ACHops (927) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 14, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ Uber. Pours thick inky brownish black with thin mocha head. Aroma is sweet dark chocolate and fresh coffee. Taste is similar: dry very roasty chocolate malt, with dark cocoa and coffee flavors dominating. Substantial hops keep the sweetness in check. Hard not to like this. If I had to nitpick... the flavors are a bit one dimensional, doesn’t have the barrel-aged depth that many other imperial stouts do.
BillKismet (3419) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black body with an adequate chocolate head that almost instantly folds and fades into a ring. Smooth and plunging deep depths of chocolate and coffee, like chocolate covered espresso beans, and a veinous note work their olfactory magic. While the body starts off on a rougher note, high-quality coffee ground notes soon shape up nicely. Immense roast barley influence throughout. Excellent stuff.
cards04 (2159) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 11, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is really good. Pours black with creamy tan head. Beautiful. Aromas are big coffee at first, then the bourbon comes in. Sweet vanilla and bourbon aromas. Flavors are dark chocolate, booze, wood, roasted malts. A superb beverage. I will be sure to pick this up again.
Seabass1964 (28) - Paragould, Arkansas, USA - JAN 8, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a great dark brownish black with virtually no head. Aroma of coffee and Dark chocolate and a little bourbon alcohol. Taste is creamy dark chocolate and brewed sumatran, barely any bourbon flavor. Kudos to Epic for an epic beer.
DenverLogan (858) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From bottle...release 17 - 12% - Denver #1307.
Pours dark brown with swirling amber head with lace.
Aroma of espresso, dark malts. Medium carbonation and big mouthfeel. Flavors of espresso, dark malts, bitter chocolate. Overall big, bold, flavorful, strong and tasty.
badgerben (4576) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Release #20.<\i> Black color with no head. Strong coffee, bourbon and stone fruit aroma. Almost some vanilla and cherry. Light bourbon and coffee flavor. A bit of graham cracker. Kinda sweet. Super low carbonation. Full body.
WanderinCelt87 (195) - Hamburg, New Jersey, USA - JAN 8, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black as well the black ink on the bottle. Aroma is straight coffee grinds. Has that bitter coffee taste upfront with a hint of chocolate at the end. Leaves a bitter taste in my mouth.
Brouwerij (957) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 7, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2014 Release 18, 12% ABV. Pours dark brown with light brown head, good retention and a little lacing. Aroma is dark coffee, heavily roasted, cocoa nibs. Flavor is big coffee up front, dark, roasted and bitter, toffee and caramel, and cocoa with a bitter, roasted, mild barrel/whisky finish. Nice, rich, roasted coffee character. Gets a bit boozier as it warms. Soft carbonation, medium-full body, and smooth texture. A good coffee imperial stout.
tom10101 (3690) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 7, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (22 oz). Release #15. From a surprise box sent by kbudd19, thanks a lot! Pitch black with a medium beige head and some lacing. Aroma is intense with lots of coffee, roasted malt, and bourbon along caramel, vanilla, alcohol, chocolate and oak. Taste is moderately sweet (not cloying) and moderately to heavily roasted with bourbon, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, wood and a roasted bitter finish. Warming alcohol. Full bodied. Medium carbonation. Mouthfeel is viscous and sirupy, but also quite fluffy. A tad harsh, but quite complex and really tasty. Amazing sipper!
claytonbrewsby89 (3) - - JAN 5, 2014 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I’d been curious about this brew for awhile. Very understated aroma, black as hell. I’d compare this to Bourbon County, but bitter and woodier. Bourbon is not too prominant. Great brew all around.