kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - AUG 1, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle thanks to secret santa. wow! this is great. aroma of coffee with a bit of sweetness as well. there seems to be a little malt too. taste is fantastic coffee at first followed by malt a little roastiness and accompanied by a smooth creamy mouthfeel and a lingering aftertaste of coffee and chocolate. awsome brew.
bgburdman9 (857) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JUL 30, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at The Oak Cafe courtesy of MikeMac again. Thanks a bunch for this one, it was excellent. Aroma of choclate and strong espresso and a little alcohol. If you have ever had chocolate covered espresso beans from Starbucks, that is how this beer finishes. The bourbon flavor was great because it was not overpowering the rest of an already complex beer. Very smooth finish. Great beer.
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 (7797) - 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 (3206) - 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. 188.8.131.52.16=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.