fidemaster (251) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2013
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
My mom surprised me with this beer. (Great job Mom). It has a pleasant aroma much like the original. I did not detect the cherries in the aroma. It had a beautiful color. It has a wonderful complex flavor of well aged bourbon, with a slight sour cherry finish. It has a strong coffee finish. It is great, maybe not my favorite variant, but its great.
ryecatcher (539) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Saved this one for Valentine’s Day after standing in the cold on Black Friday outside Binny’s South Loop waiting in line... and of the 4 different releases I managed to acquire that day (2 of which were BCS variations) this is easily the best of the bunch. Poured into my Delirium pink elephants snifter it’s a deep brownish-black ’stouty’ hue, medium mocha colored head, which dissipated kinda quick, okay lacing. Nose is (in order) bourbon, cherries, roast. Mouth is (and I almost never use this word) delightful, with bourbon mingled with sour cherries, semi-sweet chocolate morsels, coffee, vanilla, and a lingering bitter coffee-like finish. Slight warmth at the tail end, but otherwise the 13.9% ABV is very nicely hidden behind a rich and complex palate. Longest 3 months I’ve ever waited to drink something in my beer-drinking life. ;-) Easily makes my All-Time Top 5. Happy Valentine’s Day indeed!
Niko100 (1663) - Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rich dark brown/black color; Heavy creamy body; Aroma of smoky malt, oak, vanilla, dark fruit, & licorice; Flavor of roasted sweet malt, caramel, molasses/syrup, rich dark fruit (notably cherries), chocolate, and some vanilla; Warm finish; Nicely balanced & complex; Overall, quite good - probably even better with some more age.
jredmond (4567) - Manhattan, New York, USA - FEB 10, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of Vi on Chinese New Year 2013. Pours a pitch black body with thin brown lacing. Aroma is rich dark cherries, chocolate and very light roasted malt. Mouthfeel is strong with notes of rich fudge, black cherries, light wood, bourbon and lots of heat. The cherry flavor was incredibly rich and well done, but the beer overall seemed a touch too hot. Would love to try one of these with a bit more age, but still a great stout with wonderful cherry flavor.
peteinSD (1174) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 9, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Tim - thanks! Oily black pour with a dark froth of tan foam. Aroma is heavy with cherry and chocolate complimented by whiskey, spiced alcohol, light oak, vanilla, and roast. Taste is heavy with the cherry but it’s very well integrated into the heavy chocolate and roast of the base imperial stout with the rye whiskey adding yet another layer of complexity. Smooth, coating, and substantial mouthfeel. As with Bramble, which I really enjoyed, this variant offering is a unique beer unto itself and exceptionally well done.
dogfishho (557) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - FEB 8, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours thick and opaue like every Bourbon County. I tried this immediately after drinking a bottle of the regular BCS and the aroma was almost identical. The cherries are difficult to detect on the nose, but the typical wood, caramel, vanilla, and dark chocolate are all accounted for. The cherries come through really clear in the finish and they’re extremely well balanced. The flavors are typical of a big bourbon-aged stout, but at the end there is a clean, sweet-and-sour cherry flavor that compliments the overall flavor profile really well. Yum!
boxofrane (1664) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours pitch black with no head to speak of. The aroma has big vanilla, oak, bourbon.. Not smelling the cherry. The taste is sweet and sour cherry, vanilla, bourbon, sweet chocolate, and some bitter chocolate. Solid palate but still easy to drink.
Jesterdeal (1465) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 7, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of sweet chocolate cherry cordials,. Pours black red with a nice brown film. Taste is nice and sweet. Sweet cherry up front and mellows into a vanilla cookie malt. Great undertones of chocolate. Overall, a little tart.
50belair (1718) - Florida, USA - FEB 5, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle, generously shared by my boy Seth. Clear dark brown pour with a faint chocolate head. Dark roasted malt aromas. Smooth cherry, dark roasted malts, rye whiskey, chocolate, and caramel notes. Fantastic body, great balance and carbonation. Wow, this is a real stunner. I though the buy out would kill this brewery. What an unbelievably good beer....
jlanning215 (363) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
People hate me for giving perfect score but I just cant help it with a select few beers. There isn’t anything to dislike about this beer. Rich and full. Sweet and roasted. Not as boozy as regular BCS. Pours dark with the slightest hue of ruby in there when held thin against a light. jammy sweet almost yet not overbearing. Cherry with just the right amount of bourbon notes. Love it.