rangerred (971) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - NOV 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle into a snifter.
Pours jet black with a thin tan head. A decent sized ring is left around the edge of the glass on top of the beer.
Coffee is very prominent on the aroma with a lot of roast and caramel along with a healthy dose of chocolate which surprised me a little bit. A somewhat subdued vanilla not but I can’t really detect much bourbon. Nonetheless a very inviting aroma.
The flavor has lots of coffee and caramel up front but not in as strong of dose as is present in the aroma. Almost no bourbon at all but rather vanilla, chocolate and caramel. All of the flavors are a little bit thin but they work well together. Roast and char lingers long after the other flavors have cleared up. Mouthfeel is quite thin for the style with a light bitterness and a lingering stickiness.
Overall, a good coffee stout but not on par with Founders Breakfast Stout and roughly the same price. If this becomes available in TN I will gladly pick it up because of no alternatives. In other parts of the country, however, there are better alternatives.
Chalumeaux (122) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 27, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from bottle black body with thin tan head. Aromas of chocolate and vanilla. Taste is smooth with notes of caramel and smoke.
rjplumer (504) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 27, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Chocolate and sweet bourbon aroma. Black body topped with a light tan head. Light roasted chocolate taste dominated by sweet bourbon taste. Goes down smooth and warming.
doradobotella (132) - Madrid, SPAIN - JAN 27, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Apariencia: De un opaco color negro coronado por una capa de espuma bastante efímera.
Aroma: Intenso carácter licoroso, pero bastante agradable; se aprecian maltas torrefactas, vainilla, bourbon y café.
Sabor: Muy intenso a café, de amargor moderado y con notas que recuerdan a vainilla, caramelo y ligeramente a bourbon.
Franckg (130) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 23, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Arômes de café et de sucre. On perçoit aussi une touche d’alcool. Goût de café et chocolat au lait. Le côté bourbon est assez subtil et le tout est assez léger pour une bière de ce calibre. La finale s’étire sur des effluves d’anis, de chocolat et d’expresso.
reebtogi (4444) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 23, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
355ml bottle pours black in color with a finger of light brown head that leaves some spotted lacing on the glass. Aroma is chocolate and coffee with some bourbon notes. Taste is a chocolate malty sweetness with a roasted grain and coffee bitterness finishing with bourbon. Body is a little thin for the style. but this is still somewhat tasty and worth tasting.
williamstome (1043) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 22, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour, small offwhite head. Aroma of dark chocolate, espresso, vanilla and oak. Similar flavor with roasty notes. Silky smooth.
Fratto (2700) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JAN 22, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Bankston. Dark pour with a brown head. Aroma is chocolate, booze, and wood. Taste is coffee, chocolate, roasted grain, and a nice woody spice finish.
Underdogs88 (180) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 22, 2015
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Notes of coffee and chocolate on the nose. Appearance is dark brown with a small almost none existent head. Coffee dominants the flavor. The oak flavor is way in the background. The malt flavor has notes of chocolate and is one dimensional. Hop bitterness is medium low. Mouthfeel is medium with a low level of carbonation. Overall, the beer lacks the aroma and flavor expected from an oak aged stout. Malt flavor is one dimensional and the hop bitterness is too low.
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nj_BierMaven (116) - Flemington, New Jersey, USA - JAN 18, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle pours opaque black into the glass, thin off-white head. Aroma of bitter coffee and roasted barley. Head quickly dissipates, some vanilla and caramel notes. Something reminiscent of turpentine in the finish? Good, but for the money I like others better.
conway (1691) - - JAN 17, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was a nice surprise. Very toasty to start with chocolate and a vanilla/oak finish. Very tasty.