Headbanger (3491) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle(courtesy of Hopscotch)-Pitch black body with a nice small tan head and an aroma of coffee, bourbon, chocolate, and slight vanilla. Taste begins with vanilla then bourbon and follows with some chocolate and slight alcohol. This full bodied brew is very well balanced. Great tasting. Awesome.
bigtaster (752) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 22, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at brewery out of snifter. This beauty pours black tar with minuscule oak brown head. Lacing at each sip. Aroma with plethora of scents including coffee, whiskey, chocolate, some vanilla. Chewy milk chocolate mixed with bourbon undertones creates a unique invigorating sensation for the palate. The thick balanced brew is a wonderful experience.
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - APR 19, 2008
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. A gift from CMUBEERMAN. Andrew, you totally rock!
Pours tar, tan head. Aroma is pretty intense: malt, chocolate, coffee, bourbon, oak, vanilla, pine. Flavor is similar and creamy. Pretty amazing and very well blended for the alcohol content. Aliendan says, "It doesn’t make you feel like you will to sink to the bottom of the ocean" as is the case with many imperial stouts. This is an excellent beer and my highest rated so far. This is pretty damn smooth and well, pretty.
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2008
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thanks to fantomas! Heavy chocolate and coffee aromas, sweet and creamy with hints of bourbon. Pours black with no head. Rich flavors, vanilla and coffee flavors, surprisingly sweet, with hints of oak and whiskey. The 10% is well hidden. Very tasty brew!
BREWMUSKCLES (2339) - New Jersey, USA - APR 16, 2008
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
nice and siky. a monster of a brew with heavy expresso coffee and an equally heavy cheap bourbon flavor that i can only admire. not complicated but laid down very well. great heavy duty coffee aroma. light vanilla for balance. very nice!
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 (660) - 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!