budznsudz (583) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - JAN 27, 2013
Bottle at the pour house in Westmont NJ. Pours dark black with no head. Aroma is light coffee and soy sauce. Taste is deep chocolate and coffee with vanilla, bourbon, oak, soy sauce, and cream. Fantastic on the palate. Incredible. libertine (433) - rochester hills, Michigan, USA - JAN 21, 2013
poured in my khunhenn snifter.pours black with a brown head.aroma of coffee,butterscotch,toast and dark chocolate.the aroma of this just completely blows me away,its wonderful.flavor is of a very dark roast,butterscotch and dark cocoa.wonderful as well.slightly warming booziness at the end but at 14.5 abv the alchohol is well hidden.full bodied,low carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel.bitter finish.the aroma and flavor are amazing!big fan of bourbon county stout and man this is good.if your a stout drinker this is a must have.one of the best stouts ive ever had.and ive had quite a few. dmac (6395) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 20, 2013
22oz bomber from Spirits Brick. Poured a pitch black body with a smaller dark mocha colored foamy head. Aroma is boozy with lots of bourbon throughout, burnt toast, slight touch of burnt coffee grounds, vanilla extract and some pudding skins. Fuller bodied with softer carbonation and lots of heat but having a double digit ABV that is pretty much expected. The flavor is actually better then the aroma, notes of bourbon, sweeter dark chocolate syrup, burnt toast, softer burnt coffee grounds, vanilla exract and some rosted coconut. Actually better then I was expecting the coffee in this one could use a little bit of a bump up. jrgratz (113) - New York, USA - JAN 19, 2013
Tap at Top Hops side-by-side BCBS and BCBS Cherry Rye. Pour is darkest black with a less airy, less pronounced head. Aroma is most pronounced - tremendously sharp coffee notes, roasted malts, a bit bready. Taste is dark, roasted coffee with a slight chocolate interference. Less sweet than the other two with some raisin, whiskey overtone. Same oily mouthfeel, slightly less viscous. My favorite of the three and near imperial coffee stout mastery. Ready to drink.. Do not age. Michbeerlover (147) - - JAN 18, 2013
Pours jet black with a mocha head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of soy sauce, coffee, chocolate and alcohol. Thick and sticky. Taste is awesome. Sweet bourbon, vanilla, coffee and warming alcohol, wow!
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Lukaduke (3206) - Gray, Maine, USA - JAN 18, 2013
2012 vintage. Pours a deep rich black color with a bit of settling dark mocha foam around the edges... the aromas are lighter than I expected with lots of earthiness, touches of coffee, chocolate, vanilla and some woody bourbon notes as well. Then on the palate Wow... damn smooth creamy chocolate coffee cream with a nice bourbon background to fill in the complex vanilla, dark fruit and toasted bourbon notes... however, the show stopper is the creamy chocolate coffee flavors. Beautiful stuff with a great balance between sweet and boozy. YUM keanex (1799) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - JAN 17, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2014 Bottled November 15, 2013 (2 months old).radio_nowhere (1472) - Maryland, USA - JAN 14, 2013
Appearance: The body is pitch black with a dense and short brown head that sinks into the body quickly, but leaves a dense coating. Very nice looking stout.
Aroma: The aroma is strong of earthy and mildly astringent coffee, hints of bourbon, smoke and coconut back this with a vanilla cake presence. The aroma is quite nice, good strength though not as expressive as I remember it last year.
Taste: The intro is a mild of bourbon, quickly the flavor becomes strong of coffee and syrupy chocolate. Coffee dances on the palate throughout while stepping aside for a bourbon heavy finish. The finish lingers of roast and dark chocolate.
Palate: Thick and chewy, I love the thick viscosity of this.
Overall: From memory the 2012 release wins for me. I found it bolder and more complex and less boozy. This is a great beer still.
Previous Ratings: Ar: 8, Ap: 4, Ta: 9, Pa: 5, Ov: 18 = 4.4
Bottled November 12, 2012 (2 months old).
Appearance: The body is pitch black and only a thin brown coating escapes the body before being sucked back down with only a very thin ring remaining.
Aroma: Earthy roasted coffee comes to mind first with a dark chocolate backing, very light barrel notes, only a light vanilla and subtle oak. The aroma is fantastic, it reminds me a tad of Kahlua.
Taste: Oh boy this is wonderful, very complex with an earthy roasted coffee intro with slight wood flavors, the mid-taste adds sweet chocolate syrup with some vanilla that leads to a slight bourbon on the finish with sweet syrupy chocolate. This is phenomenal, everything is blended so well together.
Palate: Thick and syrupy, touch of carbonation.
Overall: Best thing I’ve drank all year, one of the best beers I’ve ever had. This is much better than Bourbon County Stout to me and well worth $20 a bottle. Oh boy this is good, my only regret is that I don’t have fudge to eat with this.
Finally got a bomber of this and can’t wait to try. Poured into snifter glass rich dark black with very thin tan head. Aroma of bourbon alcohol, rich roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark fruit and the slightest bit of coffee. Taste is where the coffee comes out, also vanilla and rich malt sweetness. Creamy and thick, alcohol really hits the nose. Lingering alcohol warming and a little coffee aftertaste. Great stuff. ineedbeer (2210) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 12, 2013
2010, 2011 and 2012 bottles. Numerical rating reflects the 2012.
Aroma: The 2010 has lots of green bell pepper and vegetable notes in aroma. No coffee at all. 2011 has hints of green pepper, but also some coffee aroma. The 2011 also has some nice chocolate aroma. 2012 has nice coffee with balanced chocolate and roast; no noticeable green pepper. This beer is much better fresh. Light alcohol spice an a touch of anise. This is really nice.
They all pour dark brown, almost black with light brown notes on the edges. Pours with a mocha head that quickly recedes to the edges. Medium legs and no lacing.
Flavor: 2010 still has a bit of a vegetable note but I can still pick up a bit of coffee, but very light. Roast is fairly noticeable and there is light chocolate notes. Alcohol is present with a bit of spiciness. Medium low astringency. 2011 has a lot more coffee flavor and almost no green pepper. A really nice chocolate flavor to the 2011 with some secondary roast notes. 2011 also has some nice sweetness to it that 2010 was lacking. 2012 has some great milk chocolate sweetness. A nice coffee flavor with a bit of roast. Some alcohol spice to the flavor in the finish; this is the only thing that the older vintages have done better - the age mellowed the alcohol heat.
Medium full bodied with medium carbonation. Medium alcohol warmth. Low to medium low astringency. Medium high alcohol heat b
Overall a really good beer but it doesn't get better with age. The vegetable quality that develops really isn't good. Probably not as good as the hype.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Big bold aroma coffee is subtle under big bourbon and roasty aromas... Pitch black smaller tan head... Big big flavor, roasty bourbon coffee flavor, massively full bodied... Lingers a bit sticky.... Awesome...