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 (4696) - 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!
wolfcarnival (82) - Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC - JUN 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Drunk 22/06/14 with cam. honored to share this. pours sticky and black, golden ruby around the edges, almost no head. smell is great. sweet with a cut of alcohol. taste surprised me. perfect balance of woody vanilla, treacle, cream, with walnuts and slight roasty bitterness. i dislike the charred flavour imps can have but this was smooth and creamy and warming. thick and chewy, it stuck to the sides of the glass until the last drop. totally delicious
CelticJohnny (73) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 16, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Enjoyed on 6/15/14 @ The Farnsworth House in Bordentown, NJ. Served in official Goose Island half pint glass. Looks amazing in the glass. Black with a nice khaki head. Smells of bourbon, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, maple, and brown sugar! The taste starts off with smokey bourbon, along with slight bitter coffee, and then a sweet vanilla, maple backnote. Syrupy texture and on the heavy side. I'm surprised for a craft brewery owned by In-Bev could create such an awesome beer! This is why I gave it a 5/5!
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trippytbta (9) - California, USA - JUN 15, 2014 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap into Bourbon County Tulip Glass
A - Black motor oil, no real head after pouring, maybe a slight brown
S - Vanilla and booze
T- starts with heavy bourbon and vanilla. Comes in with chocolate and coffee. Oak, Maple, and Vanilla really bring it together.
M - Very thick. The booze and the chocolate last for a while after sip.
Overall - Very heavy and complex. Perfect. Favorite BA RIS so far. Thank you GOOSE ISLAND!
jimmythefalcon (26) - Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark, beautiful pour. The bourbon sticks out on the palate. The caramel and vanilla notes are there, but the stout overpowers them at times.
Desverger (2095) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 8, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle (2012) from Voldby (thanks to Niller for the share) - very dark brown near on black with no head. Dark roasted malty, dark chocolate, caramel, subtle vanilla, bourbon wooden nuances throughout, lovely and complex, vinous and oily mouthfeel, has a great roasted boozy bear hug at the end. Spectacular.
Jabic (429) - Brigantine, New Jersey, USA - JUN 6, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ar: Bourbon, tar - molasses and heavily roasted caramel - chocolate and burnt coffee.
Ap: Pitch black with slight brown highlights on the edges - very small light brown head - low retention, leaves a thin, but solid ring of of foam.
T: Sweet bourbon, some clean alcohol heat - burnt caramel, molasses - highly roasted coffee, turbinado sugar - toffee, nougat, and blueberry - bitterness is medium - char, and more bourbon and coffee on the finish.
P: Full body with medium-high carbonation - finish is medium.
O: A stellar bourbon barrel RIS - dense, complex, and warming.
gopherfan99 (466) - CROATIA - JUN 6, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, pours dark black with a thin brown head, noticeable bourbon aroma, sweet taste of the bourbon, some chocolate, vanilla, and some coffee, very good imperial
Clownoisseur (212) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - JUN 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On so many occasions and in so many different fashions have I tried this beer. I get it, itís the "Grandfather of Bourbon Barrel-Aged Beers"....it certainly deserves respect for being a trailblazer. However, I just cannot get behind this beer like so many others seem to. It is just too big.
2012 vintage. Poured into a Bellís snifter. Color is jet black, like spent oil. Thick brown head that recedes into a ring around the glass with spotty lacing. Aromas of subdued bourbon, oak, anise, roasted nut and smoke. Much calmer than when this was fresh....I remembered smelling this 15%íer from across the table before each sip....not so much now. The taste has muted bourbon notes upfront with a decent chocolate/anise interplay. It creates a bit of tobacco flavoring....which leads into the smoke character. Some sweetness in the middle ground....light vanilla, oak, molasses. But, the bourbon is still very much the centerpiece of the finish. It still dominates over any other subtleties this beer may offer....I can almost taste the delicacy in the base, but the bourbon just overwhelms my taste buds and palate. The beer being so oily, it resonates even further down my tongue, leaving little respite for any flavor that may be contained in the following sips. Just an exhausting beer.
Donít get me wrong, I enjoy a gluttonous beer as much as the next person...but I feel that since Bourbon County broke down the door for Bourbon Barrel aging, other brewers have refined the style with more tenderness in the process.