wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 15, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Notes from a 6 oz pour at a tasting with jcr. Yes, black pour. Thick brown sticky that lends black oil leaking down through the dense bubbles. Nose is intense and complex - cherries, sweet pleasant vanilla, mellow bourbon, caramel complexities, oaky, raisins, dried dates, and pleasant rich bourbon. Flavor lends smooth bourbon, cherries, vanilla, mellow bourbons. Smooth, rich, and oily. Viscous. Wonderful. We had this with the 2009 regular and 2010 Vanilla and Rare was a huge standout.
BrewDad (4996) - Olympia, Washington, USA - SEP 4, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beer Bloggers Conference - San Diego - Super beer. Great Bourbon flavor perfect finish this was a near perfect beer.
ZacM612 (136) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - AUG 8, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown, almost black, almost looks like used motor oil. Minimal tan head. Chocolate and alcohol aroma. Strong alcohol presence with an infusion of bourbon flavor.
BelgianBeerGal (3190) - Panama City, Florida, USA - AUG 8, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle #4909 traded and drank in PCB. Pours like motor oil and has a big brown head that lasts forever. Huge aroma of bourbon, molasses and sweet grain. Wow, huge flavor of bourbon, a sweetness like roasted marshmallows and a hint of coffee and espresso. Way too smooth at 13 ABV. Very well made.
artmcd8 (1607) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 7, 2014
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2014 Bottle 4358 in a trade from mwbrady12. Drank in celebration of PM promotion. Pours a dark brown that is near black and oil like in consistency. Medium brown foam head. Aromas of alcohol, big vanilla, maple, light cocoa, some nuttiness. Taste still has some heat after all these years. Sweetness and heat but very well incorporated. Thick and oily. Carbonation is still there too. Delicious treat.
As a side note: the bourbon I am tasting in this beer is as old as
I am. That is awesome.
vtafro (3423) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 2, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at goulét brewery bus tour and a bottle a while ago. Black pour with tan head. Sweet dark malts. Dark chocolate, sweet, roasted and a hint of alcohol.
Sparky (2243) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 31, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Sampled at 2011 RBWG. This was the end cap of a full FiftyFifty Eclipse Vertical. This and the PVW stole the show. Pours near black with a thin tan head. The nose is bourbon, oaky vanilla, burnt malt, ashy cocoa. The taste is oak, molasses, bourbon, chocolate and roasty coffee beans. Medium creamy mouthfeel. Very good.
RobertDale (3452) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUL 20, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle share. Thanks Dustin! Pours black with a small reddish tan head. Big aroma of bourbon, chocolate, malt, and vanilla. Taste is bourbon, chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, caramel, and barrel. Glad to have tried this delicious BCBS version.
biggsbowler (289) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2014
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - Pours very dark black w/ a brown head. Lots and lots of bourbon, oak, vanilla, and chocolate in the nose. The taste is very boozy but smooth. Rich bourbon and chocolate taste. Bourbon and Beer = Peanut Butter and Chocolate!!!
vyvvy (3978) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUN 27, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at a STL tasting - Pours dark brown with a burnt orange head. The aroma has cocoa, barrel, bourbon, roast, oak and vanilla. It has a full rich body with soft carbonation. The flavor begins with cocoa, bourbon, vanilla, smooth roast, raw barrel notes that are grainy and oaky. The finish has warm alcohol, raisins, roast and bourbon. Great imperial stout.
lricketts (10) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 27, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle #6554, 4 oz pour into tulip tasting glass.
Appearance: Black with a light dark brown foam. Foam dissipated rather quickly after pour.
Aroma: Tons of chocolate on the nose followed by powerful scent of bourbon.
Taste: What I picked up on the nose gets amplified on the palate. Starts with big chocolate and then the rich bourbon flavor starts to build and come into its own. This is such an excellent fusion of flavor.
Palate: Medium body. Beer leaves its mark on your palate and the flavors persist long after a sip.
Overall: This was one of the finest imp. stouts I have ever had. I wish I had a more sophisticated bourbon palate to better detect the intricacies of the barrel aging. Regardless, this was like eating a box of chocolates, all of which were filled with pappy!