sic1314 (4967) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - MAY 5, 2013
Poured a dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of roast malt, a little coffee and dark chocolate, dark alcohol soaked fruit. Full body, flavour as the aroma. Could have been a bit more coffee-ish. erickok (6036) - Leuven, BELGIUM - MAY 5, 2013
Sweet bourbon, raisins, only a bit of coffee. Amazingly rich. Sharp start, but worth the complexity. Medicinal hops, alcohol burn. Oily body. Big, powerful brew for the bourbon lover. (ZeeBra) RamyG4 (324) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 1, 2013
Bottle. Pitch black with a small brown head. Aroma is bourbon first and foremost, coffee, caramel, just a little green pepper. Taste is very sweet, almost no bitterness, a little alcohol. Finish is sweet, alcoholic with a little roast/coffee. Full bodied, soft carbonation. It’s BCS with a little coffee, next year I’ll make sure to try a fresh bottle to see if there’s more of a coffee presence. AirForceHops (7792) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - APR 27, 2013
22 oz bottle. Bottled on 11/12/ 12. Nose is really nice. Earthy coffee, chocolate, brown sugar and oak. Flavor is really delightful. Chocolate up front with oak, bourbon with some deep roasted notes. Secondary notes of vanilla, high end coffee bean. ABV is totally mellow. God this is great!! Awesome is every regards. conway (2210) - - APR 26, 2013
Draft. Pours jet black with a little chocolate colored head. Nose is syrupy bourbon, chocolate and just a hint of coffee. Taste is very similar. Kinda wish the coffee was a bit more prominent as this is pretty similar to the base beer. Still very awesome.
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brian60625 (756) - Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2013
22 ounce bottle from 2011, divvied up among 6. Aroma is light roast coffee beans, fireplace wood pile, bourbon and caramel. Appearance is black, thin residue of brown lacing on the glass, a layer of foam film on the surface that helps deliver that coffee and chocolate aroma. Taste has all the same aspects as the aroma, plus a mild rye and vanilla component. Palate is on the thin side of thick bodied, noticeable abv, low carbonation. No surprises here, this one is a solid performance of the traditional coffee imperial stout style. I’d like to see how this differs from the other years’ different coffee blends. gregwilsonstl (2640) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 21, 2013
Dark black. No head. Dark. Smells like bourbon. Tastes like bourbon. Thanks Tony bretz. beerbaaron (2046) - Arizona, USA - APR 19, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2014 UPDATE: 2013 bottle rated 1-3-14. Proper temp into snifter. Pours black. Small fizzy brown head, mostly dissipating. Aroma is loaded with coffee. Rich, dark coffee grounds, espresso, chocolate, sugar, touch of vanilla and wood, bourbon more in the background, not at all boozey. Coffee is front and center and takes over most of the aroma. Full body. Silky, soft and creamy. Flavor starts full of bittersweet coffee (more sweet than bitter) then bursts into bourbon barrel character. Finishes moderate roast sweet with a healthy dose of bourbon. Pleasant alcohol warmth that almost gets too hot but subsides just in time. Killer coffee beer.
2012 draft(i think) rated 4-19-13. To sum up: Did not enjoy this as much as the original. There seemed to be much more hot alcohol in the flavor, aroma, and palate and it really took over the show for me. Coffee character was almost undetectable until only a small amount remained in the glass (volume - not a temp issue). Still a fantastic beer without a doubt, but it has a tall standard to measure up to. (scored: 126.96.36.199.20 =4.6) pineypower (3348) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - APR 13, 2013
Bottle at Easter brunch. Pours black, thick and syrupy with a small tan head. Aroma is of bourbon, oak, vanilla, medium roast coffee, and lots of alcohol. Taste is sweet boozy syrupy chocolate, roasts coffee, bourbon, oak, vanilla, lingering hop bitterness on the end interwoven with the hot alcohol. A bit too hot right now, should have let it sit a little longer. ClubGonzo (5685) - Bergen, NORWAY - APR 12, 2013
Bottle, from trade with matboz. Pours a pitch black body with a small off-white head. Aroma is deep soy-like coffee tones, ashes, coal, tar and leather with sweet malts in the back. Taste is strong coffee tones, dark malts, booze, sweet toffee, vanilla and hints of leather and brown sugar. Smooth, thick palate with semi-soft carbonation. Nice coffee stout, but not at all as epic as advertised.