aleigator (365) - GERMANY - JAN 3, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from Kevin, thank you very much, 2012 version with La Tortuga coffee.
Pours a viscous, black color, with a small, soon fading head.
The aromas got a hot Bourbon burn to them, wrapped up into slightly bitter, earthy coffee, with lots of bakers chocolate, molasses and toffee. The coffee acts outstandingly well with the wooden, vanilla accentuated, hot Bourbon, blending flawlessly into the rich, creamy base of the beer. Nontheless, the Bourbon stands out on itself quite well and is even more noteable than the coffee.
Drinks incredible smooth, not particularly creamy, but outstandingly silk, with calming, earthy notes to it, providing an intriguing interplay between milk chocolate and slightly sticky toffee. The Bourbon is big in this, without getting too boozy at any point, while producing a pleasant, oaken warmth with vanilla notes in it, complimenting to the slightly bitter coffee, as well as the scorched, earthy malts and sweet milk chocolate. The coffee becomes visible on the palate, paired with slick caramel and cocoa nibs, while a wooden earthiness adds to the subtle coffee sting, resulting from the harmonious, convenient integrated Bourbon. Finishes with sweeter toffee, as well as molasses and hints of coffee, while smooth, slightly sweeter milk chocolate represents the foundation of this beer.
makromaniak (141) - Tilburg, NETHERLANDS - JAN 3, 2015
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Lots of coffee, lots of bourbon, heavely roasted malts, some chocolate, little vanilla and a dry long bitter fiinish...nice balance...amazing!
BrewHaMeister (227) - - JAN 2, 2015
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle pours a very fluid black with a slight reddish hue. Aromas of coffee, cocoa, leather, and vanilla. Flavor is mild coffee bitter with a chocolate alcohol finish. Yum!!!
williamstome (1212) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 2, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour, brown head. Roasty sweet aroma with notes of coffee, chocolate and mocha. Flavor is the most coffee like of any beer I’ve had. Like drinking a sweet, beery mocha. My thousandth rating!
zoucrew102 (761) - - JAN 1, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, 2013 vintage. Strong coffee aroma with notes of bourbon, vanilla and oak. Pours black with a thin light brown head that dissipates quickly and no lacing. Chocolate flavors with a little bit of vanilla and oak to start. Finishes smooth with a lot of coffee flavor that lingers on the palate with a bit of booze and bourbon. Quite good for the most part, but not a big fan of the coffee.
JHeath99 (1306) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - DEC 28, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle shared by Damien and Lona. 2012 vintage. Pours an opaque black with minimal head. Aroma of coffee, booze, roasted malts, and vanilla. Taste of booze, vanilla, coffee, and some malts and chocolate.
zvikar (3903) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - DEC 27, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Ariel’s place. Thanks DSG. Pours black with a brown head, aroma of coffee, chocolate, barrel, bourbon, vanilla and a touch of coconut, flavor of coffee, bourbon, chocolate, wood, vanilla, cherries acidity, brandy, coconut, full bodied, amazing.
popway (76) - California, USA - DEC 25, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Here’s a heavywight. Bourbon meets coffee. Aged in my cellar a year.
Really enjoyed this, coffee is solid, balanced, oily, thick, light frothy head,
dark ’n’ roasty, smell of leather, compelling strong, burnt sugar, no joke, alcohol burn follows,
kkleu357 (462) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Seems thinner than regular bcbs. Dark black body. Wonderful coffee shop aroma. Sweet chocolate taste. Smooth velvety mouthfeel. Tastes like an excellent mocha latte!
kaser (3663) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft pour at Paddy Longs. Aroma is coffee, marshmallow, smoke, a and expresso. Poured jet black with almost no head. Sweet and creamy taste. Ends with a coffee and expresso blast you don’t get upfront. So good. This is 2014. I liked the 2014 barleywine and regular a little bit more I think but this is fantastic