scarletfire65 (1272) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2016
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasting at Hackney’s Printers Row. Aroma is of cracked coffee beans and some dried fruit. Lighter bodied than some of the other BCS variants. Boozy, oaky, coffee, smoky, outstanding. Dryer finish than some of the variants as well.
sjogro (1905) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 29, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2016 At home, another bottle from Maakun. I feel 0.1 more enthusiastic!
Tasting thuis, fles van Maakun! Thanks dude! Daar staat-ie dan! Hallemeloeja lekkere koffieboterkoek! Lekkere zachte olievette brei met hele fijne notige koffiesmaakjes. Marsepein en pecannotenbrood en appelstroop. Backlog from 2015/11/05.
BelgianBeerGal (3652) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2015 version on tap at FS FW post-Nutcracker. Amazing. Heavy on the coffee, which is why I love it. Aroma is of dates, prunes, nuts, and coffee. ABV (13.4%) is quite masked by the coffee and mouthfeel is very balanced, yet crazy smooth. Reminds me of the Amavida coffee (from St. Andrews) that they serve at church each Sunday. Outstanding, especially on this cold, rainy night. Makes me a bit peckish for more.
Bule (1650) - California, USA - DEC 26, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle of 2014. Pours a dark brown color without any head. Low carbonation. Coffee is strong and over powers a little.
snoot8726 (77) - Terre Haute, Indiana, USA - DEC 26, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2012 vintage, cellared for 3 years. Huge bourbon and coffee on the nose with a hint of vanilla. Big coffee taste with vanilla and bourbon and some smokiness. Time has really mellowed the sweetness! World class beer, one of the best I’ve ever had.
mbgrayson (689) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - DEC 19, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2014 vintage, 12.6% abv. Aged in my basement for one year. Pours jet black, with very little tan head. Aroma is amazing: rich dark coffee, malts, and dark fruits. Taste is amazing: complex, lots of coffee on top of an excellent bourbon barrel aged imperial stout. The alcohol kick is there in the background. This is one of the best beers I have ever tasted. Thumbs WAY up!
madelfonatree (317) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Enjoyed on tap in a Goose Island glass December 5, 2015.
Look - Oily brown black. Thick tan head. Little to no lacing.
Smell - Sweet molasses. Banana split. Coffee is not overpowering. Chocolate. Raisin. Tootsie roll.
Taste - I like that the coffee is not overpowering. Sweet. Chocolate. Bourbon. Raisins.
Feel - Very smooth. Little carbonation. High abv is hidden well.
Overall - Banana split stout. Rum barrel aged beers taste like bananas foster and this tastes like banana split.
VRH (59) - Georgia, USA - DEC 15, 2015
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2015 bottling: Huge coffee aroma, molasses, brown sugar, crispy sweet toffee, vanilla, & cocoa on the nose; bitter & milk chocolate, with nice charred aromatic wood on taste; smooth, full body on palate, with drying finish. Excellent!
pfc514 (114) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - DEC 14, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours pitch black into a snifter with a brown head that fades quickly into a thin ring round the glass.
Aroma of strong bourbon like the normal stout, but the intensity is cut with a hint of coffee.
Flavors bourbon, vanilla, licorice and coffee are present. Coffee is there but very subtle. Bourbon is still the star in this one. I like how the coffee makes the bourbon a bit milder, because it’s almost too overpowering in the normal BCBS. Boozy elements start to appear as the beer warms, but also coffee starts to be a bit more present. Super tasty.
Such a great mouthfeel for an imperial stout. Chewy and mouthcoating. Nothing like it.
A great beer and one I’ve been trying to find for a while. Finally got it
seuinoz (212) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2015
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Coffee lovers rejoice. Aroma of freshly brewed strong black coffee. Little to no tan head. Taste is coffee with a hint of alcohol.Sits great on palate with the coffee taste lingering well after the beer is swallowed. Doesn’t even taste like a 12.4% beer. Can’t wait till next black Friday to see how the coffee stout tastes again. Brewed and stored in Chicago Illinois.