DCLawyer (1554) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber->snifter. Deep black with faint tan head. Strong coffee and chocolate, some roasted malt and booze. Very good straightforward IS.
dansac (106) - Loa Angeles, Alabama, USA - DEC 28, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very nice, bold imperial sout. Lots of chocolate, and coffee. Smooth texture to go with it. Hides the booze well; not crazy bitter, or smoky. Pretty good stuff!
luttonm (2437) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
6oz draft at Brouwer’s. Big dry coffee, a bit burnt. Amazing brown lacing, alc around glass. Milk chocolate, sweet alcohol, a little burn at the back of the tongue. Bitter chocolate finish. Great!
Frahmo (316) - Idaho, USA - DEC 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
release #19 10.4% ABV. 22oz bomber, poured pitch black with a brown head. Very strong coffee aroma and flavor. Hints of chocolate, but those were overwhelmed by a bitter coffee flavor that left a bitter almost dry aftertaste. Usually there is more chocolate in the flavor, just not this release.
presario (4709) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Espresso coffee chunk. The end of a great GABF trip to Denver. Two trips no festival ratings but great experiences and trips to local pubs and breweries.
joet (2228) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - DEC 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very well done. Black in color, small tan head. Chocolate, coffee, pome fruit, anise, lots of almond, bits of vanilla. Biscuit sweetness, cereal. Sweet, low alcoholic heat, touch of astringency, touch of tannic bitterness. Bits of particulate feel. Finishing with a touch of heat, touch of astringency. Mostly clean. Epic brews it all quite perfectly.
haddon90 (1492) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 25, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a deep black color with a nice, tan head. Sweet aroma with roasted coffee and cocoa. Intense flavor. Licorice, coffee, and chocolate. Amazing power. Such an impressive stout. I love having this every time!
TheHOFF43 (1759) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2013
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle by myself. Pours black with tan colored head. Aroma is amazing. Coffee and chocolate overwhelm my senses, just outstanding. Flavor is strong bourbon, lots of barrel but as it warms the coffee comes through nicely. Bitter chocolate compliments the coffee and bourbon. Really smooth, very drinkable.
Hypo_Luxa (58) - Osaka, JAPAN - DEC 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Coffee and cocoa aroma.
Bitter, vanilla. A full bodied Coffee Bender.
Mouthfeel is a bit creamy and sweet on the finish.
Really good. Great desert beer.
keanex (1503) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - DEC 19, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Release #22, 10.2% ABV, Bottled November 5, 2013.
Appearance: The body is pitch black with a short and very dense brown head. The head is persistent and even once it’s settled it is still a very dense coating.
Aroma: The aroma is dominated by freshly roasted coffee beans. There is a hint of oak and dark chocolate, but the majority is assertive coffee.
Taste: The flavor is bold and very coffee forward throughout from the intro through, coming off barely astringent, with a huge earthiness. Oak is noticed underlying the coffee, coming off very mild. The beer is basically strong coffee that progressively gains strength. Mildly dark cocoa powder is on the finish with very light barrel and bourbon lingering.
Palate: Full-bodied, but not chewy, mild carbonation.
Overall: I wouldn’t know this was barrel aged if I didn’t read it, it’s very hard to tell but the oak shows through on the finish and a touch on the lingering. This is a great coffee stout though, I would like more complexity, maybe caramel or cocoa though.