msante79 (2212) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Binny’s Des Plaines. Pours near black with small tan head. Aroma is espresso, bourbon, roasted malts and some sweetness. Flavors of oak and bourbon with coffee, vanilla, roasted malts, and some booze. Does not have the silky mouthfeel of regular BCS but is not far off. Does not scream coffee stout like Founders Breakfast Stout or Speedway. There is definitely coffee there but not to the point where it is overdone or I can’t finish a bomber(Not a huge fan of coffee beers in general). Really solid stout but I still prefer regular BCS. You could still pick up some vanilla and sweetness in this one even with the espresso. Can’t wait for the vanilla version.
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
HUGE thanks to Chris for sharing this!
A- Dark brown, nearly black body with some red hues shining through. Pours with a dark brown foamy head that fades somewhat quickly to a thick collar. No lacing left behind.
S- Lots of bourbon with vanilla, toffee, caramel, and some roasted malt.
T- Overall impression of the flavor is very sweet and slightly boozy. Flavor is a lot like the nose. Roasted chocolate, caramel, vanilla, toffee-pretty consistent throughout although the finish is pretty hot and astringent with a big alcohol heat.
P- Soft carbonation with a thick, syrupy body. Very smooth
O- This is an awesome well put together, well balanced stout. Its still a bit too hot-but it will probably be unstoppable with 1 yr on it.
Serving type: bottle
JaBier (5080) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 25, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample from bottle #2153 at the Front Porch tasting. Black pour with a thin tan head. Boozy aroma with raisin, chocolate and coffee notes. Chocolate flavor up front with dark fruit, bourbon and coffee before a sweet finish. Pretty tasty, but I can only imagine it will get better with age. A bit hot and sweet right now.
gkost (1710) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 25, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black. Nose is big coffee, roasted grain, sweet malts, tons of booze. Flavor is a boozy coffee melded with sweet malts with hints of smoke. Too much booze with the coffee. A bit thin.
koopa (338) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
2008 12oz bottle consumed 7/27/09
Appearance: Deep brown, bordering black, with a red brown 2 finger foam head that rapidly dissipates and leaves some swirls of lace.
Smell: Loads of bourbon, charred oak, and hints of vanilla.
Taste: Bourbon and oak throughout. Nice chocolate and vanilla notes in the background.
Mouthfeel: Truly phenomenal creamy medium body with the slightest touch of syrup likeness.
Drinkability: Despite the 13.00% abv, this delicious brew begs to be consumed.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 07-28-2009
hopscotch (9832) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 23, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2013 Re-rate (12/1/2013)
Bottle... This beer rocks!... GI’s affiliation with AB has apparently made this a better beer. More coffee. Less sugar. World class!
Original rating (5/23/2010) - 3.8 -
Bottle… Pours crude oil black with a small, creamy, deeply tanned head. The bouquet is a wonderful marriage of vanilla, coconut, deep-roast coffee, dark chocolate and black tea with a rumor of maple syrup. Full-bodied with a motor oil mouthfeel and modest carbonation. The flavor is sweet; too sweet. Otherwise, it’s simply a mocha version of regular ol’ BCS. Sweet chocolate and coffee finish.
Dogbrick (8902) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 23, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2010 Sample from bottle #2153 at the "Beer Tasting on the Front Porch". Pours black with a medium thick and foamy dark tan head that dissipates slowly. Patches of lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted coffee and malt along with some oak and vanilla. Rich and smooth body with flavors of coffee, dark malt, chocolate and vanilla. Warming alcohol in the background as well. The finish is espresso and bittersweet chocolate with a lingering roasty aftertaste. Great beer all around.
MrChopin (3474) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 23, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Taste thanks to cpetrone84
Dark brown with a cream-colored head. Strong coffee in the nose, occasionally harsh but still rather sweet, I think from the beans’ complexity rather than excess sugar. Also light chocolate and alcohol but almost no barrel character. Flavor has more fudge to balance the coffee out, warmth bringing even more sweetness but still remaining balanced. The body is pretty straightforward though the finish shows nice length and evolves with warmth. There is a fair amount of complexity in the coffee alone, so I particularly enjoyed the nose highlighting this.
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 (1569) - 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.