Godofthecellar (649) - NYC, New York, USA - MAY 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle poured jet black with a thin layer of head, and no retention.
Flavor of chocolate, soy and barrel. Can really taste the char from the pappy 23 barrels which gives Rare a distinct flavor over the other variants. Mouthfeel was oily and thick.
davey101 (647) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 8, 2013
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Quick notes. 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Bottle #2209, bottled on 11/19/2010. Huge thanks to Doug for slaying my number one want by sharing a pour with me!
Appearance wise it is identical to BCBS, no surprise there. Having never had the 2008 vintage which this beer is using, I can say its awfully similar to how the 2009 vintage is drinking now. There is a stronger vanilla presence and it is smoother and mellower than the standard beer. Just loads of chocolate, charred malt, and rich and decadent bourbon. It drinks far too easily, which is sad considering how elusive it is now. A marginal improvement over standard BCBS, but when that is your favorite beer it truly does matter. Such a beautiful beer that Iím glad to have finally tried.
writerljberg (627) - Oregon, USA - JUN 19, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle brought to a tasting by me, via trade from Tweety. In my cellar since 2010. Consumed 6-16, reviewed from notes.
A: Iím shocked. This is deep black. I great a really nice mocha head from my pour, though, and the legs stick to the glass. Perfect presentation.
N: We drank this after running through an 06-11 vertical, and the nose is definitely PvW. It has a deep oakiness which Iíve only experienced when drinking the bourbon straight. The caramel, vanilla, and coconut also have some extra heft. Chocolate, espresso.
T: Dark fruits (prunes and raisins) Chocolate. Dismayed by the lack of roast/coffee. Caramel/vanilla. Some residual heat, but itís gotten to the point of being a nice touch.
M: Smooth, silky and viscous.
O: This is really very good when viewed outside of the ridiculous value-inflation of the beer. However, I dare say Iíd take the 2009 BCS and the BCS Vanilla over it. The PvW 23 is great to taste in the blend, and it is a deeper flavor, but itís not a religious experience, either.
bigguns22 (622) - Maryland, USA - JUL 4, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a truly rare gem.My Good friend gave me it for a gift in 2009 and I drank it with him last week.One of the most full body beer I have ever had.Pours deep brown to black with a dark small head that vanishes quickly.Aroma is big and full of coffee,malt,caramel,raisins and of course bourbon.The flavors and the same as aroma but you get a cool salty and woody flavor that I did not get from the aroma.A real same it will not be made again.
Barrelbelly (622) - BELGIUM - AUG 2, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Black, no head. Taste raisin, wood, candy sugar, chocolate, vanilla, whiskey. Taste chocolate, vanilla, whiskey, strong alcohol finish. Great beer.
gorditoabd (622) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 25, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at Justinís apartment, except not, because he had to move due to a water pipe bursting. Looks like a standard imperial stout, but the aroma is all booze,leather and dirt. Taste is leather, dark fruit, dirt, and BOOZE!!! Absolutely full of greatness. Cherries, dark fruit, booze, and earth. Amazing. Thanks Justin.
EHopper (619) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 28, 2012
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Saved for two years for my sonís graduation from law school. Oh the malt, oh the chocolate malt, oh the chocolate malt with toasted marshmallows. Oh the smooth warmth, the silky finish. I am divided between being thrilled and honored to have tasted this beer, and crestfallen that I will never taste it again. I am not divided in saying this is the best beer I have ever tasted.
hamilton23 (603) - Alpine, California, USA - JUL 16, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from bottle into tulip glass. Pours black with a little tan head. Aroma is tons of vanilla, some coconut, chocolate and bourbon. Taste follows the nose. Lots of vanilla, some coconut and a little bourbon kick at the end. Really drinkable. Pretty phenomenal. I will lay the second one down for a bit to see how it ages.
maledictum (601) - Pyongyang, NORTH KOREA - APR 1, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2013 La mejor cerveza que he probado nunca, hasta el aroma y sabor del bourbon son especiales. Sabor torrefacto, perfectamente equilibrado intensŪsimo, redondo. Perfecta.
beechner224 (599) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - APR 26, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle share thanks to Homer, he never lets you down! Pours black, almost no head. Aroma is boozy, chocolate, maybe some fruity notes? Certainty get the bourbon notes. Taste is smooth, lots of chocolate. really smooth. Again, I get fruity notes, really tasty. I bit of warmth as it goes down, but not significant.