NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lucky to try this one at the Fulton Plant for AHA rally. Pours black as night with dark brown head. Nose is much spicier than BCS with notes of carraway and pumpernickel combating the vanilla & chocolate notes. Nice roasty body and rich full flavor. The Rye is a bit overpowered by the beer, oddly enough, though some of the spicy nuances do come out. This is much drier than the other versions. Still, damn fine beer.
JoeMcPhee (8837) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 1, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Blind Tiger. Deep black pour with a thin off-white head. The nose is really great. Lots of spicy rye character with a lot of nice vanilla and caramel over the top. Fairly plummy through the middle with a bit of toasted oak flavour as well. Light raisin and a bit of earthy chocolate nibs. Spicy finish with a touch of light fruitiness on the back as well. Light berries and even lighter roast. Itís quite similar to the BCS but it has a nice fruity/spicy note that adds a nice character to the finished product. Fairly oily palate gives it a slick unctuousness.
TheAlum (6193) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the GI FIP (Chicago, IL). Pours a thick black opaque pour with brown edges, small brown head that dies to a film, laces minimally. Aromas are rye malts, roasted, coffee, a decent bourbon spirit element and a touch of vanilla tannin. Sweeter, more caramel and toffee, a touch of dark fruit raisin. A thick pour that dies down the glass, initial is bourbon, mellow rye bread malts, roast and coffee, warming booziness, vanilla tannins. A nice sweetness, coats well, coffee and roast, sweeter than normal, a bit thinner too. Finish is boozy, bourbon, barrel with decent bitterness. A change of pace and a bit sweeter, I like the original and the other treatments better.
17thfloor (2436) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Couple big samples at Goose Stoutfest 2010. Not sure what people didnít like about this... I suppose I wasnít as sensitive to the booze since I was drinking 12% stout at my booth all day! Could easily be a 5 on app or palate but I didnít take specific notes so Iíll leave it at 4ís. I loved the rye whisky flavor in here, delicious, fills out the BCS wonderfully. Really gives it a nice spicy earthy flavor. I enjoyed this and had no problem drinking plenty of it. I would love to have this in bottles or at least try it on draft again.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
on tap at goose island stoutfest 2010... pours like your usual suspect bcs. thick black no head and nice lacing around the glass... aroma was largely bourbon with soy and molasses notes. rye wasnít too apparent in the aroma unfortunately.... flavors similar to standard bcs with some added pepper. pretty boozy as well. mouthfeel was full and a wee bit oily.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 2, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at the Tiger. Pours a black body with an off white coffee colored head. Boozy maple sweet notes with accents of soy and a heavy warming. The etoh shows little restraint in this impy. Oily slick with some dry rye and wooden whiskey esk tones with a huge warming thatís a bit over powering.
zdk (1822) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 1, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Blind Tiger for GI event. After trying the Vanilla BCS, this rye version isnít nearly as tasty. Iím getting some minty, rye bread flavors, but itís being covered up, and not enhancing the thick, chocolately, syrupy molasses and the BCS. Nice roasty chocolatey taste, finishes boozey and spicey but the rye covers up some of the sweetness needed to balance out this beer.