Niko100 (2067) - Illinois, USA - SEP 24, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rich black color; Heavy creamy body; Aroma of smoky malt, oak, vanilla, bourbon, & licorice; Flavor of roasted sweet malt, caramel, molasses/syrup, dark fruit (notably plums & prunes), raisons, and chocolate; Warm finish; Very nicely balanced & quite complex; Wow - this stuff is awesome!
dpgjrnhcraftbrew (5) - New Hampshire, USA - DEC 27, 2014 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Iím fortunate to have found this elusive brew at my local beer store. Real high expectations so the anticipation was evident. Poured aggressively but no head and only a slight few bubbles of carbonation made it to the surface. Black as night and thick like molasses. The aroma had subtle hints of vanilla, licorice, phenol, wood, and of course bourbon. Taste was sweet, big and bold like the smell with maybe even raisins mixed about. Thick, creamy, and coated the palate beautifully. I must say I had my doubts since Iíve been let down before; but BCBS did not disappoint! I loved the experience and since itís a rather big beer it is a delightful sipping stout. Goose Island hit this aged brew right out of the park, awesome!
hfmejias (825) - Dover, Delaware, USA - DEC 27, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 Fl. Oz. Bottle. Poured black, small brown head. Lots of bourbon on the nose combined with roasted malts wood and some caramel. Taste of bourbon (again), a bit of coffee and some malts. Awesome beer, extremely enjoyable.
snoworsummer (2501) - 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 (225) - 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. Itís 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
Itís 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, letís 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 itís 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.