harrisoni (19535) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2011 Bottle on Angs birthday. Thanks to Scopey for this. Black. Lots of coffee. Thats pretty good. There is some alcohol on the finish. Very malty and coffee on aroma. Thats pretty big. Not too subtle or balanced. Its good but yes too big. Some vanilla comes through from the Bourbon still. Too alcohol hot on the finish. Could I drink a whole bomber of this? I doubt it. Having more and intense flavours doesn’t always mean having better flavours. Thanks for allowing me to try it though Paul. Doodler (473) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 28, 2011
750 bomber. Lovely coffee nose as it pours into an Avery snifter. Seriously dark black color with small tan head.. Notes of roasted malt, vanilla and bourbon flavors up front and finishes with rich espresso taste and chocolate sweetness. Mild carbonation and oily mouthfeel. Nice stuff. This would go great with french toast.... lebshiff21 (174) - Skippack, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2011
Pours viscous black with thin swirling brown head. Great mouthfeel. Nice mix of coffee and sweet smokiness from the bourbon barrel. A good all night sipper. orangesol (1022) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 17, 2011
Big thanks to Deuane for busting this one out for us to try.
A - Pours midnight black with a nice one and a half finger tall brown head leaving light rings of lace down the glass.
S - Smells of rich bourbon, fresh brewed coffee grounds, dark roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, and some dry oak tannins. This one is all about the bourbon and coffee.
T - Starts off with a big dose of warm bourbon quickly giving way to a mix of rich coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and some dryness from the oak tannins. I heard the coffee was dropping off in this one, not in this bottle as it still has plenty to go around. The alcohol is ever present but never really gets to the point of being overpowering. The finish is a mix of dark roast and light bourbon heat, lingering for some time.
M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Big, boozy, feel with plenty of it lingering through the finish. The alcohol is still pretty strong in this one.
O - Damn this is still one of my all time favorite coffee stouts. The combination of rich coffee and warm bourbon is just so damn good together. I am glad I still have a bottle of this one in the cellar.
BigBeer45 (1585) - Michigan, USA - AUG 12, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2013 22 oz. Bomber stored for about a year before sampling,
this Impy had a black pour with a small tan and coffee colored head, this ale is dark/opaque but I see small strings of flowing bubbles at the sides of the glass when held up to a light, this beer left a few spots of lacing on the glass, there was a very thin film of sediment on the bottom of the bottle,
there were aromas of bourbon with various liquor notes and chocolate, roasted malt and roasted coffee, there was faint vanilla in the background,
the aroma was very nice, rich, the coffee was an accent to this drink and was not too overbearing like I find some Coffee Imperial stouts,
no alcohol aroma except the bourbon,
the flavors were bourbon liquor, syrup and dark sugar sweetness, roasted malt, chocolate, with some coffee in the background,
there was a little bite from the alcohol/bourbon liquor, rich on the palate and it got sickly sweet on the palate, the bourbon becomes a bit much as the glass warmed up, and the coffee flavor was hardly noticeable,
the mouth feel was full and had gave a creamy feel.
This Impy had a really nice aroma but the flavor was a bit on the sweet side, I found the coffee was more noticeable on the nose than the palate, this ale would be nice for a evening sip or a night cap on a cold night but it was sweet, less sweet would help and I would have given this a higher score, I think this beer needs more bitterness to help counter the sweetness, as the glass warmed up to room temperature, I had a hard time drinking it with all of the sweetness, I was a little disappointed with this beer.
JulienHuxley (5979) - Sherbrooke, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 7, 2011
Bottle thanks to pantanap. Black pour with foamy brown head. Aroma of vanilla, scotch/bourbon, molasses, sea salt, some coffee notes but they are very tame. I thought the aroma were closer to a nice scotch from the Islay than a bourbon. Taste is sweet, molasses, some anise, a bit of coffee - to me it tastes as though the coffee bitterness just takes the edge off the bourbon sweetness BCS usually has. Palate is rich and smooth, nice alcohol warmth. Excellent. jckp64 (356) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 6, 2011
Pours deep black with little to no head. Aroma has hints of chocolate, coffee and bourbon. Flavor is about what you expect. Coffee, bourbon and chocolate. The flavors are really balanced. Really liked this beer. HandofMidas (12) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 5, 2011
By this point the coffee had faded a good deal, leaving behind what is one of the best bourbon stouts around anyway, though tamed down and more integrated. The heat is more then some would request, it is integrated nicely, with that hint of roast and loads of dry chocolate. Veldrid (120) - Canton, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2011
Had at a tasting with BCS 09, BCVS, BCCS, and BCSR. The aroma that hits you is that of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, and molasses like the normal BCS but the chocolate is a bit more present and the coffee is dominant. The taste is similar but the coffee takes a bit of a backseat and is really balanced. It isn’t as coffee forward as say Breakfast Stout but you definitely get a good amount of it. Reallt good beer and like it more than BCSV and a tad bit more than BCS. Sean9689 (286) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 1, 2011
Had over and over at NotLA 2011 until I eventually blacked out later that night. I’m pretty sure this beer was my undoing. Looking back, it was worth it.
A - Pours black, tan head, some bubbles here and there, spotty lacing and some whisps on top.
S - Huge chocolate and coffee notes, smells so damn good. Also, some oak/barrel characteristics, slight dark fruit, caramel. The coffee and chocolate notes are so outstanding, it’s amazing.
T - Chocolate covered coffee beans with a touch of oak mixed in. The alcohol is barley noticeable at all, which lead to my downfall a few hours after sampling this about 6 times.
M - Full, rich and smooth, light carbonation, creamy finish.
D - Best Coffee stout ever? It’s hard not to say yes.