rangerred (949) - 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.
Jimmis (10) - - NOV 15, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Strong aroma of oak, dark chocolate, and coffee. Flavor comparable to the aroma, profile like a pinot noir. A wonderful and unique beer.
trapped (864) - New York City, TURKEY - NOV 11, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Inky black with small beige foamy head, bourbon aroma, mocha-caramel taste with alcohol undertones, low carbonation, thin body, medium finish with alcohol aftertaste. The bourbon effect is not too strong and the beer feels more like a porter than stout.
anders37 (17201) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 10, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small off-white head. Has a roasted malty woody chocolate aroma with hints of bourbon. Roasted malty woody bourbon and chocolate flavor. Has a roasted malty woody chocolate and caramel finish.
mlane76 (55) - Albany, Georgia, USA - OCT 31, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
From the bottle...It tastes dark...almost like a coffee, with hints of oak, strong, but with enough hop flavor to leave the palate fresh and clean feeling
sic1314 (3642) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - OCT 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured cola dark brown with a frothy beige head. Aroma of dark chocolate, dark fruit and roast malt, light ashtray. Medium body, flavour is vanilla smoothness, chocolate, mildly roasted malt.
TXBadger (1480) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 25, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours an almost black color with tan head. Some caramel and roasted malt on the nose with just the slighted hints of coffee and bourbon; follows onto the palate. Finishes sweet, pretty sweet for this type of brew.
luser2000 (57) - Budapest, HUNGARY - OCT 25, 2014
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Ez sajnos nem ízlett. A stout sörök a kedvenceim, de ez nagyon alulról üti meg a szintet.
BBHansen (137) - Křge, DENMARK - OCT 17, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle @ friends. Appearance: pours dark brown with medium off-white head with good lacing. Aroma/taste: caramel, coffee, whisky, oak and vanilla, Palate: low to average carbonation, medium body, distinct caramel sweetness, low to medium bitterness, medium duration and an oily texture. Overall: quite decent brown stout
JDBaker11058 (1334) - Maryland, USA - OCT 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: near black into a snifter, with one finger of creamy medium tan head and no lacing. Aroma: chocolate and light coffee, underpinned by the expected boozy note. Taste: smooth bittersweet dark chocolate, vanilla, roast coffee, black bread, caramel, toffee, light raisin, definite bourbon base. Finish: lasting sweet vanilla and bourbon, without any alcohol heat, Notes: Gift from Clem at work. Expected it to be a soulless, corporate bourbon barrel "stout". It was pleasantly restrained, and had far more character than I expected, buoyed by a palate that was surprisingly nuanced and light enough to enable true enjoyment.
degbert (1171) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 10, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a deep brown-black with very faint garnet-red highlights. Head is beige, fine-grained, creamy, and throws a little lace. Nose is a little odd; beef bouillon, burnt coffee, roasted mushrooms, and a very light trace of maple sugar. On the tongue, the bourbon punch hits first, then the coffee kicks in; neither is overly strong, and both are nicely balanced; there is, however, a spicy element that, while not unpleasant, is a little out of place. it almost puts me in mind of jerk seasoning or really spicy cinnamon. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy, finish is long, rich, and boozy. Definitely a little different than the average BBAIS -- what I’m not sure about is whether different is, in this case, a detriment or a credit. Certainly intriguing, though.