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 (2430) - 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.
18.104.22.168.19 . . . . . . . . . . . . .[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. 22.214.171.124.16
ajm (1066) - 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.
DeweyDell (159) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 3, 2007
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours dark black with a slight foamy tan head. Roasty aroma, lots of sweet bourbon, caramel, brown sugar, wow. Upon taking a sip, the alcohol warms you to the core without making you cringe... very well covered. Smooth palate... itís really perfect, but not quite perfect enough to make my top 5, so I had to dock points somewhere. Worth any amount of trouble and money that you have to go through to get it.
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.