DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 29, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2010 Black beer. very roasty aroma along with chocolate, coffee, alcohol, and nuts. Nice, carefully roasted coffee flavor with very evident and warming alcohol yet not necessarily hot. Almost like a nice, white-collar kahlua. Its a pleasing, refined, warming, boozy, espresso-like coffee/chocolate liquor influenced beer.
re-rate:tastes like kahlua...and I like kahlua.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 28, 2006
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dense black, creamy swirling tan head. Intense rich nose of used espresso grounds and black chocolate that float on a soft wave of caramel, burnt ashy wood, vanilla, and a faint bourbonesque tone. The flavor is just as nice and generally mirrors the aroma. The barrel is expertly used here for complementing, not overwhelming. Full bodied, soft carbonation, bittersweet finish. Fan-f’in-tastic! Thanks for saving me a bottle Hopscotch...
3fourths (7771) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 22, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2012 Sample from 12oz bottle. Nose is spicy, meaty, rich coffee, intensely strong and robust, rich, creamy amaretto and black tar smoky bourbon scents. Rich dark roast coffee flavors, with a little "bacon" smoked meat in there. Very thick, sticky, robust, fresh, and sharp. The burnt bourbon and wood flavors are amazing.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUL 21, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opaque black color. Full light brown foam. Sensational nose which combines the characteristics of the original beer (intense coffee, roast and chocolate) and the barrel (vanilla, coconut, oak) to create a smell that is pure bliss, resembling a melting Snickers bar. Flavor, unfortunately, was a bit of a let down. It just didn’t seem very concentrated and full, not as intense and gripping as the nose promised.
Jwasciuk (198) - Lowell, Michigan, USA - JUL 20, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2008 Try a shot of espresso followed by a shot of burbon. Flavor is burnt coffee and an over powering whiskey flavor. Not much of a beer flavor at all. I finished it but could have only one and at $5 a bottle who could afford more.
kmweaver (3204) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 17, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 18, 2007 Rerate, 04.18.07: 12oz bottle, latest batch, courtesy of artusory. Thanks, Ryan! It’s interesting to try this with a few more ratings behind my belt. Pours a beautiful dark black center; medium tan head with great retention and lacing. Lots of lightly-roasted coffee and hints of vanilla in the aroma. Medium-to-full, bitter mouthfeel: tons of coffee upfront; toasty vanilla and bourbon notes from the barrel, but these are overwhelmed by the prominent coffee notes; hints of a layer of milk chocolate underneath; some astringency. Long, coffee and chocolate finish; slightly creamy. The coffee presence really dominates this beer.
RBSG 06. Coffee and vanilla nose. Medium mouthfeel, with the bourbon nicely subdued; ends with a long oak and coffee finish. Well balanched, and quite possibly (screw insipid Folgers!) the best part of waking up. 184.108.40.206.16=4.2
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 17, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at RBSG06. Dark black color with a thin brown head. Aroma of dark coffeee and roasted malt. Dark roasted malt flavor, lots of burnt coffee.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 17, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: Don’t know why I haven’t rated this before now. Thick black pour, with a small tan head that dissipated quickly. Aroma, bourbon, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, all are really rich. One of those beers that you can just enjoy the aroma of, just as much as the taste. Flavor, vanilla and oak, coffee, some chocolate and roasty malts. There is some woodiness to it at the tail end. A pleasent warming effect, nice and full bodied. Very smooth. This is one amazing beer.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 16, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Surpisingly there was bottle of this just sitting around late int eh evening at the RBSG grand tassting. mjames and I decided to indulge and then pass it around. Dark black opaque small light tna head. Huge coffee and vanilla well complented by chocoalte and vanilla. The oak is in check and performs nicely as a complement rather than a distraction as the case all too often is. Full creamy palate. Mighty fine stuff.
Kevin (2028) - Colorado, USA - JUL 10, 2006
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle from my number one fan, TAR.
Poured a complete pitch black with a head of orange that required some coaxing from me to appear. I held this to my nose and said aloud, damn, that’s a lot of coffee. Then I had to fight past that to see what else was there, but I have to admit I had fears this may be another peche mortel for me, we’ll see. A lot of alcohol in the nose with a light wood and cocoa flavor. Viscous. Damn it is chewy, but I am smiling because it is not the coffee bomb I was afraid of. It’s one of those that makes a man with a moustache happy, flavor savor, in the non ot-d way. Yes, there is a lot of coffee going on here, but there is a nice bittersweet cocoa, light alcohol bite, toffee, oh yes, buttery toffee, and it is glorious. O/k/ I just pounded the bottom of the bottle to make sure every damn drop got in my glass. I love the way the barrel flavor remains in the background and accents the beer, not dominate, although it does show itself a bit more in the finish than anywhere else. This is the kind of beer I needed to restore my love of stouts. There is a pepper flavor, not the heat but the flavor that reminds me of cayenne, and it is so damn good I want to punch someone in the face (please don’t make me explain this). All I can say is I would do bad things to people I care about for this beer, it is that good. thanks for the bottle, Jeff, you know I love ya man. Hell, I love everyone after this beer, well, almost everyone.
Ap-5 ar-8 tas-9 pal-5 ov-20