joeneugs (2780) - Livermore, California, USA - APR 8, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Beachwood BBQ in Long Beach. It pours black with a light brown head. The aroma is bursting with dark chocolate and espresso. The flavor has espresso beans, dark chocolate and some nuts and toffee with very mild bourbon and barrel notes. Soft, full mouthfeel. Loved this one.
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 6, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(22oz bottle) Pours an opaque black body with a small tan head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, bourbon, caramel, and roasted malt. Flavor of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, wood, and roasted malt.
decaturstevo (4620) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - APR 6, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brown pour with creamy tan head and lace. Smoke and coffee aroma. Peaty, smokey, and chocolate malt. Medium body with good carbonation.
Sammy (8026) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 31, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A coffee story from intro to epilogue. Black as night, oily texture, sweeter side with chocolate. The coffee wafts, it is much more coffee composition than coffee stouts.
beernbourbon (1249) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 30, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to doodler. Pour is dark dark brown with small headwh. Aroma is wicked ashy, light roasted malt, light vanilla whiskey, and faint coffee. Flavor is loaded with roasts malt, ash, light whiskey, and faint coffee. Pretty damn ashy. Interesting.
jckp64 (355) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 30, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark with a light tan head. Aroma is a ton of coffee, smoke and hints of bourbon. Flavor is huge on the coffee. Almost a burnt flavor to this beer. Bit of smoke and molasses as well. Fairly decent beer.
Braudog (5459) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - MAR 28, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours as an imperial stout should, thick and black with a tan head. Same with the initial aroma -- reminds me maybe of the strongest coffee Iíve ever had. And it lives up to this promise ... drinks like the stiffest straight espresso youíve ever had, literally boiling over with java, dark chocolate and just a hint of raisin, which I expect is the way the 11% comes thru in this. This ... is ... freaking ... awesome! (#4548, 3/28/2012)
ReggieDunlap (2897) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a thin mocha head. Aroma has coffee and smoke...faintly vegetal and spicy like it has chipotle peppers. Flavor is coffee forward...still mild smoke and a bold roasty/vegetal note...very slight plasticy flavor. Mothfeel is full and the finish is roasty with a hint of platstic.
robertjm (729) - Albany, California, USA - MAR 23, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(trade w/Douglas88) Release #2 - Frothy tan head. About one finger. Lasted a bit till it died. Wonderful bitter chocolate aroma. Black body. REALLY thick body. Flavors of black coffee, chocolate and molasses. Big coffee bitterness that lingers on the palate. Big of warming on the tongue a minute, or so, after drinking. Pretty intense brew! If I were to try and improve it, I guess Iíd wish it had a bit more residual sweetness.
BMan1113VR (7773) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 23, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Release 4 from both daknole and local bottles. Pours with a black hued body and a long and strong brown head of foam. Lace and retention are both top notch. Aromas are exemplary as well. Massive coffee, cocoa powder and vanillin bourbon character up front. Reminds me a lot of Bourbon Peche Mortel and to a lesser (and rougher extent) Silva Stout. Mocha, starbucks, bready and woody. Not much ester or other yeast character. Alcohol is well hidden on the aroma. Earthy, mild tobacco. Flavors show both huge coffee and earthy cocoa nibs with a lot of vanilla. Alcohol is well hidden and barrel is a backing note. Tons of fresh roast with a long, cold pressed coffee aftertaste (and bitterness of slightly hotter brewed roast). Decadent, but not really that sweet. Roast and mocha notes are spot on. Complexities: possibly not the strongest, but it is still damned delicious. Clean yeast wise (or hidden beyond anything else). I would like to see a touch more barrel, but thatís a minor complaint if at all. Minor tannin.
Chewy texture, full bodied with medium (and ample) carbonation. Lasting coffee bitterness. Creamy mouthfeel and only mildly warming. Well done.