mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - MAR 5, 2014
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
You know how you love your Grandpa and he loves you. It is warm and inviting, sweet, special something you canít just get anywhere. No dirty butt here! Maybe a little prune though?
bnokk (390) - Lee, Massachusetts, USA - APR 26, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2014 in 2016 - APPEARANCE-
Super dark amber color. No head of carbonation.
NOSE- originally smelled a bit sweet barleywine, but the longer itís open, it smells hotter and hotter.
FLAVOR- barleywine with Bourbon overtones.
ACHops (1221) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 12, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap @ Beer Junction. Pours dark almost opaque mahogany with medium dark cream colored head that fades to a thin oily rim. Aroma is big sweet boozy toasted dark caramel malt, oak, molasses, soy sauce, bourbon, port. Taste is largely similar; vanilla, raisin, and dark fruit notes are more prominent here. Fairly thin mouthfeel, though it does open up into richness as it warms. I found this less boozy than regular BCBS. Great sipper.
drdisque (728) - Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Fatpour Chicago (2015 variant I believe). Pours cloudy muddy ruddy brown. Flavor is slightly smoky and dry with some vanilla bourbon flavors. More dry and pronounced than most bourbon beers Iíve had. Good, had high expectations and it was about what I expected.
dukeandduke (218) - Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
3/4/16 Chicago (Goose Island Tap Room $7 6 oz draft pour into snifter). Thin pitch black pour, thin tan lacing. Bourbon, wine, malt, oak aroma. Sweet taste, wine, bourbon, molasses, cherry. Very smooth texture, extremely easy going down. Excellent offering - Keep them coming Goose Island!!!
thepatrickman (530) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 8, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2015 on draft at Thirty Moose, Portsmouth, NH. Big and boozy, it doesnít really make any attempt at subtlety. But who needs restraint and balance when the end product has so many amplified flavors? The base barleywine is big -- tons of dark fruits and candy with a lot of malty sugar -- and the barrels have that characteristic Bourbon County flavor of oak, bourbon, and vanilla. Sure itís overpowering, but thereís something delicious about how decadent this is.
Gerbeer (2806) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 27, 2016
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap. 2015 vintage. Pours a dark brown with almost no head. Aromas of dark woody fruit, leather, roasted malts and dark sugars. Flavors follow same with depth and complexity. Still hot, but wow would like to select this in a couple of years.
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2015 bottle poured into a snifter.
3.0 A: Deep deep amber color that looks black unless held to a light. A short fizzy head formed with an aggressive pour and vanished almost immediately leaving no lacing.
4.75 S: Like BCS, the nose is overflowing with bourbon. Leather, brown sugar, molasses, and light smoke. Oak and vanilla. The base offers a thick goopy caramel and toffee backbone. Next comes a bevy of fruits including raisin, fig, date, sugar plums, and black currants (and then more black currants). Despite the strong bourbon, the booze is well hidden. Complex and powerful, everything I want in a Bourbon County beer.
4.5 T: So many potent flavors. Molasses comes out even stronger than the bourbon with black currants and dates almost as powerful. Then caramel, leather, raisin, figs, prunes/plums, toffee, chocolate, and brown sugar. Woodiness, smoke, and vanilla follow. Itís sticky sweet, perhaps too much so.
4.25 M: Heavy, viscous body. Quite sticky and almost chewy. Moderate carbonation level. Sticky finish with some warming booziness.
4.5 D: Itís insanely complex and powerful, but I feel that itís much stickier than BCS and because of that itís less drinkable. Still, itís a wonderful beer!
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ByTheirLimpin (230) - New York, USA - FEB 21, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle to snifter. Black coffee intense dark. Fine ring of head clinging. Nose is complex, black cherry, syrup, raisin. First sip explodes on the tongue. Intense molasses sweetness, charred grain, a quick toffee leads to a lasting warm dry finish.
luttonm (3966) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 13, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle in Seattle. Thanks Trev. Heavy, still, rich red-brown, small ring foam. Intense aroma of sweet, reduced syrup. Body is huge syrup rich, some soy, umami, cloying but fruitiness is countered by the great Bourbon County style barreling. tasty, but a bit hard to place.
riversideAK (6010) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 11, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Darker fruit and sweeter toffees and caramels initially, decent amount of bourbon - vanilla oak and some faint roasty notes from the previous beer. Auburn pour, thin fizzy head. Flavors are very similar to the aroma, pretty sweet and hot. Body fizzles out and becomes somewhat flabby and thin.