sherm1016 (1243) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 17, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
22oz bottle, received in trade from jefeld, split with dwm1034. Pours a jet black color with a thin tan head. Aroma is bourbon, coffee, chocolate, roasted malt. Heavy on the palate with soft carbonation. Flavor is bittersweet, bourbon, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, oak, a little smokey, roasted malt, with a light, bitter coffee finish. Excellent.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 16, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber via deyholla; dense black with trace dark tan head along the edges; stale candy malt aromas with some band aids; cheap bourbon and stale malt; anything but coffee in the aroma and Iíve had this in the fridge since I received it; super thin texture and mouthfeel; some dry coffee flag flavors mixed with vanilla bourbon, but not much else to me; donít like BCS and not impressed here; weíll see on the vanilla version but BCS just might not be my bag baby; didnít like Night Stalker either; has to be the base beer and what seems like "over" barrel treatment to me; but even if the barrel treatment doesnít suit me, I still need to ask - where the fuck is the coffee??? Must have been added way before the barrel
walleye (1080) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAR 12, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I was going to wait until this was 2 years old but I wonít be be at my house on 3/26 so I decided to have it tonight. poured a dark brown with a bid dark tan head. aroma, lots of roasted malts, coffee, dark fruits, alcohol, vanilla, chocolate. flavor same as aroma. for being 13 abv this was a smooth drinking beer
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 10, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomb offering, 22oz. Iíve had both the 10 and 11/12 bottling. Hereís for the better, 2010. Big burst of roasted coffee right off the bat, through a black dark hue. The aromas are intense from the fresh roast, not alot of heat coming from the nose despite the high ABV. Palate is incredible, big malts of vanilla and coffee up front, so smooth through the mid and a punch of bourbon in the finish. Itís insane. With that said I have just taken down a 22 of the 11/12 and found it to be lackluster and boring compared to when I had the previous bottling. The coffee was too thick, boozy, and really one sided.
MartinT (8492) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 10, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
My Bottom Line:
This sugar rush of an Imperial Stout exhibits caramel, chocolate, coffee and vanilla in an obese body enlightened by alcohol burn.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam surrounds the blackness with brown edges.
-Some fruitiness is found here and there.
-There are way more residual sugars than actual malt flavors.
-The aroma is of simple coffee ; not necessarily freshly brewed.
-This is a decadent dessert, so I understand the ratings itís getting. However, I canít see it being more enjoyable than Baileyís Irish Cream to me. Those who love Southern Tier flavored Imperial Stouts will love this too.
dinkle50 (1119) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark pour, creamy head that faded quick. Mouth feel is near perfect, very creamy. Hot bourbon at first in the aroma, then coffee creeps in. Very sweet taste. Finish is bourbon and coffee. Very easy to drink given the 13% ABV. Excellent beer.
tricyclist (1030) - Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample pour at Hunahpuís day. Pours deep brown with an amber head. Aroma is rich coffee and bourbon. Really awesome nose on this one. Flavor is rich bourbon, black coffee, rich malts, bittersweetness and caramel. Great body that lingers for awhile, which Iím quite happy with.
chanokokoro (138) - Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
2011 Vintage served in a 10 oz. glass @ the Beer Bistro, Chicago, IL
Ar: Strong aroma of bourbon, oak, and coffee with just a hint of roasted malt.
Ap: Pours deep black with a half-finger beige head that quickly dissipates into a foam ring that borders the inside of the glass
T: Opens with a strong salvo of bourbon and espresso that carries through to a warm bourbon finish
P: Low carbonation, silky syrup consistency that coats the mouth. As with all BCBS variants the warmth from abundant alcohol is ever present.
O: I had previously had this brew from a bottle and still have a few in the cellar, but the draft is even better. In my opinion, from the bottle the coffee is a bit too forward for me, while on draft it becomes an essential component that complements the other characteristics of this stout. Truly fantastic!
lucke13 (91) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - MAR 1, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Suprise find while asking for a regular Bourban Co Stout. 22 oz bottled 1/11/2012. Deep brown/black with minimal head. Smells of roasted coffee beans mingled with the familiar Bourbon Co Stout aromas. Tastes very similar to regular Bourbon Co Stout. Very thick, chewy feel. I was pleasantly suprised by this one. I LOVE the smell of coffee beans, but I hate drinking it. This beer gave me the best of both because the coffee flavor is very subdued but the aroma is intense. Add that to the already wonderful taste of the Stout beer and this is a winner for sure!
radagast83 (5601) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 24, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to <em>raveskdr</em> for splitting this bottle! Iím not a huge coffee fan, but Iíd say I enjoy a good cup of joe every once in a while. Well, this was about the best coffee flavor Iíve had in... years. Poured a pitch black with a medium-to-small sized dark brown head. Rich, creamy notes of iced black coffee, roasted and toasted malts. Woah. Alcohol is there, but itís hidden quite well for 14%. Quite impressed.