Ibrew2or3 (8008) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 21, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep darkness with weak tan head. The aroma is an even mix of molasses, chocolate and a mild level of vanilla then quickly getting toward firm near abrasive booziness. The taste has pleasing molasses, rich sweet malts, some vanilla, toffee and then chocolate Ė Wow! It then begins pulling up booziness that is kind of rough and raw and at odds with the non booze notes. Awesomely good until the booze kicks in about midway to the finish.
GodOfThunder (1248) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to whomever brought this to Seabassís going away party. Hot! Super hot. Flavors are solid, though. It just needs some time. Lots of booze but it is good booze. Good beer, but needs some more balance.
jredmond (7241) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 21, 2011
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2014 Bottle split with Andrew and streets. A gift to streets for the interview. Pours a thick, pitch brown body with great golden brown lacing. Aroma is pure perfection - notes ofsweet Bourbon, oak, rich chocolate and vanilla. Mouthfeel lives up to the hype of the aroma. Probably the best barrel-aged beer Iíve ever had. Notes of rich, dark chocolate, Bourbon, wood, and sweet vanilla bean.
SudsMcDuff (7803) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2011
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle #1379 .. . And now, are you adequately prepared to rock?!? .. . Pours a dead black .. . aroma is amazing - tar, bourbon, roast, ..bliss! .. . Pure amazement in a glass!! .. .
Do you think heís gonna do something dangerous?
How should I know? Just keep loading missiles.
Juelze (1144) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 19, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Feeling hot hot hot. Thatís what this beer is. $45 for an intensely hot, over the top beer. Lots of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate and roasted malt. Go figure. Again, for $45 you would expect complexity and brashness, but a hot mess of alcohol? No thanks.
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 18, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
$45 bottle - I just had to go for it. Shared it with my bro and two cousins. Poured in small snifters, it poured an oil-slick black color with a thin mocha head. Aroma is bourbon, oak, chocolate, burnt coffee, and alcohol. Taste is much the same but a bit hotter than I expected in terms of alcohol but good flavors going on. A couple years would do this some justice.
HonusWagner (1978) - Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Considering my feelings about the original BCS, this is a pretty big improvement. The bourbon is definitely very noticeable, but it melds much better with the chocolate and roast characteristics of the base beer than the downright boozy BCS. The mouth feel is on-point, viscous and full-bodied and exactly what Iíd expect out of the style. Definitely more enjoyable than I was expecting, but I still prefer Coffee BCS.
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, courtesy degarth. Pours dark brown with some red highlights, lacing and head are both minimal. Nose is strong on smooth bourbon with chocolate and vanilla. Flavor is so damn smooth with the bourbon. It turns the base beer into something incredibly drinkable and delicious. Loved it.
Sean9689 (285) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle provided by AgentZero at our post-Christmas tasting, thanks Mike! Poured from 22oz bomber into 3F wine glass.
A - Pours black, mocha-colored head, some nice lacing and a thin cap on top which eventually dissipates to some random bubbles and some thin whisps.
S - Chocolate, oak, bourbon, toffee, burnt sugars, roasted nuts. The alcohol is a little hot, but hey, itís still not overpowering by any means. The sweetness is not overdone like I find in some other big -bal aged stouts.
T - A very nice smooth and rich oaky bourbon character, chocolate, roasted nuts, burnt sugars, caramel. Very rich and big, but nothing in this beer is too much for me. All balanced out nicely and very enjoyable.
M - Full body, rich and viscous, creamy finish.
D - Goose really made an awesome beer here. It wasnít as good as the PVW Eclipse that we had in our blind tasting but it was very very close, which is impressive. Highly recommend.
jcr (2517) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JAN 16, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bomber. World-class imperial stout like its unrare parent. Only this is better. Black body with a short tan head. The aroma isnít powerful but it is full of roasted malts, bourbon, vanilla, dark chocolate, mild coffee, caramel, molasses and oak. The flavor is moderately to heavily sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes moderately sweet and moderately bitter with a light acidity. Medium to full body, creamy, thick texture with soft carbonation. Alcoholic finish without too much heat. The smooth, bourbon flavor starts at the front of the tongue and continues to the back and down the throat. One of the smoothest, nicest sipping beers Iíve had. The two years in Pappy barrels apparently mellowed this beer, smoothing off the rough edges of bcs. On first sip, youíre greeted with flavors of bourbon, roasted malts, molasses, but by the finish, flavors of dark fruits, including raisin, emerge. Thanks for sharing wnoble.