MadDogMD (213) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 24, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Release #8. Pours thick & solid black with minimal carbonation. Coffee, smoke, bitter dark chocolate, coffee, roast, coffee. Huge coffee flavors! More than I remember from last year. A little hard to finish the whole bottle, but still a great beer.
Homer321 (539) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Moderate whiskey nose. Some chocolate and coffee. Moderate light brown head. Moderate vegetal to bell pepper flavor. Almost peppery. Unpleasant with some alcohol warming. Not a fan.
robbeebobby (17) - newark, Arkansas, USA - DEC 6, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours thick black with minimal lacing. The aroma is coffee and dark malts. The taste has a good coffee flavor with some cocoa with little carbonation. Overall a great beer.
SpongeRuiner (422) - Michigan, USA - DEC 6, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great looking beer very dark with a dark head. A big roasted coffee smell. Not as strong of a scent as I was expecting from the bourbon barrels. Taste matches the smell. Really nice coffee taste. Very easy drinking. I really liked it.
tectactoe (656) - Michigan, USA - DEC 6, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: [Release #11] thanks, Kevin! Black pour, fairly thick & viscous looking with a slowly rising, tan head that doesnít last for long before asserting to a thin collar. Aroma has a super roasty, French press type coffee beanery thing going on; big , voluptous coffee notes with underlying char, ash, & some bitter cocoa. I get literally no bourbon or barrel, but it still smells very nice. Taste is the same way - big notes of roast (though not as bitterly roasted as the aroma may indicate) with creamy coffee, mild tart raisins, cocoa dust, & some roasted, finishing bitterness. Again, essentially no bourbon or oak, aside from perhaps a very mild astringent tannic note in the aftertaste. Very nice stout overall, best thing Iíve had from Epic by far.
theothermatt (100) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - DEC 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Epic. Pours jet black. Huge coffee aroma. Sweet with hints of vanilla. Not much to the barrel aging, huge expresso and coffee notes with a nice bitter malty backbone. A bit of oak, vanilla, and booziness comes out as it warms.
alliance100 (91) - Comstock Park, Michigan, USA - NOV 30, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle- pours pitch black with medium tan head . Big roasty espresso aromas with mild alcohol. Flavors of dark roast coffee , chocolate and very faint whiskey. Like eating a chocolate covered espresso bean . Moderate sweetness with lingering bitter finish . Really good .
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
dhunter151 (397) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - NOV 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Pours jet black with almost no head at all. Tastes like burnt coffee. Getting some chocolate but not much. I like coffee but it's too prominent in this beer.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
demmbonz (409) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 28, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber to snifter. Absolutely delicious. Dark pour with coffee and booze in the aroma. Huge chocolate flavor. More chocolate milky sweetness than coffee. Awesome whiskey bite. Love this.
Silphium (3111) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 27, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Murky brown-black body, thin to medium beige head. Strong roasted coffee bean nose, about as close to the real thing as I have sampled. Strong prickly tannic bite in the body with huge coffee beans. A very tasty coffee stout.
Mittenator (872) - Michigan, USA - NOV 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Deep garnet with a small, dark head. Smells like straight espresso beans. Tastes just like chocolate covered espresso bean. Not getting much aroma or flavors from the barrel aging.