GranvilleTim (1413) - Granville, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep black oily pour with a dark mocha brown head. Aroma is dominated by the vanilla bean. The bourbon aroma does peak out as it sits. Taste is phenomanal! Creamy, chewy, oily, tasty. Vanila is upfront, roasted malt, bourbon. I can’t wait to see how it ages. The alcohol was noticable after it sat for awhile. I need to go back and get some more. Thank goodness for living in a small town,
TheGuy (653) - Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2010
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
ORGASIM IN A 22oz. bomber shared with 4 if you count the little sweetie who brang us the bottle @ a Goose Island promo @ Old Chicago in Rockford Poured as rich and creamy as plain BCS the aroma is of vanilla ,oak bourbon and maple flavored oattmeal get me a spoon! the taste is amped up in vanilla flavors over the regular much more in your face hello all upfront, sweet slick and just plain AWESOME my favorite version as of now
BVery (5154) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 12, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2013 Tap. Killer! Black pour with minimal head. Nice and dense. Aroma and taste of vanilla, slight oak, slight chocolate. Amazing.
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 12, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Draught) Pours an opaque black body with a spare tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, vanilla, oak, raisins, nuts, and bourbon. Flavor of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, molasses, and oak. Tasty.
kbutler1 (1335) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 24, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at the Great Taste of the MW. Have been anticipating this one and really have high expectations for this after having enjoyed and loved both BCBS and BCBCS. The pour is similiar to the other Bourbon County beers with a dark brown body and slight tan head. The vanilla comes through in the nose pretty much more that any other beer I have ever had. You’d think it would be really sweet and cloying after the aroma but the taste is nicely blended. Also in the nose is the barrel and dark chocolate. Tastewise, the first thing you get in the vanilla followed by dark chocolate, some booze notes and then back to vanilla. Does it live up to the expectation? No, it actually blows right by my expectation and is better than I even thought. Can’t wait for this to come out in bottles.
CanIHave4Beers (2777) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - SEP 22, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a small head that goes away fairly quickly. The aroma is maple syrup in a way that reminds me a lot of Alpine Great Barley Wine. There is some vanilla and bourbon in there as well with a good deal of malty sweetness and some woodsy earthiness and a touch of soy sauce. The flavor is pretty straightforward, plenty of vanilla and maple syrup, there is a moderate level of sweetness and some espresso.
ketchepillar (1022) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - SEP 16, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at El Bait Shop. Maple syrupy aroma. Sweet caramelly richness. Some coffee in the flavor, but nowhere near that of the coffee version. Very sweet in a good way, but it is tough to drink a lot.
heemer77 (5061) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - SEP 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap for Goose Island night at el Bait Shop. Nose is massive bourbon and vanilla. There is sweet chocolate cake donut. The taste is very boozy with the bourbon. This is hot and very malty. The bourbon fades after drinking a little more and I get more wood along with cake donut. A big brew for sure, still a little green.
phaleslu (5210) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 14, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft in a BCS flight during Goose Island Invasion at the International Tap House in Chesterfield. Pours a deep, opaque dark brown, almost black, with a small tan ring around the glass’ inner edge. The vanilla doesn’t nearly pop out of the aroma like I thought it would, making it just barely different than the nose on the regular BCS. The vanilla emerges more as it warms, and the aroma also has notes of chocolate malts, bourbon, oak, and molasses. The vanilla also emerges more in the flavor as it warms. Also notes of chocolate malts, bourbon, oak, molasses, and brown sugar. Full-bodied, with low carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol really warms up the chest and palate. Heading into the event, I thought this would be my favorite of the three BCS versions available here; as it turned out, the coffee version was superior. This was still great, but I wouldn’t have minded the vanilla to pop a little more.
blutt59 (5915) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 23, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
on tap, black pour with no head , some tan yellow edges, aroma of chocolate, caramels, honey, flavors of vanilla bean, bourbon whiskey, roast malt, coffee, dark chocolate, creamy mouthfeel, favorite beer of the weekend