Countbeer (5958) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, - 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!
Mesjasz (855) - Lodz, POLAND - JUN 26, 2016
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma of pralines, cherry, vanilla, roasty, coffee. Taste is sweet, light bitter at end. Flavor of chocolate, bourbon, Barrel, vanilla, chocolate cake, pralines. Full body, oily and velvet texture.
andrei79 (25) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 19, 2016
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2015 bottle. Could easily pass for chocolate liquor. Tried it out because of the hype, I find it too sweet. While it feels smooth and oily with a warm aftertaste, there’s not a lot of room left for other details because of the sweetness. Wouldn’t recommend.
Calh42 (1) - Iowa, USA - JUN 18, 2016 does not count
1.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
This is over rated, over hyped, and way over priced. I cannot understand the huuuuuge following. I read/skimmed a thousand ratings of this and only found a few that made sense to me. Looks great. Ink black. Poured into a tulip with no head at all. Smelled musty. Taste was overly sweet and I wondered if it was attempting to be a sour gone bad. Compared it to Brer Rabbitt molasses and that wasn’t it. Compared it to Sorghum and it was spot on except BCBS is much darker. Felt oily and syrupy. Looked for the strong bourbon flavor and alcohol that are mentioned in so many reviews, but don’t find it. I like a good bourbon and this shows none of it. Lingering medicinal taste on the tongue. I’ll never recommend this to anyone and I’ll never purchase it again. Unfortunately I got caught up in the hype and have two more large bottles. Guess I’ll need to "share" them with our beer club or give them away.
willisread (2173) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUN 9, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2014 bottle shared. Thanks Gregg! Pours a jet black with a tiny ring of tan head that lingers for a little bit. Molasses, cacao nibs, vanilla, toasted caramel and bourbon notes dominate the nose. Light tobacco and soy sauce are in the background but fairly well-balanced and leans to the sweet side. Average carbonation and a chocolately finish with some warming bourbon notes. Fairly creamy on the palate as well with the vanilla notes shining. World class for sure.
euniceradio (397) - Worthington, Minnesota, USA - MAY 29, 2016
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap to mini snifter. Pours black, brown ring head. Aroma of chocolate, barrel oak, creme brulee, bourbon. The barrel flavor is huge but smooth and balanced.
Hugetaste42 (18) - - MAY 27, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Awesome stout. Tried multiple times. Barrel flavor is huge, a bit boozy and hot, dark chocolate, roasted malt, and everything good is in this bottle. 2009 vintage bottle was the best I’ve tried, and that bottle probably deserved a solid 4.7. But in average, I say 4.3
emusche (163) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 21, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2016 Pours cola black with thin head. Aromas of vanilla bean, cacao, caramel, and bourbon; this is truly incredible. Taste is nearly identical to nose, but so smooth and creamy that it shouldn’t be possible. Vanilla, caramel, slightly smoky, the barrel-flavor present but not overbearing. Worth waiting for, and worth the price if you can find it.
kajser27 (1195) - Zagreb, CROATIA - MAY 16, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy, dark brown to black, thick and syrupy, flat, small to no head. Aroma is of brown sugar, molasses, caramel, some chocolate, roasted malt, strong vanilla and bourbon barrel, light alcohol. Taste is very sweet brown sugar, molasses, caramel and some chocolate, strong vanilla and bourbon, oak, roasted malt, medium roasty bitterness, some alcohol but mostly very well hidden, some warmth in the finish, long lasting aftertaste. Full bodied, flat, thick and bit sticky.
(bottle from the brewery from a colleague who did some commissioning there)
N3lson1 (904) - Long Valley, New Jersey, USA - MAY 15, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Drank from a sample glass, shared amongst friends. Pours black, zero head. Amazing aromas of chocolate and caramel. Nice flavor, a bit of a burn from the bourbon but nothing extreme. Well done!
ShivanDragon (3109) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15, 2016
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
#3000, Bier ter ere van de geboorte van mijn kleindochter Sophia; Ze verkondigde zich gistermiddag tijdens UBF’16 al aan, en vandaag dan geboren, in blakende gezondheid een kleindochter...
en hoe mooi dat het dan ook samenvalt met nummer 3000 op Ratebeer...
nu moet ik zeggen dat ik dit bier al enige tijd geleden al had gereserveerd.... maar dat het voor mij ondanks de speciale gelegenheid ook aan alle verwachtingen heeft voldaan en/of zelfs heeft overtroffen.
Nog even dank aan de ratebeer clan van gistermiddag, anders was dit unieke moment niet mogelijk geweest, dus dank voor de top dag gisteren !
ok dan nu het bier: BCS 2015 variant, schenkt stroperig dik zwart met kaki kraag. Aroma van donkere chocolade, koffie, mout, geroosterd, en een heerlijke Bourbon.
Smaken zijn behoorlijk aan de dikke kant, romig mondgevoel, enorm veel donkere chocolade, behoorlijk zoet, enorm plakkerig, super zachte en gebalanceerde Bourbon, gebrande mouten, koffie, molasse, vanille, hout, zeer lichte bitterheid die in de afdronk erg zacht blijft mede dankzij de bourbon, volle body, zachte co2, smooth... werkelijk een fantastisch bier... zonder de speciale gelegenheid een 4.8 of zo... maar vandaag gewoon de maximale score !!!