hopdog (11560) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle. Poured a deep and cloudy amber color (almost a brownish) and a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of coffee grounds, caramel, fruity, wood, and earth. Tastes of vanilla, caramel, brown sugary sweetness, coffee, and citrus. More coffee in the aroma vs. the tastes with the alcohol overall well hidden.
Dogbrick (11512) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at Kurtkeller 005: Coffee-tastic 01 on 02/08/2014. This beer pours a cloudy reddish-brown color with a medium thick cream-colored head that dissipates gradually. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of roast coffee, malt and grassy hops. Full-bodied with a subtle woody character and flavors of black coffee, roast malt and earthy hops. The finish is roasty with a caramel mocha aftertaste. Pretty good all around.
crossovert (11349) - Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown pour, coffee and caramel, lower hop levels, it is a decent brew but nothing amazing.
daknole (10872) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 21, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown pour, light tan head. Big beer with huge coffee and toffee flavors up front, vanilla has faded in this one from the coffee. Very light roasty tones, brown sugar. Very tasty but even better with a splash of Mash.
adnielsen (10485) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ Matt’s house from our Reserve Society membership. Pours a hazy reddish brown appearance with a thin light brown head. Really heavy Foldgers coffee, caramel, light bourbon, a touch fruity aroma. A bit goopy sweet, burnt coffee, caramel, toffee, bourbon flavor. Get buzzed quick.
slowrunner77 (10145) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 3, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I’m gonna go ahead and guess Portola Coffee Labs makes some kick ass coffee. Wonderful blast of fresh coffee, bourbon, oak and malt. The coffee cuts right through the barrel sweetness from the "base" Mash, tempering both the sweetness and the alcohol. Ridiculously smooth, deeeeelicious, and just awesome in every way. Before yesterday I didn’t know this existed and today it’s my new favorite beer from one of my favorite breweries."
djd07 (10038) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Kevin. Pours a clear brown with small beige head that lasts leaving spotty lacing. The aroma is strong coffee bean and roast. Medium mouthfeel with rich coffee flavor and light roast nuttiness. Very good, really enjoyed this.
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle, thanks to FlandersNed! Shared with local ratebeerians. 2013 bottle. Half hazy brown / red color. Thin off-white grayish head. Spread and dots of lace. Amazing huge coffee roast, fresh ground nose. Very nice vanilla. Aromas work awesomely with each other. Smooth, crisp lighter carbonation. More dry finish. Moderate bitter taste, minimal sweet, nice dryness. Awesome coffee barley wine. Delicious vanilla and coffee aroma, and a nice big bitterness, nearly no sweetness. Awesome stuff. So good.
JorisPPattyn (9474) - Ursel, BELGIUM - AUG 9, 2015
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Almost no head; dark brown, reddish hightlighted beer. Pure cold coffee nose, beer remaining hidden for some time. Cold coffee, sharpened with alcohol. Sharp, hot, astringent. For an utter coffee abstainer as me, unpalatable.
phaleslu (9384) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle shared by dudeabide- thanks again, Nate! Pours a semi-cloudy amber with a small beige head. Aroma of nice fresh roasted coffee, oak, caramel, bourbon, toasted sugar, and earth. The flavor is mostly the same but doesn’t work on quite the same level. Definitely some warmth to this one. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a toasty, earthy, warming mouthfeel. Nice barrel-aged coffee barley wine.