HonusWagner (1331) - Florida, USA - MAR 23, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to optimator13 on BA for shipping me this tasty beverage!
Coffee is of the earthy quality rather than the Starbucks latte quality. Bourbon is well utilized. Chocolate brownies. Good beer, not overwhelmingly sweet like the Vanilla/Rum combo was.
deyholla (6511) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 19, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Brad! Poured black with a yellowish brown head that dissipated quickly to the edges. Aroma was full of coffee beans with some backing roasted grains and a hint of bourbon. Flavor was quite nice with a combination of coffee and bourbon with a hint of chocolate and roasted malts. Nicely rounded.
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the hotel tasting after Night of the Barrels at EBF. Pours a deep black with a thin tan head. Big coffee, bourbon and smooth roast. Smooth and cool, chocolate and coffee. Cocoa, roast, and lots of brownies. Pudding, chocolate, and roast on the finish.
daknole (8941) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 14, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black pour. This beer is simply a coffee and chocolate lovers dream. Just the right amount of toasty malts and hops give this beer great body and balance.
Earlier Rating: 3/14/2011 Total Score: 4.5
Black pour, brown head. Wonderful oily looking beer! Coffee, roasted malt, raisins, prunes, more coffee!, chocolate, bourbon...wow...flavor is so loaded with coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, licorice, vanilla, oak, char, what a beer. Bravo!
douglas88 (5837) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 12, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber at RBWG. Pours a totally black color with a medium beige head. The aroma is sour coffee, a massive sweetness as well from the coffee and barrel, though the bourbon is light. The flavor is a very nice stout base of milky sweet coffee, roast, some light bourbon, and sweet milkiness throughout. Some tart sour roasted coffee as well. Nice. A good brew.
JaBier (4831) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at Jackie O’s on 2/5/11. Pours darkest brown with no head. Smooth KL coffee nose with chocolate notes and a boozy character that was less intense than I expected, which really allowed the coffee to be the main focus. Flavor starts with oaky booze and moves to smooth coffee and chocolate through to the finish.
neepsntatties (1175) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 28, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at a recent BA/RB tasting. Colour... black with a thin rim of tan. Nose... WAKE UP TIME! Now that’s a smack o’ Jo! Coffee city! Palate... intense coffee with a splash of booze (like the coffee mi abuelita had in the a.m.!)! Next, the anise sets in with notes of dark chocolate, vanillin, and even hints of soap, but in a licorice way, not in a bad way like when Ralphie has to put a bar of Life Buoy in his mouth after a cussing episode!
boFNjackson (4110) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 27, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared at a recent BA/RB tasting... Poured black like oil with a light tan head. Like fresh pressed coffee and a nice strong bourbon kick. Sweet in the end with malts, roast, mocha, and vanilla.
Beerman6686 (4200) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This poured an almost jet black color with a beige head. Aroma was lots and lots of fresh almost espresso like coffee with a good amount of bourbon and vanilla too. Flavorr was bursting with great tasting coffee, not overly roasted or burnt, and dark chocolate and bourbon were there too. Great Stuff.
MrChopin (3220) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 20, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at 2/5 release. Dark brown, thin tan ring or a head. Washed out watery nose, bit of coffee grind and cloying bourbon sweetness, some ethanol and dark fruit. Flavor has large ethanol whack, grinds, a lingering bourbon note. Thin, harsh and unbalanced, grinds and heat clashing badly, and almost no sign of an imperial stout underneath, absolutely no hop, very little malt, just thin sweet barrel heat. 10% ABV Bourbon... the future of craft beer? 53539
Out of the bottle 3 weeks later sees a big difference. More coffee and milk chocolate (masking astringent bitteness) and very little heat. Still not nuanced, especially in the coffee, but largely better than day 2 on tap. 746313