Countbeer (4302) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, - AUG 26, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle: I think I have to thank Soren for this one (has already been two years ago...)
So thank you Soren! 2009 Vintage (When Goose Island was still Goose Island!)
Well this poured a really darkened black beer (almost that motoroil blackness again, but still at some points also that darkened ruby shine). A very small thick brown head, which unfortunately disappears fairly quick and after some seconds the look is a simple headless but black colored beer.
The smell is sublime, one of those imperial stouts which the barrel aging really caused a positive effect to which your nostrels are flathered, a smile is put on your face and even some shivers rise on your arms and back.
I am a fan of Bourbon Barrel aging, well if it is done correctly (never had any that was r
(really) bad), but this one is done very well!
The aroma is nicely balanced, with a nice mix between spicy, bitter, sweet: there are vanilla tones with some buttery undertones, there are hints of some spicy wood with brown sugars and sweet flower (lightly floral and hop) in the far distance, nice roasted ingredients like roasted barley malts and roasted herbs, some light bitterness but mostly it’s the gentle whiskey tones like wood, vanilla and spices. All the following are just hints in the aroma; mocha and flower (dough), tar and darkened molassess, syrup, slightest hint of something sour.
The flavours are a fine, pretty smooth soft yet spiced mix (but maybe a bit too much alcohol) of vanilla, wood, roasted malts, liquorice, sweet vanilla liquorice, full bitter, very peppery, roasted creamy viscous barleys, toffee, salty liquorice, some coffee/espresso/molasses mix, mocha/ caramel, toasted leaves, some dried liquored fruits (raisin, plums, prunes), some tar, wood roast and dark chocolate. Delicious!
After a while the liquorice comes very well through (together with the firm warm bitterness).
The aftertaste is warm with a firm malty backbone, roasted spices/herbs, bitter, light caramel, mocha, chocolate, different kinds of liquorice, viscous and well balanced But unfortunately a pretty short aftertaste.
Low carbo, soft creamy light spicy mouthfeel, full body and a lovely oily viscous sticky texture.
Ok, you can drink it right when the bottle is opened and you can drink it after you let this breath for a while both are sublimely balanced and outspoken but you taste the difference.
I am happy I got a bomber, small bottle (355..) would not be enough, lol.
Guess the only things that withold me of giving this a 4.9 (a 5 can’t be given in my optique) are the strong alcohol notes, that there is no head (it’s not bad if a beer has no head, but the (dark) brown head from the beginning should be a bit bigger and disappearing slower and not leave a headless beer after some seconds) and the aftertaste which seem to loose some of the awesomeness which is in the taste itself and is missed in the aftertaste. That said: it’s a wunderschönes biere!
Madsen1635 (202) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 12, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black pour with no significant head. Wild beer. Aroma has coffee toffee and malt. Fresh taste with complexity.
puboflyons (2048) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 7, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
From the 12 fl. oz 2013 batch bottle. The pour is jet black and completely blocks any light from getting through. The aroma is mostly of chocolate malts but the bourbon liquor really cuts to the quick and rips through my nose. Dark fruit and yeast. The body is as full as it can be and chewy like gum. The bourbon on the nose is not as powerful in the taste but that hard liquor bite really can’t be avoided along with the sweet chocolate and long bitter finale. Everyone loves this one and I can’t argue with them and it probably gets my highest rating in the seven years I’ve been on Rate Beer. If the booze was mellower I’d give it 5 out of 5.
rouhlas (73) - GREECE - JUL 4, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
355 ml bottle, 2009 vintage, at home. Black color with small beige-brown head. Aroma is bourbon, wood, roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, raisins and alcohol. Taste begins sweet, it becomes bitter and it is almost like the aroma with flavors of bourbon, chocolate and vanilla. Full body with creamy feel, soft carbonation and bitter alcoholic finish. Very good! The first BCBS that I tried was 2008 vintage at Mikkeller bar (Viktoriagade) 1 hour after I had woken up and before going to Sparta Hallen for the second day of CBC 2012. That was perfect! The best BCBS I ’ve had so far. I tried vintage 2012 just after it was released and the bourbon and alcohol was too much! So I think that this beer becomes much better after some years!
bursprak (410) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
355 ml bottle @ home. Pours a pitch black, thick oily like fluid with a minimal head. Nose has licorice, dark chocolate and some vanilla. Taste is boozy bourbon heavy at first but balances out as it warms up. Some light tartness with the bitter chocolate and vanilla.
