Dogbrick (9109) - 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 (8675) - 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.
Scopey (8329) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the Night of Garbage, thanks to Kenny. It pours cloudy red-brown with a small yellow-white head. The nose is wood, coffee, toast, marmite, cocoa, chocolate powder, mustiness, earth and umami notes. The taste is bitter-sweet, wood, toffee, toast, coffee, roasty, some acidity, earth, toffee and dark chocolate bounty. Full body and fine, prickly carbonation. Not sure the coffee improves the beer really. Quite big and ballsy, but tasty enough.
arminjewell (7999) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, slight oak, big coffee, hints of earth, big coffee, touch of dark cocoa, hints of dark slight funky coffee. Tatse was weird funky earth, slight funky grounds, hints of folgers grounds, hints of earth, finishing fairly bitter, dry, very coffee grounds. No thanks.
DrSilverworm (7960) - 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.
DSG (7623) - Tel Aviv, - MAR 16, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
[2/18/15] Draught at The Bruery in Placentia. Dark amber-brown. Great aroma of coffee, bourbon, malt, vanilla and a bit of chocolate. Sweet flavor, boozy, with malt, bourbon, vanilla, some fruitiness and wood. Medium-bodied, quite boozy.
phaleslu (7208) - 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 doesnít 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.
marcus (7188) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 6, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Capitol Beer & Tap Room. Pours Dark brown with a thick tan head and a fruity aroma. There is an intense dark molasses flavor with a sticky long finish. Lots of coffee.
slowrunner77 (6580) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 3, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Iím 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 didnít know this existed and today itís my new favorite beer from one of my favorite breweries."
alexsdad06 (6571) - Ohio, USA - NOV 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle shared by brew3crew. Pours a dark cola brown color with a medium sized creamy beige head. The aroma and flavor have big coffee notes, bourbon, vanilla, roast, some booze, smooth mouth feel, wood, a mild dark fruit character, alcohol is warming. How will this age?