bulldogops (1689) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 4, 2016
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Rating #1655 - #CBC2015 Beer 40 - Day 4 - On tap at 10 Barrel Portland w/ Pours an opaque black beauty with a rich tan foam. Aroma is heavy roast malt, mild smoke, toffee , molasses, vanilla,oak. Taste is heavy on roast malt and coffee flavours, lots of burnt sugar, toffee, bourbon vanilla, blackstrap molasses. A lovely beer that hits on all of my favourite things.
davidezdonz (267) - Hong Kong, HONG KONG - FEB 2, 2016
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
A 1 pint .9 fl oz (500ml) bottle with a bottled on date of 22nd October 2015, poured into a snifter glass. It poured an extremely dark dark brown colour with a reddish hue on the sides. Dark tanned head was very thin and did not last long and there was some thin spotty lacing. Rich rich aromas full of bourbon, oak, caramel, salted chocolate and vanilla. Tastes much like the aromas. It was full of bourbon, oak, caramel, salted chocolate and vanilla. Stunning, heavenly goodness. Full bodied, thick motor oil like richness. Low carbonation. Nice light burn as it goes down. OverallÖ Wow, this was amazingÖ a brilliant sipper. Even drinking it 3 months in, aromas, taste and feel were already wonderful. It should develop more complexity with a year or two of aging, which is what Iím going to do with the rest of my bottles.
anderson01 (317) - Idaho, USA - JAN 30, 2016
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black color. Dark, tan head that collapses rather quickly. Freckled lacing. Alcohol is really coming out in the aroma. Woody. Smokey. Vanilla. Chocolate. Blackberries. Charcoal. Creamy texture. Light carbonation. Taste like a smoked briscuit. Hickory and maybe some mesquite. Long smokey finish. Alcohol is more hidden in the taste than the aroma. Heavy body. This beer seems to stick with you well after the drink. Tasty.
SoDakBrew (3) - South Dakota, USA - JAN 27, 2016 does not count
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Heavy black licorice smell. Dark in color as with any traditional imperial stout. Light bourbon or smoke flavor on the tongue, coffee and dense smoke on the back of the tongue. Wonderful.
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growler6 (119) - Pocasset, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 27, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2016 Dark as night with low carbonation. The sniff test. Nice smoke, oak and bourbon aromas. From first to last sip. Viscous (10W30) chocolate, vanilla and tart cherry explodes in the mouth. As expected, alcohol is warming and provides balance. I was going to let this bottle age but Iím glad I didnít. Fantastic!
artemb (600) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - JAN 21, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Look: almost black, opaque and clear.
Aroma: vanilla, molasses, coffee with rum,
Taste; sweet with prominent matured alcohol notes.
Flavour: vanilla, wood, charcoal, prunes, pleasant mature alcohol.
Very good and complex.
sunstoneale (60) - MOLDOVA - JAN 18, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours jet black with virtually no head. Rich and complex aroma of bourbon, dark chocolate, oak barrel, coffee, roasted malts and some smoke. Very thick yet drinkable. Complex taste of chocolate, bourbon, coffee, liquor-like alcohol and malt that has a bitter-sweet finish. Really great multi-layered imperial stout.
Passthebeer (30) - Manassas, Virginia, USA - JAN 17, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma of bourbon ad chocolate hit you first. It appears almost black with very little head retention, most likely due to the high alcohol. Btw this stuff stains the carpet. Taste/flavor, raisin coffee, chocolate, caramelized sugar note smash your faces and then a slight alcohol heat that is really unwanted. Again the alcohol burn ruins the palate. Understood this alcohol burn should be expected due to the high abv. But still a mellowing of this beer "aging" should be done. I Bet After 2 OR 3 Years. This will be amazing.
David_Deas (15) - - JAN 16, 2016
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
After Goose Island pioneered the bourbon barrel aged stout every brewery in the country decided they needed to offer a rendition, similar to the way every brewery now has to offer an IPA in their product lineup. However, none of these offerings duplicate what Goose Island has done. The smoothness and depth of flavor are simply unmatched, which is why all bourbon barrel aged stouts are inevitably compared to the BCBS measuring stick.
Zapferstellen (5) - - JAN 14, 2016 does not count
4.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
As far as stouts go I found this bourbon barrel to be heavy and full of ranging flavor from first sip to final taste. I recommend slow drinking so you can savor the changes as it reaches room temperature. Further recommendations include surrounding yourself with family members, holiday spirit, a full belly, and some stop animation Christmas classics.
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