ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 4, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2010 FIRST RATING! 22oz bomber, fresh from the brewery, dated 9/2/2010. pours a silky, thick black with a full, two-finger, dark beige head with hints of red around the edges leaving beautiful lacing. aroma is utterly fantastic with big, woody, bourbon notes at the outset that settle beautifully into the background of huge roasted coffee, dark chocolate cake, vanilla, and light coconut with subtle touches of dark fruit and toffee. flavor is spectacular, and i’m a homer so it’s perfect, with an absolutely flawless balance of fresh, roasted coffee, espresso, and dark chocolate mocha with a light, creamy, lacto-sweetness sliding through ahead of smooth oak, vanilla, and spicy bourbon with a long, ashy malt, bitter chocolate, and roasted coffee finish. palate is sublimely full bodied, silky smooth, and damn near milkshake-esque creamy with perfect carbonation and incredible drinkability. overall, without a doubt one of the five best bourbon barrel aged stouts i’ve ever tasted. bravo, geoff.
*re-rate* aww, hell this brew is just getting better and better every time i open another bottle. perfect 5 for this VA homer! WanderinCelt87 (197) - Hamburg, New Jersey, USA - OCT 5, 2014
Pour from a bottle is a nice dark chocolate bottle with a light brown head. Aroma is a nice blend of bourbon and coffee. Taste is a little sweet with a nice bitterness at the end. Goes down smooth. wj94 (69) - Virginia, USA - OCT 8, 2010
The perfect stout? Great aroma, smooth, lots of coffee and chocolate with the wood/bourbon/vanilla taste barely perceptible, but still lurking in the background. Worth the 4.2 rating it has so far....great beer at $8/bomber. Have had many stouts 2-3x the price that weren’t nearly as good. Hope they keep brewing more like this. Time to head back to the store and clear out their supply...