ryecatcher (1169) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber (2012 ’La Tortuga’), poured into one of Jenny’s ’Pink Elephant’ snifters that I permanently borrowed (thanks!). Froze my ass off on Black Friday waiting outside Binny’s South Loop at 8 in the morning waiting for a shot to get these and I figured the fourth night of Chanukah is as good as any to crack one... and I’ll concede that I’m not disappointed (not that I expected to be). Pours an opaque deep chocolatey-blackish color (like blackstrap molasses) with a thin mocha head that disappeared almost as soon as it appeared. Nose is only slightly boozy by comparison to the standard BCS this year, with some raisins and maple notes in here as well. Mouth is thick and oily, Mouth is chocolatey and and some bourbon up front, a hint of the coffee (Chris at Binny’s warned me it would fade quickly) and every time I belch, it tastes like I just ate a bowl of Cocoa Pebbles (not necessarily a bad thing). Absolutely No sootiness, which is a HUGE plus when it comes to the infinite number of stouts that are out there these days. Finishes warmly (to be expected as it’s over 14% for Crissakes!) but generally this is a lot mellower than the (15% ABV) BCS that I rated in September. L’Chaim!
Wheelz (6) - - DEC 8, 2012 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Amazing. Smells of chocolate, coffee, and bourbon. All of those smells come out in the taste. Boozy at 14% ABV. Sit back and enjoy this one.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
kimjongill (207) - - DEC 6, 2012
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
2012. Fresh from bottle. Smells of coffee grounds, chocolate, and bourbon. Great black pour with brown head. Good mouthfeel. Amazing taste balance of coffee, bourbon, chocolate, and roasted malt. This is definitely one of the finest beers I’ve tasted, and I feel like I can give it one of my only 5 ratings.
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 (20074) - , 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 (1615) - 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 (1950) - 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