IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 14, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of bourbon, oak, and malt. Pours an engine oil black with no head. Little carbonation. Flavor of bourbon, strong malt, oak, and light hops. Alcohol is well hidden but still felt with a warm stomach. Took me an hour to finish the beer. Great sipping beer and is well worth the $20 a 4-pack.
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 13, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled on 08/16/05. Pours a deep dark slick black with almost no light escaping and a small but lasting orangey tan head and good lace. Aroma is intense with bourbon- oak vanill ahints, lots of chocolate and coffee with some burnt notes and syrupy molasses sweet. Flavor is also very sweet with lots of bourbon and barrel oakiness to it- tons of tacky sticky tar- licorice root- molasses. Very big full flavor - very sweet and full of bourbon but the alcohol is in check.
swoopjones (5669) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 13, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Secret Santa. Wow. Pours an oil like black. Thick & murky. Aromas of oak, vanilla, bourbon. Alcohol listed @ 13%. Phenominal beer. Bourbon doesnt dominate but adds a great dimension to this beer. Beautiful full mouthfeel. Lived up to the high expectations & that is rare
mtjoseph (244) - Murderapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 10, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Year 2007. Thick black pour with a very, very minimal head which dissolved right away into a light brown ring around the top of the beer. So black, it looks like a strong pot of coffee that was brewed then poured back into the coffee maker and brewed again through new grounds. Initial smell of caramel, lots of roasted malt, wood and a hint of smoke. Upon tasting, the first word that came out of my mouth was, WOW. I canít think of a better word to describe what I experienced in one sip. The vanilla flavor becomes more apparent upon tasting. It doesnít just coat the tongue, it coats the entire mouth. Very smooth with a nice finish. Since I donít smoke cigars, I decided to try this with a cigarette. The cig only distracted away from the palate. I am not a fan of Goose Island as a brewery, but I am impressed by this beer. Still prefer the barrel aged yeti though.
Dansting (222) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 10, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Poured a thick black color with a light brown head. Terrific strong aroma of malt and bourbon. Mouthfeel is tremendous. Flavor is a nice blend of chocolate, malt, vanilla, wood, and bourbon. This is a very solid beer, maybe even worth the $18 a four-pack.
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
10th Columbus Tasting (Christmas 2007). Aroma of vanilla malts and bourbon: a little oiley on the tongue, yet the taste of thick molasses. Smooth finish.
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2007
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle shared by nolankowal at Columbus Tasting 10. THANKS JOHN. I have wanted to try this for a while and he was kind to share it with us. I LOVED THIS BEER!! I am not a fan usually of the barrell aged beers, but this one is done very well. Alcohol was well hidden and beautifully blended. I could drink this beer frequently.
17thfloor (2429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2010 bottle dated 1.10.07 (Iím thinking this is really 10.11.07) enjoyed 12.6.07. Powerful aroma of raisins, bourbon, nail polish and coconut macaroons? Pours like motor oil; thick, black and sticky. Not a whole lot of carbonation present, small dusty brownish/red head. This is a sipping beer for sure. Body is very syrupy. The flavor is dominated by the bourbon and I like bourbon so thats a good thing. It has a little of everything, some chocolate, some raisins, nuts, vanilla and a little smoke...none more than the other. The bourbon puckers your mouth around the long lasting roasted malt in the finish. A cigar would be good right now! Now it tastes just like a German chocolate cake. 9 5 19 4 18. . . . . . . . . . . . .
bottle dated 1.10.07 (10.11.07???) enjoyed 12.20.08. Big bourbon aroma noticeable 5 feet away from the glass, really nice bourbon aroma actually, very woody, coconuts macaroons, very rich syrupy chocolate, raisins, avoid swirling as it releases too much alcohol in the nose. Pours a syrupy very dark brown near black with a very small creamy tan head. Very thick and velvety first taste, super smooth, wow has this matured beautifully. Loads of creamy dark chocolate, surprisingly not sweet, lightly nutty, hint of coconut from the barrel but not overbearing, great bourbon flavor with a nice light kick in the finish. Long bitter dark chocolate raisin aftertaste. Full bodied, smooth silky carbonation with a syrupy finish. 9 5 10 4 19. near perfect and so so warming. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
bottle dated 08.16.05 enjoyed 10.03.09 at room-temp, so a little over 4 years old, listed at 11%. Pours an opaque glossy brownish black with a smaller fizzy mocha head, aroma is chalky, nutty, sweet but stale raisins, big bourbon, dark chocolate, varnish/nail polish remover, doesnít smell very sweet at all but rather stale, saw-dust, raisins and bourbon. That is quite different in flavor, mellowed but still very alcohol forward, the sweetness is completely gone, vanished, but the big viscous body remains, bitter-sweet bakerís chocolate, some chocolate syrup towards the finish with lingering chocolate and an alcohol burn. The flavor is very good, and substantially different than later vintages, it has actually mellowed and amalgamated into something very simple and pure. The huge bourbon and coconut that are super present in later vintages are also missing, well, they are there but very much kept in check. Full bodied, super smooth and creamy, faint larger bubbly carbonation , lightly oily. Off-flavor oxidation is really minimal which is really impressive. This is #($($*($ delicious! Perfectly mellowed and galvanized.
126.96.36.199.19 . . . . . . . . . . . . .[2009 bottle drank? Jan 10? pretty good, not the best BCS] . . . . . . . . . . [bottle dated 10.15.10, rated 11.29.10] Pours a flat viscous oily near black with a small fizzy soda dark mocha head that basically disappears... odd. Aroma is spot on, much rougher than the rare I had on Friday, booze and raisin, cola, sweet, smells very sticky. Flavor is much much rougher than the rare or really any other BCS Iíve ever had, fruity, corse large spreadout carbonation, sticky, big raisin, reminds me of Port Older Viscosity, rough mess at the moment, more so than I remember of any other BCS, but it is very young. 188.8.131.52.16
ajm (1065) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 5, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2008 This is like a bullet in the tongue. The aged quality and the calibre of bourbon make for a sharpened smoke that impales your mouth and bastes it with maple, charcoal, sweet black licorice, dry dark chocolate and the bitterness of having to drink different beers afterward. The head alone is an achievement: a color of dusty brown caramel sage like bull blood on the plains of Wyoming. Simply amazing.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 4, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle (2006) from drewbeerme - thanks, Andrew! Oh my goodness this is a delectable beer. A lovely wafting aroma of malts, bourbon, and vanilla, the thick, oily brew is very appetizing. As it warms (and warms the drinker!), its complexity really comes through. Itís not merely thick in the sense that itís soupy, but rather is robust, solid, with character. Itís not simply malty and roasty, a fist to the face like so many impy stouts, but has a really broad profile, with subtle coffee roasts, abundant chocolate aromas, slight smoke, and molasses coming through. Smooth and velvety in the mouthfeel too, making it an awesome sipper. I need more.