In 2011, bonnaroo BUZZ made the jump from scoop shop only to a pint container. In 2012, at the end of the bonnaroo music & arts festival, this flavor became Coffee Caramel Buzz.
Look, I'm not going to lie to you and act like I had some delusion that I would love this flavor. At best, I hoped to not hate it because I just don't like coffee ice creams. The good news is that this flavor does not taste like coffee....
If I'd have to describe the flavor, I'd say it reminds me of licking the wet bark of a maple tree. Ok, that's not a very nice thing to say, but there is a very powerful flavor overriding everything. Not sure if it's the whiskey, or some whiskey malty coffee combo, but it's unpleasant. I tried focusing on the toffee and caramel but it just wasn't working. To be honest, I don't even want to go back for a second scoop.
So, as I expected, this flavor is meant for a select few. I suspect that many of you will try it once since it is Ben & Jerry's, but man, I don't expect this one to go far.... but what do I know, this flavor survived a year in the scoop shops, so someone is buying it!
Am I being too critical? let me know!
On Second Scoop: Commenters mentioned it is the whiskey that is adding that woodsy taste to the whole thing. I tried some more but then decided to rescue any toffee pieces I could find and then throw the rest in the trash. Sorry, this one's just not for me.
For a completely opposite opinion, check out Gigi's review of bonaroo buzz.