rouhlas (276) - GREECE - JUL 4, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
355 ml bottle, 2009 vintage, at home. Black color with small beige-brown head. Aroma is bourbon, wood, roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, raisins and alcohol. Taste begins sweet, it becomes bitter and it is almost like the aroma with flavors of bourbon, chocolate and vanilla. Full body with creamy feel, soft carbonation and bitter alcoholic finish. Very good! The first BCBS that I tried was 2008 vintage at Mikkeller bar (Viktoriagade) 1 hour after I had woken up and before going to Sparta Hallen for the second day of CBC 2012. That was perfect! The best BCBS I ’ve had so far. I tried vintage 2012 just after it was released and the bourbon and alcohol was too much! So I think that this beer becomes much better after some years!
bursprak (708) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
355 ml bottle @ home. Pours a pitch black, thick oily like fluid with a minimal head. Nose has licorice, dark chocolate and some vanilla. Taste is boozy bourbon heavy at first but balances out as it warms up. Some light tartness with the bitter chocolate and vanilla.
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 (5007) - 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 (108) - 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 (2266) - 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 (431) - 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.