ElDuderino (184) - Hyde Park, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 23, 2009
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2009 2009 Bottle. Whoa, serious change from previous vintages. The Aroma of coffee dominates everything. Espresso on steroids with some melty milk chocolate dropped in. The body pours black as night with a dark brown creamy head. The intense coffee flavor really perks up my nose and opens my senses during eat sip. The body is heavy and rich with thich sweet malts, chocolate and heavy rich coffee. I am getting much less barrel than in years past but there is still that almost sour wood funk lying way in the background. I love this beer. Hate the new label though... oh well.
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 22, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours motor oil pitch black; thin tan head.
Potent coffee bean aroma, just a shade of bourbony sweetness also; wood and perhaps licorice.
Flavor - rich, bitter, roasted, awesome bourbon sweetness. Smooth but also aggressive. Hint of whiskyish burn in the finish. Body is surprisingly far from thick. This is what regular breakfast stout wants to be. As delicious as Peche Mortel but with added complexity from the bourbon finishing. Very excellent. I’m very curious if previous years’ batches were even better with the vanilla.
madvike (3135) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 22, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2010 Bottle - Pours jet black with a very small bubbly tan head. The aroma is a blast of coffee with a little bourbon burn The taste is really where this brew shines, with a strong coffee flavor up front, with vanilla and butterscotch flavors balancing it out a bit. The finish is a lot of roast with a bit of hop bite and a nice warming alcohol. Feels medium to medium-full bodied and a little oily. Just a fantastic brew. Update: Gotta knock off several taste points because the last several times I’ve had this, the taste has been very ashy and harsh. Not a trend I’m excited about.
GranvilleTim (1778) - Granville, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep black pour with brown head. Aroma of coffee, roasted malt, and slight bourbon. No single aroma is overbearing- nice blend of all. Taste is complex- smooth roasted malt, bourbon, dryness, more bourbon, with the stout flavor charecteristics running throughout. I was afraid that this beer would not live up to the hype- I am glad to be wrong. I love bourbon, I love stout, I am happy. The head dissapated after several sips, but left a noticeable lace.
zapprentice (314) - East Setauket, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Sunset Grille. Deep bourbon aroma with coffee. Coffee flavor with notes of chocolate and a bourbon finish. Very nice.
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Sunset Grille. Aroma of smooth bourbon melding with lots of milk chocolate, cocoa powder, lightly roasted coffee. Flavor again a wonderful melding of the bourbon and the expected notes from the stout and the coffee. Impressed me a lot more than I expected.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 22, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pitch black with a quickly receding mocha head. Aroma of oak, vanilla, light smoke, and coffee. Tastes of bourbon, vanilla, coffee, red wine, pepper and spice. Mouthfeel is heavy with soft carbonation and noticeable alcohol.
bretupdegraff (242) - Fishers, Indiana, USA - MAR 21, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma of bourbon and coffee. Taste is strong bourbon and roasted coffee. No head on the pour. This is a good beer that I hope will get better with age
BelgianBeerGal (3500) - 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.