anders37 (15493) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 22, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small off-white head. Has a roasted malty coffee and bourbon aroma with vanilla hints. Has a sweetish smooth roasted malty coffee and bourbon flavor. Sweetish roasted malty bourbon finish with coffee in the aftertaste.
nimbleprop (4196) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 27, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle pours a viscous, opaque black with a thin, creamy tan head. Something very strange and kind of gross floated to the top of my beer. It was slimy, viscous and had the consistency of snot and caramel. I fished it out, took some pictures for posterity and moved on. Nice nose, malty, dark toasted bread, nuts, coffee with cream, brown sugar, a little vanilla, a little toasted oak. Flavor is malty, sweet, molasses, brown sugar, light smoke, coffee liqueur, whiskey, vanilla, coconut. Medium bodied and just a little slick. Good but not great.
ketchepillar (1026) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUL 25, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to someone on the RBSG bus! Murky. Tons of coffee. Kinda like my coffee porter from 08. Low carbonation. Something kinda weird, maybe turmeric.
Gregis (1279) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - JUL 25, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of beastiefan2k. Pours a deep brown (almost black) with a small mocha head. The nose is of coffee, chocolate, and a light bourbon barrel alcohol note; a nicely integrated and very pleasant aroma. Medium to full-bodied and slick with a soft carbonation and slightly boozy finish. Mirroring the nose, the flavor is of chocolate, coffee and bourbon barrel (whiskey, oak and vanilla) with an additional mild caramel note thrown into the mix. This is a nice beer. Thanks again for the bottle, Eugene.
Beerman6686 (3870) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 6, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This poured basically a black color with a small tan head. Aroma was toasted oats, bourbon, chocolate and more chocolate. Flavor was ridiculously silky smooth, loads of sweet chocolate with a creamy mouth feel, mleded with nice mellow hints of bourbon. Excellent stuff.
badnewsbeers (2317) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 19, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Huge thanks to the famous levifunk for this bottle. Aroma of sweet bourbon, milk chocolate, marshmallow and cream. Vanilla beans in the finish with a touch of roasted coffee. Creamy palate gives rise to a beautiful milky, nutty coffee bean infused stout. Bourbon is a great additional flavor, as the aging has taken a backseat to the other elements of the beer. Excellent. One of the best coffee stouts I have had.
popery (1231) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 26, 2010
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Delicious beer, incredible aroma. I would have loved to try a fresh bottle, but I have no complaints about it aged. Appearance and feel probably have gone down hill a bit, but the aroma and flavor have the wonderful melded character that comes from age. The beer pours black, ruby at the edges, with a very small, light brown, dissipating head. The aroma is chock full of chocolate, coffee, sweet mild bourbon, vanilla beans, oak, wood ash and pleasant alcohol heat. It’s easily the best aroma on a porter I’ve encountered and up there even amongst impy stouts. The flavor is a bit hot but there’s also lots of excellent aged malt sweetness, vanilla-y oak and a roasty bitter finish. The mouthfeel is a tad thin, but it coats the mouth, quite pleasantly. Wonderful.
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2010
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A-Body is a completely opaque, dark, deep brown, nearly black color. Beautiful body...but...where is the head? A tiny fizzy <1/2 finger brown head emerges for a few seconds then quickly disappears.
S-Perfect. Exactly what I would want and more in this brew. The nose is on the sweeter side but mixes roasted coffee bitterness, bourbon sweetness, with and added extra hint of vanilla and toffee to top it all off. Smells like a perfectly blended flavored coffee with a shot of bourbon in it?
T-Wonderful. The oak really comes out upfront as well as a big roasted malt background. Its actually much more bitter upfront than at the finish. The bitterness tapers off for the finish where the bourbon and vanilla oak characters really come through. A wonderfully balanced blend of roasted malt, vanilla, toffee, oak, and bourbon flavors linger and a wrapped in a soft warm alcohol blanket.
P-Good, but not as impressive as the taste and smell. Medium to high carbonation and a quite smooth medium weight body. A bit of alcohol comes through in the body.
O-The ABV in this brew is there but pretty well hidden. Overall this is a wonderfully blended beer and probably the best porter that I have ever had. I would trade for it again without hesitation. A really big thanks to EGledhill for this one!
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-14-2008 04:23:52
smith4498 (2910) - Miami, Florida, USA - APR 22, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from a trade with MIBRomeo. Pours black with brown head. Huge coffee aroma. Flavors of coffee, roasted malts, bourbon, vanilla and wood. Medium to full body with minimal carbonation and a velvety mouthfeel. Excellent brew. Thanks Chuck.
daleharshman (855) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 11, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle given to me several months ago by Joey from South Bay Drugs when I bought a lot of beer there. Pours mostly black with thin layer of brown foam. Fantastic aroma of dark roasted coffee along with rich dark chocolate, bourbon, and vanilla. Taste consists of much of the same as found in the nose with the rich coffee taking center stage as well as other notes of chocolate and bourbon. A little light in body but creamy and smooth palate. They really nailed the coffee for this one, and it makes a great dessert beer. Big thanks to Joey at South Bay Drugs for gifting this excellent (and now retired) beer. (265, 271)