madvike (2077) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 7, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by MrPickles while waiting for GTMW tickets - So I hate regular BCS--waaaaay too bourbon-forward for me--and really wasnít excited about this one. It really surprised me, however. It pours like youíd expect--dark and black with a small tan head. Smells of bourbon, but not overpowering, unlike the regular version. The coffee is roasty and slightly bitter, with vanilla and toffee. Taste is smooth and sweet, with lots of vanilla, light coffee, and bourbon, with marshmallows, hazelnut, and amaretto. Smooth and good body, with nice carbonation. This one is a keeper, and a real nice surprise.
IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 5, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pour was near black with a strong pungent aroma of smooth coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, and light caramel. Flavors were so well blended, truly. The coffee balanced out so well with the malt while the 13% alcohol was barely noticeable. This was a sipper, but a very fine one at that. A superbly done brew. Nice job!
slitcher (262) - Freeport, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours jet black with a thin tan head. Aromas of coffee, vanilla, chocolate and bourbon. The flavor is much the same with coffee, vanilla, some chocolate, and of course bourbon, though the bourbon flavor is not as previlent as the regular BCS. Slight alcohol on the finish. An absolutely amazing stout.
hombrepalo (1623) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cracked my TOP 10! This is simply awsome. Poured like the original BCS, dark thick black with dark brown thin head. Smells like vanilla, oak, bourbon, coffee, roasted malts,and chocolate. Taste is similar to smell with a nice long lingering feeling of warmth afterwards that lasts about 10 seconds. The mouthful is velvet thick and rich just like BCS. This is the best beer Iíve had in a while.
DalzAle (1736) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - MAY 2, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from portableparty (Thanks Jeff!) Dark black pour, very little carbonation and a strong aroma of bourbon and chocolate. Flavor starts out with sweet espresso, then extremely strong bourbon, vanilla and finished a very boozy, warm and with a nice lingering bitter coffee aftertaste. People (like me) who love a good boozy imperial stout will love this. Iím going to have to search out another bottle, as I imagine this will be even better in a year or two down the road.
sunnyridge (222) - USA - MAY 1, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice black body, extremely thick. Head fades to nothing. Smells of bourbon, wood, vannilla and coffee accents. Taste is still powerful bourbon in relaion to BCS, lots of vanilla comes through. Yes there was definitely coffee, but for me the big surprise and IMO improvement was a strong chocolate flavor. Still no bitterness and the same overpowering slightly syrupy and sweet finish. But a nice job, and I like it more than the original.
thetomG (246) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2010
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Finally breaking into one of my bottles... Iíve had this on tap at Goose Islandís Stout Fest, then again last weekend at DLD...and now Iíve caved and opened up one of my bottles. Not sure what I can say that hasnít already been said - its truly THAT good... EASILY is one of the best beers Iíve ever had. Pours a lovely black with a very minimal amout of light tan head.
The aroma is overwhelmingly good with notes of chocolate, vanilla, and espresso. Flavors match up to the aroma very nicely. Iím not a fan of the regular BCS because IMO the bourbon is too strong in that one, but here - the coffee notes balance out the bourbon perfectly and make this beer INSANELY drinkable.
I really hope they make this again just so that more people have the chance to try it. OUTSTANDING.
arminjewell (4159) - Saudi Auroria, Colorado, USA - APR 30, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours deep black from bottle, with brown dissipating head. Aroma is thick bourbon, chocolate, and a nice espresso character. Taste is chocolate, bourbon, with a dark roast espresso that is subtle, finishing sweet and a bit bitter. Nice brew, wish it had more coffee, but it has so many good flavors. Delicious, creamy, and excellent. Canít wait to try after some age!
ewestern (254) - Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle split with AndyReynolds and others. Nice black beer with decent head that leaves some lacing.Someone say bourbon? Aroma, taste and palate were dominated by it. Coffee and chocolate follow up with some hints of vanilla and oak. Warms nicely and I start to get caramel and coffee flavor from it.
Benjiehorn (21) - Chicago, USA - APR 28, 2010
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thereís not much that I can say about this beer that hasnít already been said. Had it at DLD and itís absolutely phenomenal! The coffee really cuts down the bourbon sweetness of the regular BCS without being overwhelming or cloyingly sweet, and makes it much more drinkable. Makes me a little more eager for the Rare BCS and Vanilla BCS later this year.