SimonTja (221) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 27, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
"Aquired in 2009, barrel aged since then and then released in 18 cl bottles at the Monks bars in Stockholm in 2014."
Deep bourbon aroma, smells right when poured all over the place, smell of the empty bottle is just pure bourbon. Aroma is vanilla, chocolate, loads of it, vanilla, oak and oak and oak. It’s very very flavoursome, but the booze and bourbon overtakes it a bit too much. The beer quality and the roastiness is close to gone, and only malt resembleness that is left is the chocolate malt, nevertheless, this is a great drink and very special and is indeed world class, but different, and even if it was like I wanted or expect it to be it might not be better.
lricketts (8) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 27, 2014 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured into 10 oz snifter from tap.
Appearance: Black body, tan head.
Aroma: Roasted malt, dark chocolate, slight hint of vanilla.
Taste: Big chocolate flavor on the front, roasted malt, subtle bourbon flavor, slight malt bitterness on finish.
Palate: Medium body with a creamy consistency. Very smooth.
Overall: Such a balanced imperial stout with regards to the big chocolate flavor and the very light bitterness on the back end. It truly is a dessert in a glass. Serves as such a strong starting point for all of the variants in the series.
tderoeck (4371) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUN 25, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
5/IV/14 - 12Fl. Oz. bottle @ home - BB: n/a, 2012 vintage (2014-341) Thanks to Filip for sharing this one!
Note: apparently I forgot to enter this review, weird. Thanks to PriorL for pointing this out by bringing another bottle of this to share at my place! :-)
Dark brown to black beer, almost no head. Aroma: some caramel, mocha, lots of cocoa powder, chocolate, quite some vanilla on warming up. MF: ok carbon, full body. Taste: caramel, dark chocolate, sugary, some alcohol, bit of mocha. Aftertaste: caramel, lots of chocolate, sweet, some vanilla, mocha, fruity touch, cherries and dark fruits, little bitter, more chocolate. Very decent stuff!
wolfcarnival (45) - Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC - JUN 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Drunk 22/06/14 with cam. honored to share this. pours sticky and black, golden ruby around the edges, almost no head. smell is great. sweet with a cut of alcohol. taste surprised me. perfect balance of woody vanilla, treacle, cream, with walnuts and slight roasty bitterness. i dislike the charred flavour imps can have but this was smooth and creamy and warming. thick and chewy, it stuck to the sides of the glass until the last drop. totally delicious
CelticJohnny (73) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 16, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Enjoyed on 6/15/14 @ The Farnsworth House in Bordentown, NJ. Served in official Goose Island half pint glass. Looks amazing in the glass. Black with a nice khaki head. Smells of bourbon, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, maple, and brown sugar! The taste starts off with smokey bourbon, along with slight bitter coffee, and then a sweet vanilla, maple backnote. Syrupy texture and on the heavy side. I'm surprised for a craft brewery owned by In-Bev could create such an awesome beer! This is why I gave it a 5/5!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
trippytbta (9) - California, USA - JUN 15, 2014 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap into Bourbon County Tulip Glass
A - Black motor oil, no real head after pouring, maybe a slight brown
S - Vanilla and booze
T- starts with heavy bourbon and vanilla. Comes in with chocolate and coffee. Oak, Maple, and Vanilla really bring it together.
M - Very thick. The booze and the chocolate last for a while after sip.
Overall - Very heavy and complex. Perfect. Favorite BA RIS so far. Thank you GOOSE ISLAND!