balancebeer (15) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 4, 2013
I drank this wonderful beer out of a snifter at room temprature. It has an incredible nose, smelling it is half the fun. The mouth feel is full and it just washes over your tongue. Despite its big abv it is very well balanced with none of the flavors dominating any of the others. Some beers live up to their hype and this one exceeded it. djroehler (292) - Minnesota, USA - APR 3, 2013
Black with two finger brown head, dissipates with lacing. Bourbon, oak, cream, caramel, oatmeal, coffee, light alcohol. Moderate to heavy body with light but creamy carbonation. Bourbon, sweet oak and vanilla, toast, coffee and chocolate, creamy sweetness. Finishes with slight smokiness. timc100 (320) - Park Ridge, Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2013
A: Pours an incredibly dark brown, almost pitch black and sits midnight black in the glass. Dark mocha head - huge considering the aging and abv. Incredibly creamy retention and lacing. Looks a lot like their imperial stout, but creamier and slightly lighter and less viscous.
S: Rich incredibly dark chocolate cake with a light vanilla icing, swimming in bourbon next to a cup of coffee. At first when cold it smelled like pure coffee, and after about an hour it unleashed it’s true colors. The bourbon is not the firestone creamy vanilla/coconut/oak - its a more ’raw’ hot flavor, like the essence of bourbon itself.
T: Less decadent than the nose, but still pretty amazing. Hot bourbon, huge dark roast coffee, incredibly bitter dark chocolate - slighter milk chocolate, vanilla and oak. Definitely not too hot, a very pleasant warming.
P: Very smooth, soft carbonation. It’s a big, full bodied beer, but not incredibly viscous.
O: Would really like to see how it evolves over a year because the coffee is so aggressive now. Really fantastic beer, one I will remember. wlajwl (7209) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - APR 3, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2016 Aroma is dark fruit/vinous, berries/cherries/strawberries and a very strong hint of acidity. The flavor is dark fruit/very vinous, malts, hints of chocolate and coffee and a long acidic/mild alcoholic finish. Emeister84 (2654) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 3, 2013
Espresso, cocoa, cherries, molasses, char, vanilla, tobacco, bourbon, and spices. Black-brown with dark ruby highlights, and a nicely retaining, bubbly, tan head. Off-dry, chocolatey, roasty, boozy, strong, and savory. Full body, average carbonation, and finishes with strong, earthy, and slightly smokey flavors lingering. Awesome beer.
zickbeer_ye (441) - Virginia, USA - APR 3, 2013
Bourbon coffee, roasty dark chocolate aroma. light brown creamy head with solid black body. Bourbon, coffee, dark chocolate very smooth after taste. Smooth and creamy on the palate AMAZING...IZZICK!!!! joshwoodward (575) - - APR 3, 2013
Holy hell, this is good. Coffee on the nose, but straight Bourbon on the palate. Balanced alcohol, not sweet, creamy, toffee, coffee. Completely delicious, and a rare one that lives up to its reputation. Bjshades (156) - Iowa, USA - APR 2, 2013
Pours a dark black with light brown head which disappears fast, strong bourbon aroma, very smooth with strong bourbon flavor up front with a sweet chocolate finish, can’t wait to see how it cellars. mnmike (1091) - Minnesota, USA - APR 2, 2013
2013 bottle pour into a snifter. Pitch black with 1/2 inch brown head that dissipates. Little lacing. Aromas of chocolate, coffee (strongest), and bourbon. Excellent stout! bwa5879 (962) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 2, 2013
UPDATED: APR 3, 2014 2013 bottle from Tiffany’s Wine and Spirits, Kalamazoo MI. Enjoyed at room temperature. Deeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep brown to black pour with a half inch of dark brown head that had moderate density. Aromas of sweet vanilla, roasty woodsy smokiness, sweet chocolate and cola syrup. Bitter strong coffee taste at first then sweet chocolate, then blended whiskey. Rich flavors, well blended and very smooth, couldn’t be described as harsh whatsoever. Advise that its not too sweet either. Had a thin mouthfeel, maybe a bit oily and little to no carbonation. Dry and subtle bourbon-like on finish. Taste of smokey wood left in mouth with a little bourbon heat. Hard to say if its as good as Canadian Breakfast Stout but basically amazing. I’ll go out of my way for this, bells black note and goose island’s bourbon county stout. not wait overnight in Grand Rapids camping in line out-of-my-way, but special lunch time trips from work for sure. Well done. I look forward to the 3 that are aging, possible updates may commence.
2014 note: this is definitely less bold and more harsh than its BBA kin, notably bells black note and bourbon county stout. More similarities to dragons milk.