BelgianBeerGal (3456) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 21, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Traded bottle. Good but did not live up to the hype for me. Definitely got the coffee, vanilla and bourbon notes in the aroma and flavour but there was a really strong burnt flavour at the finish. Just nothing really exciting to me.
HolidayBeerGuy (50) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - MAR 21, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
12oz. bottle 2009, Pours oil black, with a thin light brown head. Aroma of heavy coffee, oak, and chocolate. taste is heavy chocolate lighter alcohol than expected in the taste, full, rich, wonderful. Finishes sticky, oaky coffee reisdes on the palate. A great beer, fortunate to have had the opportunity to try.
foundmd (210) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2009
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2011 12oz bottle, 2009 release. Pitch black pour with a thin mocha head. Immediate aroma of oak, bourbon, and coffee. You definitely have to love bourbon and (especially) coffee/espresso to appreciate this beer. The coffee flavor is huge, almost more than the regular Breakfast Stout. Initial flavor of bitter coffee with hints of woody oak and bourbon alcohol. The finish is subtle chocolate and vanilla with more coffee bitterness. Let this one warm a bit to enjoy its complexities. Not a lot of roasted malts or hops. Palate is thinner than most Imperials with moderate carbonation. A fantastic, unique beer and one of my absolute favorites.
roborb (66) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 20, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle served into a snifter. This beer pours motor oil black with a very nice chocolate head. The aroma consists of coffee, bourbon, dark fruit and oak. The flavor follows the smell. The initial taste is bourbon and then it is followed with coffee and chocolate. The carbonation is just right and not overpowering. This beer is fantastic and deserves all the praise it gets. This is a must get for anyone.
mcmd (315) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 20, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle in a snifter. Pours pitch black with a decent mocha head which thins to a sudsy film. Aroma is oak, burnt dark espresso, dark chocolate, a little bourbon as well. Flavor is a semi-sweet dark chocolate with lots of espresso, smoky, vanilla, oak, bourbon is present but not overwhelming. Excellent black coffee bitterness in the finish which is pleasant on the tongue. An excellent and unique imperial stout.
reggiedunlop (3490) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 19, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours a thick rich black with a thin dark mocha head that dissipates quickly. very complex aroma has rich chocolate, freshly ground coffee, vanilla, dark fruit, subtle bourbon, and faint alcohol. flavor has lots of dark chocolate and coffee with a mild bourbon backing. extremely creamy and thick mouthfeel and a warm lingering finish. very nice even though this bottle is a bit young...
thefle (168) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 18, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
really good stout. Nice coffee taste and the bourbon is nice and mellow, not to overpowering. bottle listed it as 11.2 abv not 10%
Quicker (18) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 18, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
A lot of flavor. Coffee, vanilla, oak, chocolate and bourbon. For being a heavy stout, not too harsh on the mouth and very smooth. Definately recommended for those who love stouts
jamvin23 (162) - chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 24, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Dark brown pour with small brown head. Aroma: bourbon barrel. coffee and chocolate and lighter notes of vanilla and bourbon. Flavor: coffee, chocolate and bourbon. Nice bitter finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. F
Sonicdescent (384) - Donora, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2009
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I’ll admit I was scared of this one because it smelled hot. Still a bit too bourbony but tasty none the less. Gets easier to drink while of warms.