douglas88 (9420) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 12, 2011
Bomber at RBWG. Pours a totally black color with a medium beige head. The aroma is sour coffee, a massive sweetness as well from the coffee and barrel, though the bourbon is light. The flavor is a very nice stout base of milky sweet coffee, roast, some light bourbon, and sweet milkiness throughout. Some tart sour roasted coffee as well. Nice. A good brew. JaBier (8027) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2011
Sample at Jackie O’s on 2/5/11. Pours darkest brown with no head. Smooth KL coffee nose with chocolate notes and a boozy character that was less intense than I expected, which really allowed the coffee to be the main focus. Flavor starts with oaky booze and moves to smooth coffee and chocolate through to the finish. neepsntatties (2003) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 28, 2011
Bottle at a recent BA/RB tasting. Colour... black with a thin rim of tan. Nose... WAKE UP TIME! Now that’s a smack o’ Jo! Coffee city! Palate... intense coffee with a splash of booze (like the coffee mi abuelita had in the a.m.!)! Next, the anise sets in with notes of dark chocolate, vanillin, and even hints of soap, but in a licorice way, not in a bad way like when Ralphie has to put a bar of Life Buoy in his mouth after a cussing episode! boFNjackson (4201) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 27, 2011
Bottle shared at a recent BA/RB tasting... Poured black like oil with a light tan head. Like fresh pressed coffee and a nice strong bourbon kick. Sweet in the end with malts, roast, mocha, and vanilla. Beerman6686 (6607) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2011
This poured an almost jet black color with a beige head. Aroma was lots and lots of fresh almost espresso like coffee with a good amount of bourbon and vanilla too. Flavorr was bursting with great tasting coffee, not overly roasted or burnt, and dark chocolate and bourbon were there too. Great Stuff.
MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 20, 2011
On tap at 2/5 release. Dark brown, thin tan ring or a head. Washed out watery nose, bit of coffee grind and cloying bourbon sweetness, some ethanol and dark fruit. Flavor has large ethanol whack, grinds, a lingering bourbon note. Thin, harsh and unbalanced, grinds and heat clashing badly, and almost no sign of an imperial stout underneath, absolutely no hop, very little malt, just thin sweet barrel heat. 10% ABV Bourbon... the future of craft beer? 53539
Out of the bottle 3 weeks later sees a big difference. More coffee and milk chocolate (masking astringent bitteness) and very little heat. Still not nuanced, especially in the coffee, but largely better than day 2 on tap. 746313 Travlr (25250) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 19, 2011
750 ml bottle. Very dark brown, tan head. Has plenty of barrel in the aroma, but too much barrel in the taste for me, it overwhelms the rest of the beer. ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - FEB 18, 2011
Sweet coffee and chocolate nose, some caramel. Taste is very sweet, lots of toffee and dark fruit, lots of coffee, chocolate. nickd717 (4701) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 18, 2011
Thanks to chswimmer for this tick. Pours black in color with a nice well-formed tan head. Huge great coffee aroma, earthy without too much weasel crap, with dark chocolate and roast along with mild bourbon. Excellent flavor, big on coffee but I love it. Just a little bit of bourbon -bal aging evident. Great chocolatey notes behind that, along with roasted malts and maybe even slight spice. Fairly full-bodied and smooth with slight charry dryness and a long finish, with medium-low carbonation. A damn good coffee stout, although I’m a sucker for this style. Dogbrick (13144) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2011
Sample at the Jackie O’s Bottle Sale/ Stout and Big Beer Fest on 02/05/2011. Pours black with a minimal tan head and spotty lacing. Aroma of dark chocolate and bourbon. Rather rich and smooth body with flavors of chocolate malt, moderately bitter coffee and booze. The finish is bourbon-soaked roasted coffee beans. Veers a little far on the bourbon side but a solid beer nonetheless.