mcberko (17845) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 18, 2012
22 oz. bottle, pours black with a medium beige / tan head. Aroma of coffee, bourbon barrels, roasted malt and milk / dark chocolate - very complex on the nose. Flavour of rich chocolate, espresso beans, rich roasted malt and great subtleties of the bourbon barrels without dominating. Rich palate with tons of depth - everything is in perfect harmony. The coffee and chocolate feature upfront with subtle barrels accentuating the flavours. Outstanding. blutt59 (6564) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 13, 2012
bottle, thanks to jkwalking05, deep black color with lots of bourbon and wood notes, chocolate with a good medium finish dagimp (1008) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2012
100th rating for this beer! From a bomber into a brandy snifter. Pours dark as midnight at the bottom of a well. Small amount of grayish brown head with dissipates leaving no lacing. Aroma is ung-dly good! Just wonderful! Cherries and bourbon and booze and all that yummy stuff! Mouthfeel is slightly dry and medium bodied. Too much carbonation unfortunately, but still OK. Taste is of light bourbon, dark brown sugar, figs, dates, blackberry (lots of Belgian flavors but no Belgian funkyness). Wow, I really liked this one. I’m also glad it’s a reasonable 8%. I have a bottle of Wburg imperial porter and am really looking forward to it now! jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2012
Loads of coffee notes with some bourbon on top of the aroma... draft... Vanilla bourbon coffee ice cream flavor Haagen Daas? Coffee ice cream... Black w minimal head, no real retention, limited lacing... Medium body, dry finish kinda one dimensional... brigg (680) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 6, 2012
(bottle) Opaque black body with a small brown head. Aroma has lots of bourbon notes, a good deal of fruit/berries, vanilla, some milk and sour notes, too. Medium to full bodied, very soft carbonation, smooth and creamy. Flavour has bourbon notes but much smoother overall than I expected; rather sweet with just a mild bitterness; vanilla and sour/milk notes again; caramel; light coffee, chocolate.
bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 3, 2012
(750ml bottle, courtesy of jkwalking05) Pours an opaque black body with a small brown head. Aroma of chocolate, wood, bourbon, caramel, and coffee. Flavor of coffee, bourbon, wood, vanilla, caramel, and chocolate. drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2012
Cafe Royale pours a very dark brown. Almost black but it doesn’t quite get there. Small amount of head is poured and ends like looking like the picture.
The smell on this beer got me quite excited to try it. Nice amount of chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt, and of course the bourbon. Now one of the things I loved about the base beer for this was the coffee. While there was some coffee in the aroma it really didn’t scream it. I really wanted a little bit more in there. Still it’s a really nice smell here.
Now I’ve had this beer twice now. First time I had this was a little sample at my local beer store. One of the things a lot of the reviewers complain about is that the beer is to sweet. The first time I had this beer I kind of agreed with that. It had a very overwhelming sweetness to it. It totally killed all the other goodies in the beer. The next time I had it at home I let it sit for almost an hour. Popped it open and poured. Totally different beer. The sweetness was still there but not even close to the first time I had it. This beer needs time to warm up for all the nice tastes to come out. The bourbon and oak came out more. The chocolate and vanilla popped. Once again though I would of loved more coffee here. Still really good.
My biggest complain about this beer might of been the mouthfeel. Maybe they were going for this but hopefully they weren’t and it can be fixed for the next batch. But I thought the mouthfeel was a little to watery and thin. This is not the worst case I’ve seen and really it does not get in the way of the goodness of this beer. I’d just like to see more of a full feeling. More smooth and creamy. jkwalking05 (4740) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2012
Back with a decent tan head. Aroma is of coffee, oak, leather, light smoke. Taste is of coffee, espresso, oak, vanilla, and booze. travita (5006) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2012
The look is reddish brown in color, tan head, and dark. The taste is heavy coffee, alcohol, chocolate, malts, and barrell. The taste is roasty, coffee, chocolate, sweet, burnt, and wood. corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2012
Pours pitch black with a one finger mocha head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.
Deeply roasted dark malt aroma with a strong coffee presence and well integrated barrel character. Subtle bourbon and vanilla with some toasted oak that nicely compliments the dark malt notes. Lots of robust coffee along with hints of dark chocolate, toast, toffee and oatmeal.
Slightly chewy medium body with a good balance of roasted coffee, bourbon, oak and dark malt. The barrel character is well integrated into the beer without becoming a one dimensional bourbon bomb. Decent amount of sweet bourbon flavor without much heat as well as some vanilla and dry, toasted oak that meshes very well with the coffee flavor. Deep and roasted without ever approaching acrid/burnt or harsh. There’s also a good amount of sweetness countering the coffee flavor. Hints of lactic sugar, dark chocolate, caramel and oatmeal. Just a touch of bitterness mid palate but overall this beer is really well balanced and easy to drink. Could use a bit more bourbon but still pretty impressive.