YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rich black pour with just a wisp of tan head. Dark roasted coffee, bakerís chocolate, fennel, and Bourbon greet the nose. The coffee dominated the flavor with only subtle notes of Bourbon, nuts, and chocolate. Much enjoyed this.
Odeed (1799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 23, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black as night with brown highlights around the top edge of the glass.Nice dark brown head that fades fast.Awesome aroma of coffee,booze,vanilla,chocolate,and roasted malt.Flavor is much of the same with a slight sweet cloying finish.
keanex (1789) - 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 Iíve drank all year, one of the best beers Iíve 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 donít have fudge to eat with this.
BMMillsy (1788) - Florida, USA - FEB 8, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2015 2012 bottle (11/12/12) had in Feb 2013. Pours pitch black with very small brown head. Aroma is beautiful vanilla, chocolate, licorice, some salty black bean sauce, and maybe a hint of earthy coffee. Was expecting a bit more coffee but it smells dicine anyway. Mouthfeel is very thick and viscous. Sweet vanilla chocolate up front, with light earthy coffee tones. Bit of licorice. Extremely rich. Pretty sweet stuff, but very drinkable. Alcohol hidden better than the regular BCS I had from 2012, but still present. This is awesome.
Now trying a 2013 bottle on 3/22/14. Same look as before. Lots more earthy spicy coffee on the aroma this year whoah, also light vanilla and oak notes, not a lot of bourbon as the beautiful coffee overpowers on the nose. Big rich earthy coffee, fades into roasty cocoa notes, then sweetens up with vanilla and chocolate with a touch of bourbon booze that lingers on the palate. Huge rich thick velvety mouthfeel with low plus carbonation. This one is much more coffee forward than I remember the 2012 and makes for a very nice change up from the regular version. Maybe the only complaint is that I get less barrell here. bur still very Mmmm. Very fresh 2014 bottle very much like the 2013 version I had, huge coffee nose and relatively light on the bourbon barrel influence. Still awesome.
jcos (1784) - Maryland, USA - OCT 6, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Location/Date:2012 Bottle on 10/3/2013 split with Dave, Ben and Jordan..
Appearance: Pours a black opaque.
Aroma: Aroma of roast, coffee.
Taste: Roast, chocolate, coffee
Palate:Medium body, slick, lingering aftertaste.
Summary: As always, really enjoyable. I liked the coffee aspect. Tasty.
neepsntatties (1778) - 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 doesnít 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 Iím not a coffee drinker). Thereís 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.
MacBoost (1773) - 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.
zathrus13 (1764) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - AUG 14, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, thanks Dak! Pours dark brown, with a light brown head. Aroma is coffee, bourbon, malt, and vanilla. Flavor is coffee, bourbon, vanilla, roasted malt, and alcohol. Creamy, heavy body. This is really top notch. I must have more.
Stine (1761) - 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.
skmikeg (1758) - 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.