ClassyBeagle (319) - USA - DEC 1, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
FROM NOTES: November 29, ’13 on draft into a snifter at the Black Friday event @ Kraftrwork, Philly.
A: Big nose full of roasty malts, subtle vanilla dark chocolate notes, roasted coffee and bourbon (booze).
A: Blackest of night with the tannest of tan heads of about a finger and a half thick. VERY SEXY!
T: Dark chocolate notes initially that give way to some espresso/coffee notes with the bourbon becoming more evident in the finish. Aftertaste has a balance between the bourbon and the coffee flavors with the bourbon dominating more as it warms.
P: Creamy, chewy and silky with a nice low carbonation. Surprisingly very smooth for a beer that is 11.2%!
O: Outstanding beer. WORLD CLASS! Very complex. Coffee, chocolate, and bourbon are the primary flavors, as advertised to be. VERY, VERY RARELY does a beer truly live up to the hype, this is that rare example.
alexgrimm (273) - SPAIN - OCT 23, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great flavor of roasted and biscuity malt, coffee and chocolate, there’s also a bourbon feeling. Full body, liquorous texture. I can’t say I like it better than regular breakfast stout but it is as good, which is very good.
zvikar (3492) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - OCT 16, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer Market Jaffa. Thanks Tom L. Pours opaque black with a beige to brown head, aroma of chocolate, Chipotle, spices, caramel, brandy, whiskey, vanilla, roasted, flavor of chocolate, coffee, spices, brandy, whiskey, great roasted tones, full bodied, amazing.
susanamayer (211) - Ohio, USA - OCT 15, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a pitch black color. Great aroma of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee with a bourbon feeling. Great flavor of roasted and biscuity malt, coffee and chocolate, there’s also a bourbon feeling.
eduardovl (865) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
330ml bottle served in a snifter glass.
A: Pours a deep opaque oily black color forming a small but creamy beige head with medium retention that leaves some spotty and molasses lacings in the glass
S: The smell is just perfect. Sweet and molasses. Delicious roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, bourbon and oak. The smell of oak is absolutely delicious. I’ve gave 5, but I would give it 10 if I could! :p
T: Sweet and roasted upfront. Strong notes of roasted malts, candy sugar, caramel, bourbon, oak, vanilla, chocolate and coffee. Strong and delicious roast bitterness in the end. Alcohol is well hidden
M: Heavy, dense, creamy and molasses body. Medium to low carbonation. Complex sweet and roasted aftertaste
O: Excellent drinkability. Masterpiece
[ BA Review @ 9/20/2013 ]
berlinmany (217) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This smells as good as the original. Unfortunately, here ceases the comparison to me, the barrel-aging gave it a tartness I’m not a fan of. Whisky, dark fruits and oatmeal all work well enough, but roasted acidity and vinous cereals are not a perfect match.
evergreen0199 (2074) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Rattle N Hum, New York, NY. A dark brown/black coloured pour with a thin beige head on top. Sweet, malty, coffee, chocolate aroma. Tastes similar, slightly sweet, malty, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, rich, smooth and utterly delicious. Great Imperial stout from Founders, so glad to find it on tap in New York City.
robbienate (113) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at the Extreme Beer Fest. Pours a pitch black color. Great aroma of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee with a bourbon feeling. Great flavor of roasted and biscuity malt, coffee and chocolate, there’s also a bourbon feeling. Full body, liquorous texture. I can’t say I like it better than regular breakfast stout but it is as good, which is very good.
gyllenbock (4864) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 12, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sample at SBWF 2014.
Black with a medium tan head. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, some bourbon, coffee and light dark fruit. Taste of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, coffee and some light dark fruit. Really smooth and nicely drinkable. Very well balanced, what a great beer! Well worth the hype. I am glad that I finally got the chance to try this one.
beerlove231 (166) - London, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample at XBF:
Decadent coffee and vanilla cream, dry roastiness and bathing oatmeal cookies are sensually laced together.
Ferocious oaky vinosity somewhat mars the rich vanilla and coffee beans, but the roasted malt bitterness sure gives it a run for its money. Thinner-bodied than its coffee imperial stout counterparts (Speedway and Péché Mortel) and not as satisfying as their regular Breakfast Stout, for me. Still, one of the highlights of the festival, an inspiring creation I wish to have again in full-bottle format.
olsvammel (3295) - Örebro, SWEDEN - OCT 11, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample at SBWF 2014. Malty smell with chocolate and coffee. Sweet malty taste with coffee and chocolate. Very nice and well made. Well balaned. Great beer.