ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Reviewed 12/25/2012. Bottle says 14.3%. 22 oz bottle poured into an adorable little goblet.
A: Pours a pitch black color. Much like regular BCBS, the dark tan head fades away to nothing in little time. Nice alcohol legs.
S: Smells quite similar to BCBS, with bourbon, chocolate, dark fruits, cream, and brown sugar...right up until rich, exquisite black coffee makes itself known. This is such a joy to inhale, even over regular BCBS. Wow.
T: Itís BCBS with coffee. No, that doesnít sound terribly descriptive, but the coffee used is completely fabulous, and plays perfectly with the big sweetness and decadence of the base beer. Tiny little subleties of cream, vanilla, hazelnut, dark fruits, bourbon, and rare (just kidding about that one) give it real enjoyability factor. A little booze pops up in the finish, but not nearly enough to suggest itís 14.3%. This one will completely wreck me in the morning...
M: This doesnít seem to feature the syrupy heft of the base beer. Rather, itís drier and thinner, featuring carbonation that seems to be a bit more vibrant. Still an amazingly sticky and viscous coffee stout. The flavor intensity and finishing booze still suggests one to ísipí. Actually, I kind of prefer the feel of this over standard BCBS.
O: I didnít think this would be much better than BCBS - but I was wrong. Even though itís quite boozy, itís one of those offerings where the intense flavors render that problem moot. Iíd even say it lives up to the hype. Good luck killing a bomber solo if youíve already had a few drinks tonight, though...my body is saying ínoí but my tastebuds are saying ífuck yes!í
Scola729 (36) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 17, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On top at Howell and hood. 6 months age. Strongly prefer this to the normal BCS, the coffee is subtle but adds a nice taste that cuts the booze a bit and tones back the sweetness. Can't wait to try this fresh next year, as I've heard the coffee fades
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mstrcrwly (603) - New York, USA - MAY 17, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at BBDíS..poured into a snifter..jet black with a thin khaki head..aroma of coffee,vanilla,licorice,chocolate..tastes of coffee,espresso,
vanilla,roasted nuts..really good.
PartyFowle (457) - - MAY 14, 2015
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Six-month-old bottle. Pours nearly flat, inky and black. Aroma is beautiful: rich, oily coffee beans; dark chocolate; vanilla; toasted coconut; a little caramel and butterscotch. Coffee in the flavor is slightly more bitter and biting. Dark chocolate blends into mocha goodness before a solid background of dark cherries, sweet and tart. Mild, prickly carbonation; a touch of fizz; nowhere near as much alcohol burn as there should be. Delightful.
Zakoon (187) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 13, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
355ml bottle enjoyed @ home, 2013 bottle thanks to Jdizzle1. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma is coffee, liquorice root, wood, some earthiness, vanilla, leather and roasted malt. Flavour is sweet, slightly bitter. Full bodied, oily texture, soft carbonation. Finish is a little boozy but this is very good.
gunnar (6200) - Sandnes, NORWAY - MAY 11, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared bottle at "Exploding bottle tasting" at Petros place Chania. Pours very dark ruby with no head at all. Aroma of fresh grinded coffee, tar, leather and red ripe fruits in the back. Taste is distinct coffee, some toffee and vanilla, lingering sweet ,dark coffee, vey good coffee stout.
jc1762 (154) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 7, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2014 bottle poured into a teku with opaque black center and coffee brown rims.
The nose is pronounced and intense yet approachable and inviting. Aromas of fresh coffee and cream, obvious hints of vanilla, bourbon, and smoke. Heavy notes of milk chocolate with slight hints of cocoa shavings.
A lot of the same flavors on the palate. Intensity is slightly less. Definitely a lot of bourbon-like heat from the alcohol giving it another dimension on the palate. Flavors are intense but have a great longevity on the finish. Only wish I had more.
Mears (51) - - MAY 5, 2015
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Perfection in a glass. I like it even more than the standard stout. Glad the Blackhawks sold it at the the united center.
CpyNPrnT (478) - Indiana, USA - APR 26, 2015
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of bourbon, strong coffee, taste is dark roast coffee, lots of chocolate, vanilla, moderate alcohol, very smooth-taste at DLD 2015.
lawman834 (253) - Texas, USA - APR 26, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Entering from my scorecard after having sampled at the Big Texas Craft Brew Fest.
Couch0508 (75) - Flat rock, Michigan, USA - APR 25, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I am shocked that this is 13%. even if you donít like coffee give this a try. It is really smooth