Lukaduke (2853) - Gray, Maine, USA - JAN 18, 2013
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2012 vintage. Pours a deep rich black color with a bit of settling dark mocha foam around the edges... the aromas are lighter than I expected with lots of earthiness, touches of coffee, chocolate, vanilla and some woody bourbon notes as well. Then on the palate Wow... damn smooth creamy chocolate coffee cream with a nice bourbon background to fill in the complex vanilla, dark fruit and toasted bourbon notes... however, the show stopper is the creamy chocolate coffee flavors. Beautiful stuff with a great balance between sweet and boozy. YUM
keanex (1657) - 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.
radio_nowhere (1287) - Maryland, USA - JAN 14, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Finally got a bomber of this and can’t wait to try. Poured into snifter glass rich dark black with very thin tan head. Aroma of bourbon alcohol, rich roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark fruit and the slightest bit of coffee. Taste is where the coffee comes out, also vanilla and rich malt sweetness. Creamy and thick, alcohol really hits the nose. Lingering alcohol warming and a little coffee aftertaste. Great stuff.
ineedbeer (1476) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 12, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2010, 2011 and 2012 bottles. Numerical rating reflects the 2012.
Aroma: The 2010 has lots of green bell pepper and vegetable notes in aroma. No coffee at all. 2011 has hints of green pepper, but also some coffee aroma. The 2011 also has some nice chocolate aroma. 2012 has nice coffee with balanced chocolate and roast; no noticeable green pepper. This beer is much better fresh. Light alcohol spice an a touch of anise. This is really nice.
They all pour dark brown, almost black with light brown notes on the edges. Pours with a mocha head that quickly recedes to the edges. Medium legs and no lacing.
Flavor: 2010 still has a bit of a vegetable note but I can still pick up a bit of coffee, but very light. Roast is fairly noticeable and there is light chocolate notes. Alcohol is present with a bit of spiciness. Medium low astringency. 2011 has a lot more coffee flavor and almost no green pepper. A really nice chocolate flavor to the 2011 with some secondary roast notes. 2011 also has some nice sweetness to it that 2010 was lacking. 2012 has some great milk chocolate sweetness. A nice coffee flavor with a bit of roast. Some alcohol spice to the flavor in the finish; this is the only thing that the older vintages have done better - the age mellowed the alcohol heat.
Medium full bodied with medium carbonation. Medium alcohol warmth. Low to medium low astringency. Medium high alcohol heat b
Overall a really good beer but it doesn't get better with age. The vegetable quality that develops really isn't good. Probably not as good as the hype.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big bold aroma coffee is subtle under big bourbon and roasty aromas... Pitch black smaller tan head... Big big flavor, roasty bourbon coffee flavor, massively full bodied... Lingers a bit sticky.... Awesome...
sonnycheeba (4629) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 12, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap. Pours deep, dark brown withbthin, fizzy tan head; short retention and spare lacing. Aroma is roasted malts, smoke, coffee, toffee, dark chocolate, raisins, and oak. Flavor is rich roast malts and coffee with good chocolate and dark fruit flavors and a hint of vanilla; dry finish. Medium body and low carbonation.
pw313 (3) - Macomb, MI, - JAN 11, 2013 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
idk what to say.....this beer lives up to the hype. definitely drink at room temp to get the full complexity and taste of this beer.
RobertDale (4752) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JAN 11, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 ounce bottle. Thanks Ken! Pours coal black with a small reddish tan head. Aroma of roast, bourbon, dark fruits, coffee, and vanilla. Taste is roasted malt, bourbon, roasted coffee, dark fruits, vanilla, and cream. Very, very smooth and creamy. Just plain delicious.
vt3stick (103) - Chicago, USA - JAN 11, 2013
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours jet black. Aroma is heavy on the oak barrels with coffee, vanilla, and dried fruit. Taste is heavy on the dried fruits with the sweetness showing through immediately, light on the coffee, and boozy as expected. Palate bomb from the high ABV which again isn’t a surprise. Great, complex beer.
ekoerper (599) - Iowa, USA - JAN 6, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Gorgeous coffee nose, lots of fresh roasted beans, nice bourbon notes, chocolate, toffee, sweetness, light dose of alcohol, rich and inviting. Pours jet black, light brown head lingers only briefly then dissipates completely. Flavor is dominated by rich chocolate and coffee - cake and cocoa, silky smooth coffee, toffee and molasses, well-integrated barrel character with bourbon and a very faint touch of oak coming through. The alcohol is very well hidden - just a touch of warming on the way down. There is some balancing bitterness, but overall the flavor profile skews towards the malts, coffee, and barrel. Sweetness is just right, chocolate cake-like, but not distracting. Full body, low-medium carbonation, silky and smooth. World-class brew, delicious!