LetsGoState (581) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is a chocolate malt with some coffee grounds. Taste is strongly coffee with a hint of bourbon. Overall a really good blend.
jhp40219 (301) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle poured into a snifter glass. Pours a dark black with initially a two finger off-white head that disappates quickly to a small ring of bubbles leaving a bit of lacing that slides back down into the beer. Aroma is huge on fresh ground coffee beans with a hint of vanilla and chocolate. Not picking up any bourbon in the nose. Taste is also big on fresh ground coffee beans right up front with a subdued oaky bourbon taste mixed with vanilla, caramel, and some hop bitterness coming in behind it. Very fresh tasting, but that may be because Alltech is only 90 miles from here. Interesting taste, quite different than any other bourbon barrel stout Iíve had in that the coffee - not oak, roasted malts, or bourbon - dominate the taste. A hint of bourbon and malts do come through in a tasty but all too quick finish leaving a slight malty and caramel aftertaste. Like other raters on here, Iíd have to say that this obviously wasnít aged in bourbon barrels very long. Body is full, but not nearly as heavy as any other imperial stout I have ever had. I donít think this quite ranks as a imperial stout, more along the lines of a porter. Texture is thin for a stout, let alone an imperial stout. Carbonation is average, but mixed with the alcohol you do feel the sting on your tongue and throat. Overall this was very nice. Not necessarily a standout among other bourbon barrel stouts Iíve had, but a different, original take on the style. Definitely one I would like to cellar for awhile and try several months to a year or so later.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - JAN 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle from sefus12, thanks Beau! Pours a black body with a finger-width, fizzy and frothy, dark brown head that dissipates quickly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma bigger coffees up front with richer chocolates and caramel as well as some vanilla and a balanced amount of woody bourbon. A bit roasty with hints of dark fruits. Flavor is similar. Sweet roasts and coffee initially before a richer, milky and dark chocolate malt backing comes in. Some vanilla and touches of dark fruit with a good amount of wood and some bourbon. Finishes a touch sweet from the chocolates and coffees, but somewhat dry with a light bitterness from the roasts and wood. A good amount of vanilla in a lengthy aftertaste. Medium body and a moderate carbonation. Overall, after trying the original Kentucky BBA and hating it, this was a pleasant surprise. Much better balanced and very easy drinking for the ABV. Not overly complex, but enjoyable.
ContemplateBeer (1524) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 7, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Aroma of vanilla, moderate coffee roast, caramel/light chocolate. Appearance is opaque black with slightly sticky mocha head. Flavor is coffee dominant up front with an underlying caramel backbone; the finish is caramel, very light chocolate and perhaps almonds. Palate is light, somewhat creamy and soft. There are some good elements here, but it just never feels like a true IS to me, more like a barrel-aged coffee stout.
Chuckaduck (640) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - DEC 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours brown-black with a thin tan head. Aroma is a little vanilla and long on the chocolate and coffee. They coffeeíd this beer up so that should come as no surprise. Likewise the flavor is lots of coffee and chocolate as well as some nuttiness. Iím missing the bourbon here. Creamy mouth feel. I liked it and I would most definitely drink this again. However...
It is not a stout. This is a coffee porter. The only indication of any time spent in bourbon barrels come form the hints of vanilla. These things are not complaints but the bottle is definitely mislabeled.
jkwood04 (3847) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 22, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle in a Trappist glass. Pours black with a lacy, tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, some chocolate and hints of coffee, light bourbon and oak and floral hops. Flavor the same. Smooth texture. A pretty good beer.
drfabulous (3898) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 18, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce. Rich creamy head. Chocolate and roast which sit well. Aroma doesnít carry over the chocolate, though. Body thin for a stout. Slight tartness to finish. Better than I anticipated.
Chudwick (2072) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle - pours black with a finger of khaki head and decent lacing. Nose is coffee, roasted malts and dark fruit. Flavor adds the expected bourbon touch and toffee. Taste is bitter from roast and somewhat sweet. Light smoky aftertaste. A welcomed change from this brewer.
dalepryor (305) - Paducah, Kentucky, USA - NOV 30, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours like coffee with some light shining through on the edges with a minimal head. aromas of coffee, vanilla, chocolate and slight coconut. the taste is very roasty with tons of coffee, I am not picking up a ton of bourbon but there is some vanilla present. Mouthfeel is pretty thin for a stout especially one at 8 percent abv. I am not saying this is bad but it is kind of weak for the style.
Hubajube (12) - USA - NOV 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The coffee really comes through when you first smell it, and poured into a glass it even looks like coffee after a bit. The taste is better than I expected compared to the other stock in my grocery store. Itís roasty and quite vanilla sweet, with a little sour twang. Itís thinner than Iíd hoped, but itís not bad really.