ljthiessen (1484) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 15, 2017
Bottle. Nearly black pour with a small brown head. Aroma is chocolate, creamy coffee and some sweet dark fruit notes. Taste is sweet but not overwhelming, surprisingly easygoing for the ABV, with coffee and chocolate, a rich fudgey backbone. Delicious. ganache (6069) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 13, 2017
For me a highly-appropriate RB rating #6066, this bottled OCT 27 2017 and listing 16.0% abv. Nose bursting with Bourbon, oak, rich medium coffee, heavy chocolate. Pour only medium-brown but that's quickly near-pitch in the glass and the surprisingly tall, rocky head is tan heavily tinted with ochre and even orange. Good lace. Taste cloyingly sweet and sticky with a rush of alcohol fumes up the nose and straight burn down the throat and into the gut (though its attack and fade are both luxuriously smooth!). So sweet that the bombardment is nothing but grape and grape sugar to start, grape Fun Dip backed by beer caramel, gaining some peach and plum in time and threatening to fuzz the teeth almost immediately. The coffee and chocolate are there still but wither under the Big Beer onslaught. Medium body with coffee acridity, medium bitterness that's actually reduced to something lesser by the sweet-and-booze; darker roast around the edges, not really scorched, pretty classy coffee contribution, all things considered. Body turns syrupy and there's a little numbing with speed, but then the secondary flavors reveal: cinnamon, vanilla, hint of orange. Not as sloppy as it could have been, but it really doesn't have anything to do with beer at this point - so treat it like its own taxon of liqueur. Love the boundary push, love the wallop. [2017.12.13: 4.0] fcjack1 (279) - Washington, USA - DEC 9, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2017 Bottle from Tacoma Boys. Pours inky black. Tan head. Scent is bourbon, chocolate and cherries. Taste is coffee, alcohol, cinnamon. Bourbon flavor lingers a while. Tasty beer. zoucrew102 (2154) - - DEC 8, 2017
Bottle, 2017 vintage. Rich roasted malt aroma with notes of coffee, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and oak. Pours deep brown with a thin mocha brown head that has excellent retention and very good lacing. Starts with rich roasted malt, coffee and dark chocolate flavors as well as a full body and silky smooth mouthfeel. Finishes smooth and a bit dry with excellent bourbon, vanilla and oak flavors. This is an excellent coffee stout with the coffee being subtle enough not to overpower the other flavors and balance well. This is not always the case. Wonderful! Tide (4504) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 8, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2017 Draught at Mikkeler SF. Black color, beige head. Bitter taste with roasted malts, coffee, bourbon, oak, nuts, chocolate, a bit of vanilla and dark fruits. Bitter finish with roasted malts, coffee, nuts, bourbon, oak, licorice, chocolate, dark fruits and vanilla. Excellent imperial stout.
creppyiceman (1105) - POLAND - DEC 5, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2017 (bottle) M_Mic (1) - - DEC 2, 2017 does not count
Aroma: coffee beans, vanilla and hint of bourbon.
Appearance: black color, small head.
Taste: semi-sweet, flavour of nutts, coffee beans and bourbon,
Palate: close to full body, bit boozy, low to medium carbonation.
Overall: Tasty one, wish it wasn't so boozy.
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2017 A great after dinner sipping beer with full body rich flavor and notable coffee, chocolate, and molasses notes. Pinball (12421) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 26, 2017
small bottle. crisis1290 (3) - - NOV 10, 2017 does not count
pours a mean very very dark brown, settles pitch black with a smooth brown head.
aroma of bourbon, coconut, licorice, roasted malts.
flavor is quite sweet, coconut, bourbon, roasted malts, honey, licorice.hints of wood especially in the aftertaste. imho a bit too sweet to be really good, although the woody bitterness in the otherwise sugary sweet aftertaste nearly saves the day. pleasant brew.
alc. is well hidden, i had no idea until i accidentially noticed. some of the wood bitterness i tasted could be wood and alc. bitterness. given the new facts i now think this reminds me of barrelled mikkeller black beers.
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2017 Not much more that can be said about this superstar beer from the Avery. Outstanding product that is worth every single penny. You can taste the craftsmanship. MrTipple (6580) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2017
Intense coffee, dark roast filter, dark chocolate, cacao, dark, moist pralines. Hazy, very dark brown, medium, frothy, beige head. Heavy sweet. More dark chocolate, cacao, caramel, dark, burnt molasses, sweet, black coffee, soft carbonation, full bodied. Beautiful. Keg at GABF17, Denver.