Zymurgeist2 (1752) - Redwood City, California, USA - FEB 1, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle to snifter. Boozy vanilla with fresh coffee bean. Oily black with brown highlights. Brown head was small and dissipated quickly. Taste is coffee, molasses, vanilla. Chewy bakers bread and yeast apparent. Slick viscous mouthfeel. Moderate bitterness at the end.
keanex (1749) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - JAN 17, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2014 Bottled November 15, 2013 (2 months old).
Appearance: The body is pitch black with a dense and short brown head that sinks into the body quickly, but leaves a dense coating. Very nice looking stout.
Aroma: The aroma is strong of earthy and mildly astringent coffee, hints of bourbon, smoke and coconut back this with a vanilla cake presence. The aroma is quite nice, good strength though not as expressive as I remember it last year.
Taste: The intro is a mild of bourbon, quickly the flavor becomes strong of coffee and syrupy chocolate. Coffee dances on the palate throughout while stepping aside for a bourbon heavy finish. The finish lingers of roast and dark chocolate.
Palate: Thick and chewy, I love the thick viscosity of this.
Overall: From memory the 2012 release wins for me. I found it bolder and more complex and less boozy. This is a great beer still.
Previous Ratings: Ar: 8, Ap: 4, Ta: 9, Pa: 5, Ov: 18 = 4.4
Bottled November 12, 2012 (2 months old).
Appearance: The body is pitch black and only a thin brown coating escapes the body before being sucked back down with only a very thin ring remaining.
Aroma: Earthy roasted coffee comes to mind first with a dark chocolate backing, very light barrel notes, only a light vanilla and subtle oak. The aroma is fantastic, it reminds me a tad of Kahlua.
Taste: Oh boy this is wonderful, very complex with an earthy roasted coffee intro with slight wood flavors, the mid-taste adds sweet chocolate syrup with some vanilla that leads to a slight bourbon on the finish with sweet syrupy chocolate. This is phenomenal, everything is blended so well together.
Palate: Thick and syrupy, touch of carbonation.
Overall: Best thing I’ve drank all year, one of the best beers I’ve ever had. This is much better than Bourbon County Stout to me and well worth $20 a bottle. Oh boy this is good, my only regret is that I don’t have fudge to eat with this.
Stine (1746) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 3, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The classic used oil black. The crushed Oreo, peanut shell and alkaline soil aroma of oxygenated grounds. Flavor brings more of this, which does nothing to augment the coconut, oily chocolate, German cake flavor of the original. The peanut-like nutty earthiness the coffee offers may be likable to some, but the soil-like acrid quality turns the page quickly and harshly.
MacBoost (1735) - Penfield, New York, USA - SEP 8, 2012
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 3/20
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2014 Pours a used oil black, thick and oily with no head. Aromas of booze, bourbon, coffee and roast. Taste is dry and boozy with a heavy barrel taste. Coffee and hot finish. Mind blowing.
This is just coffee infused macro swill for dorks.
changeup45 (1729) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - NOV 25, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Rando7. A dark black pour produces a thin tan head that gets pushed off to the sides. Minimal lacing. The aroma shows some charred and smoked malt, soft bourbon, dark chocolate, light oak, and vanilla. Nice. Flavors mostly follow suit. Lots of mocha and soft bourbon along with caramel, oak, and more of the charred smokey malt. The roasty notes are mild, not much bitterness to speak of, very slick and really a nice soothing sipper. The bourbon and mocha combine well and shine with everything else mostly complimentary. Very good beer.
ElManana (1729) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - APR 22, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at 9050 tasting, thanks for bringing! Smells like lots of coffee with smoke,chocolate, some vanilla. The sweetness is not overpowering like it is with the regular one, instead it complements well with the coffee and slight smoke that this one has. Very nice. 2014 edition.
wxman (1727) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2013 Just had it also on tap at Global Brew. Even better! Pours the darkest totally opaque brown I’ve ever seen. Initially, a decent dark chocolate head literally fizzes away (sounded like a cola) to nothing within less than a minute. Aroma is bourbon, espresso and vanilla. Absolutely delicious taste teaming with a number of flavors. Molasses, vanilla, caramel, espresso coffee, chocolate and a warm alcohol mouthfeel are all there. Some evidence of the bourbon from the barrel, as well. Top notch stuff!
neepsntatties (1717) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 17, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle of the 2013. Colour...certainly black, with a wisp of a tan head. Nose...redolent of coffee with mocha and cocoa powder. Palate...thinner than I imagined but that doesn’t prevent the flavour from coming through. Coffee is of course at the forefront but it is not "in your face" like so many coffee stouts (and I’m not a coffee drinker). There’s dark chocolate here and chocolate fudge cake with choco-coffee ganache. The finish is smooth and velveteen and I have a feeling that the coffee helps temper the high ABV.
gkost (1709) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 25, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black. Nose is big coffee, roasted grain, sweet malts, tons of booze. Flavor is a boozy coffee melded with sweet malts with hints of smoke. Too much booze with the coffee. A bit thin.
skmikeg (1708) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a pitch black with a small tan head with nice lacing. Aroma is of gourmet coffee, roasted malts, licorice, dark fruits, bourbon, molasses, vanilla, and a little booze. Taste is similar to the aroma with the addition of some tobacco notes and some cold brew iced coffee flavors. Has a full body with creamy, oily mouthfeel, and a moderately bitter, long finis. Overall, a very nice imp. stout that is just as good as original BCBS and features coffee from one of my favorite roasters nicely.