thetomG (246) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 6, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Typical dark brown color with a thin layer of tan head that dissipates to a ring leaving just a bit of spotty lacing around the glass.
Aroma is very boozy - its tricky to even pull the bourbon aspects out as it seems like almost pure booze.
Taste is more complex - some woody flavors carry through along with a bit more of a bourbon bite and your more standard stout flavors.
Mouthfeel is great - smooth as silk and very drinkable considering the overall intensity of the beer.
May not be for everyone, but it is definitely worth trying.
beerbastard (841) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 3, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2014 Thanks Dak. Beautiful beer to pour. Nose was peppery. Has a woodyness thru out nose and taste. Oaky tobacco along with coffee. Very rich, need more of these, must have more! Feb. 2, 2011.
Just got a bottle in Ariz. New to the state. Very coffee forward flavor. with dryness in the finish.
PhillyCraft (5761) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. 12 oz. Pour is straight, deep, jet black with a one-finger, amber, lacy head. Aroma of cocoa, dark chocolate, honey, freshly ground coffee beans, caramel, roast, sweet malts, bourbon, and hints of cream. Full bodied with a lusciously velvety, rich, luxuriously complex bitter-sweet palate. Not a trace of alcohol in the flavor, but an amazingly smooth warming in the back of the throat as it finishes. Overall, one of the best stouts, Imperial or otherwise, that I have ever tasted. Outstandingly crafted and executed brew. Awesome.
johnnnniee (3797) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 29, 2011
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a thick solid black with a thin off white head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is heavy on the coffee as would be expected. I also get some chocolate, tobacco, ash, and dried fruits. Complex aroma really, but heavy coffee. Taste hits with roast then chocolate, and then comes the coffee on the attack. Finish with some vanilla, and some bourbon that is oh so subtle. Awesome complexity!! Creamy full bodied mouthfeel. Excellent brew, I wish it was more available! Another well done brew from founders.
Naka (719) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Kinda tanked by this point. Pours black w/ thick brown head. Aroma of espresso beans covered in chocolate packed in an oak box. A slight tangy carbonic taste but a good sweetness and some bitter notes. Finishes with bourbon. Body is rich w/o being too thick and cloying. Excellent.
HonusWagner (2093) - Florida, USA - JAN 26, 2011
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excellent aroma of rich mocha coffee with some high quality bourbon dropped in. There’s just a fantastic melange of the coffee with the bourbon, and there are notes of vanilla lurking deep within that complete an awesome, awesome aroma. The taste follows very nicely from the nose; I love all of these rich, stout flavors that are present, and the bourbon adds a level of complexity without turning the beer into an alcoholic, boozy mess. Fantastic. The one drawback to this beer, which keeps it from perfection, is the finish, which resembles cigarettes and their ashes. This ashiness makes an otherwise smooth beer a bit harsh and comes out when the beer gets to optimal warmth for the other flavors to come out.
urnes011 (16) - Minneapolis, USA - JAN 24, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle aged 1 year. Pours black/dark brown with absolutely no head. Aroma is heavy on molasses, tar, brown sugar, some vanilla, slight bourbon. Taste is pretty solid and mimics the aroma; only with a quick alcohol burn. It seems that time has not been too kind to this once beautiful beer. As it warms the vanilla comes out, but the coffee is nearly completely absent and it seems to have lost it’s viscosity. Good, but not as good as the first 3 were a year ago.
gnoff (9569) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JAN 22, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2015 First rating
12 fl oz bottle on January 21, 2011. Thanks to sebletitje
Most likely an 07 version
Black color, small dark brown head. Sweet, vanilla, roasted, wood scent. Wood, vinous, alcohol, roasted, coffee taste. Smooth mouthfeel. Dry roasted finish. Medium bitterness to the dry side.
2015 bottle bought/ordered from Systembolaget a little while ago. 355 ml, BB 30-11-15 as of the remarking of the Swedish importer.
Black color, big dark brown lasting head that also leaves a nice looking lacing. Sweet, alcohol, roasted, coffee beans scent. A bit too intense alcohol on the nose for my liking, perhaps would be better for my side if aged a little while. Sweet, roasted, chocolate, alcohol, wood taste. Burnt, roasted, a bit sweet, alcohol aftertaste. Warming alcohol. Smooth, rich, lean mouthfeel. A bit too high bitterness for me, comes through as rather bitter, that with the alcohol feels a bit much. Still a very nice beer, that will probably improve with age for me taste. I do have one more bottle, will save that a while.
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured into a pint glass.
4.5 A: Thick syrupy black in color. Two fingers of thick creamy medium brown head. Good rention and plenty of lacing. Very beautiful.
4.5 S: Bourbon and pungent espresso offer a big punch right from the get go. Roasty toasty barley and chocolate top off the aroma.
4.0 T: I am a bit disappointed. The taste is very good and I really enjoy it. However, the bourbon and coffee don’t mesh as well as I hoped or expected. Flavors include lots of bourbon, lots of coffee, chocolate and roasted barley.
4.5 M: Full body. Very creamy and smooth. Warming on finish.
4.0 D: Alcohol is less pronounced than I’d expect and that is great. Like I said in the taste section, the coffee and bourbon competes rather than complements. I probably won’t be having too many more of these since GI BBS is a much better bourbon barrel brew and the regular FBS is a much better coffee stout.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 09-17-2009 02:49:44
raszputini (71) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 13, 2011
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was the big winner at ThirstyFest - a craft beer festiva sponsored by the Thirsty Monk. The keg didn’t make it through the day. Nothing real unusual about it - its exactly what you would expect. A coffee-heavy Russian Imperial Stout with Bourbon barrel aging. There are no curve balls. What distinguishes it is that is such a fantastic example of this style. The bourbon flavor is definitely there, but not overwhelming. This is just a great beer. Drink one at any opportunity you get.