Countbeer (4748) - 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!
snoworsummer (2488) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a bottle shared by jheath99. Pours very dark brown with a fizzy light brown head. Tastes like booze, strong raisin, very roasted malt, earthy, woody, tobacco, and light ash. Medium body and low carbonation. Smells like sweet roasted malt, booze, tobacco, woody, earthy, and lots of raisin.
theothermatt (224) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2014 bottle. Rich black pour. Lots of vanilla, oak, and alcohol on the nose. Quite hot, burns on the way down. Great balance at something so large. It’s well worth the hype surrounding it.
nathan30533 (688) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - DEC 25, 2014
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
It’s terribly hard to argue this is not a perfect beer... Because in a few years in a cellar it would be in 3-5 years. Let it warm and enjoy this sweet bourbon stout. This beer is as dark as oil, smelly, tasty, sweet.
TomTron (395) - Aiken, South Carolina, USA - DEC 25, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Christmas day beer 2015, let’s go. Deep black pour with a thin, tan head that hangs around. Burnt malts and bourbon assault the nose. This is damn well crafted beer. Alcohol is completely hidden and it’s smooth all the way down. Flavor has a ton of roasted malt notes and some cocoa, as well as the woodiness of the bourbon barrels coming through. Definitely something to try at least once.
Marulv (6) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - DEC 24, 2014 does not count
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
355ml bottle from 2012. Color is black as night with almost no head. Aroma is bourbon bourbon bourbon... Taste is dark chocolate, roasted, boozy, cherries.
bentbird (2) - - DEC 23, 2014 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled August 2013. 355ml, shared with friends in snifters. Very boozy, filled the room when opening. Pitch black, very little carbonation.
Toffee malts, brown sugar and big bourbon flavour and burn. slightly out of balance. Would benefit from some time in the dark. Great introduction.
Cjmccahill (5) - Indiana, USA - DEC 22, 2014 does not count
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
As advertised. Pitch black, little tan head that faded fast. So many aromas and flavors. Very surprised at the smoothness for ABV. Want to try the coffee.
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samsmith33 (402) - - DEC 21, 2014
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at blend. 5 oz sampler w 2013, 2014, and barleywine.
2013 is very bold, with boubon. 2014 is less in your face, but a little less flavor. Depending on your mood, either would be better. 2014 would usually be my choice but i recognize the greatness of the 2013.
Aroma bourbon, toasted malt.
Taste brown sugar, coffee, bourbon of course.
aleigator (283) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - DEC 19, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
’14 version, many thanks to Tom!
Pours a thick, syrupy, completely black color, with a small, soon disappearing dark brown head, leaving a very thin lacing at the edge of the glass.
Has an intriguing nose of earthy, scorched malts with hints of molasses to it, along with milk chocolate, vanilla notes and a gentle barrel infusion, providing a convincing amount of wood and slightly hot Bourbon, blending outstandingly well into the sweeter notes of the beer, building up a fantastic, complexity. A generous amount of toffee and cocoa nibs complete the inviting aromas of this beer.
Tastes of earthy, wooden, toasted malts, mingled together with an unbelievable chocolate creaminess, giving this beer its incredible smooth mouthfeel. Even though this is a sipper, it drinks fairly easy, as the alcohol isn’t hidden, but a fundamentaly, well integrated aspect. The Bourbon builds up on the palate above the malt and chocolate foundation, inviting sweeter flavors of molasses, toffee and nougat to the taste, which not only provide a well fitting depth, but also are responsible for wrapping up any alcoholic burn in a very pleasant way, providing a rich, complex, slightly burning Bourbon character with oaken qualities to it. These then again blend well into the malts, leading to a sweeter finish, with a subtle coffee bitterness in the end, calmed by lots of bakers chocolate, exiting with a short, sharp bourbon bite.
EyeAmBaldman (317) - Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours black with almost no dark tan head. Aroma is all bourbon. This is not my type of beer. Doesn’t really taste like beer, more like liqueur. Taste is sweet bourbon and that’s about it.