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. ’12 release). Poured into my brand new Hardywood snifter.
This beer just hesitantly glugs out of the bottle. This is an über 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 I’ve 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 isn’t 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.
I’m 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 don’t think I’d revisit this batch again. Glad I tried it, but holy crap was this rich.
kidobutai (478) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - APR 18, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a bottle at room temperature. Nice head and outstanding lacing. Delicious coffee aroma, caramel, perfect ABV, stings just a bit going down.
mike5326 (1079) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - APR 18, 2015
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a room temperature bottle. Dark brown color, full tan head. Phenolic roasted malt aroma. Full body with a creamy bourbon chocolate malt flavor and a nice finish.
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Petkus331 (314) - Redford, Michigan, USA - APR 16, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of saffron, vanilla, wet coffee grounds, dark chocolate. Appears like coffee with caramel foam and lace. Wet coffee grounds really stands out and dark chocolate for taste. Palate is ordinary. Overall, great aroma, the rest is rather ordinary.
firstsip (562) - Michigan, USA - APR 16, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Super dark black. Really nice lingering layer of tan head. Espresso chocolate nose. Rich, syrupy body. Apparent booziness, bourbon sweetness, rich chocolate. Perfect with something sweet.
omhper (20554) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - APR 15, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled (release 12, 10.8%) at Oliver Twist, Stockholm. Pitch black, small head. Huge coffee aroma. Sweet with full body and rounded mouthfee. Coffee and treacle. Black pepper. Black pepper, crude oil and tobacco. Somewhat edgy.
Luvystypotables (934) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - APR 11, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow! The aroma is slightly subdued of coffee and chocolate, pours a dark brown with a lasting tan head. Amazing taste of mocha and coffee with a full body and a wonderful chocolate finish.
snoworsummer (2919) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 5, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the brewery. Pours rich dark brown with a fizzy tan head. Smells like rich coffee, nutty roasted malt, light alcohol, sweet and dry, light spice. Tastes like rich roasted malt, smooth alcohol, black coffee, semisweet chocolate, and light ash.
kevinsenn (1329) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - APR 4, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Bruisin’ Ales. Awesome chocolate coffee aroma. Rich chocolate coffee and vanilla flavour. Long bitter finish. Really good!
willisread (461) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 4, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at CBM awajicho. Deep dark molasses brown color with a nice tight tan head. Big espresso aromas with hints of bourbon, vanilla, cacao nibs, prune and wood. Taste does not disappoint. Nice boozy warming finish with well-balanced sweetness and bitterness. The cacao, bourbon and vanilla come out even more as it warms up. Great stuff.
BOSSbrewer (2286) - Arkansas, USA - APR 1, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle (Releast 27) shared at Porch Nite. Pours dark brown to black with two fingers of tan head. Aroma is lots of dark chocolate, some coffee and slight roast. Really nice beer. Flavor follows aroma and is fairly dry and learn. Really nice.