SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 21, 2006
#919NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2009
On Tap at the Goose Island Wriglyville Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beers November 4th, 2006.
First off, what is the deal with these other ratings. I absolutely loved this beer and the Impression that I got, possibly totally all slammed impressions, was that others enjoyed this as well. Black with a thin brown head that is shortly lasting rim. The nose is full of chocolate but that bitter sharp coffee smell throughout. More like an Iced moca. The taste is chewy with lots of coffee, sugar sweetness then grains with a huge end with lots of oak, vanilla and cream with more and more coffee. Surprisingly with all that coffee there is still a nice undertone of oak and bourbon. Good stuff.
Note, after I entered this rating I was messaged by another beer lover, cquiroga, who told me that it was under the old rating. So I moved it here. Better represents the beer here.
Draft at GI Clybourn. Poured into a snifter at the brewpub, beautiful black with dark brown head. Nose is intensely fresh roasted coffee. There is some minor vanilla notes in there as well, but surprisingly the coffee holds up to the bourbon. On taste, it is intensely coffee once again, but the bourbon and vanilla come through as well, leaving you with a taste of a vanilla latte or something. Body is super rich and the base beer is fantastic, with raisins and chocolate behind the coffee. Overall, another great IS from GI. laguerita (111) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2009
draft at GI Clybourn. Really pretty black pour. Lot of coffee in the nose with notes of bourbon. yum yum yum User29624 (1683) - - FEB 19, 2009
Um...yeah. Wow! Got to try this beer tonight at Clybourn on tap. Pours black with a thin tan head. Awesome aroma of coffee (and I thought my nose was plugged up beforehand), followed by bourbon, and chocolate. Thick, smooth, and very sweet. The coffee dominated the bourbon and others flavors in this beer, which I really enjoyed. The bourbon and chocolate tasted fantastic though. Best beer I have had from them in a while. beernbourbon (1600) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - APR 23, 2010
2010 Bottle. Pour is viscous and black with a thin ring of tan head. Aroma is loaded with coffee along with rich burnt brown sugar, maple bacon, roasted malt, light vanilla, and coffee ice cream. The aroma is intoxicating. I almost don’t want to drink this because I fear that it will not taste as good as it smells. But of course Im going to. Flavor is also loaded with notes of roasted malt, brown sugar bacon, a nice amount of coffee (but not too much), faint vanilla, and light bourbon. Very well balanced and very rich. Much to my relief, it really does taste very similar to the way it smells. I need more of this; I think it is exceptional.
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 25, 2010
Poured by Jared @ Whiskey fest
Black pour brown head with great lacing. Sweet vanilla, bourbon, syrups touch of lightly bitter coffee coming through in the aroma. A full creamy palate. The coffee mostly comes through in the aftertaste. A very nice compliment to the bourbon county still sweet first vanilla, a touch of chocolate & some syrups. hombrepalo (1971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2010
Cracked my TOP 10! This is simply awsome. Poured like the original BCS, dark thick black with dark brown thin head. Smells like vanilla, oak, bourbon, coffee, roasted malts,and chocolate. Taste is similar to smell with a nice long lingering feeling of warmth afterwards that lasts about 10 seconds. The mouthful is velvet thick and rich just like BCS. This is the best beer I’ve had in a while. Tmoney99 (14857) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 13, 2010
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured black color with a moderate creamy light brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Heavy toasted chocolate, licorice and coffee bean with a small alcohol aroma. Full body with a creamy texture and flat carbonation. Heavy bourbon woody and coffee flavor with a heavy sweet finish of long duration. This is a standout beer.
TheGuy (653) - Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2010
Pours pitch black with a thick dark brown head the aromas are as amazing as BCS but with coffee taste is smooth as silk with robust flavors jumping out everywhere bourbon,vanilla,expresso roasted malts just a great RIS jtclockwork (17100) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 16, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2010 Bottle at PilsnerPeter’s RBSG 2010. Black pour with mocha brown head. Nose is espresso beans, vanilla and baker’s chocolate. Taste is vanilla bean, espresso cream and dark chocolate with almonds.