mcberko (8520) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 11, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
375mL bottle, pours black with a small tan head. Aroma brings out lots of cocoa nibs and coffee upfront, followed by elegant bourbon barrels, and a slight touch of vanilla. Flavour is robust, with coffee upfront, followed by bourbon oak barrels and dry cocoa nibs. The coffee is the most dominant thing, the cocoa being second. All the elements are very cohesive and harmonious. Excellent stuff, just not worth $18 for a 375mL.
Ernesto987 (4394) - Arizona, USA - MAR 10, 2015
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
bottle, this was very nice. Good thick rich cococa body, good coffee flavor, then brownie batter bourbon treatment, warming alcohol on finish. Loved it.
Bule (1086) - California, USA - MAR 9, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
375ml bottle pours a thick black color with a bit of brown head. Smooth chocolate a coffee. Bourbon overpowers a little. Smooths with some time to breathe.
BeerandBlues2 (10541) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 9, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Slater’s 50/50 - San Marcos. Pours opaque black with a small, fizzy tan head, short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is coffee, chocolate and roast malt with earthy notes, prunes and maple syrup with vanilla and bourbon notes. Flavor is sweet and rich dark malt and fruits, earthy and spicy coffee, vanilla and bourbon with light hops and bitterness with a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.
Steve_0 (3188) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 6, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home. Pour is deep black with a creamy brown head and good lacing. Bitter cocoa nibs, roasted coffee beans, dark fruits, some raisins, light coconut, bourbon, roasted caramel, and toffee in the aroma. Taste is coconut, coffee grounds, bitter cocoa, toasted bread, toffee, bourbon, woody, and slightly tannic with some heat on the backend. Full mouthfeek with soft carbonation. Nice impy, although a bit hot. Could use a little more sweetness and perhaps a bit more time.
wheresyourball (530) - El Cajon, California, USA - MAR 6, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark black pour with a chocolate head. Big coffee aroma; flavor is roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, coffee. Great buttery mouthfeel and carbonation. Very good, though too expensive for the small amount you get.
slowrunner77 (6600) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAR 1, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This big oily black beer is definitely a sipper, but damn is it a good one. Loads of cocoa and coffee explode from the glass. Nose is fantastic. The bourbons character and the base beers are quite complex. I love serpent stout and older viscosity (the two bases) so no surprise there. Boozy on the palate, very warming going down. Only the lack of drink ability beyond 8-12 oz prevents an even higher score. Fantastic.
jbruner (2837) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 28, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an opaque black from the bottle with thin ring of tan brown head that leaves light lace. Aroma of sweet chocolate and vanilla, big bourbon and coffee notes. Taste follows with a bit more of the coffee. Wow, rockfish and viscous, amazing.
DedicatedToFun (3608) - Santa Monica, California, USA - FEB 28, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, thanks GT2 and friends, black pour, tan head, nose and taste are super coffee, chocolate, intense
TheGoldenChalice (23) - The Garden of the Beer Gods, North Carolina, USA - FEB 26, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Served in Snifter from 375ml. Served fresh. Will review aged batches in 12-24mo.
Aroma – pronounced booziness w/ ample barrel notes and subtle coffee emanating from glass.
Appearance – imagine staring vacantly into the riverbanks of hell: dark brown, hellish-like appearance, similar to that of nefarious, turgid waters that engulf abysmal pits. Composting coffee grounds congregate at bottom of snifter and obscure the color found on the surface of the brew.
Taste – prevalent barrel flavor on the forefront and after-tone; I believe the brew needs more time to mature, but that is most likely at the expense of the coffee sensation, which is quite pronounced and enjoyable in its current state. Brewed w/ a unique coffee roast that coalesces nicely w/ the added cacao nibs, this is a must try for any sinner. Subtle vanilla in my esophagus after I have swallowed the beer; however, it is not evident when swishing the beer in my mouth.
Palate – sensation of flavors, which include bourbon, roasty coffee, subtle vanilla, cacao nibs, and devilish, demonic-like booziness, which causes abnormal dryness of the mucous membranes.
Overall – this beer needs some time for maturation before it will realize its pinnacle. I find it too boozy in its current state yet I strongly enjoy the coffee sensation. That said, interestingly, I am beyond satisfied w/ the remarkable chemistry in this brew. I strongly recommend this beer. I am elated to have to opportunity to quaff this fresh and enjoy a few aged bottles down the road.