brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 24, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2013 2011, my last bottle :(. Huge espresso aroma billows from my glass. Deep, delicious complexity on the palate brings coffee and roasty goodness to everything it comes in contact with on the way down. Goddamn this is good.
madmitch76 (18998) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
23rd January 2011
Opaque very dark brown beer, short lived brown head. Nose of coffee and spirits. Smooth but dry palate. Rich dark malts, strong coffee but rounded. Touch of vanilla and a little bourbon. Dry finish. A lovely beer but Top 50? Really?
XmnwildX12 (2079) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - NOV 19, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had some great barrel, bourbon and coffee scents. Taste is very similar, still has some great coffee flavor and a nice roasty finish.
Phil (181) - Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
As a coffee nut this beer intreagued me - the use of specifc coffee for a beer - Pours a used oil black with suprising lack of head retention - perhaps the coffee oils? Hot bourbon, fresh pour coffee in the nose. Kinda, coffee-corectivo in it’s hit. Dry woodiness to finish.
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2012
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz. bottle served in a Deschutes tulip. 2011 vintage, bottled on 1-11-2012.
A: Pours a jet black with a viscous body and a one finger dark khaki head the dissolves rather quickly to a thin collar. Pretty still body.
S: Crushed coffee beans and raw cocoa fill the nose first and foremost. Digging in a little deeper yields some light bourbon, subtle oak and some vanilla-esque sweetness.
T: The coffee is very upfront (as well it should be) with a mashed, straight from the bag rawness to it. The bourbon barrel starts to peak through around mid-palate and it leads into a blend of milk chocolate and roasted malts. The finish is a sweet mix of caramel and vanilla. The ABV is basically non-existent.
M: Heavy bodied, but velvety and smooth the whole way through. The carbonation is medium to low and it sticks across your whole palate with a mocha like sweetness. The slightest bit of warming comes through at the backend, but this ABV is just so well hidden.
O: Delicious. While I thought the nose wasn’t up to what I wanted it at the taste more than made up for what the nose lacked. Wave after wave of flavor is so well layered in this beer, and the steps the taste takes you on are great. Nothing dominated in the flavors, just a very well balanced beer. The ABV is hidden so well it’s insane. Chalk up another winner for the GI barrel program.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 02-06-2012
gEUS (1540) - Linden, BELGIUM - OCT 3, 2012
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
660 ml bottle - shared by BelgBeerGeek. The lesser one compared to GI Rare and the Vanilla one. Coffee bomb and nothing more than that.
mikem409 (1891) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - SEP 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle at local tasting. pour is black with tan head. aroma of lots of coffee and bourbon. taste reminds me of kbs but more bourbon and bigger coffee taste
humlelala (1163) - DENMARK - SEP 22, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(65 cl bottle courtesy of jnorton00 - big cheers!; 2011/12 vintage) Pours black with quickly fading tan head. Good lace. Aroma is used coffee grounds, vanilla, chalk and a bit of bourbon barrel. Soft carbonation, smooth, velvety and oily texture, full body and a sweet and warming finish. Flavour is a more pleasant and roundes version of the aroma where the coffee plays up well to the sweetness, the roasted malt and the vanilla. Girlfriend says "It’s very syrupy and boozy."
MacBoost (1563) - Pouring Bus, 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.
trevor211 (1470) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 4, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
So stoked to find a 2010 bottle of this at Bierkraft. Pours black, with dark brown edges, and a small tan head. Aroma is, as expected, rich coffee-infused bourbon. A bit of dark fruit makes it sweeter, and the coffee counters that well. Tons of vanilla -- like someone dumped a significant quantity of vanilla extract in. Boozy, even after a couple of years -- seems like it would take forever to kill off the burn in this brew. Bourbon and oak hit you up front, with brown sugar and vanilla (maybe some good rum), and the coffee moves in toward the finish. Totally delicious, but this will definitely knock you back. The coffee is a great addition.