hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - APR 14, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
thanks to the BA wednesday night tasting and the countless numbers of RBer’s that have sent me a bottle... black colored beer with a long lasting brown head (orange tints). it slowly disappears to a film leaving behind some spotty lace and stays there for the remainder. the aromas of fresh coffee and chocolate hit me just before a light note of bourbon and it’s woody caramel sweetness. there’s also smells of dry bitter herbs akin to licorice root skins and malt ashiness. the bourbon is so well integrated into the flavor of this. most times it ends up boozy and over powering. so, this is special... the palate is only slightly sweet and bourbon-y with the aroma played over into the flavor. chocolate, coffee and vanilla are combined with a bitterness throughout the whole experience. body is medium and the mouth feel is nothing special with the exception that it is light enough to drink an insane amount of this nectar...
incutrav (577) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - APR 14, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Super dark pour, Smells of tasty, fresh roast coffee. Tastes very similar to the regular BS, but has a little bourban sweetness at the end. Not overpowering by any means. The bourbon barrell works well for this brew for sure, but coffee still dominates the flavor, and its tasty!
cameraman (9) - Crestwood, Kentucky, USA - APR 14, 2008 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours really thick into a pint glass. The color is black, almost totally black with hints of light appearing on the edges. A small tan head forms that slowly laces down. The aroma is in a word, WOW! Coffee and chocolate blended with scents of bourbon, lets just say I like it alot. The taste is just as impressive, the coffee and chocolate malt hit the palate, then the boubon comes in with caramel and vanilla flavors. In the mouth it is thick and syrupy, coating the palate, the leaving that warm feeling of in the back of the throat that bourbon has. This is a very impressive beer, drink slowly, these flavors are meant to be enjoyed gradually. It is nice to see a beer getting intense flavor from something other than hops, not that anything wrong with that.
BigMilly8 (389) - Wesley Chapel, Florida, USA - APR 12, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From bottle - Thanks to Styles : Pours extremly dark black, not a single ray of light shines through. A thin brown head forms then dies, but leaves a thin ring around the outside, with large bubbles. Bubbley lacing as well. Nose is very roastey. Some malts and traces of bourbon are present, but not overpowering, very nice. Even some hints of chocolate. Taste is similar to the smell...imagine that...with wonderful roastedness shining through. Very slight bourbon flavor, which i love in moderation. Unlike some BB aged stouts, where i feel like im shooting Jack Daniels damn near. A medium body, with very smooth creamy feel. Aftertaste is mostly roastedness. Really great stout.
valpoaj (629) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - APR 8, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle courtesy Ty5592 - Thanks bud! 2007 vintage. Pours black as night with a pretty nice sized dark tan head. Aroma is very nice, and not overly bourbon like many other similar brews...there’s some telltale bourbon accents, but lots of roasted coffee, chocolate, vanilla, oaky accents and burnt alcohol. Flavor is very well done. The alcohol is very evident, but, well, it should be to an extent in a beer like this. The bourbon flavor meshes nicely with smooth milk chocolate, roasted, sweet coffee, heavy sweet malt, and a good dose of vanilla. Finish is pristine...very smooth with an oily, but not over-burdening glaze of the palate. I could drink this stuff on a regular basis...if only it were easily attainable. The regular Bkfst Stout was good, but the bourbon aging definitely does some wonders!
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 8, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 21, 2008 3-16-08 and 4-6-08 bottles
Beautiful black thick pour with amazing brown chocolate milk mocha colored head that is thick and enticing. Aroma is bold and full of oak, roasted coffee beans, and vanilla. Flavor is balanced and not muted. It is vanilla, oak, and roasted maltiness. It has a nice subtle bourbon meets dark chocolate finish. Mouthfeel is nice but a tad on the thin and watery side. Overall, great smell, great look, great taste and very close to perfect.
dpjuart (1049) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz. bottle at Red Coat Tavern in Detroit. Pours a thick, oily black with chocolate head, diminishing to a rim. Nose is light bourbon, alcohol and roast, with lots of chocolate and a touch of oak. Taste is like coffee with chocolate and Bailey’s and bourbon. Kind of hot toddy-ish. Thick and creamy, ioly and viscous, start of bourbon and alcohol burn that mellows to a creamy khalua-esque flavor, roast and chocolate. Smooth finish. This is a tasty brew.
tompete (209) - Tillsonburg, Ontario, CANADA - APR 5, 2008
4.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Woody oaky nose with some dark malts. Perfect minor chocolate notes mixed with robust coffee flavors. Bitter, fine dry finish.
ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 4, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great stout....black as all hell
smells like vanilla oaky coffee choc goodness
tastes like it too with some earthy notes from barrel aging?
good stuff overall
imadeadguy (378) - back in NJ!, New Jersey, USA - APR 4, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours blacker than black with deep brown head. Strong aromas of burbon, vanilla, and roasted malt. The flavor kinda takes a curve to chocolate, a bit of burbon, and loads of vanilla/oak. Wonderful beer overall.