DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 3, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2007 bottle. Pours jet black with a small brown head that circles the rim of the glass and never leaves. Aroma of bourbon hits my nose as Iím pouring from feet away. It takes several moments for anything but the intense bourbon to become apparent. Vanilla, chocolate covered cherries, oak, milk chocolate, malted milk balls all become apparent beneath the ever strong bourbon. Awesome aroma. Taste is super rich, super roasty, thick and creamy with a bit of alcohol at the finish but not nearly as much as a fresh bourbon aged 13%ABVer could be. This is amazing. I canít wait to see how the rest of the 4-pack will taste during the rest of the year.
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 3, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
í07 Bottle: Pitch black, viscous pour with no head. The oak and bourbon hit you right up front on this with only subtle notes of brown sugar, dark chocolate and molasses coming through on the nose. Silky smooth, this has much more body than I was expecting but Iím not complaining one bit. This tastes exactly like these chocolate covered bourbon balls that my family makes for the holidays. Some brown sugar and espresso bean flavors come through as it warms. A bit hot at this point but still excellent. I canít wait to see how this ages.
islay (1100) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 2, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Small serving during 11-30-07 tasting at the Lex-Larp Cellars as I joined joet and the Twin Cities crew. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Superb aroma of raisins and chocolate. Like a cross between a traditional imperial stout and a barley wine in smell. Pours a dark brown with tan head. Bourbon obvious in the boozy taste. Sweet chocolate flavor. Dry finish. Long, bitter, dark chocolate aftertaste. Medium to heavy body. Soft in the palate. Excellent palate sensations. This was my second favorite beer of the thirteen I tried at the tasting. My favorite was Big Eddy Imperial Stout. I ended up rating Goose Island Bourbon County Stout a tenth of a point higher due to a superior aroma and palate, but I preferred the flavor of Big Eddy and gave it a higher overall score.
cewldre (268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle via mystery swap 2.0: This one pours pitch black with a small, dark tan head. Aroma is is of dark fruit, raisin. I notice some chocolate. The alcohol smell is also present. Taste is truly awesome. I do notice an alcoholic burn on the back end, but there is a fantastic chocolate flavor with just a bit of bourbon coming through. This bottle says it was bottled in 05, so it has definitely changed with age from what I remember. If the alcohol had settled just a bit more, this would be fantastic. That said, this beer is still high on my list.
thegreenrooster (3194) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 30, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2007 Pour is a deep dark black with no head at all. Aroma is a fantastic with a strong bourbon with some wood smoke and vanilla. Flavor just tastes dark. Some chocolate, vanilla and wood again show up, with a big bold alcohol presence. Mouthfeel is very heavy and thick. Only a few sips into this and i can already feel a warming presence. Kinda pricy at $5 for a 12oz but this is a beer that must be tried.
sthlm (1230) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 30, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2008 [Bottle] Pours black with a nearly nonexistent small dark tan head that appears only upon swirling the glass. Aroma is huge of bourbon with the alcohol coming through stronger as it warmed. Towards the end it actually burned my nose to smell it, and that I did not particularly care for. Taste is quite sweet up front, then bourbon and a lot of chocolate that blends in beautifully. A little vanilla and coconut is also in there. Extremely thick mouthfeel, but also very smooth. Probably top 3 as far as thickest I have encountered so far. I really got tired of bourbon barrel aged beers after having many mediocre examples of the style, but this is a testament to how good barrel aging can be.
Re-rate: Wow, even better than before. Bourbon isnít overpowering at all, and chocolate is even more pronounced. Excellent stuff. Old Rating: 8-4-9-5-18=4.4.
Re-Rate: It seems like each time I have this beer I like it even more than the time before. This is rapidly becoming one of my favorite imperial stouts. Old Rating: 8/4/9/5/19=4.5
[Bottle, thanks Guerde] Re-Rate: I’m not sure if this bottle was just from a slightly off batch, or if it is just the fact that it is now a few months old, but it is not as good as previous ones. The bourbon is still there in the aroma and taste, but the chocolate has faded quite a bit. The taste is what has dropped off most significantly, with the sweet caramel and alcohol definitely still present, but overshadowed by the malt. Everything seems just a little more dull and less rounded. Still good, but not great anymore.
Skyview (5172) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - NOV 30, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Picked up single 12-oz bottle at Cellarís Wine & Spirits in St Paul, MN. Pours a thick, opaque dark brown brew with a thin, creamy tan head that leaves behind a fine film and tan ring. Aroma is complex with a strong vanilla, chocolate, aged oak, bourbon, a touch of coconut, and molasses scents. Taste is full bodied, thick, slick, very little carbonation with flavors of bourbon, alcohol, chocolate malt and vanilla. Finish is high alcohol character, with a lingering bourbon and dark malt flavor. As Minnesota evening continue to get cold, this is one heck of a warming brew.
Guerde (1165) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
(bottle) Pours an inky black with just a trace amount of a dark tan head, that soon faded away to nothing. Aroma is very nice with some vanilla, wood, bourbon, and chocolate. Upon warming though the alcohol really dominated on the nose. Flavor was nice chocolate and vanilla with a lingering lightly roasted/wood finish. Softly carbonated with a thick mouthfeel. This is an excellent beer, and I can only imagine it would improve with aging.
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 18, 2009 Sampled during Manhattan Blind IS Tasting: So looking back on my notes I really liked this one. Nice and heavenly. Probably what I was waiting for all day. Smooth, rich and delicious.
mixinnixon2000 (227) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2008 This beer was excelent. It was my first burbon stout and the powerful taste almost knocks you over. the flavor keeps coming minutes after the first sip.