbon. Finishes with sweeter toffee, as well as molasses and hints of coffee, while smooth, slightly sweeter milk chocolate represents the foundation of this beer.
makromaniak (141) - Tilburg, NETHERLANDS - JAN 3, 2015
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Lots of coffee, lots of bourbon, heavely roasted malts, some chocolate, little vanilla and a dry long bitter fiinish...nice balance...amazing!
BrewHaMeister (191) - - JAN 2, 2015
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle pours a very fluid black with a slight reddish hue. Aromas of coffee, cocoa, leather, and vanilla. Flavor is mild coffee bitter with a chocolate alcohol finish. Yum!!!
williamstome (1035) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 2, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour, brown head. Roasty sweet aroma with notes of coffee, chocolate and mocha. Flavor is the most coffee like of any beer I’ve had. Like drinking a sweet, beery mocha. My thousandth rating!
zoucrew102 (659) - - JAN 1, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, 2013 vintage. Strong coffee aroma with notes of bourbon, vanilla and oak. Pours black with a thin light brown head that dissipates quickly and no lacing. Chocolate flavors with a little bit of vanilla and oak to start. Finishes smooth with a lot of coffee flavor that lingers on the palate with a bit of booze and bourbon. Quite good for the most part, but not a big fan of the coffee.