GRM (3081) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 10, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brown bottle, 650 ml, from Philippe Boutin, savoured on December 2 2011; eye: black, opaque, no head, no lacing; nose: roasted malt, green pepper, light ash, woody, vanilla, liquorice, alcohol, green pepper; mouth: roasted malt, green pepper, light ash, woody, vanilla, liquorice, alcohol, dark chocolate, dense, rich, full body, average carbonation, mildly sweet, syrupy texture; overall: quite good
Bouteille brune, 650 ml, de Philippe Boutin, savourée le 2 décembre 2011; œil : noire, opaque, pas de mousse, pas de dentelle; nez : malt torréfié, poivron vert, léger cendré, boisé, vanille, réglisse, alcool, poivron vert; bouche : malt torréfié, poivron vert, léger cendré, boisé, vanille, réglisse, alcool, poivron vert, chocolat noir, dense, riche, corsée, carbonatation moyenne, moyennement sucrée, texture sirupeuse; en résumé : bien bon
Cavie (3842) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 2, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. I love freaken coffee beers! Pours a dark dark brown to black color. Tan ring of head. Aroma is super amazing. Coffee notes with dark chocolate and roasted malts. Flavor is coffee sweetness with chocolate and raisins. Easy finish. Not bad in the least.
phredrik (1011) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - DEC 1, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by Rasmusott - thanks! Pours black as night with, the head is similar to cola foam. The aroma is exactly what I expected: delicious coffee on top of a BCS base. The coffee is earthy, slightly mineral and holds some red berry fruitiness. Also bold bourbon and wood notes, vanilla, caramelized figs, fudge, syrup and coconut. Rich and lovely aroma. Taste wise, I want to applaud the coffee implementation in this beer. Bold, fruity, earthy and bitter. Very good. The coffee plays well with the already legendary BCS base, creating a wonderfully balanced and delicious imperial stout. Easily adorable.
RasmusOtt (1255) - Aalborg, DENMARK - NOV 30, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2014 Bottle from trade with arminjewell. Aroma has ofc the base of bourbon county. Some sweet vanilla, rich dark chocolate, figs prunes, dates, dark caramel coconut bourbon quality, well balanced with some roasted (light fruity) coffee and a hint of some earthy notes. Taste is smooth with dark rich chocolate, bitter roasted coffee, dry mouthfeel, sweet dark fruits, vanilla, coconut, some warming alcohol and a woody feel aswell. Love this stuff. Not as guilty a pleasure as the vanilla version.
onceblind (4541) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 5, 2011
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
GABF 2011. Pitch black with a tan head. Aroma of deep roasty cocoa, syrup, coffee, and big oak tones. Taste has loads of cocoa syrup, coffee, oak, more coffee, sweet roasty chocolate/black malts, all on a huge smooth outstanding mouthfeel. A little boozy, in a good way. So sweet and coffee-ish.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - OCT 17, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
2010 release, consumed last October. Not sure what it was like at the release, but this was already showing green, vegetal, oxidized coffee character that ruined the otherwise stellar BCS base beers. I’m not sure how they do their coffee infusion but it added an unpleasant aspect to the beer that was hard to get over. As you would expect from BCS though, it’s one thick, silky beer with a lot of bourbon and heat. I’d be open to trying a newer, fresher release, but this was a miss for me.
BoBoChamp (5759) - Gent, BELGIUM - OCT 11, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2014 36cl, Vintage 2013, exclusive American brew, with coffee, from De Hopduvel Gent, very complex sweet Stout, heavily roasted and slightly alcoholic/woody, not too heavy, very balanced, hazy, nearly no head, top class!, yet very expensive!
fidelis83 (2003) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - SEP 26, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bomber bottled 03.26.2010. Pours inky black with a thick skim of oily brown head, the head lasts a good while, the beer itself leaves a nice coating as the glass empties. Aroma is bourbon, molasses snaps, leather, port soaked fruits, roast, chocolate, dark roast coffee, earth and burnt sugar. More dark fruit and molasses as it warms. Flavor is big on bourbon and vanilla, dark caramel, maple sugar, dark, nutty and slightly smokey coffee notes, molasses and licorice. As it warms more coffee and dark caramel come out as well as a longer, nutty mocha fade. Palate is heavy in body, oily, creamy and completely coating on entry, has a light, but noticeable carbonation and creamy, oily and sticky finish. Simply fantastic, I’ve had several bottle of this since I bought it last year and it’s just as good as, or better than the day I bought it. It has changed some and the coffee is not as strong, though it wasn’t really super coffee laden in the first place, just about lives up to the original.
craftbeerdesign (2194) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 9, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
2010 bomber purchased at Rodman’s Grocery in DC last year. pitch black pour with a small tan head. deep dark coffee nose with traces of bourbon seeping through. I’m sure the coffee would have been stronger when this was fresh. thick body with lots of roast, deep dark fruits, bourbon, oak, light vanilla, caramel and lots of sugar. definitely still an alcohol bite on the top of the mouth. aggressive barrel aged finish with lots of bourbon notes, alcohol, vanilla, dark fruits, toffee and light coffee.
Scopey (7407) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2010 bottle (from Utobeer) at Ang’s birthday tasting. It pours jet black, with a thin tan head. The nose is light roast filter coffee, coconut, ginger, roasted malt, vanilla and alcohol. The taste is full of coffee, coconut, roasted malt, dark chocolate, solid alcohol warmth, toasted sesame seed, soy sauce, gingerbread, bourbon, wood and vanilla, with a very long, big, roasty finish. Full body, fine carbonation and velvety mouth-feel. Surprisingly smooth and well balanced. Definitely has to enjoyed in small measures, but really good nonetheless.