peteinSD (1462) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 8, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (release #7). Black pour with an expresso colored head. Aroma is thin bourbon with vanilla, chocolate roast, coffee, cocoa, and hop bitterness into the finish. Taste is semi-boozy bourbon with vanilla giving way to a velvety chocolate heavy imperial stout that also has coffee, roast, some darker fruit notes about 2/3 in, and clean hop bitterness and pine on the finish. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Very nice.
burg326 (5384) - Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a black color from the bottle, aromas of bourbon, coffee, roast, light chocolate, and some earth. Flavors follow suit, nice chewiness as well, a nice stout, great for a car ride, thanks Glen for the share.
ineedbeer (1857) - Oakland, California, USA - SEP 6, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is dominated by the scent of fresh coffee. The coffee has a hint of a green pepper aroma but it is very faint compared to some other coffee stouts on the market (Iím looking at you BCBCS). Moderate dark chocolate note also present with some faint whiskey character. As it warms the chocolate and whiskey become more prevalent. Whiskey note is still fairly secondary though.
Pours dark brown but not quite black with a moderately thick mocha head with average retention. Once it recedes it lingers a bit on the edges. No lacing and medium long legs.
Fairly sweet upfront with balanced coffee and chocolate notes. The chocolate hits first but then the coffee settles in and they share the spotlight. The finish is a bit more coffee forward than chocolate. Medium bitterness. Again the whiskey character is fairly light, only showing up a bit late palate and in the finish. Faint oakiness. Medium low alcohol spice note in the finish as well, but this is pretty smooth for almost 12%. A little more alcohol forward as it warms.
Mouthfeel is medium full to full bodied with medium carbonation. Low but present astringency and medium low alcohol warmth. Thick but not quite creamy with a slight stickiness to it.
Overall a very nice imperial stout with loads of coffee and chocolate. I would prefer a bit more whiskey and barrel character but maybe it gets in the way of the coffee and chocolate.
GoForShlomo (47) - - AUG 31, 2013
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strong coffee bean aroma; inky black appearance with a tan head; hoppy coffee taste with a touch of chocolate; fizzy on the palate with a touch of silk and a lingering finish; overall, a great stout for anybody that likes hops and coffee
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Jcarb28 (97) - Pico Rivera, California, USA - AUG 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2014 Dark black on the pour with a creamy, light brown head. Strong coffee bean aromas right off the bat. Roasty, sweet chocolate flavors with a toast coffee flavor left on the palate. Overall, Amazing stout!
chalicemaster (112) - Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very solid stout, but at the same time a bit disappointing. The promise of a barrel aged stout fell a bit flat, but thatís usually the case with any ale that promises barrel anything. That said, it was a very good coffee-orientated stout that was indulgently delicious. Absolutely worth a try.
Ataraxia (499) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 7, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brownish-black, moderate tan head. Potent aroma of roasted coffee beans and bittersweet chocolate, supplemented with toast, vanilla, and charred wood. Not much barrel character. Bitter black coffee taste, malty, and residual whiskey warmth in the back. Extremely creamy and smooth. Bitterness from the coffee melds well with the barrel and overall booziness. Release #8
Martinus (4536) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - JUL 20, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black colour, red hue, beige head. Aroma of vanilla, whisky, coffee, dark chocolate. Coffee flavour, sweet, vanilla, quite bitter, roasted malts and chocolate. Finish coffee, bitter, roasted malts, caramel and molasses.
(From 66cL bottle @ ZZT VIII: BBT I. Release #1. Thanks for sharing, Countbeer!)
Judyvv (1) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JUL 20, 2013 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample @ ZZT 8: BBT1. Bottle thx to countbeer! Release number 2. 66cl bottle
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IluvatarMilan (282) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 20, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle #2 @ ZZT: BBT1 - awesome imperial stout with a rich chocolately aroma, roasted malts; taste is vastly full-bodied, powerful, coffee. Simply wonderful.