pushkinwow (2627) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2010 bomber, from bauermj. Black with a ruby hue, brown head that practically disappears. This one may have been better fresh - some vegetable, roasted malts, coffee, alcohol, chocolate, bit of anise, vanilla. Above average body, moderate carbonation, bit prickly, thin compared to some of the bourbon county beers, bit bitter yet more sweet, nice coating on the palate.
Strykzone (6753) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled at an rsbls tasting. Thanks Jason. Wow is this good. All of the wonderfulness of the BCS with a fantastic coffee on top. The coffee adds some bitterness. Just a fantastic beer.
hapjydeuce (999) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JAN 19, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle acquired in trade with pantanap. Thanks again for the epic brews Kan! Pours crude-oil black with a nice ring of beige head. Medium to low carbonation. Wonderful aroma of vanilla bean, espresso and bourbon-saturated oak. Makes my mouth water just smelling it. Flavor is a smooth transition from smoky roasted malt and coffee to sweet vanilla, molasses; finally moving into warming bourbon and oak wood. Very balanced overall and the beer improves with warmth. Thick, coating mouthfeel. A nice winter warmer that demands slow sipping and savoring. A real treat. Bourbon leans a bit hot, but it doesnt take too much away from the entire package.
arkurzynski (2268) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 15, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2014 Bottle shared by motortoddhead. Deep black pour. Bourbon, vanilla, wood, molasses, alcohol, mild roast malt, and faint green, earthy coffee. Sweet sticky molasses, vanilla, roasted malt, mild booze, coconut, and bourbon barrel. Mild to moderate smooth coffee at the end and in the finish. Could have used a ton more coffee. Lingering tacky sweetness. Ultimately smooth and tasty, but lacking the punch to really separate it from the original. Re-rate: the coffee used in the 2014 version really popped and the bitterness helped to temper the sweetness of the base. +1
Dfonorow (2039) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 14, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is black with a tight knit, tan bubbly head. Aroma is of coffee, bourbon, and some sweet malted barley. Flavor is a tad thinner than I thought it would be for the ABV but it is quite balanced and ends in a nice crisp hoppy finish. Lots of coffee in the body but the boozy undertones overwhelms it. Nice texture, and it gets better as it warms.
rlgk (18322) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 2, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle, huge thanks to tkrjukoff. Pitch black beer with a small brown head. Coffee aroma, oaky, tar, cocoa, licorice, malty and sourish notes, roasted, a bit smoked, lovely balance between the coffee and the maltier feeling, some whisky, woody and with some chocolate.
Coffee flavor, chocolate, quite malty after the first coffee attack. Cocoa, hop notes, sourish, some licorice. Alcohol is very well hidden, Milky notes, dark chocolate, the flavor just keep coming and every sip brings something new. The coffee is quite strong at first, but then allows this beer to go more to the malty chocolate side. Smooth finish with ash, coffee and chocolate. This is love in a bottle!
tkrjukoff (4306) - SWEDEN - DEC 31, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber from a trade. Pours pitch black with a small brown bubbly hed. Aroma is fantastic; coffee, sweet, acidy, roasted malty, vinous, alcohol; fullbodied. Flavor is so good, alcohol, roasted, coffee, sweet, acidy, great base of malty, fruity ... Mmmmmm. Finishes coffee and sweet malty.
alexsdad06 (9127) - Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz. bottle (2010). Pours black in color with a medium sized creamy beige head. The aroma is a wonderful black coffee, chocolate, splashes of caramel and well integrated bourbon notes. The flavor originally was the best coffee beer I had ever had. This has dropped ever so slightly, but it is still first class. Black coffee, chocolate, bourbon all high quality, all working seemlessly together. It is easy to forget that this is 13%. I wish this was constantly available.
wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - DEC 29, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2010 bottle, bottled march 10 2010. what a beer. the coffee has not dropped off or become acrid at all in this beer, its totally delicious and has mellowed just a smidge, i felt like the coffee was now more highlighted even. terrific stuff, bcs never fails really.
nyindiansfan (463) - rochester, New York, USA - DEC 25, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours almost black not much of a mocha head. Smells and tastes of coffee, caramel, vanilla, alcohol, soy sauce, booze. light sweetness, medium bitterness, oily feel, average carbonation, bitter. Maybe it needs to age but kind of nasty for what I was expecting had coffee and bourbon taste, not that special liked the normal one and the vanilla was nice.