emusche (204) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 21, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2016 Pours cola black with thin head. Aromas of vanilla bean, cacao, caramel, and bourbon; this is truly incredible. Taste is nearly identical to nose, but so smooth and creamy that it shouldnít be possible. Vanilla, caramel, slightly smoky, the barrel-flavor present but not overbearing. Worth waiting for, and worth the price if you can find it.
Hugetaste42 (18) - - MAY 27, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Awesome stout. Tried multiple times. Barrel flavor is huge, a bit boozy and hot, dark chocolate, roasted malt, and everything good is in this bottle. 2009 vintage bottle was the best Iíve tried, and that bottle probably deserved a solid 4.7. But in average, I say 4.3
kajser27 (1406) - Zagreb, CROATIA - MAY 16, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy, dark brown to black, thick and syrupy, flat, small to no head. Aroma is of brown sugar, molasses, caramel, some chocolate, roasted malt, strong vanilla and bourbon barrel, light alcohol. Taste is very sweet brown sugar, molasses, caramel and some chocolate, strong vanilla and bourbon, oak, roasted malt, medium roasty bitterness, some alcohol but mostly very well hidden, some warmth in the finish, long lasting aftertaste. Full bodied, flat, thick and bit sticky.
(bottle from the brewery from a colleague who did some commissioning there)
N3lson1 (1005) - Long Valley, New Jersey, USA - MAY 15, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Drank from a sample glass, shared amongst friends. Pours black, zero head. Amazing aromas of chocolate and caramel. Nice flavor, a bit of a burn from the bourbon but nothing extreme. Well done!
willisread (2543) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUN 9, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2014 bottle shared. Thanks Gregg! Pours a jet black with a tiny ring of tan head that lingers for a little bit. Molasses, cacao nibs, vanilla, toasted caramel and bourbon notes dominate the nose. Light tobacco and soy sauce are in the background but fairly well-balanced and leans to the sweet side. Average carbonation and a chocolately finish with some warming bourbon notes. Fairly creamy on the palate as well with the vanilla notes shining. World class for sure.
Calh42 (1) - Iowa, USA - JUN 18, 2016 does not count
1.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
This is over rated, over hyped, and way over priced. I cannot understand the huuuuuge following. I read/skimmed a thousand ratings of this and only found a few that made sense to me. Looks great. Ink black. Poured into a tulip with no head at all. Smelled musty. Taste was overly sweet and I wondered if it was attempting to be a sour gone bad. Compared it to Brer Rabbitt molasses and that wasnít it. Compared it to Sorghum and it was spot on except BCBS is much darker. Felt oily and syrupy. Looked for the strong bourbon flavor and alcohol that are mentioned in so many reviews, but donít find it. I like a good bourbon and this shows none of it. Lingering medicinal taste on the tongue. Iíll never recommend this to anyone and Iíll never purchase it again. Unfortunately I got caught up in the hype and have two more large bottles. Guess Iíll need to "share" them with our beer club or give them away.
euniceradio (453) - Worthington, Minnesota, USA - MAY 29, 2016
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap to mini snifter. Pours black, brown ring head. Aroma of chocolate, barrel oak, creme brulee, bourbon. The barrel flavor is huge but smooth and balanced.
linusb (899) - SWEDEN - MAY 12, 2016
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: Pitch black with a nice brown head
N: Bourbon, coffee, vanilla, chocolate
T: Vanilla, coffee, bourbon, molasses, caramel, liqourice
O: Very thick and creamy mouthfeel. Excellent mouthfeel!
andrei79 (32) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 19, 2016
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2015 bottle. Could easily pass for chocolate liquor. Tried it out because of the hype, I find it too sweet. While it feels smooth and oily with a warm aftertaste, thereís not a lot of room left for other details because of the sweetness. Wouldnít recommend.
ShivanDragon (3508) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15, 2016
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2016 #3000, edit---BCS 2015 variant, schenkt stroperig dik zwart met kaki kraag. Aroma van donkere chocolade, koffie, mout, geroosterd, en een heerlijke Bourbon.
Smaken zijn behoorlijk aan de dikke kant, romig mondgevoel, enorm veel donkere chocolade, behoorlijk zoet, enorm plakkerig, super zachte en gebalanceerde Bourbon, gebrande mouten, koffie, molasse, vanille, hout, zeer lichte bitterheid die in de afdronk erg zacht blijft mede dankzij de bourbon, volle body, zachte co2, smooth... werkelijk een fantastisch bier... zonder de speciale gelegenheid een 4.8