BOLTZ7555 (2780) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 25, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Really enjoyed this beer...dark mahogany pour with bits of onyx, obsidian, and hints of chestnut around the edges. Nice thick latte head that slowly subsides into a frothy cloud. Aroma is all Starbucks, Godiva, vanilla, oak, and JD. Flavor is full of bitter coffee, sweet cocoa, brown sugar, vanilla, and toffee. The coffee is roasted, rich, and robust. Medium mouthfeel...not chewy but sticks to the palate. Best readily-available beer Iíve had in quite some time...will definitely pick up a few if not more! YUM!
Frank (2776) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice looking brew here with a thick brown head on completely opaque black liquid. Nose is of fresh ground coffee with a raisin sweet hint of chocolate. This is a soft textured beer with a hint of boozy alcohol burn which brings to mind Irish cream in coffee. Lingering over slow sips reveals vanilla and cherry undertones which pair quire well with the overall deep and rich character. This is a subtle and deft use of barrel aging to add layers of flavor without overpowering the original beer. I wish more brewers would use a lighter hand with this technique. This is a really well done imperial stout in all regards.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 24, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2011 22oz bottle, Release #1: Pours a viscous opaque black with a creamy froth of beige head. Has a big fresh roasty coffee nose with some dark caramel sweetness and vanilla bourbon notes. Starts with good fullness and creamy dark malty sweetness with lots of espresso and dark chocolate before a dry roasty slightly warming finish. A little too heavy on the coffee, and could hide the alcohol better, but still a complex and flavorful beer.
bluejacket74 (1282) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 23, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle, Batch #2, Brewed on June 10, 2011, Packaged November 28, 2011 (says that on Epicís website). Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch tan head that stayed around for a little while. Thereís also a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is strong and roasty, the brew smells mostly like coffee, along with some roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, and a little bit of whiskey. Taste is mostly like the aroma, thereís roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, whiskey, oak and burnt/charred malt flavors all noticeable. The coffee flavor is dominant, but thereís more sweetness that comes out as the brew continues to warm up. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís a bit slick and creamy with good carbonation. I think this is a pretty good brew, if youíre a fan of coffee beers then this one is for you! $12.99 a bottle.
tastybeer (1682) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - DEC 20, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours black with a tan head, good retention, some lace. Aroma is heavily vegetal: salsa, green peppers, coffee, light oak. Flavor is also primarily coffee, salsa, light chocolate. Palate is slick, average carbonation, some warmth, lightly bitter finish.
daknole (8941) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 19, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured at whole foods Mayo. Black, light brown head. Aroma? Coffee, coffee, coffee and coffee. Flavor is coffee, coffee and more coffee!! Awesome.
GT2 (8281) - San Diego County, California, USA - DEC 17, 2011
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
651mL thanks to tastybeer. Pours a clear deep red looking deep brown in the glass. Bubbly red head moving to denser tan. Decent retention. Bubbly appearance. Nose is that typical coffee cum DMS aroma with jalapeno, green bell peppers, and spicy bean chili character. Smells way too much like bean salsa to be taken seriously. Taste is spicy, mildly roasty, tons of cold motel coffee with massive grittiness, tartness, and spicy chili/salsa spice. Thinner, gritty, tart finish. No bourbon character. Totally overwhelmed by motel grade coffee.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark chocolate brown color with a one finger mocha head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.
Roasted malt aroma with a very strong coffee bean and dark chocolate presence along with a well integrated barrel character. Deep roasted gourmet coffee, dark chocolate, toast and oatmeal complimented by toasted oak. Subtle booze/whiskey in the nose.
Medium bodied with some tight carbonation and a very dry, roasted malt presence that dominates the flavor, lingering into a dry finish. Slightly acrid, heavily roasted coffee bean and bitter dark chocolate notes along with some toffee and oatmeal. Barrel character is most prominent toward the finish with dry, toasted oak complimenting the roasted malt profile and faint boozy whiskey sweetness providing warmth in the finish. Whiskey notes are there but subtle, allowing the other flavors to come through. As it warms the richness from the cocoa and dark malts shine but itís still a bit strong in the roast department for my liking.
deyholla (6512) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 6, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to soboleg on BA. Pours pitch black with a dark brown head that dissipated to the edges slowly. Aroma is full of coffee with a decent amount of bitter chocolate, roasted malts and a nice underlying whiskey note. Flavor is similar with a good amount of roasted malts and bitter chocolate with a growing coffee note and just a hint of whiskey. Quite nice.
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured into a snifter. Release #1, one of "a few thousand bottles released."
4.0 A: Black color. One and a half fingers of dense, creamy light brown head. Retention is good and a small ring of lacing is left.
4.0 S: This is quite a smeller. The whiskey is lightly charred and earthy with melon, apple, and smoky notes. Light booziness. Light woodiness and just a hint of vanilla. The base stout gives a soft roastiness with dark chocolate, coffee, molasses, and an earthy quality.
4.0 T: The bourbon again is slightly more powerful than the stout and offers the same components found in the nose. The cocoa nibs and coffee stick out more in the taste and for that Iím thankful. Booze is very well hidden, but does offer a welcomed warming on the finish. Good stuff.
3.5 M: This is the only part of this beer that Iím not thrilled about. Just thicker than a medium body. This could use a touch more carbonation, but it has a decent creaminess to it. Light astringent aftertaste. Iíd prefer a bit of a thicker body.
4.5 D: A couple categories could have been a notch higher, so this is the score it gets here. Solid brew.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 10-29-2011 06:24:14