KansaiBeerLvrs (1338) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 8, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
My bootle of Goose Island's BCS 2012 was picked up at a shop in Copenhagen & dragged back to Japan. Opened to celebrate hitting 1300 ratings on ratebeer. Served in a snifter. 15% an inky black viscous pour with ruby highlights & a thin ruddy tan head. Potent aroma of smooth bourbon, vanilla, oakiness & creamy chocolate plus a little bit of sharp booziness. Wow, very smooth body, creamy thick meaty mouthfeel with a ton of warmth as it pleasantly burns it's way down my throat. Meaty, savoury umami flavor, roasty, some cherry syrup candy like notes, bourbon, light oak, vanilla, coconut. One of the smoothest barrel aged beers I've ever had. Aged 2 years it is simply grand, I'd love to try it fresh though to see if it is as smooth!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
sawbuck (246) - Round Lake, Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
2013 bottle....Oct 10th. Great blend of vanilla, toffee, and charcoal laced with roasted malt on the nose. Ebony black in appearance, almost no head however. Ultra sweet, but balanced with bitter chocolate notes at first. Then the burn melds everything together nicely. Slightly slick mouth feel. Finishes with a warm glow, and muted remnants of the initial flavors, slightly muted.
gegwilson (621) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
20012 Bottle from Trembling Madness in York. Pours black with a chocolatey head that disappears very quickly. Loads of flavours going on. Sweet with bourbon very much at the forefront. Oak, vanilla, chocolate, caramel notes in there. The alcohol is prominent, but warming rather than intrusive. Personally I felt the bourbon overpowered the flavours from the stout a bit too much. That said, this is still a mighty fine beer.
redbeard3 (57) - - APR 4, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Walked into Top Hops on a whim while in New York with my cousins and boy was this a joy to stumble across. This is one of the most complex beers I have ever drank. Big bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, and roast are all wrapped together by a silky, dare I say, motor oil like viscosity. Absolutely fantastic! Glad this one is still made in Chicago!
drsandman (64) - New York, USA - APR 1, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at waterfront ale house, never thought I would walk in here and find this.. All the better. Pours jet black with very thin pretty brown head. Aroma is toffee, raw coffee, chocolate, vanilla, some bourbon / booze, sweet malt. Taste is vanilla, blast of sweet sugar / malt, caramel, coffee, and oh yeah... Bourbon! Really boozy on the back end, but it's great... Especially if you love bourbon. thick thick stuff, almost have to chew it. Full mouthfeel, low carbonation. Hype warranted.
hockeybeerguy (910) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAR 30, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reviewed from notes.
The appearance had a jet black body that leaves a two finger dark tan/brown head that quickly dies to a film coating the top of the beer, no lacing.
The smell had bourbon straight up, wow, mainly bourbon for the 2 hour sipping period, however, some chocolate did come out.
The taste was sweet and hot due to the alcohol and chocolate combination, sweet sticky aftertaste and finish.
On the palate, she sits a medium to heavy as the alcohol was felt perhaps a bit too much for me. Carbonation seemed spot on and did feel pretty smooth all around, probably would make a nice winter sipper.
Overall, well, it seemed like a bourbon bomb to me, but I would say that was a bit my fault for having it when I did, still I will say this is good for its style and I wouldnít mind having one again and hope its aged a bit more.
JFGrind (1810) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Complex bourbon, coffee, vanilla, roasted malts full bodied flavor and aroma. Goose Island can rest its reputation on this beer alone. Happy that itís still brewed in the City of Big Shoulders.
Hammy78 (699) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 28, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Iíve had this a few times now and never got around to rating. Pours as described MIDNiGHT, you can encourage a dark khaki head if poured aggressively, but it disappears just as quickly as it develops, no lace. Aroma is so creamy sweat, like Irish cream without the mint, milk chocolate, hint of coffee, and obviously bourbon. Tastes silky smooth, a touch bitter and a
Title bite. Alcohol, vanilla, woody. Great stuff.
visionthing (2393) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 26, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
35,5cl bottle (2012) from Micro bar, Manchester. Pours dark old motor oil like, with a rather small beige head. Complex and quite intense. Bourbon whiskey is quite dominating in aroma. Malt, caramel, chocolate, wooden notes and hints of vanilla also present. Fairly sweet, but very well balanced - slightly sour notes and a balanced bitterness. Smooth, very flavourful and delicious.
Arve_Christian (2736) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 26, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On bottle with Visionthing, thanks a lot!! Black color, some brownish foam, very high viscosity. Aromas of bourbon, malt, dried fruits; high aroma intensity- also chocolate and vanilla . Full body & high complexity. Long lingering aftertaste. Very enjoyable