Pastor (796) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - OCT 24, 2010
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
We poured the bomber into large snifters and were greeted with a finger worth of tan head that settled down quickly to a wisp of film. However with a swirl of the glass it would easily come back. The body was a typical black stout but that was all that was typical of this stout.
The first think that was really pronounced to me was the great coffee aromas. It was better than any Starbucks coffee I had. We all know coffee is a dominate aroma to overcome especially this one but I did get a slight vanilla note there as well.
The flavors were out of this world, by far the best coffee stout I ever have experienced to date. I think this one will set the bar. I came of like a good French vanilla roast. With the hint of Madagascar vanilla to it. The alcohol was well hidden but felt after. The body of the brew was thick and full a very light carbonation so it even felt like a good coffee only colder than I drink.
This I a great brew the one snifter was plenty for me but I will say I wanted more. A great stout but I even enjoy the bourbon one Goose Island produces so it wasn’t a hard sell for me.
DSG (5811) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - SEP 17, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at a tasting at Ariel’s place. Thanks troganmi for this bottle! 2013 bottle, bottled 15/11/13. Black with a bit of brown foam. Really great aroma of bourbon, vanilla, coffee beans, a bit of coconut and a bit of espresso. Sweet flavor with chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, espresso and some wood and a light alcoholic touch in the finish. Full-bodied, thick. Wonderful.
Eviva (21) - GREECE - SEP 11, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2013 Bottle.Black pour with a thin ring of foam. Aroma: Vanilla beans , Bourbon , Wood , Mocha , Coffee. Taste is rich mollasses, coffee, chocolate tobacco , vanilla - exactly like aroma. Smooth and oily mouthfeel. Sweet taste , very balanced . ONE OF A KIND! Amazing!
jeffbigD (16) - - SEP 6, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours very dark. Great tasting stout with a hint of coffee and a splendid after taste.
Frozer (118) - Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2011 bottle, aged for 3 years. Black oil color as dark as night. Blackest beer I’ve ever seen. Drank from a snifter. No head or carbonation. Coffee chocolate and burning alcohol hits the nostrils. Strong upfront coffee flavor. Smooth malty backbone. Definitely the best coffee stout I’ve had. Worth the wait
SupperHopped (12) - - SEP 5, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of the best coffee stouts I have had. Huge aroma. Very thick mouthfeel. A hint of coconut and lots of chocolate.
mattkorsgaard (18) - Washington, USA - SEP 3, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Brouwers. Coffee is very subtle. Good balance. Light bourbon flavor. Medium carbonation. Great beer.
BrewDad (4996) - Olympia, Washington, USA - SEP 3, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beer Bloggers Conference - San Diego - Super Coffee aroma and flavor. Nice bourbon flavors and finish. This was a terrific beer.
Stine (1573) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 3, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The classic used oil black. The crushed Oreo, peanut shell and alkaline soil aroma of oxygenated grounds. Flavor brings more of this, which does nothing to augment the coconut, oily chocolate, German cake flavor of the original. The peanut-like nutty earthiness the coffee offers may be likable to some, but the soil-like acrid quality turns the page quickly and harshly.
biggsbowler (290) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - AUG 31, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - Pours a very dark brown/black w/ tan head. Lots of coffee, bourbon, chocolate, and oak in the nose. The taste is rich, deep chocolate with coffee, bourbon, and vanilla. Very boozy but still drinkable.
Luk_ (120) - 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. I’m not a fan of "green" coffee but it didn’t bother me in this one. Delicious sipper but not the most complex.