Dazz3 (1799) - Hallsberg, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2012
Sampled at UCTS testing. Pours pitch black with a small brown head. Smells smoky, woody and alot of coffee. Tastes salty, woody, chili, coffee, creamy roasted malt.
rlgk (18844) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2012
Bottle at USA comes to Skövde. Black beer with a small brown head. Malty chocolate aroma, whisky, vanilla, hay, peat, roasted, milk, cocoa powder, licorice, figs, raisins, spicy notes, chili, caramel, licorice, coffee notes. Bourbon flavor, hay, raisins, vanilla, figs, raisins, whisky, licorice, spicy, chili, floral, peat, dades, quite roasted, very nice. larsniclas (7219) - Billdal, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2012
Sampled at USSkovde
Black with a small beige head.
Milky chocolate and coffee-beans in the aroma.
A bit light body.
Coffee-beans with woody notes. ben4321 (6739) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 19, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2012 Steve_0 (3818) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2012
Location: Shared 2 12 oz bottles w/ jcos: doing a 2 Bottle "Mini-Vertical", 10/19/12
Aroma: A nose of roasted malts, chocolate, bourbon/wood, a little soy sauce, and a little coffee
Appearance: This one pours a dark brown-black color, with a small beige head, and spotty lace
Flavor: This one tastes medium sweet, it is a little bozzy, and has minimal bitterness
Palate: The body is medium, it has a smooth, creamy feel, and a soft carbonation
Excellent beer that I have enjoyed before and needed to rate. I thought the 2011 held up pretty well, though there’s basically no hop left to speak of. 2011 Bottle Rating: (8/4/8/5/16)
Aroma: The nose is roasted like the 2011, more bourbon, more booze, and a little more hop
Appearance: The pour is pretty much exactly the same as the pour from the 2011 Bottle
Flavor: The taste, like the nose,has the same roast component with more booze, and a later hop presence
Palate: The body is very similar to the 2011, though there’s a touch more carbonation
The 2012 is a little better in my opinion. The hops add a nice component that was missing in the older bottle. Justin and I agreed, that this one is better fresher. 2012 Bottle Rating: (8/4/9/5/17)
Sampled at GABF ’12. Pour is pitch black in appearance with a moderately sized dark brown head and good lacing. Huge coffee in the aroma, roasted chocolate, espresso, light biscuit, malty, sweet bourbon, and a touch of vanilla. Taste is again big coffee, earthy roasted notes, cocoa nibs, wood, and bourbon. Thick mouthfeel with soft carbonation. The overroasted coffee taste, is a bit overbearing and gives chili-like off-flavors; something is a little off. Still a delicious beer, but it misses out on exceptional because I can’t get past that chili flavor.
Garbageman (487) - Lexington, South Carolina, USA - OCT 11, 2012
One of my new Top 10 beers. Perfect for breakfast or dessert. Aroma was great with the bourbon barrel aging and the coffee taste. b79turner (261) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - OCT 9, 2012
Wow! Thank you Hop City B’ham for bringing this in! Unfortunately it only lasted for a few hours before selling out. After trying this beer, I understand why. Growler poured into a tulip glass. Oily black pour with a fluffy tan head...lacing all around the glass. Nose is absolutely fantastic! Bourbon, chocolate, burnt sugar, creamy...just wonderful. Taste is chocolate milk and bourbon with a nice alcohol burn, certainly a sipper. It gets better and better as it warms. I enjoyed the standard Breakfast Stout, but this really takes it to another level. Wonderful bourbon barrel aged stout! PrattBenjamin (32) - - OCT 9, 2012
Bottle. This shit is delicious. Aroma of oak, vanilla, and booze. Super dark and rich without being cloying. Smoky rich and dry likely from the bourbon barrel. Texturally big and finish is clean.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone BMMillsy (1788) - Florida, USA - OCT 8, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2014 Pours motor oil like with no head. Smells of heavy chocolate, vanilla, licorice, wood, bourbon and boozey. Taste is like chocolate sauce and light bourbon booze. Very good, but a bit hot. Actually like the standard breakfast stout better. Gotta find some again this year.
Tried a 2011 bottle on Dec 20, 2012. Same impression as before, like the regular FBS better, but this one is a nice warming yumminess. Only complait is there’s no more coffee flavor. Just sort of bourbony, and slightly metallic but nothing serious.
2013 bottle pretty fresh on 5/3/13. This one seems thicker than before with a little more vanilla. Bourbon is still a little harsh and there are others of the stule I prefer. Still a neat beer though.
Tried 2014 bottle and blew away other vintages. Silky and awesome. Score is for this rating. wheresyourball (575) - El Cajon, California, USA - OCT 8, 2012
Obtained in a trade, thanks Brian. 12 ouncer pours thick black with very small head. Smells of bourbon, chocolate and vanilla. Very smooth mouthfeel, little carbonation. Sweet chocolate, coffee, vanilla, maybe a little ash. Really good.