polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Aroma has notes of espresso, oak, bourbon, molasses, roasted malts, dark dried fruits and a little hazelnut. Black in the glass with an almost fully diminishing tan head that leave almost no lace. Flavor is very sweet and medium bitter. Palate is very full bodied and oily soft. Alcohol is almost noticeable but covered well. Overall a very complex brew that integrate coffee very well with bourbon and stout. Very happy I had a chance to savor this one.
Silphium (3173) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 30, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by badnewsbeers. This was meant to celebrate a Bears victory in the NFC Championship, but soon became an ale of despair. Deep opaque brown-black body, thin dissipating tan head. Nose of coffee beans and robust bourbon and buttery oak, round and thick. Big, inky body, a morass of coffee beans, roasted malts, burnt sugars, soy, vanilla, and alcohol, with plenty of wood. Plum/prune notes increase with warmth. The coffee notes definitely feature more prominently in this version than in the base beer. Very good, though I prefer the original.
BuckeyeBoy (2837) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 26, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle thanks to inflatablehair. Pours out black topped with a small brown head. Aroma was so good tons of coffee, vanilla, milk chocolate, and roast. Taste was just as good. With the coffee, vanilla, some bourbon, and the sweetness. If this had some more time I think it will be even better. Also just had it at the 4th IMP Stout tasting and it was very nice had mellowed a little.
1FastSTi (3338) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 25, 2011
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled om 03/26/10. Pours to a pitch black body with a super dark brown head that dissipated rather quickly. The aroma can be smelled from afar. Sweetened condensed milk brownies with chocolate, medium char, subtle marshmallow, and light coffee. The flavor is very nice. The coffee balances out the sometimes boozy character that BCS has. It also makes it easier to drink a "fresh" bottle much sooner. Rich charred marshmallows, chocolate brownies, and subtle coffee. Vanilla and bourbon components. The palate is silken but creamy with a hefty but very clean alcohol warming. There’s something that comes off as "alcohol", but unsure if that’s simply the coffee blend or if the coffee makes the bourbon noticeable.
JohnMan (102) - Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Definitely a very fine and complex beer. Lots of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee!, some hints of vanilla, and dark fruits. Lovely body on this beer.
blankboy (6139) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 20, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle [660ml] shared with HogTownHarry & garthicus -- c/o HogTownHarry. Pours black with ruby hues and an average size diminishing frothy light-brown head. Great aroma has lots of coffee, some jalapeno (I get that sometimes in BIG coffee Stouts), chocolate, cream, light hops, oak and bourbon. Amazing flavour of roasted mat, light leafy hops, coffee and just the right amount of barrel (oak and bourbon). Thick creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden. An amazing beer!
jrob21 (2597) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 12, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Would probably do well with a year or two hanging out in the cellar but I’m not that patient. Aroma is a little alcoholic and bourbony. Some vanilla in there as well. The flavor has a hint of soy sauce and a little vanilla again. Not a huge coffee presence but there is an acidic bitterness hiding in the background. Finish is a touch alcoholic. Like I said a year or two chilling would get rid of that. Otherwise a pretty well balanced and tasty drink with a syrupy consistency.
swoopjones (5980) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 12, 2011
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
shared with Rudolf, dark dark pour with deep dark khaki head. . Huge aroma BIGBIG roasted malts, bourbon presence. Flavor is big, loaded, BOOZY, agressively boozed. STRONG!!!Big roasted malt presence, A sipper no doubt. We had trouble kiling the 750 between two of us. Agressive booze burn upfront. Loaded of sweet malts & bourbon also. Just TOO big. 5oz of this would more than suffice. Tons of flavor but tough to handle.
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 10, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown pour with a tan head. Aroma is loaded with coffee, roast, chocolate, coffee, bourbon and oak. Flavor is creamy with tons of toffee, coffee, vanilla, bourbon, molasses and chocolate. Great great beer!
omhper (19638) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JAN 9, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled, thanks baggio! Black, no head. Potent vnilla and coffee aroma. Sweet and full bodied with slick, well rounded mouthfeel. Warming and potent with chocolate drowning in a sea of coffee and vanilla. Comparably low bitterness.