Braudog (5743) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - MAR 28, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours as an imperial stout should, thick and black with a tan head. Same with the initial aroma -- reminds me maybe of the strongest coffee Iíve ever had. And it lives up to this promise ... drinks like the stiffest straight espresso youíve ever had, literally boiling over with java, dark chocolate and just a hint of raisin, which I expect is the way the 11% comes thru in this. This ... is ... freaking ... awesome! (#4548, 3/28/2012)
mcberko (6433) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 17, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 18, 2012 Release #5 at 11.2%. 22 oz. bottle, pours black with a small light brown head. Aroma of bakerís chocolate cake upfront, coated with espresso beans, wood and roasted malt - not much of the barrels on the nose. Flavour is a divine melange of characteristics, with the chocolate and coffee perfectly balanced, perfectly accentuated with the bourbon barrels without overtaking completely - some subtle dark fruits (cherries, plums) buried somewhere in there also - some beautiful roasted malt in there also to counterbalance the perfect amount of sweetness. Finishes equally with espresso beans, bakerís chocolate, bourbon barrels and dark fruits. An orgasm of a beer - far exceeded my expectations. I must say, this is one of my favourite imperial stouts out there - severely underrated.
JoeTheYounger (1144) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - JUL 26, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Release # 4 from bottle at a beer tasting. Dark black as night pour. Aroma is straight fresh ground black coffee. Reminds me of breakfast right away. I like my coffee like my women (big and bold) so this is right up my alley. Taste is just an onslaught of coffee with a nice hint of bourbon and vanilla and a little chocolate. Most barrel aged coffee stouts lose the coffee flavor and is masked by the bourbon and fall short. NOT this baby...it keeps on giving. EPIC keeps on surprising me. One of my favorite coffee stouts of all time for sure.
Itzjerm (1277) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - MAR 8, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2013 Simply amazing. Cream with your coffee not to bitter not to sweet. Just pretty much perfect. Aroma is strong coffee. But balance is almost like drinking hot cocoa. Beyond amazing. Wow why isnít this available where I live? Mouthfeel is creamy with a light bite at the end of a sip.
MattiasA (862) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - APR 28, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasting at Nya TrŲls. Batch #28. Superbly balanced with a slight dominance from the coffee. One of the best imperial stouts iíve had.
Pailhead (4809) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAR 9, 2012
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2012 Bottle: The aroma is an excellent combination of strong roasted coffee, light-moderate chocolate, and light vanilla. It pours a dark brown with no transparency and a one finger tan head. The flavor starts with moderate chocolate, caramel, and a touch of molasses. The finish has lots of roasted coffee, burnt notes, oak, and a touch of vanilla. The bourbon notes are almost nonexistent since the coffee notes are so strong. Thereís no sign of the 11.1% ABV. It?s full bodied with light-moderate carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. Overall, it comes across as more of a heavily coffee influenced Imperial Stout instead of a barrel aged Imperial Stout...really good stuff.
Darwenus (551) - Virginia, USA - JUN 17, 2012
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2014 A lot has changed since I first rated this beer. Iíve quit smoking and developed a deep and abiding love of huge IPAs, and I figured I ought to review this from my current perspective. Just as last time itís still an imposing looking brew, jet black with a little crimson here and there at the pour, with no real head. Just deep, inviting darkness. The flavor is as strong and uncompromising as I remember. I donít know that I can really say one way or the other if putting a little age on this bottle has made a difference. My bottle was from the third release, and itís 11.4% alcohol. The aroma is all chocolate, coffee and a liquor-like alcohol. The bourbon doesnít so much present itself in the flavor as _haunt_ the flavor, kinda lingering as the last bit of aftertaste after each sip. What hits you hard in the face with each sip is strong, black coffee. Raising the glass sends coffee tones into the nose and across the tongue, and then thereís this deep, absolutely smothering flood of dark, bitter chocolate. Last time I detected more subtle background flavors than I really pick up on this time. Maybe I was bullshitting myself. This time through I get the chocolate, coffee, big alcohol and a little hop tingle, but not a lot else. I still enjoy it, but that initial lust I felt after my first bottle seems to be gone.
Edit - Iíve just had a bottle of release 3, which Iíve been aging about two and a half years. itís amazing. The age has knocked all the heat off the top, and this beer is perfect. Itís delicious. Iíd put it up against Kentucky Breakfast or against the best iterations of Borubon County any day. If you can find the patients to age a bottle of this stuff, it pays off in spades. Iíve re-rated it appropriately, and my new personal rating has moved it from a 4.3 to a 4.6. Epicís 3B is, at this point, the beer I am most personally vested in. This beer is amazing.
MarinEvelyn (552) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 12, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
strong aroma. very coffee-y, cream, sweet, roasted malt.
very smooth and creamy taste. roasted malt, coffee, milk, and cream, chocolate.
beerbaaron (1244) - Arizona, USA - DEC 12, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Release #23 vintage 2013. Pours black. Medium creamy brown head, fairly lasting with lace. Aroma is loaded with coffee, dense coffee with cream and sugar, milk chocolate, cocoa, sweet roasted malty, just an awesome coffee character. Flavor still has coffee but not as overt, nice sweet whisky, clean roast, chocolate. Medium to full body. Creamy. Pleasant alcohol warmth. Not quite as complex as I would hope for but stilt very very good. Whiskey barrel character shows up more and more with each sip, especially in the finish, overall stays in the background. I love coffee beers and this is a great one..
WanderinCelt87 (170) - Hamburg, New Jersey, USA - JAN 8, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black as well the black ink on the bottle. Aroma is straight coffee grinds. Has that bitter coffee taste upfront with a hint of chocolate at the end. Leaves a bitter taste in my mouth.