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.
Ed5388 (2089) - 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 (1289) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 31, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from Flannery’s 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 (3997) - 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 (643) - 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 Craig’s. Pours black, nose is roasted chocolate, coffee, taste is sweet roast malts, dry, chocolate.
vtafro (3399) - 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.
Prufrockstar (957) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 22, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at Uber. July tick-a-thon continues. Gonna get to 1000 4oz at a time. And 4oz seems just about right for this one. Pours dark brown, opaque, with creamy khaki head. Aroma is cheap diner coffee with a generous squirt of Hershey’s chocolate syrup. Taste is much the same. Quite sweet (at least compared to the quite dry George! that preceded it), with chocolate syrup and a bit of stale coffee in the finish. Palate: full body (but not as full as the last one), slick oily texture. Overall: damn, this is a chore even to finish 2 oz. Nothing appeals to me about this, actually -- so so sweet, with really gross stale cold diner coffee at the end. No, I’m going to take a stand -- fuck this, not worth the calories or the sick feeling in my stomach.