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.
talionis (7) - Pflugerville, Texas, USA - SEP 21, 2016 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Release #36 12.4% abv Brewed 12/2013. Barreled & then bottled 9/2014. Drinking 9-21-16 for 65th birthday...Unabashedly coffee forward with underlying chocolate base. Roasted malt harmonies. Still slight but delicate bourbon nose and vanilla whispers, not much as I’d like, but still tantalyzing, much like the brief whiff of the perfume memory of a long lost love on the night wind, a heartache that floats for a moment to the surface only to slip quietly away once again. The scent of old leather, like a library of well loved books and subtle hints of latakia tobacco, war stories of brothers-in-arms, and the night falling inward with its dark embrace.
bulldogops (2236) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 18, 2016
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Rating #2141 - 2015.10.31 - Black as the belt of a bible thumping Albertan in a karate class, with a weak tan head that caps nicely. Aroma is heavy roast malt and dark roast coffee, molasses. Huge cocoa, espresso notes, Taste is heavy on roast malt and coffee flavours, pronounced sweetness, well bittered. J.
mjg74 (3015) - La Mesa, California, USA - SEP 6, 2016
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from Casa De Oro. 12.3% version.Pitch black in color. Sweet roasty coffee notes up front along with a bit of whiskey. Whiskey and a sugary roast up front. Decent amount of whiskey throughout. Just a slight hint of alcohol. Very smooth and easy to sip. Quite well balanced. All of the flavors seem to mesh really well. Good brew.
Skyhawk (3) - California, USA - SEP 4, 2016 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Release 13, opened 9/2/16. Surprisingly amazing after this long in the bottle and not-perfect cellering. Still has subtle coffee notes after 3 years.
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rdixon77 (2328) - Georgia, USA - SEP 3, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Awesome. On tap at brewery over summer with its son. Just a solid ba stout. Chocolate coffee dark fruit bourbon. Warming. Not smooth palate for a big boy. Great stuff!
natejgood (480) - Bozeman, Montana, USA - AUG 30, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours thick and dark in the glass with a nice dark head. Almost a motor oil beer, but not quite. Aroma of dark bitter chocolate, cream and dark fruit. Dark, sweet chocolate flavor with some cream, coconut and coffee. Smooth and creamy on the tongue with no alcohol taste. Very good beer if you are looking for a thick, powerful, flavorful stout.
rosenbergh (10348) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 23, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle at the ISKTR 2016, Hervanta, Finland. 11.7%. #39. SLC #2142. Courtesy of tiong.
Black color with a small tan head.
Chili, coffee, roasted malt and vegetables in the aroma.
Strong roasted malt, sweetness, vanilla and coffee in the flavor. Rich.
Lacho (72) - USA - AUG 22, 2016
4.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours very thick and dark with a thin caramel head. Strong aromas of espresso coffee and dark chocolate are immediately present; same goes for taste. Looks like burnt oil. Taste of coffee, dark chocolate, roasty burnt toast, with a little vanilla and some dried fruits way back.
Really good beer, reminds me of the Rasputin and Narwhal, both great beers. Alcohol is present throughout.
Jultsu (745) - TAMPERE, FINLAND - AUG 20, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
@ISKTR 2016. Release #39, SLC 2142. Ruskeanmusta, reunoille vetäytyvä kahvicremamainen vaahto. Kaakaoinen tuimahko tuoksu, suutuntuma laimean makea kaakaoinen samettinen, alkoholi tulee myös läpi, ei häiritsevästi. Mukava, ok, mutta hapottomuus ja yläpään olemattomuus verottaa pisteitä. Jää mukavaksi.
olio (9274) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 20, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
65 cl bottle (11.7% abv) @ ISKTR 2016. Release #39. Bottled on 20.10.2014.
Pours black color with a reddish tint and a small off-white head. Cocoa and coffee on the nose, mild bourbon, ash, tobacco, wood. Flavor is chocolate, bitter coffee, mild chili (maybe old coffee), cocoa, vanilla, licorice and bourbon dry notes, subtle chili maybe on the finish. Refined, the coffee might have gone old already.