UncleKorm (482) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle poured a black hue w/ small fizzy brown head fully diminishing and no lacing. Moderate bourbon aroma. Initial flavor is bold sweet w/ a light bitter finish. Tastes are bourbon, rich medium roast coffee, toffee, molasses, brown sugar, and oak. Full bodied, syrupy mouthfeel, soft carbonation, and huge boozy warmth in the finish.
Lectvay (15) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 8, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2013 12oz bottle purchased at Brewforia Eagle a few days ago. Dark, thick brown, aroma exploding with coffee. Rich and intense. Pretty much exactly what I was hoping for.
Rrauth (909) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 8, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2013 bottle. I dislike coffee so I'm glad I got to try it without opening mine so I can trade mine. This smells like more coffee than I've ever smelled. This is bleh and my score is for my future use.
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TimsRatings (273) - - DEC 8, 2013
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From 12oz bottle.
Poured dark brown, almost black. Half finger brown head. Aroma of a good, strong, dark coffee. That coffee comes through nicely in the flavor, along with a very pleasant and complementary chocolate and stout flavor. Aftertaste favors the choc/stout.
Very possibly my favorite coffee stout. (But of course, further testing will be needed.)
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PorterPounder (4954) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tallahassee, Fl - Market Square Liquors - 12 oz bottle. Inky black pour, initial foamy khaki colored head that settles after a while. Aroma is the highlight of this one with some sweet tiramisu note, whiff of bourbon and the smell of a coffee grinder as it is grinding your dark roast coffee. Big bold flavor with a bourbon front end onslaught, some strong espresso notes hanging around in the back end, some creosote, a hint of licorice. Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy. Great in all individual parts, just the cloying nature of if brings down the overall score. 12 oz was more than enough!
darkguardian (724) - Florida, USA - DEC 5, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2013 Bottling. One of the best coffee stours I’ve ever had. The nose perfectly balances the bourbon, the stout and the coffee. The coffee is definitely prominent but it doesn’t dominate everything completely. Likewise the palate is huge and thick and chewy as you would expect from a bourbon county stout. Flavor is a perfect balance. Not to sweet, not to bitter. The roast character and the bourbon interplay with huge vanilla, tobacco, chocolate and raisin notes. The only areas that keep this from being the perfect beer is that its nothing incredibly mind blowing like BA Hunahpus, BA Abraxas, Morning Wood, or Kentucky Brunch. And the appearance while nice is not as awe inspiring as some other stout offerings. Minor quibbles all, this is an amazing beer.
Miked1687 (476) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 5, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2013 Bottle to snifter. Pitch black body with a thin mahogany Brown head that dances around the edge of the glass a bit. Nose is really strong dark coffee that cloaks a body of bourbon with vanilla, chocolate, and oaky vanilla notes; almost buttery. Taste is a good mix of coffee and bourbon up front that splits into a smooth buttery vanilla body, to a coffee bitter finish that is perfectly warming. Sweet cherry notes throughout. Amazing beer.
devman171 (521) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 5, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at rustico! Pours black with thin tan head, aroma is great roasted coffee and bourbon, taste is huge malt and coffee and bourbon! Soo smooth, soo good
theothermatt (108) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - DEC 4, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 oz bottle. 2013 vintage shared. Jet black. No lacing. Huge nose of coffee, oak, vanilla, and a hint of cinnamon. Huge her with a huge taste. Boozy and full of barrel characteristics. The balance of the coffee really pairs well and cuts down on the astringency. It makes the beer much more balanced and enjoyable. Dangerous.
wchesser (895) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 4, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
2013 bottle had less than a week after release. Massive high end coffee nose. Deep black and viscous. Rich coffee flavor, with slight herbaceousness and soft dark fruit. Coffee bitterness really cuts through the sweetness compared to the ’regular’ I tried beside it...very different beers but both ultimately great in their own regards. Agree with others: smoke ’em if you got ’em.