JBPortland (1369) - Portland, Maine, USA - DEC 4, 2015
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Well, I havenít rated bcbs in 1300 beers so I guess the time is now. What more needs to be said? 500ml 2015 vintage bottle pours oily dark drown black with small thin dark tan head that is slightly fizzy. Everything about this beer is as close to perfection as you can be, bursting with vanilla, coconut, deep rich chocolate, roast, dark coffee, bourbon character is intergrated masterfully with dark fruity spice, and oaky sweet vanilla marshmallow. Mouthfeel is big, rich, creamy and smooth. Finish lasts for days and is endless pleasure. The barrel-aged stout by which all others are judged. My favorite beer.
Jwells20 (1) - California, USA - DEC 3, 2015 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottled on September 30th, 2015. Pours deep black, tan head that fades quickly, no lacing. Smell has overwhelming bourbon, lots of chocolate, coffee, dark fruits and a surprising banana or banana bread smell as well as oak. Slightly booze heavy but smooth drinking. Dark syrup molasses taste with bitter chocolates as well as coffee, vanilla and lots of ripe fruit, possibly prune, and tons of oak. Very sweet beer but outstanding flavor and amazing balance of bitter, sweet and booze flavored. I strongly recommend this beer to anyone who can get their hands on it.
Metalchopz (2833) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 30, 2015
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Purchased at Albertson in Vegas. Bottled on 20OCT15, batch 1918, 2015 edition. Poured an almost pitch black colour with a darker brown head that fizz away rather quickly, but not bad for such a high alcohol content. No lacing is left. Aromas of bourbon with the cherry notes, dark fruits (prunes, raisins), molasses, nuts and hints of smoke. Taste of the rich dark fruits with the roasted malts and light hops. Lots going on everywhere, but everything is so well-blended that this is a beautiful Imperial stout.
Wittales (756) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 30, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance was opanqe with thin tiny creamy mocha head, no lacing. Aromas are bourbon, chocolate, toffee, soft coffee and vanilla, slight heat in nose. Taste are bourbon upfront then chocolate, caramel backing with slight hints vanilla and port-like fruitiness. Finishing with chewy sweetness of malts with bourbon balanced heat. Palate was soft CO2 with full-rich body with oily chewy lovely balanced finish. Overall a stellar stout, opens up with temperature. Iam going to age a few.
cvance11 (3) - - NOV 30, 2015 does not count
4.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This beer absolutely stands up to the hype. Completely black in color, aromas of caramel and vanilla are intense. It is incredibly smooth to drink, rich in flavor, with an almost creamy texture. By far the best bourbon stout I've ever experienced.
wombat23 (135) - Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Shared 16.9 oz. bottle. 2015 version. 14.3% ABV. Black color with dark tan head, which almost disappears immediately. Bourbon dominates the noise at cooler temps; as it warms, chocolate and coffee are detected as well. Tastes strongly of bourbon at first. But again, as it warms, other flavors begin to come through: oak, roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, subtle vanilla notes, and a hint of smoke. Will try this again after aging (would expect the bourbon flavor to mellow). A slow sipper for sure.
darbeer75 (120) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma: straight bourbon with notes of vanilla; Appearance: pitch black with tan head that completely disappears quickly; Taste: strong bourbon with aftertaste of coffee and malt; some smokiness; definitely unlike any beer Iíve tried before; Palate: full body, average carbonation, long and sweet finish; Overall: delicious if you like bourbon; rich, complex, strong; a bit harsh around the edges that will probably mellow with time; would definitely buy again.
Natai (124) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 29, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours like black oil with very little head. Aromas of bourbon, caramel, and coffee with hints of cocoa, nut, and licorice. Smooth and oily on the palate. Excellent.
Cousin_Larry (767) - - NOV 29, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had a bottle of 2015 thanks to jerkane. Good chocolate, coffee, and bourbon flavor. A little overhyped IMO.
Changed (458) - Ithaca, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2015 bottle, bottled 18 September. Pours viscous black, small brown head, no lacing. Aroma is raisins, campfire, bourbon, vanilla. Flavor is much the same. Sweet, boozy, warming, not hot, the alcohol is very well hidden. Can you call a 14% beer drinkable? This one, you can. Complex, exceptionally well balanced. Will have to grab a few more bottles to age, if I can hold out.