tectactoe (687) - Michigan, USA - DEC 12, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
[2012 bottle / fresh] thanks, Alex! Extremely black center with dark brown trim, topped with a slowly rising, micro-bubble tan head. Aroma is so "deeply" roasted; huge notes of dark, roasted, grainy, raw, oily coffee beans... Pure with light bourbon, oak, faint vanilla, cocoa powder, & some brown sugar. Amazingly fresh & vibrant, evolves with time. Taste is creamy, smooth, & silky. Columbian roasted coffee with hints of bourbon, bitter cocoa, dry oak, a touch of vanilla & coconut... I even get a mild spiciness in the finish, seems like chilies almost. Lingering aftertaste of roasted malt, coffee, light oak-y bourbon, & brown sugar. Fantastic stuff.
[2012 bottle / 1 year old] thanks, Mike! Though the coffee is a bit dialed down, it is still very much present, & this beer is smoother than ever. Integrated flawlessly with literally no burn. Coffee, chocolate, oak, vanilla.... Great stuff as always. Even a year does not "fade" it.
[2013 bottle / fresh] As good as the aroma was before, itís amazing this year. Like an elegantly blended cup of joe with a perfect amount of bitterness to the roast & enough creamy sweetness to balance. Nice burnt, caramelized sugar undertones with a mild dark fruit aspect in the finish, too. Smoother than the 2012 was fresh. Amazing as always.
Brentv (89) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 11, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a bottle, pours dark black. Aroma is huge with coffee and chocolate. Taste is very sweet. Too sweet. Not as much coffee in the taste as in the aroma, which is fine. Very rich. Mouthfeel is slippery and full.
msnelling09 (72) - Beverly, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 11, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The beer pours an inky, midnight black, much like regular BCBS, a dark tan head briefly forms and then fizzles away to a scrim; the head is slightly lighter than the head that forms on BCBS. In body, the beer is thick, viscous, and opaque, and when swirled, the beer leaves a brief set of alcoholic legs on the glass. On the nose, the beer shows its departure from regular BCBS. Rich fruity coffee buffets the nose with just a trailing hint of spicy solvent and alcohol. The coffee smells of a beautiful medium roast, moving from cocoa beans, to touches of vanilla, dark chocolate, earth, cinnamon, nutmeg, and even a touch of chili powder as the coffee interacts with the spicy alcohol. This beer has a truly delicious nose to it, reminiscent of sticking your head inside a bag of fresh coffee beans. The stout beneath the coffee does get a little confused in the richness of the coffee, blending in places, and muting in others, but Iím not all that disappointed by that as I see this beerís nose as a vast improvement over the boozy BCBS. The barrel is light in the nose, but seems to be contributing to the vanilla notes, and perhaps also the slight boozy notes. On the tongue, the beer tastes richly complex, blending fruity coffee, rich bourbon barrels, and boozy stout. Sweetness pairs well with the bitters of the coffee, creating a nearly chocolaty sweetness, while rounded tannins lightly touch the finish and provide mild structure in the mouth. Coffee acidity is also present, giving the beer a slight tingle. In flavor, this beer is far superior to BCBS at this age. Rich, fruity coffee beautifully blends with the barrel as the beer touches the tongue bringing fresh medium roast coffee, prunes, earth, and rich dark chocolate flavors. Vanilla and soft oak dance alongside the coffee notes as faint roasted malt character is sensed along the edges of the flavor. As the beer splashes over the back of the throat, hot alcohol does come through, providing spicy notes of cinnamon to coincide with the rich coffee flavors as the coffee is slightly muted. The finish is briefer than BCBS, bringing notes of raw coffee beans, and then freshly brewed coffee, as well as spicy alcohol. In the mouth, the beer is full and slippery, feeling thinner than BCBS but still full with a silky mouthfeel and weak carbonation. The beer remains chewy and luscious, though the coffee has certainly diluted the initial fullness of the beer. Alcohol is smooth and warming, with just a touch of bite. Overall, I like this beer more than I like BCBS. Iíll admit that part of that is how the coffee hides the alcoholic bite in this beer, but Iím also a coffee-lover and the coffee flavors found in this beer are rich and complex, beautifully blending with the barrel aging. This beer is not KBS, however close it might come, and does still carry some booziness in the finish. I wouldnít age this bottle for more than a couple months, seeing as how the awesome coffee flavors will die out, but I would certainly advise picking up a bottle and trying this puppy out. Good stuff.
Dr_Fellini (161) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 10, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012 Bottle to glass. Pours a thick dark black color with a small fizzy brown head. Very potent aroma with coffee, roasted malts, dark fruits, booze, anise? Sweet bitter chocolate, coffee, dark malts, heavy booze in the flavor. Relative moderate body, given such a big beer, not too thick. Quite a boozy punch in the finish. Almost like a dessert wine. Delish.
UncleKorm (474) - 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 (9) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 8, 2013 does not count
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 (907) - 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 (269) - - 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 (4944) - 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 Iíve ever had. The nose perfectly balances the bourbon, the stout and the coffee. The coffee is definitely prominent but it doesnít 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.