nbutler11 (1261) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 16, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by daknole -- many thanks!! Really looking forward to the others in the series. Pours like roasted coffee with legs. Smells oddly spicy with lots of red pepper in the nose. Tastes of espresso, cocoa, vanilla, and bourbon. Chocolate syrup lingers on the back of the palate. Very good.
Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 15, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer just works. The coffee adds a lot of dimensions to an already delicious beer. Really wish I had a number of these to lay down, or even just to get to drink more now.
tgncc (2332) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JUN 14, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber 22 oz., $12.99. Gorgeous aroma, oak, bourbon, chocolate, coffee, plums, other dark fruit. The appearance, true to its style, deep black, tan had. The flavor is chcoolate, coffee, bourbon. Fairly sweet. The added coffee doesn’t kill this beer, fortunately. The finish is piney hops, bourbon booze warming, very light roast. Awesome thick body, creamy mouthfeel. Again, it is a nice surprise that roasted coffee doesn’t drown out this beer. None of these Bourbon Co. beers is the equal of ts base beer (Night Stalker), but this beer is awesome in its own right.
jcwattsrugger (10064) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 14, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
@PilsnerPeters Thanks j12601-22oz bottle-pours a brown head and black color that sheets the glass. Aroma is dark malt-roasty/coffee/molasses/ashy, some acidic hops, wood. Taste is sweet dark malt-roasty/coffee/molasses/ashy, some acidic hops, wood. Not my style.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 14, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Pours virtually pitch black, looking quite thick and menacing. A small, smooth head of dark brown foam slowly gives way, settling to a thin film, leaving dense, glass staining sheets in its wake. The nose paints a portrait of intensity, booming from the glass with monstrously sweet dark chocolate and caramel malt notes, loaded with intense, roasty coffee, and smooth, vanilla laden bourbon. There is no mistaking the barrel influence here, as the bourbon seems just as prominent as it does in the boozy base beer. Flavors too are big, sweet, and bourbon driven. Dark, syrupy chocolate and scorched caramel malts are countered only by the bitter earthiness of the coffee roast. Wood and vanilla are again intense and boozy. The palate is downright thick, clearly heavy on sugars and big, sticky malts. Bourbony heat warms the gullet, lingering on the tongue for a good while. Overall, this stuff is downright tasty in very small quantities, but anything more than a few ounces proves to be overkill as the sugar quotient is just too much.
badnewsbeers (2316) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 13, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black pour. Creamy, dense beige head. Aroma begins with heavy sugar, Bourbon, dark chocolate and peanut. A touch of tobacco and coffee. Amazing flavor, if a touch cloying. Big dense chocolate, tobacco, bitter coffee, and sweet Bourbon. Milky and creamy finish. Awesome stuff. Top notch coffee, bb beer.
drfabulous (2991) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUN 12, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 once bought at Lexington Beer Trappe. Pours a nice tan head that quickly fades. Aroma is very boozy. I’m getting memories of Dark Lord as I sniff. Taste is coffee, bourbon, booze. Sweet and maple. Very nice.
tjthresh (1858) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JUN 12, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Picked this bottle up at Binny’s South Loop after DLD. This is a bad ass beer. Black with a reddish brown head. Big and bold with espresso and booze. Rich palate with a long lingering finish.
DerWeg (1402) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 9, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Goose Island does the expected by doing the unexpected - a new version of BCS. In this case the coffee gives the bourbon-heavy stout a certain poise and balance. I still register the buttery caramel-popcorn, and the exploding rays of toffee, coffee and rich malt. Dark fruits. Wait the coffee is more aromatic now. DUH. Very warming alcohol, an the fragrance of cocoa liqueur shows this aptly. Did I mention the look, it’s a deeply viscous black with espresso foam cap, Pretty huge body rests on the palate, heavily. But it;’s all elegance. How can you diss the BCCS?
Ibrew2or3 (5823) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 8, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber pours up deep dark brown with brown edges and tan head. It has a huge pulsing aroma that seems like a strobing discothèque tossing up bourbon, vanilla, coconut, oak and maybe a thin layer of fudge brownie. This has a massive aroma but I’m not getting any coffee. The taste is smooth rich dark roasted malts mixing with sweet molasses and chocolate yum and then blending into smooth sweet bourbony notes. It then rolls firmly into vanilla, coconut and then some oak flavor, Wow! The booze and coconut are assertive but doesn’t come close to swamping out the very tasty beer base of chocolate, rich dark roast and maybe coffee hiding out behind the big dark malt roastiness.