deekyn (1364) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 15, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2014 A - pours deep opaque mahogany brown with almost no head. Small ring of bubbles on the edge. S - the amazing aromas of a BCS! Bourbon, vanilla, coffee, chocolate, graham crackers, marshmallow. A smorgasbord of aromas all wrapped up in the bourbon. M - nice rich palate full bodied brew. Bitter coffee and dry on the palate, that lazily transitions to the nice long malty bourbony end. T - burned malts, molasses, brown sugar up front. Nice drier bitter espresso and toasted caramel on the palate. The end is a long brown sugar, candied sugar, toasted caramel, molasses, graham crackers, marshmallows. Fantastic brew. Complex and rich, subtle and perfectly balanced. 8
Ontbeertaster (2348) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 9, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours dark black. Tan head. Aroma is mostly bourbon. A bit of coffee. The flavour is very smooth. A solid bourbon flavour. The coffee is some what faint. Overall very enjoyable stuff
bluedevil (2) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 3, 2012 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2011 bottle. Pour is thick and jet black with a tan head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is amazing, coffee, chocolate, bourbon, a lot going on. Taste is much of the same, although the coffee is not as prominent as the nose. The mouthfeel of this beer is downright amazing, very thick, rich, and smooth with little carbonation. BCBS is an amazing beer on its own and the coffee addition really takes it up a notch. This is a world class stout.
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 1, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
In short: A cloying vanilla coated malt orgy with a cup of black coffee. Acceptable sipper
How: Bottle 22oz. Tasted that one when fresher, this rating for a bottle approximately 16 months of age, split 4-way.
The look: Black body topped by a small tan ring of foam
In long: Nose has obviously lots of coffee but instead of the nice roasted coffee beans I was expecting, the smell was more like smelling a freshly used wet coffee filter. Also some alcohol fumes and overall roasted malts sweetness. This beer smells big and dirty. In mouth the coffee takes the backseat with the thick heavy maltiness stealing the spotlight. Heavy caramel, lots of vanilla, uber-rich chocolate cake, dirty wood. There is obviously coffee flavors but again it is more like a cup of black coffee than roasted coffee beans. Not enough roastiness to dry out the beer and overall it felt very sticky. All that being said this is not a bad beer at all but the drinkability is very low, Iíd probably grow tired of it before I finish a bomber. I remember liking it more the first time, oh wellÖ Iím not surprised to see the incredibly high ratings on this beer. there are only two absolute certainties about the future of America: big black boozy sweet American beers will continue getting good ratings on ratebeer, and Will Smith will have the lead role in the eventual Barack Obama biopic.
mcberko (9204) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 27, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 30, 2014 22 oz. bottle, pours black with a very quickly dissipating light brown head. Nose is very deep with a wide array of qualities, featuring coffee upfront, bourbon, vanilla, molasses, and treacle toffee / fudge - orgasmic. Flavour is a sublime mix of bourbon, coffee, chocolate, and caramel fudge. Finishes with vanilla, chocolate and very mild booze (though well-hidden). Low carbonation. Body is viscous, sticky, velvety and super smooth. Simply one of the best imperial stouts out there.
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 24, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Originally reviewed: 12/9/10. Bottled in March 2010.
22oz bottle, shared with my wife. Poured my allotment into a snifter. Pours out gluggingly, a pure evil-black. A thin tan head rests atop, then disappears quickly. Big espresso notes in the nose. Also notes of vanilla, bourbon, oak, and mild fruit tones. Aromatic bounty.
Pure silk as this one is sipped. Thick coating of the palate. Warming all the way to the finish. The coffee isnít as pronounced as I would like in flavor, but as Iíve read, this may have faded over the last 8 months?? Too bad. Still some hints of it, but not as bold. Lots of creamy milk chocolate, huge roasted notes. Some oak and vanilla tannins. The bourbon is also tamed a bit, which is fine by me. The original of this is too boozy for me, but this one comes across more balanced. I really enjoyed this one. Glad I have another to sit on for awhile. Interested to see how this one develops.
burg326 (4514) - Florida, USA - APR 23, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle that poured a dark black, with little carbonation. Aromas of malt, coffee, bourbon, and mor coffee. Flavors were coffee, and bourbon. The bourbon was not overpowering, but as it warmed, it did get more noticeable. Really great beer and a great way to start the morning.
ryanfolty (2050) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - APR 22, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2014 Date: April 22, 2012 Mode: Bottle Source: Happy Gnome Description: Pour was opaque black with almost no head and no lacing. Aroma was coffee, delicious bourbon and maybe some chocolate. Taste was a high end coffee, bourbon of course, wood and some chocolaty sweetness to balance the coffee out a bit. Thick and smooth with the uncanny ability of all BCS versions to finish so clean. Another great GI brew and big thanks to Jeff for giving me the heads up that this was available! Bottled 1.11.12 1422.
Had the 2013 and 2014 vintages, so bumped this up to a 4.7.
Bacterial (2163) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - APR 18, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Coffee and bourbon in the nose, pour is jet black, like my soul. Almost no head. Coats your mouth in chocolate malt coffee bourbon goodness. The coffee offsets the sweetness of the beer really well, thought not overly caffeinated. Well, probably plenty caffeinated, but it doesn't have a massive coffee taste. Subtle is good in overthrowing governments and in beers brewed with coffee.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Boliv (1150) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2011/2012 bomber, bottled 1.11.12, enjoyed for rating #1000. Pours thick and brown, nearly opaque, with a gradient of reddishness along the edges. Itís topped with a fizzy, short-lived dark brown head that recedes to nothingness. This beer has really nice legs on it. Aromas of sweet bourbon, toasted oak and ash, and vanilla. This moves to strong espresso liqueur and fresh-ground coffee, with heaps of cocoa. The flavor is a flood of espresso and mocha, with rich coffee and tons of fresh cream. Bourbon, oak, and vanilla are abundant. Chocolate-covered espresso beans, custard, coffee, and bourbon dominate the finish, with a toast and jelly aftertaste. Thick and silky, creamy, and warming; verging on sticky. This is damn good, and a real treat. A special thanks to all who helped me reach this milestone; to date, 7 of my 10 top-rated beers have been acquired through trades. Cheers!