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RATINGS: 1720   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.28   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 336   ABV: 11.2%
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A bit of backwoods pleasure without the banjo. This strong stout is brewed with a hint of coffee and vanilla then aged in oak bourbon barrels. Our process ensures that strong bourbon undertones come through in the finish in every batch we brew. We recommend decanting at room temperature and best enjoyed in a brandy snifter.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - AUG 1, 2006
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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bgburdman9 (857) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JUL 30, 2006
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.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 29, 2006
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.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 28, 2006
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...

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (7797) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 22, 2006
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.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUL 21, 2006
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.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Jwasciuk (198) - Lowell, Michigan, USA - JUL 20, 2006
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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 17, 2006
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. 7.5.8.4.14=3.8

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. 9.5.8.4.16=4.2

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 17, 2006
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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 17, 2006
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.


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