DocLock (7703) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft from TJ’s summer 2013. Poured dark black with brown head. Nose was oaky bourbon, dark malt, ample vanilla, molasses. Tasted rich, roasty dark malt, oak, bourbon, vanilla, and cacao. Complex and delicious.
AirForceHops (2948) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 4, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle won at Binny’s raffle (Clayborne across from G.I.) after the BCBS release on Black Friday. Color has a coating of oily irradiance over the tope of the stout. Coats the glass with a oily residue. Nose is light traces of vanilla bean, chocolate and booze. The flavor is an exact replica of the aroma. I feel like the booze is out of place after after 3 years of age. Texture is oily and silky. Don’t get me wrong it’s still good however, the vanilla has got to be much tamer then it was at release or 18 months ago. Wish I would have had this 18 months ago. Overall I enjoyed it like every other BCBS, top notch even after 3 years old.
Smurf2055 (1394) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 4, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pous black, no head
Smell boozy raisin, red fruit
Taste sweet vanilla, very sweet, bit of roast, smooth and sugary, huge vanilla flavor
Smooth as hell, medium body
Sweet, still very good
olr1984 (1036) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 2, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bomber frank on new years eve. pours a dark oily black with zero head. big vanilla and bourbon aroma and taste.
Fred82 (2114) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber thanks to i don’t remember who. Big bold roasted malt with big vanilla. Really big vanilla. Big licorice notes. Nice molasses. Light alcohol. Taste roasted malt with vanilla. Lots of vanilla and molasses. Finish lots of vanilla and light alcohol. Finish some ashes and some vanilla and molasses. All in all a big beer with no subtleties. Still fairly tasty and pretty interesting, Nice persistent finish.
rxeight (1190) - Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks Jeremy. Bourbon aroma. Lots of bourbon with a strong vanilla taste. This is a lot of vanilla in there.
Fin (7254) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2013
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2014 Bottle courtesy of Colin (Theydon Bois) cheers my friend! consumed at my dads, Kilburn, Derbyshire, Tuesday 24th December 2013 (Christmas Eve) Pours black, like an oil slick with a small beige head. Oh my what a nose, coffee, milky chocolate, bourbon and vanilla, love the vanilla and what it adds to this beer, its great. This is wonderful a simply massive chocolate hit in the mouth wave after wave of chocolate and tons of vanilla. This is super indulgent, no..hugely indulgent, dad, Loz, Toni in fact all of them love this. Its rich, thick and has masses of chocolate and the vanilla is marvellous, thick in the mouth, you simply do not want this beer ever to end. There are tons of imperial stouts some of them I feel are overated, this is top draw and deserves all of the plaudits, amazing stuff! What a beer can’t thank Colin enough, cheers Colin! A8 A5 T10 P5 Ov18 4.6
harrymel (1477) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours BCBS inky black with little mocha foam. Smells of vanilla, bourbon, mostly vanilla, and some dark and sweet malts. Flavor is plenty of vanilla, cocoa, and roasted malts and some bourbon. The beer reminds me of a vanilla porter I brewed once, not a diss, it was nice, but the vanilla was too much, way too much. Medium bodied with subdued carb and a surprisingly dry finish. This beer is nice, but I really don’t see myself drinking the other two bottles I have without motivation. Meh, not nearly close to the world class folks are pimping on this one. Then again, I can’t speak to the fresh version.
Serving type: bottle
berntholer (801) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - DEC 8, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
beige head disappears without lacing. coffee coloured. aroma of praline, nutella/hazelnut, vanilla, sweet. taste like aroma with slight bitter finish. dense body, soft carbonation.
mathieuc (1145) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 12, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark brown with no head and no lacing. Aroma is full of vanilla, caramel and bourbon (but a lot less intense than the regular, at least that is what I remember). Taste is indeed ridden with vanilla, chocolate (the milk variety) and light coffee/roast. Mouthfeel is silky and hot but a lot less than I expected. Intense and great, this is another hit in the serie!