probstblueribbon (3275) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber shared by Boutip (merci!), served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass. Part of a vertical. 02DE11. Bottled 03/26/10.
App.: Deep brown-black, deep mocha head.
Aroma: Extremely strong, spicy, aggressive cooked green pepper, peppercorns, still plenty of big coffee, ashen.
Palate: Medium-full body, modest effervescence.
Flav.: Tons of coffee, still lots of peppery, spicy, green notes, molasses, rich briny soy sauce, pine, dark chocolate, alcohol, not as friendly as the vanilla version; sweet with good bitterness and a long, green, spicy finish with lots of molasses, etc.
Boutip (5133) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 12, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a medium size dark brown foamy head with average retention and some lacing. Aroma of coffee, light vanilla notes from the bourbon and some peppery notes which don’t necessarily fit the style. Taste is mix between some astringent coffee notes with some vanilla and coffee a strange peppery feeling at the end. Body is quite full with nice creamy texture and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Good though definitely a notch below the other GI stout treatments.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - DEC 11, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle. Rating #336. Yummy! Great beer, not a lot of coffee remaining, but it still tastes fantastic. Need to get more of this stuff. (2049)
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 10, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Thanks Tim. Black with almost no head. Coffee chili coffee and light bourbon aroma. Oily palate and a taste of chili pepper and vanilla with a spicy oak and bourbon finish.
GRM (3273) - 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 (4012) - 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 (1012) - 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 (1519) - Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 30, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2015 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 a big coffee 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. Had this again @ 2015. The Aroma of this one was very coffee forward in an almost spicy way along with the BC base. The taste was just smooth and coffee forward with all of those BC notes and qualities like vanilla, dark sweet fruits, chocolate etc. along with a smooth body.
onceblind (5311) - 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.