bigda83 (152) - Jamestown, New York, USA - JUL 21, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Blue Monk. Wow, what an amzing beer. Poured a deep black and had a medium beige head. Aroma really hits you with with bourbon, oak, chocolate, alcohol, and vanilla. Taste follows the nose pretty well. Itís a sipper, but I found myself wanting to drink it faster because it was so good. This was my first bourbon county offering from GI and hopefully I will get to try more.
gendeftinwolf (1) - - JUL 18, 2014 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This beer is simply amazing.I would walk 500 miles.... Climb the highest mountains... All for this one. But seriously, this isnít for beginners. It has a heavy flavor and drinks so smooth.
HonusWagner (1357) - Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet with flavors of bourbon, toffee, light cocoa. Kinda straightforward and not particularly my thing past having its flavors in the right places. Certainly a good beer without obvious flaws, but also not exciting for me.
Madsen1635 (233) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 12, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black pour with no significant head. Wild beer. Aroma has coffee toffee and malt. Fresh taste with complexity.
puboflyons (2106) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 7, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
From the 12 fl. oz 2013 batch bottle. The pour is jet black and completely blocks any light from getting through. The aroma is mostly of chocolate malts but the bourbon liquor really cuts to the quick and rips through my nose. Dark fruit and yeast. The body is as full as it can be and chewy like gum. The bourbon on the nose is not as powerful in the taste but that hard liquor bite really canít be avoided along with the sweet chocolate and long bitter finale. Everyone loves this one and I canít argue with them and it probably gets my highest rating in the seven years Iíve been on Rate Beer. If the booze was mellower Iíd give it 5 out of 5.
rouhlas (79) - GREECE - JUL 4, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
355 ml bottle, 2009 vintage, at home. Black color with small beige-brown head. Aroma is bourbon, wood, roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, raisins and alcohol. Taste begins sweet, it becomes bitter and it is almost like the aroma with flavors of bourbon, chocolate and vanilla. Full body with creamy feel, soft carbonation and bitter alcoholic finish. Very good! The first BCBS that I tried was 2008 vintage at Mikkeller bar (Viktoriagade) 1 hour after I had woken up and before going to Sparta Hallen for the second day of CBC 2012. That was perfect! The best BCBS I íve had so far. I tried vintage 2012 just after it was released and the bourbon and alcohol was too much! So I think that this beer becomes much better after some years!
bursprak (481) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
355 ml bottle @ home. Pours a pitch black, thick oily like fluid with a minimal head. Nose has licorice, dark chocolate and some vanilla. Taste is boozy bourbon heavy at first but balances out as it warms up. Some light tartness with the bitter chocolate and vanilla.
SimonTja (243) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 27, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
"Aquired in 2009, barrel aged since then and then released in 18 cl bottles at the Monks bars in Stockholm in 2014."
Deep bourbon aroma, smells right when poured all over the place, smell of the empty bottle is just pure bourbon. Aroma is vanilla, chocolate, loads of it, vanilla, oak and oak and oak. Itís very very flavoursome, but the booze and bourbon overtakes it a bit too much. The beer quality and the roastiness is close to gone, and only malt resembleness that is left is the chocolate malt, nevertheless, this is a great drink and very special and is indeed world class, but different, and even if it was like I wanted or expect it to be it might not be better.
lricketts (10) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 27, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured into 10 oz snifter from tap.
Appearance: Black body, tan head.
Aroma: Roasted malt, dark chocolate, slight hint of vanilla.
Taste: Big chocolate flavor on the front, roasted malt, subtle bourbon flavor, slight malt bitterness on finish.
Palate: Medium body with a creamy consistency. Very smooth.
Overall: Such a balanced imperial stout with regards to the big chocolate flavor and the very light bitterness on the back end. It truly is a dessert in a glass. Serves as such a strong starting point for all of the variants in the series.
tderoeck (4484) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUN 25, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
5/IV/14 - 12Fl. Oz. bottle @ home - BB: n/a, 2012 vintage (2014-341) Thanks to Filip for sharing this one!
Note: apparently I forgot to enter this review, weird. Thanks to PriorL for pointing this out by bringing another bottle of this to share at my place! :-)
Dark brown to black beer, almost no head. Aroma: some caramel, mocha, lots of cocoa powder, chocolate, quite some vanilla on warming up. MF: ok carbon, full body. Taste: caramel, dark chocolate, sugary, some alcohol, bit of mocha. Aftertaste: caramel, lots of chocolate, sweet, some vanilla, mocha, fruity touch, cherries and dark fruits, little bitter, more chocolate. Very decent stuff!