potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 22, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Ink black with tan head that thins completely after a while. Aroma is sweet chocolate, huge bourbon barrel-esque smell, strong coffee/espresso, light berry fruit that dulls as beer warms. Awesome aroma. Taste is sweet boozy chocolate espresso, very powerful. Medium bitter roasted finish that linger long on palate. Oily like ink. Head
cpetrone84 (1011) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A-pours a dense black liquid with a dark coffee colored head
S-very coffee forward, espresso with some nice vanilla. roasted malts, notes of oak and bourbon. sweetens in the back, caramel, anise and a touch of dark fruits. lots of sugar and very sweet aroma.
T-this is quite tasty. lots of refined espresso, notes of vanilla. roasted malty goodness, dark chocolate, bourbon, oak. molasses behind, hint of anise and light malt sweetness in the back.
M-huge, smooth, a little grainy on the palate in the back, velvety and chewy with lots of carbonation and a good bite at the finish.
D-this has a great balance, quite coffee forward and a lot of sweetness. the barrel is light but still present. very good beer and hides the huge abv quite well.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 22, 2010
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Tasted 5/20/10. 22oz Bomber. Pitch with a dark brown hue. Taupe layer of head. WOW! That’s a big nose! I just sat and smelled this beer for the first few minutes. Amazing aromas! Notes of chocolate and espresso coffee. Vanilla and fudge. Chocolate icing and caramel. Full bodied and so sweet and rich and delicious. Tons of chocolate notes mixed with the espresso and brownies. Vanilla notes and all malts. Such a huge palate with amazing complexity. This is easily one of the best beers I have ever had!
pete4999 (923) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 21, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Just absurdly good. Pours a pitch black with brown/tan head. Smell is hardcore vanilla and "bourbon aging" notes. Some coffee in the smell, not as much as I was expecting. Gets much better as it warms. Very creamy and extremely flavorful. Lots of chocolate coffee along with the traditional flavor in the taste.
Leafs93 (1503) - Dunmore, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2010
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a coffee oily black. Aroma is woody, oak, vanilla and chocolate. Taste is coffee and chocolate undertones. Very smooth and enjoyable. Heavy mouthfeel with alcohol warming sensation.
Chalsk (962) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - MAY 21, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a dark black vicious liquid with a thin caramel colored head. Has an aroma of bourbon, coffee and subtle hints of chocolate. Starts sweet with a chocolaty coffee flavor. Alcohol comes through. Very boozy. The coffee spice adds to the bite. Notes of licorice mixed in. 3 on BA is a bit high. KBS and Old Raspy are better IMO.
j12601 (6403) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle that I took to Peter’s 2nd annual spring gathering. Pours a black to brown with a thin tan head. Bourbon and vanilla on the nose, jalapeno and coffee. The coffee note bordering on jalapeno actually detracts a bit from it, but it’s still rather solid. Smooth and warming, chocolate and cocoa, bits of coffee. Really does just taste like regular Bourbon County with a bit of coffee in it. Big vanilla notes, a bit of warming booze on the finish. Think I like the original better.
mattyb83 (734) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 19, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a bomber. Pours a thick black with a nice dark tan head. Has an amazing aroma filled with espresso and some anise and vanilla, too. The flavor is just as phenomenal. Dark fruit, vanilla, and espresso along with some dark chocolate which gives a nice bitterness. It just coats your tongue and leaves a long after vanilla and chocolate aftertaste. As the beer warms it become more bourbon like and has a nice alcohol warmth. Just a great beer. If i could i would choose this beer over dessert and after meal coffee every time.
zach8270 (3037) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAY 18, 2010
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
(bottle - 22 oz) Thick black pour with a thick tan head. Huge coffee and vanilla aroma with a heavy amount of bourbon and roasted notes coming through near the end. Flavor is a huge amount of roasted coffee and roasted malts. The smooth coffee and bourbon blend well and really enhance the heavy vanilla flavor coming in near the middle. Sweet and very smooth finish. Even at 13%, it drinks like chocolate milk. Out of this world good.
Mora2000 (5127) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAY 18, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle. It was a great beer to cap off a nice day of tasting excellent sours.
Bottled 3/26/2010. The beer pours dark brown with a tan head. The aroma is ridiculously complex with notes of chocolate, soy sauce, oak, bourbon and coffee. The flavor is chocolate, coffee, toffee, a tad bit of soy sauce and some nice sweetness. Thick mouthfeel and low carbonation. I really thought this beer would be over hyped as new releases often are, but it wasn’t. A great beer and one of the best stouts I have ever had.