jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled during RBSG. From notes. Coffee, chocolate, wood, vanilla and burnt peppers.
beernbourbon (1394) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - OCT 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Perennial during Side Project Fruited Fermiers release. Pour is totally black with a small ring of brown foam. The top is so dark and shiny that it’s mirror-like. Aroma is loaded with roasted malt and coffee, but not as much coffee as expected. Also notes of toffee, maple, and light cocoa. Flavor is big with tons of roasted malt and coffee. Coffee balance was pretty good for me - not overly coffee. A bit of ash along with light toffee notes and a distant alcohol note. An easy snifter to finish; very drinkable.
Iphonephan (4631) - McLean, Virginia, USA - SEP 15, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On draft at Snallygaster 2014 in D.C. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of chocolate and plums. Flavors of oak, vanilla and stewed prunes. Viscous mouthfeel. Bitter, sweet finish.
argo0 (12374) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft, Snallygaster. Minimal brown head atop black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, Bourbon/vanilla, some coffee, caramel, light milk chocolate. Taste is sweet, caramel, whisky, some vanilla, light Bourbon. Sticky full body, light carbonation.
hopscotch (10147) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle... RBSG 2014… This beer rocks!… Dark brown pour with a small, creamy, cappachino head. The aroma is absolutely bonkers, offering heaps of big-time, earthy, deep-roast, espresso-grind coffee. Full-bodied, velvety and smooth with soft carbonation. The flavor is a marriage of burnt coffee and charred grains, accompanied by a smidge of caramel in here among all the burnt, carbonic notes. There’s charcoal and an 85%-cacao dark-chocolate element in the finish. I didn’t pull any bourbon barrel out of this, but I’m guessing there would be more rough edges if not for the time spent within that whiskey barrel. World class coffee imperial stout!
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - JUL 16, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Huge thanks to Tim & Tony. Oil. Black as night, viscous as hell, topped with a mocha & ever-so-slightly cherry tinted foamy made of very fine microbubbles. Aroma is made of such a fresh, deep, roasted coffee blend... Like sticking your nose in a French press with some high-end Rwandan coffee beans being steeped. Notes of vanilla add a nice creamy element with a smooth induction of warm bourbon on the back-end. Lovely nose. Taste is no different; such a rich coffee flavor, on par with the quality of roasted coffee you get from beers like BCS Coffee, deeply roasted & oily fresh. Underbody of roasted malt, faint smoky char, spicy wood, leading into a finish of mixed creaminess & tantalizing bourbon. Warm, but not overdoing it. Just a fabulous barrel aged coffee stout, up in the ranks for sure.
tderoeck (6492) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 16, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
30/VI/14 - 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle @ De Hopduvel (Gent) - BB: n/a, bottled: V/2014 (2014-684) Thanks to Bobochamp for sharing the bottle!
Dark brown to black beer, small beige head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: bit dusty, sweet, caramel, some vanilla, dark chocolate, roasted, bit smoky, sweet, sugary. MF: soft carbon, full body. Taste: less sweet, more roasted and burned flavours, sourish hint, alcohol, dark chocolate, cocoa powder. Aftertaste: little sweet, caramel, alcohol, vanilla, sour, lots of dark chocolate, mocha, hot peppers (alcohol?), some bitter coffee.
jandd1983 (3214) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUL 10, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at the RBSG 2014. It poured a black color with a brown head. The aroma was of dark chocolate, maple, roast with a hint of dark grain. The taste was of dark grains, coffee, sweet chocolate and some barrel. Very, very nice.
vtafro (4954) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 9, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Deep black pour with brown head. Super deep rich coffee, roasted and dark malt tones. Dark coffee and roasted flavors.
anders37 (19571) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 6, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty woody coffee aroma with hints of chocolate. Roasted malty woody strong coffee flavor. Has a roasted malty woody coffee finish.