ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 4, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2010 FIRST RATING! 22oz bomber, fresh from the brewery, dated 9/2/2010. pours a silky, thick black with a full, two-finger, dark beige head with hints of red around the edges leaving beautiful lacing. aroma is utterly fantastic with big, woody, bourbon notes at the outset that settle beautifully into the background of huge roasted coffee, dark chocolate cake, vanilla, and light coconut with subtle touches of dark fruit and toffee. flavor is spectacular, and i’m a homer so it’s perfect, with an absolutely flawless balance of fresh, roasted coffee, espresso, and dark chocolate mocha with a light, creamy, lacto-sweetness sliding through ahead of smooth oak, vanilla, and spicy bourbon with a long, ashy malt, bitter chocolate, and roasted coffee finish. palate is sublimely full bodied, silky smooth, and damn near milkshake-esque creamy with perfect carbonation and incredible drinkability. overall, without a doubt one of the five best bourbon barrel aged stouts i’ve ever tasted. bravo, geoff.
*re-rate* aww, hell this brew is just getting better and better every time i open another bottle. perfect 5 for this VA homer! WanderinCelt87 (197) - Hamburg, New Jersey, USA - OCT 5, 2014
Pour from a bottle is a nice dark chocolate bottle with a light brown head. Aroma is a nice blend of bourbon and coffee. Taste is a little sweet with a nice bitterness at the end. Goes down smooth. wj94 (69) - Virginia, USA - OCT 8, 2010
The perfect stout? Great aroma, smooth, lots of coffee and chocolate with the wood/bourbon/vanilla taste barely perceptible, but still lurking in the background. Worth the 4.2 rating it has so far....great beer at $8/bomber. Have had many stouts 2-3x the price that weren’t nearly as good. Hope they keep brewing more like this. Time to head back to the store and clear out their supply... maxwelldeux (4374) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - MAR 11, 2013
Bottle at a bottle share. Pours a near black color with a small tan head on it. Nose has some huge coffee elements to it. Tastes very smooth with some great roasting and coffee notes in there. Huge fan of this one. jivy26 (32) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUN 19, 2013
My first alewerks brew and this one has a lot of great things going on. I have a few in my cabinet that will keep me well stocked
GandGKevin (934) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - SEP 21, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2010 Pours pitch black with a small brown head. Aromas of coffee, bourbon and chocolate. Flavors of dark chocolate, vanilla, bourbon and a little coffee. Mouth coating and a finish that lasts a long time. An absolutely awesome effort for the gang at Alewerks! OK, I’m a homey, but this is really really tasty! jrmac (335) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 14, 2012
Awesome, best coffee stout I have tasted in years. I love it, the barrel aging only adds to the complexity. This is one heck of a brew! Braudog (6712) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JAN 22, 2012
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) Anticlimaddox (4) - - JUN 7, 2013 does not count
Superb. In every way. This is smooth and silky and finishes just as nice as it begins. Very much a favorite.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Ctplt777 (530) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - NOV 15, 2015
Oh, another amazing beer by Alewerks? Didn’t see that coming. This is like desert in a bottle. Aroma is huge amounts of chocolate, coffee, bourbon, and vanilla. Absolutely dark as night. This tastes like someone took a piece of chocolate cake and drowned it in coffee, vanilla then poured bourbon all over it to finish it off. It’s absolutely delicious. It’s sweet but not cloying. I can see something like this getting way too sweet and rich, but the bourbon cuts that. The said bourbon isn’t overpowering. I’m not a huge fan of bourbon barrel beers, but this one and their bourbon barrel porter are both excellent. This one isn’t as heavy on the bourbon as the porter in my opinion. Overall this is a solid BBS. I love the beers Alewerks brews, I’m glad they’re so consistent. Cheers.