jj21 (84) - Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 8, 2008
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I poured this violently into a Duvel tulip to get all the head I could out of it. Ended up a couple fingers from the top. Black dense body with brown bubbly head that sticks around for a while and lasted to the end. Smell was a smack in the face of coffee, chocolate and rasted malts. Flavor is a strong chocolate-vanilla with just enough bitterness. Very smooth mouthfeel for the viscosity of the brew. So drinkable for such a high alcohol and thickness beer. Need More!
TheRealBastard (145) - The-No, California, USA - FEB 5, 2008
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2008 This is really really good. Always sounded good to me and I finally got my hands on some. I ended up getting 3 bottles of it, between two people (James and Hank thanks!) and it was amazing. I will always trade for this beer. Nose is bourbon, taste is all bourbon with a tiny bit of coffee and chocolate flavors. Mainly bourbon, if you dislike bourbon donít even bother with this one. Save it for me please. If I could buy this on a regular basis it would easily become my top priority at the liquor store. You cannot be a puss to drink this. For any rating out there below a 4 is probably because they dislike bourbon. So take my rating as a warning so another bottle is not wasted on those unworthy! This should never move out of the 100 percentile IMO.
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I pop the cap and a whiff of mystery just hits my nose, and the bottle is a foot from my face. Pours pitch black with just a very small amount of tan head on the top. Nose hints of vanilla. A nice little tease for the senses really. Flavor is thick and complex. Vanilla, thick malts, and a load of body just come together. Thick liquid feel and a low carbonation still feel nice. Drinkable? This is more an interesting sipper. Something to ponder, and probably something that could use a few more years to mellow and chill.
nearbeer (3374) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 3, 2008
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 oz. 2007 vintage. Pitch black with a thick and creamy two-finger head that settles into a soapy halo. Aroma is a freshly crumbled Baby Ruth in a just-emptied bourbon glass. Flavor starts with espresso, chocolate, caramel, vanilla and oak, then adds some charry wood, tobacco, and alcohol for the slightly smoky and balanced finish. Heavy body is velvety smooth and coats your teeth and tongue nicely. Tingly, warming alcohol afterwards. What a dessert!
BOLTZ7555 (2656) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 31, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Iíll give this one points for bold, unique, and original...pitch black brew with absolutely no head, this beer is all vanilla, campfire, símores, and hard-alcohol. Bourbon is heavy on the palate and unmistakeable. If you are a fan, you will definitely be a fan of this. I can understand why some rate this poorly, although the craftsmanship here is remarkable. If you enjoy Coors, Bud, or Michelob...DONíT TRY THIS!!! It mellows with warmth...this is a very nice stout!!!!
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2007 Bottle. Pours black with a small brown head that leaves some lacing. Aroma of heavy bourbon, roasted malt, coffee, caramel, vanilla, and oak. Taste is the same as aroma with heavy emphasis on the bourbon and alcohol. Medium full mouthfeel with a moderated amount of bitterness and very noticable alcohol but never hot. Very good.
BigBeer45 (1199) - Michigan, USA - JAN 30, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2012 2012 Bottle,
this beer had a black pour, the pour looked thick, syrupy like, there was a thin dark tan colored head that receded to a patch of bubbles in the center of the beer and a small ring, this beer was too dark to see through but I saw some bubbles flowing up the sides of the glass and there was a dime size mound of bubbles on top of the beer,
there was some spots and small fingers of lacing that flowed off the glass, there was no sediment in the bottle,
the aroma was bourbon alcohol with a bit of a bite on the nostrils, vanilla, chocolate liquor, roasted malt,
faint chocolate, the bourbon was dominant on the nose, everything else took a backseat to the bourbon,
the flavor was big bourbon alcohol and sweetness, chocolate, some roasted malt, vanilla, chocolate cake sweetness,
very sweet on the mouth,
the mouth feel was thick and syrupy like, it coated the tongue and gave a alcohol bite that tingles the nostrils,
this beer was very bourbon and very sweet, a bit too much sweetness for me to enjoy, maybe, I hope this version of BCS calms down with aging, I can only take small sips of this drink, way too sweet to drink more than a small glass, I would only enjoy this in small quantity on a cold Winter day, I liked the 13% alc. BCS much more, glad I have a few older bottles in my stash.
CP (124) - USA - JAN 29, 2008
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
It says Bourbon on the label and this "beer" is certainly that. It is a brutal beer because of its ABV. The alcohol is not hidden, its pretty up front and in your face. Other flavors are apparent when held on the palate but the strong bourbon aftertaste is always there. This beer will be a one and done for me, unless I can share a bottle. Trust me..poor this one in a shot glass...its pretty much just bourbon.
Drink4Satan (666) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 27, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours like motor oil with a late forming, minimal brown head with no retention. Itís got legs and is so thick that it stains the glass and creates a mirror finish of the surface. The nose is rich complex, with chocolate dipped cherries, vanilla and wood from the cask, with a whisper of bourbon. The flavour is smokey, sweet and earthy with bourbon, charred wood, hop bitterness, star anise, rich chocolate, hints of bourbon and nougat. The booze comes through with a nice warming in the finish. The palate is silky smooth and softly carbonated. Long finish.
Tilley4 (218) - Huron, Tennessee, USA - JAN 27, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of Gregis.
Jet black motor oil pour with absolutely no head at all. Looks like used motor oil swirling around in my DFH pint glass.
Overwhelming aroma of bourbon to this one. Maybe some chocolate lingering somewhere in the background but this is definitely all good olí Kentucky Bourbon.
Iím amazed at how smooth and tasty this beer is. This is what all barrel aged stouts should strive to acheive. The bourbon taste is definitely prevalent but itís as smooth as a babyís behind. Some roasted malts and chocolate are there too but itís mostly smooth ass bourbon.
This one is definitely a sipper as it burns going down but itís a wonderful brew. I couldnít have more than one at a time but I donít know that I would want more than one. This is an amazing beer...