bu11zeye (12756) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 3, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(750ml bottle, courtesy of jkwalking05) Pours an opaque black body with a small brown head. Aroma of chocolate, wood, bourbon, caramel, and coffee. Flavor of coffee, bourbon, wood, vanilla, caramel, and chocolate.
drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cafe Royale pours a very dark brown. Almost black but it doesnít quite get there. Small amount of head is poured and ends like looking like the picture.
The smell on this beer got me quite excited to try it. Nice amount of chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt, and of course the bourbon. Now one of the things I loved about the base beer for this was the coffee. While there was some coffee in the aroma it really didnít scream it. I really wanted a little bit more in there. Still itís a really nice smell here.
Now Iíve had this beer twice now. First time I had this was a little sample at my local beer store. One of the things a lot of the reviewers complain about is that the beer is to sweet. The first time I had this beer I kind of agreed with that. It had a very overwhelming sweetness to it. It totally killed all the other goodies in the beer. The next time I had it at home I let it sit for almost an hour. Popped it open and poured. Totally different beer. The sweetness was still there but not even close to the first time I had it. This beer needs time to warm up for all the nice tastes to come out. The bourbon and oak came out more. The chocolate and vanilla popped. Once again though I would of loved more coffee here. Still really good.
My biggest complain about this beer might of been the mouthfeel. Maybe they were going for this but hopefully they werenít and it can be fixed for the next batch. But I thought the mouthfeel was a little to watery and thin. This is not the worst case Iíve seen and really it does not get in the way of the goodness of this beer. Iíd just like to see more of a full feeling. More smooth and creamy.
jkwalking05 (4606) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Back with a decent tan head. Aroma is of coffee, oak, leather, light smoke. Taste is of coffee, espresso, oak, vanilla, and booze.
travita (4867) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
The look is reddish brown in color, tan head, and dark. The taste is heavy coffee, alcohol, chocolate, malts, and barrell. The taste is roasty, coffee, chocolate, sweet, burnt, and wood.
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours pitch black with a one finger mocha head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.
Deeply roasted dark malt aroma with a strong coffee presence and well integrated barrel character. Subtle bourbon and vanilla with some toasted oak that nicely compliments the dark malt notes. Lots of robust coffee along with hints of dark chocolate, toast, toffee and oatmeal.
Slightly chewy medium body with a good balance of roasted coffee, bourbon, oak and dark malt. The barrel character is well integrated into the beer without becoming a one dimensional bourbon bomb. Decent amount of sweet bourbon flavor without much heat as well as some vanilla and dry, toasted oak that meshes very well with the coffee flavor. Deep and roasted without ever approaching acrid/burnt or harsh. Thereís also a good amount of sweetness countering the coffee flavor. Hints of lactic sugar, dark chocolate, caramel and oatmeal. Just a touch of bitterness mid palate but overall this beer is really well balanced and easy to drink. Could use a bit more bourbon but still pretty impressive.
Braudog (6379) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JAN 22, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle, to drown my sorrows after the Ravens AFC Championship choke. The aroma is soothing my pain already ... rich with dark fruit and vanilla. And oh my, does this beer deliver some amazing flavor. Most bourbon barrel-aged beers soak up a full-on whisky essence. This beautiful creation, on the other hand, has a nice subtle oaky edge, but the sweet milk chocolate and mellow coffee flavor keeps the front seat all the way. What a work of art. (#4455, 1/22/2012)
pjames317 (94) - Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours thick, inky black with very little head. Smells great: cocoa, oak, bourbon, vanilla extract, raisin, and fresh coffee beans. Medium to heavy body, big coffee taste with undertones of bourbon, dried fruit and vanilla bean. Very nice with brunch. Hides ABV very well. A very nice beer, esp if youíre a coffee snob who likes a strong, roasty bean.
italianjohn (2907) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour thin orange head ... aroma of cocoa, bourbon and fresh roasted coffee more so when its cold and some oaky vanilla with a light vinous overtone .... taste is of oak, bourbon, light vanilla, caramel malts, fresh roasted coffee, cocoa and just slight hint of dark fruit ... dry and oaky vanilla in the finish along with roasted coffee .... very tasty stuff abv hidden well
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured into a snifter.
3.5 A: Based on visual inspection of the bottle, this might have been underfilled by a bit. It seems to have manifested in the pour. Black color. Aggressive pour yielded only half a finger of frothy light brown head. Retention was average at best given this beerís attributes. No lacing was left.
3.5 S: This smells good, but itís a lot less impressive that I predicted given the big three things that I love in a stout (lactose, bourbon barrel, coffee). Bourbon and coffee are fairly mild, while the lactose doesnít give much of a tangy zing that I like. The one thing I do like about the coffee is that it has a nice deep roasted aroma to it. Underneath, there is a touch of chocolate, but not a whole lot else.
3.5 T: This is a lot like the nose. Bourbon is mild, but both the coffee and lactose have a bit of a boast. Soft, supple roastiness. More chocolate in the taste as well along with some molasses. Moderately sweet with a lactose aftertaste.
3.5 M: Heavier medium body. This could use some more carbonation, but itís nowhere near flat. Creamy, but it could be creamier. Smooth with a light warming on finish.
3.5 D: Good, but not as impressive as the reputation. In all honesty, this is pretty much average through and through (like 3.0 average), but my love of milk stouts and barrel aging has kicked it to the upper limit of average.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 01-11-2012 01:03:24
brew3crew (166) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice body and a sweet aroma. Donít know if i would go with bourbin but it blends very well with the coffee