POD (198) - USA - JUL 26, 2007
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottles. Pitch black motor oil pour with heavy creamy brown head. Most beautiful lacing that I’ve seen from any beer to date. Aroma is cocoa powder and bourbon. Mouthfeel is thick and smooth like chocolate silk pie. Flavors are complex. I detect in order oak aged woodiness, bourbon, dark roasted coffee and slightly bitter chocolate at the finish. Finish lingers and warms for minutes. This must be drank at room temperature to be enjoyed to it’s fullest. Mine was slightly chilled to say 50 degrees at the start. As it warms the flavors explode and the cocoa bitterness mellows to one of the smoothest finishes ever. One of the best beers that I’ve had. I hope to try Founders Imperial sometime soon! I find it hard to believe that it could top this brew.
JohnnyJ (4356) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 25, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle many thanks to footbalm. Pours a thick black with creamy tan head. Interesting aroma of dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, sweet caramel, and a hint of vanilla and bourbon. Flavors of bitter dark chocolate, strong roasted coffee, bourbon, a little oak, and cream. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Excellent.
jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 24, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2007 Bottle shared with MrRomero, Pours a nice opaque black color with a light brown head. Tons of rich roasted coffee aroma, with notes of vanilla and bourbon on the nose. Like drinking warm dark chocolate with rich dark coffee blended in with just a touch of cream. Sweetness is present but not cloying at all. Really nice, a very good brew.
MrRomero (1975) - Nolanville, USA - JUL 23, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle: poured black with a smallish brown head. Big chocolate and coffee aroma. I didn’t notice any bourbon in the nose but it is definitely in the taste. First sip revealed just some coffee and chocolate but the next sip is where the bourbon kicked in. Big coffee with bourbon on top of that. The chocolate seems to subside with subsequent sips yielding to the coffee. Long bitter finish with warming alcohol. Good beer.
WolfsBlood84 (172) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUL 22, 2007
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2010 Draft Sample at Brewfest - Pours a very dark brown practically black, with a fluffy brown head. Smells absolutely incredible - Coffee, vanilla, chocolate, roast, slight bourbon, and of sweetness. Flavor is also pretty fantastic, all the things described and more - a wonderful balance of sweetness and bitterness. Very creamy, with a slightly liquor-like aftertaste bite. Highly recommended if any of that sounds enticing.
"BREAKFAST IS SERVED!"
dmac (4006) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 19, 2007
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2007 12 oz bottle. Wow this is the best smell ever. Poured black as the night itself, thick and dense, with a lovely brown creamy head. Aroma is out of this world, my first ten ever. Notes of coffee, espresso, chocolate, vanilla, and just a hint of bourbon. Flavor is still a bit hot with lots of warming on the back of my throat that detracts me slightly from the awesome flavor in my mouth. If this mellows a little with age this will be the BEST BEER EVER!
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 19, 2007
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2008 12oz bottle. Pours very black with not too much brown head. Aroma is cold, day old coffee grounds. Overwhelmingly strong and one dimensional. I’m not picking up too many other aromas except for really strong coffee grounds, and not in an especially appealing way – and I love coffee. The taste is better and more complex. Thick, roasty, coffee. The coffee taste is more fresh and appetizing than the stale coffee aroma. I would really like to try more of this to get a more accurate opinion. It tasted good but was not world class in my opinion. Will reserve final judgment until I have another bottle.
Fresh 4-pack, resampled. The coffee this time was not stale, day old grounds but it still dominated the nose. I can hardly get any bourbon in the aroma (or the taste for that matter). This is not a bad beer just not that good of an example of a bourbon aged stout, especially for the price and availability. BA Blackout, BCS, and expo/double cream are all substantially better than this.
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - JUL 18, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2009 Pours an almost tar like black, very little head. Aroma is as you would expect, coffee and whiskey on the front, ith a heavy roast rounding things out. Some vanilla and perhaps even a burnt orange back note. flavor is powerful and bold. Coffee and bourbon seem to be seamlessly integrated, an almost perfect balance. Good bottle.
dchmela (2640) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 16, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Boboski for the tasting. This was an absolutely wonderful beer. Pours out really black, oily with no head. Aroma is chocolate malt with a healthy nose full of bourbon and oak. Very nicely balanced taste with chocolate, oak, bourbon, and vanilla all coming through. Thick, oozing and incredible.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JUL 16, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Ticker rating as we all know how much i love coffee. Oily black, almost no carbonation whatsoever. Aroma dominated by bitter coffe grinds, no bourbon detectable. Flavor doesn’t have as much coffee as aroma suggests, but enough to turn me off. Very light bourbon through the middle, lends some much desired sweetness, helps to mellow the coffee. Just not my thing.