Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - FEB 27, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle. Batch #8 (Sept. í12 release). Poured into my brand new Hardywood snifter.
This beer just hesitantly glugs out of the bottle. This is an Łber thick coal black beer. Sits in the glass nicely. A small mocha head rests atop. Great spotty lace left behind, reminding me of what was. The aroma just smacks of fresh coffee. Big roasted coffee bean scent, chocolate powder, some booze quality. Really a nice inviting aroma.
Wonderful creamy feel that just envelopes the palate like a warm blanket. Subtle carbonation never forces itself. Smooth finish. This is one of the heavier beers Iíve had in quite some time. Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. Did I mention the coffee? This is one of the most potent coffee-forward beers I have ever had. This would wake up a dead man. Huge roasted flavors abound. Subtle sweetness of cocoa nibs and chocolate chips. Mild oak-like character gives it s a slight dry aftertaste. The whiskey isnít as prominent as I expected. I had hoped for more of a bourbon kick, but with this batch, there is none. This sort of muddles out at the end, and just finishes with more coffee.
Iím not sure what I think of this. I guess I expected a more balanced barreled beer, but this is a one-trick pony: a straight up coffee beer. I normally like that style, but this just seemed too much overkill. I donít think Iíd revisit this batch again. Glad I tried it, but holy crap was this rich.
dbeatdano (8) - - MAR 10, 2014 does not count
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Sugar Maple.
Pour - Jet black with a thin tan layer of head.
Aroma - a very deep roasted, rich coffee, dark chocolate, brown bread, and some biscotti notes as well.
Tasted - nice bitter coffee taste that is very pronounced but doesnít over power the baking chocolate flavor and roasted malts. No hops from what I could taste.
Palate - very full bodied beer with a bready mouthfeel. A very long coffee bitter finish makes this beer that much better. Overall I canít say enough about this beer. The aroma alone is worth it. Absolutely delicious.
MotherBrother (642) - Aalborg, DENMARK - MAR 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is pitch black, with a small tan head. Aroma is of coffee, whiskey, wood, some earthy notes, slight leather.
The taste is a little bitter, with a faint sweetness to it as well. Medium bodied, with a semi fizzy carbonation. Thanks to the Doodle for sending me this.
zathrus13 (1684) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAR 8, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, release #17. Pours black, with a brown head. Aroma is coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, and vanilla. Flavor is coffee, vanilla, bourbon, roasted malt, chocolate, and dark fruit. Medium body. Rather long finish, with some bitter coffee elements. Really good, but a little more bourbon would make it better.
steeleliver (116) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 5, 2014
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours from tap was black with creamy tan head that was quite short. Not quite sure on the vintage that I tried. Aromas are big coffee at first, then the bourbon comes in. Flavors are dark chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, and a tinge of vanilla. . Bourbon wasnít very present in taste
Mudwhomper (35) - Madison, USA - MAR 4, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Release #23. Aroma is boozy and coffee. The flavor is fantastic - chocolate, coffee, booze, vanilla - all in great harmony. No flavor is overpowering and they all complement each other perfectly. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, mild carbonation. Really great beer - so glad that Epic is around in WI now
EdInSaltLake (508) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - MAR 3, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Coffee, dark chocolate roasted aroma; bourbon, vanillaReally strong aroma. Flavor is chocolate-y, roasted malt, sweet/molasses, bourbon, vanilla/oak. A little jalapeno-ish character in aroma and flavor. Dry coffee flavor is prominent in the finish/aftertaste. (Release #12)
BelgianBeerGal (2965) - Dayton Area, Ohio, USA - MAR 3, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Release numero uno. Dark brown pour with a smaller brown head and thick lacing. Big aroma of dusty coffee nibs, baking chocolate and espresso. Flavor is buckets of espresso coffee nibs to the point of bitterness. Finishes a touch boozy. Tasty but big.
cbfobes (2103) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Release #27 at 11.5% abv, randomly stumbled upon a bomber, pours pitch black with a thin light brown head, some legs in the glass but nothing crazy, aroma was of heavy coffee and chocolate, a slight touch of whiskey and vanilla, but dominated by coffee more than anything, flavor is like a melted chocolate coffee bar, booze really comes through too but isnít overpowering, man this thing is sweet, but the coffee does even it out some for it to not be overboard, mouthfeel is a little lighter than I was expecting, but geez, good beer.
Trev (1821) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour, medium brown head.
Aroma is big espresso and cocoa. Light whiskey.
Flavour is dark roast coffee, cocoa, bakers chocolate. Silky body. Light vanilla oak towards the finish.
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devman171 (683) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours black with nice tan head and low carb. Aroma is big coffee and roast with some oak. Taste is similar with a thinner body and a smooth finish