Lubiere (9029) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A deep dark stout with a thin brown head. In aroma, a rich and musky chocolate, warming alcohol, smooth powdery Bourbon, quite nice. In mouth, a smooth chocolate with nice mocha coffee, with smooth vanilla and alcohol, well balanced. Bottle from Boutip, shared with GRM, Probstk and Ian, Dec. 2 2011.
Leighton (8593) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 21, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle at The Stout Tasting Part I, London - big thanks to Bruce. Vintage 2010, bottle #1118. Pours rich, brown-black with a tight, beige cream head. Big dark malt nose with ripe and dark fruits, cake and bread. Big sweet flavor with heavy dark malts, creamy chocolate, rich bread, some bitter earth, torched wood. Full bodied with fine carbonation and a chewy mouthfeel. Hot finish with rich, dark bread, light bitter earth, prunes, big alcohol, raisins. Very robust. Quite nuanced but still powerful. I like it pretty much the same as regular BCS.
Ratman197 (8466) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 7, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber poured a clear dark brown with a lingering ring of tan foam. Aromas of bourbon, vanilla, oak, dark chocolate and light roastiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of bourbon, vanilla, oak, dark chocolate and light roastiness with a smooth dry lingering bourbon finish.
rlgk (8445) - Skövde, SWEDEN - JAN 2, 2012
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle, huge thanks to tkrjukoff. Pitch black beer with a small brown head. Oily whisky aroma, malty, oaky, vanilla, milky notes, figs and raisins, some blanced smoke notes, hops, almond, chocolate and cocoa powder, Malty flavor, oily, roasted, some smoke, chocolate, whiskty, oak, figs, raisins, dades, some hops, some fruits. Some alcohol showing, but in a good way, hay notes, licorice and almond. A beer with a long lovely warming feeling and then it turns into a smooth balanced chocolate finish with whisky oak, and some figs. Huge body and with a perfect mouthfeel. Absolutley wonderful!!!
BeerandBlues2 (8442) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 13, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by ygtsbm94. Pours opaque with a spare, fizzy tan head, short retention with no lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, chocolate, toasted, nutty), light hops (earthy), and average esters (dried fruit) with notes of wood, alcohol, dates, vanilla, raisin, and fig. Flavor is heavy malt (bread, cookie, caramel, chocolate, toffee), light hops (earthy), and average esters (fruity) with notes of wood, alcohol, dates, vanilla, raisin, and fig. Full body, high warmth, medium carbonation and creaminess with a sweet finish.
hopscotch (8367) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 22, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle… Tampa “Farewell to Sebletitje” Tasting… This beer rocks!… Pours pitch black with a thin, bubbly, tan head. The only real difference between this one’s bouquet and that of the traditional Bourbon County Stout is that I am picking up a boatload of toasted oak here… oak-o-fucking-rama. Although coconut is not as heavily featured in this one, there is plenty of opulent, ancient bourbon. Full-bodied and oily with soothing carbonation. Loads of bourbon flavor – a good bit more than the traditional version – but surprisingly, there may be less alcohol heat in this treatment. I would have to do a horizontal to be certain. Finishes sticky, sweet and chocolaty with a healthy splash of bourbon. World class imperial stout shared by Degarth. Thanks, Joey!
daknole (8004) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 21, 2010
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Did this side by side with the 03-10 BCS, Coffee, and Vanilla. Pours super dark with a nice brown head. Rich aroma of fudge, bourbon, toffee, burned sugar(in a good way), oak. Flavor is rich, oily, sweet, heavenly. Damn fine brew. Rare? NO! Delicious as shit? HELL YES!
BMan1113VR (7689) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 22, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2010 Bottle number 12021 thanks to alen. Pours with a fading mocha colored head over a pitch black body. Huge alcohol legs! Aromas of marshmallow, boozy, cocoa, vanilla, wood, caramel, brown sugar, bacon. Very complex. Oh my lord, the flavor is amazing! Vanilla, huge, complex, oak, maple syrup, caramel, molasses, malted milk, bacon and tannins. Huge, creamy, velvety, oily mouthfeel. Thick and rich. Really an amazing beer!
adnielsen (7555) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 23, 2011
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2011 Bottle @ home, courtesy of TheAlum. He is such a generous dude to trade me this brew for a six pack of Bud Ice and a case of Bud Dry. Hell of a deal! Thanks again, Adam!!!!! Deep black appearance with a dark brown head. Awesome, sweet, smooth, oaky goodness with dark roasty malts in the nose. Sweet, creamy, chocolatey, very nice bourbon beginning. Unbelievable, roasty, awesome flavor. So smooth, so very nice! I thought this beer was probably all hype but this is legendary!!
JorisPPattyn (7547) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 29, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Smallest rim possible over brown-black beer. Alcohol, old cookies, chocolate, Bourbon. Wine, incense, alcohol and fusels, banana. Retronasal a distinct flavour of guimauve. Amongst the most complex beers I’ve ever tasted. Heated, viscous, oily, slick and filthily voluptuous. Even the carbonation is there in the MF. OMG. And this is AB-InBev...