BeerandBlues2 (12101) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 5, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours opaque black with a small, frothy tan head, short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is earthy and spicy coffee with dark chocolate and roast malt, dates and prunes. Flavor is malt dominant with earthy and spicy coffee, dark fruity esters, light hops and bitterness, alcohol warmth and a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.
crawej21 (7) - - JAN 5, 2013 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2012 bottle poured into a snifter. Wow! Smell and taste is incredible, coffee comes through nicely. The mouth feel of this beer is just incredible. Very smooth! Now I know what the hype is all about
Macegan75 (816) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2011 bottle at Damicoís. Pours black with slight tan head. Nose is bourbon, espresso beans, maple syrup, and lactose. First sip is velvetty smooth mix of coffee, black malt and bourbon and creamy finish.finisher
tcane7 (1670) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 Bottle with Ray and Chris on New Years Day. Solid black pour with thin mocha head. Coffee, chocolate, oak. Not overly bitter, pretty sweet.
rocbyter (2077) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - DEC 30, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong malt aroma with a robust amount of coffee and a light amount of sourness. Black color with a medium brown head. Sweet beginning with a strong malt middle that fades slowly in the finish. Thick palate.
Iphonephan (6205) - McLean/Jackson Hole, Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a 22 oz bottle shared at Canaan Valley. Pours black with a tan head. Bourbon and dark cherries in the nose. Coffee come through in the flavor, but not in an overwhelming way. Warm, boozy finish. Very very nice.
reggiedunlop (3657) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012...pours pitch black with a thin mocha head. Aroma has sweet coffee and nice bourbon...a hint of toffee. Flavor has perfect amounts of bourbon and coffee to go with vanilla and toffee hints...good roastiness...slightly sweet. Mouthfeel is medium and silky with a warming bourbon/coffee/roasty finish.
Christpuncher (2798) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2016 The more i drink this beer, the more it may be the best beer i have ever had. aroma of a wonderful black coffee, some sweet bourbon. perfectly balanced flavors with a sweet coffee bourbon finish, pours like motor oil. black with a thin tan head. really love 2015
trumpetskid (106) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
2012 bottle. Pours pitch black, small tan head that disappears immediately. The aroma is dark chocolate, vanilla, alcohol and earthy coffee. the flavor is bourbon county stout with a nice balanced, earthy coffee bitterness. The coffee does a nice job of balancing out the sweetness of the base beer. The coffee isnít over- powering, but a nice component to a nicely balanced beer. Great stuff
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Reviewed 12/25/2012. Bottle says 14.3%. 22 oz bottle poured into an adorable little goblet.
A: Pours a pitch black color. Much like regular BCBS, the dark tan head fades away to nothing in little time. Nice alcohol legs.
S: Smells quite similar to BCBS, with bourbon, chocolate, dark fruits, cream, and brown sugar...right up until rich, exquisite black coffee makes itself known. This is such a joy to inhale, even over regular BCBS. Wow.
T: Itís BCBS with coffee. No, that doesnít sound terribly descriptive, but the coffee used is completely fabulous, and plays perfectly with the big sweetness and decadence of the base beer. Tiny little subleties of cream, vanilla, hazelnut, dark fruits, bourbon, and rare (just kidding about that one) give it real enjoyability factor. A little booze pops up in the finish, but not nearly enough to suggest itís 14.3%. This one will completely wreck me in the morning...
M: This doesnít seem to feature the syrupy heft of the base beer. Rather, itís drier and thinner, featuring carbonation that seems to be a bit more vibrant. Still an amazingly sticky and viscous coffee stout. The flavor intensity and finishing booze still suggests one to ísipí. Actually, I kind of prefer the feel of this over standard BCBS.
O: I didnít think this would be much better than BCBS - but I was wrong. Even though itís quite boozy, itís one of those offerings where the intense flavors render that problem moot. Iíd even say it lives up to the hype. Good luck killing a bomber solo if youíve already had a few drinks tonight, though...my body is saying ínoí but my tastebuds are saying ífuck yes!í