sfontain (802) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Release #17, 12.0%. 22 oz bottle, Kroger on Bridge St in Dublin; $8.99 I think. Very dark black but not quite fully opaque; one-finger light tan head dissipates quickly into a small ring and an extremely thin, sparse covering; virtually no lacing. First aroma is coffee and chocolate. But look! Itís not that typical overly bitter, overly roasty coffee thing that big stouts do! Hallelujah! It smells like REAL coffee, only colder. Some breathing and warming reveals more subtle aroma notes of oak and bourbon. In terms of flavor, very heavily chocolate, but again, REAL coffee. The roast level is spectacularly low for the magnitude of this beer, and itís really great to see such a coffee-heavy beer simultaneously be a little more subdued while itís kicking you in the mouth. The finish is vanilla, chocolate, lighter bitterness, and even lighter bourbon. If I didnít know better, I would absolutely not guess this was anything close to 12%; I honestly donít detect alcohol in this at all, but having drank half the bottle I can feel that itís there. Medium-full to full body, almost silky but just a tad too bubbly to say that. Really nice.
slowrunner77 (1879) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 16, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
"An aromatic explosion of wonderful coffee, whiskey, cocoa & vanilla. This brew is just about perfect in its balance between the barrels, the coffee (gotta find out what they used) and the beer. Looks great, motor oil with a luscious chocolate brown head. Very smooth, even more so as it warmed, which is odd for such a strong beer. The alcohol shows, but itís never cloying or hot. Great roasted coffee, barrel vanilla chocolate flavor too. Decadent and delicious. One for the ages. *disclaimer: this might even be higher if not for some batch/bottle variance."
Had as high as 4.8, as "low" as 4.3-4.4.
Ed5388 (2091) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - SEP 11, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bomber (batch 22) from the Wine Shoppe (Brick NJ). Poured black with a huge creamy tan head. Aroma of strong coffee grounds, chocolate brownies, and leather. Taste is much the same. Strong coffee, chocolate, black malts, dry oak, and sweet caramel. Not getting and notes of bourbon in this batch, mostly coffee. Really solid beer nonetheless.
AWISLguy (1290) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 31, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from Flanneryís in Oconomowoc, cellar aged 5 months and shared with ck1. A black pour with a chocolate milk head. Aroma has huge caramel, with some eventual light chocolate and molasses. Taste is sweet - quite caramelly - with vanilla and a cookie dough similarity. Somewhat thick. Finishes too sweetly. Not enough other presence to balance the caramel. 13.8
ads135 (2955) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - AUG 26, 2014
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Tried release #29 courtesy of Jay in 2014. Fantasticly coffee filled and chocolate. Deep, black, and rich.
solidfunk (4005) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - AUG 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Huge coffee aroma - a big enough dose that would drive any Baptist back to Church. Pours black with good initial head and lacing. Very bitter finish. Thick, creamy texture. A little too much of a coffee bomb for me though. Tap at Black Squirrel.
Leveejr (102) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 20, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a pitch black with nice creamy brown head. Smells of bitter coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, slight fruit and a little tobacco. Taste is not as complex with tobacco, chocolate, burnt malt. No booze surprisingly. Slick and oily mouthfeel. Overall nice beer. Just wish the smell lived up to the taste
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Chuckaduck (645) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - AUG 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, Batch 13. 8/8/14. Pours black with a very carbonated, fast fading chocolate colored head. Aroma is chocolate, cacao nibs, a little smokey, earthy, herbal, licorice, syrup, sweet, hints of dark fruit, some booze, vanilla, wood; very rich. Taste is similar and similarly rich; dark chocolate, cacao nibs, earthy, herbal, toffee, wood; finish is dark chocolate, roast malt. Very rich, indulgent. Lacing is thin. Full-bodied, coating. Medium-low carbonation. Big beer, huge profile. Fantastic.
dagimp (718) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2014
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Batch #22. Poured into a snifter. Maybe an inch of head and very little lacing. Pours dark as midnight. Sour burnt aroma. Ewwwww. Mouthfeel is good. Lighter than expected but with a little too much carb. Taste is a lot of coffee. Semi-sweet as well. Roasty and dark fruit. Bourbon is there as well but it's just another layer of flavor instead of being overbearing. Good job on that. Slight vanilla extract too. Good beer. Well balanced with little to no alcohol flavor but lots of warmth. Glad to have tried it.
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Stuu666 (2283) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Craigís. Pours black, nose is roasted chocolate, coffee, taste is sweet roast malts, dry, chocolate.
vtafro (3425) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 25, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black pour with tan head. Roasted, chocolate, coffee, oak and bourbon aromas. Coffee, bourbon and oak flavors, finishes very roasted with coffee tones.