jckp64 (356) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 6, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours deep black with little to no head. Aroma has hints of chocolate, coffee and bourbon. Flavor is about what you expect. Coffee, bourbon and chocolate. The flavors are really balanced. Really liked this beer.
HandofMidas (12) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 5, 2011
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
By this point the coffee had faded a good deal, leaving behind what is one of the best bourbon stouts around anyway, though tamed down and more integrated. The heat is more then some would request, it is integrated nicely, with that hint of roast and loads of dry chocolate.
Veldrid (120) - Canton, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Had at a tasting with BCS 09, BCVS, BCCS, and BCSR. The aroma that hits you is that of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, and molasses like the normal BCS but the chocolate is a bit more present and the coffee is dominant. The taste is similar but the coffee takes a bit of a backseat and is really balanced. It isnít as coffee forward as say Breakfast Stout but you definitely get a good amount of it. Reallt good beer and like it more than BCSV and a tad bit more than BCS.
Sean9689 (286) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 1, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had over and over at NotLA 2011 until I eventually blacked out later that night. Iím pretty sure this beer was my undoing. Looking back, it was worth it.
A - Pours black, tan head, some bubbles here and there, spotty lacing and some whisps on top.
S - Huge chocolate and coffee notes, smells so damn good. Also, some oak/barrel characteristics, slight dark fruit, caramel. The coffee and chocolate notes are so outstanding, itís amazing.
T - Chocolate covered coffee beans with a touch of oak mixed in. The alcohol is barley noticeable at all, which lead to my downfall a few hours after sampling this about 6 times.
M - Full, rich and smooth, light carbonation, creamy finish.
D - Best Coffee stout ever? Itís hard not to say yes.
kappldav123 (5303) - GERMANY - JUL 22, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle looks simple but very good. Beer in the glass deep black, oily, almost no head. Starts intense malty, soft coffee notes, also liquorice and chocolate. Gets more intense, notes of strong espresso. Heavy malty finish, more and more warming-alcoholic. Very intense notes, but still very balanced. An impressive beer!
adnielsen (9659) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 23, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle @ home, courtesy of arminjewell. Not only did Armin generously trade this to me, he flew out to colorado to deliver it to me in person! Big thanks! Deep black appearance with a dark brown head. Awesome dark roasty, somewhat bitter coffee, chocolate, light bourbon, roasty malty nose. Setup roasty coffee, roasty dark malty, chocolatey flavor, slight bourbon flavor. Somewhat bitter coffee finish. Awesome brew!
That1Guy (2005) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - JUN 21, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Crushed at GABF í10. Pretty sexy brew. Used motor oil pour. Nose and flavor full of coffee, bourbon, chocolate, and roast. Fun to see how Goose Island messes with this beer. Amazing how the results usually turn out awesome.
alpar (160) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 15, 2011
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Had on tap at Sugar Maple.
A: Dark with low carbonation. As to be expected.
S: COFFEE! I can not stress that enough. I can smell a little bourbon but the coffee is still quite heavy, even after a year...
T: BAM! Yup you guessed it COFFEE. Geez this makes KBS look like miller light. I mean its great if youíre a coffee stout fan, probably the best. However itís too much for me. I miss the bourbon in bourbon county... I canít pull anything else out of this beer.
M: Very viscious but not as thick as the other BC brews.
O: Its fantastic for what it is but I am not a coffee stout fan.
jgb9348 (4943) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 12, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown coloured body with a thin brown head and a very oily look - with only a touch of light coming through on the edges when titled and held up to a light. Aroma of maple syrup, molasses, brown sugar, oak, vanilla, brandy, cognac, bourbon (of course), alcohol, cedar and way more alcohol. Full-bodied; Strong roasty flavour with a lot of coffee notes, a ton of oak and vanilla, a deep anise and robust toasted complexities with of course - a ton of alcohol and warmth with good sweetness and a touch of a lactic flavour near the end. Aftertaste is utter complexity with alcohol, vanilla pods, oak, bourbon, coffee, anise, fennel seed and a bunch of deep roasted malts. Overall, a very good and complex beer that will definitely age well in the bottle - this was a nice beer that I really think was complex and shows very nicely, albeit I donít like the size of the bottle for a beer of this strength. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Rodmanís in Washington, DC on 06-June-2010 sampled at home in Washington on 12-June-2011. Date Produced: 26-March-2010 at 21h59.
andyhwcinc (1579) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 25, 2011
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Enjoyed on tap at Goose Island Clybourn at Rare Stout Night, which is part of the Chicago Craft Beer week. Appearance pitch black with no head...like coffee. Aroma of mocha, coffee, chocolate, and bourbon, super rich black coffee flavor. Taste less alcoholic than regular BCS, very rich but not too rich, mainly coffee but it also enhances the chocolate greatly, you can still get the bourbon in the mix. I typically would give the appearance a 4 but since the taste should be an 11, app will get a 5 which makes this the 2nd perfect beer Iíve ever had. BCS canít get better than this, beer canít get better than this.