marcus (6493) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 12, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Ron at Capitol Beer. Pours near black with a short tan head and a heavy treacle aroma. There is a rich dark molasses flavor with a hint of sweet berries. This is a very tasty brew.
jkwood04 (3943) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 12, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle in a snifter. Pours black with a lacy, tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, whiskey, berries, chocolate and coffee, and light dough. Flavor the same with a nice blend of the berries, whiskey, and this stout. Thick texture. A good beer but the berries are a little weird.
drsordr (1057) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft to taster at FoBAB 2013, pours opaque black. Nose bourbon and slight spice. Taste, some sweet followed by berry. Then bourbon. Light on the mouth. Slight Bitter finish with a hint of berry.
jbruner (2315) - Athens, Georgia, USA - DEC 8, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an opaque black from the bottle with thin ring of tan brown head that leaves very light lace. Aroma is mixed berry jam over a dark chocolate barrel stout, hint of booze. Taste is a awesome berry flavor with a sweet big stout. Thick sticky mouth, bit of a burn on the way down, minimal carbonation. Amazing, definitely well done.
beechner224 (669) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours pitch black, minimal head. Aroma is complex. Mix of bourbon, vanilla, berries, overall sweetness. Taste is sweet up front, lots of berries. It mellows out the normal bourbon flavor, with hint of some chocolate. Nice different take on the bourbon county. Very nice.
drfabulous (3989) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 7, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 ounce bottle from Unlimited. Pours pitch black. Tan head quickly vanishes. Bourbon county taste with big berry taste. That bourbon/whiskey nose is offset by lots of berries. Very tasty.
AirForceHops (3174) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 5, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at G.I. Clybourn, Black Friday tasting event. Not much head sitting on the opaque black liquid. Nose is really a blackberry/ raspberry hybrid berry. Because it really isnít one or the other, it must be that special mulberry they use. To give it this different berry note. It almost has a berry jam aroma. After all the berries you can smell the sweet bourbon and stout notes. Light tannic barrel notes.
The flavor is the berry jam I get from the aroma with the classic BCS flavors. Vanilla oak, rich roasted malts, dark chocolate, roasted barley. Finishes on notes of vanilla and toasted oak. Its alcohol is there and will make itself known but doesnít distract from the stout. Nice light warming after the sip. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and lower appropriate carbonation. Truly magnificent and Iím glad I have two bombers hidden in my cellar.
CanIHave4Beers (3260) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - DEC 3, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours basically black with a small right of head around the edge of the glass that sort of sticks around there leaving lace that sort of gets pulled back down by the syrupy sheeting... kinda neate to watch...
The aroma is raspberry jam, some bourbony booziness, some vanilla, framboise liqueur... vanilla... some dark chocoalte. Cool
The flavor is more of that Chambord style liqueur with some seedy berry character. Itís pretty sweet and rich, a bit boozy with a nice roastiness that provides enough bitterness to pull off the flavor for me. Itís got some dark chocolate & plenty of bourbon. The berries are the focus here though, which I think is really enjoyable. I dig raspberries.... geeze.
Dang, I thought this brew drank pretty good.
AdamJackson (2599) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 2, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 Release, tried a few ounces at Goose Island and brought two bottles home with me.
A - Just like all of the other BCS Variants, pitch black, thick and oily.
S - Smells like sweet fruited candies. Loads of fruit on the nose but the dominant scent is blackberries with a hint of raspberry. It has a red velvet sort of nose with chocolate and sweet sugary fluff.
T - More blackberry heaven in taste. Pretty acidic like on the verge of being too much. Oreo cookies and fruit by the foot. Has a biting sweetness while being very fruity. Plum and cedar chips as well but I could be confusing the Rye taste profile with cedar.
M - Thinner than BCS but still has a sticky mouth feel.
O - Thank god this doesnít have the medicinal / cough medicine taste of Bramble Rye. Itís a different animal like a juicy fruit filled Imperial stout with rye bite and wood chips. Just awesome.
madvike (2729) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 2, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle - Pours deep black with purple highlights. Nose isnít pungent--you really have to get in there and smell to get the berry and sweet malt. Taste is muted--sweet BCS base, with a berry blend and a bit of spiciness. Nothing seems to be smooth and integrated--everything is kind of on its own. Thick and slick in the mouth. Not my favorite.