penstemon (199) - Nevada, USA - MAR 31, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Year old bottle. Pours black with a dark tan rim. Aroma is dense with fruit and malt: sweet fig, date, raisin, some fruity esters, bourbon, caramel, toffee, tobacco, oak, a hint of smoke, chocolate, and vanilla. Taste is sweet, raisin, fig, more dried fruits, alcohol, toffee, toasted marshmallow, chocolate, and a bit of smoke/roast. Syrupy thick, full body, lingering sweetness, boozy afterburn. Rich, delicious, perhaps a bit too hot even after a year. Definitely a "dessert beer".
Vignale (2576) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 30, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Flaska från SB, 2012 vintage, 15 abv. riktigt stor och kraftig IS där inte bourbonlagring tillåts ta över eftersom grundölet är så kraftigt. Aningen tjära, men annars mest söta smaker av russin, melass, vanilj, bourbon, choklad och fudge. En hel del värmande alkohol men inte alls spritig. Riktigt gott, men kanske inte lika sensationell som när den kom 2002.
Lilja (2185) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 27, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Flaska från SB. Smak och doft av choklad, vanilj, farinsocker, mandelmassa, marsipan, russin, karamell, bourbon. Stor sötma, rund, oljig, kraftfull, fruktig med fin beska. Riktigt gott!
LuckyDog (614) - - MAR 26, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a sipping beer. Six ounce pour of the 2012 vintage. Very sweet. Alcohol flavor. I taste the vanilla and oak. Outstanding.
Christpuncher (2083) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2015
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
the older BCBS are much smoother and sweeter. strong sweet bourbon flavor with a roasted malt backbone. no bite in this bad boy even at 15% alcohol. pours black with no head. smells of chocolate, coffee, and bourbon. one of the best stouts i have ever had.
Earlier Rating: 12/18/2013 Total Score: 4.4
This is actually the baudoinia from goose island. Really strong 15% alcohol and has a sweet finish. Pours black and smells chocolately.
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Gimple (1) - - MAR 25, 2015 does not count
2.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 3/20
This was an off year. Way too ash and soot tasting. Purchased from two stores. Normally a favorite, not this year.
DrunkSanta410 (654) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2015
4.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2014 Bottle at home, obtained in a trade with huskertan. Thanks! Pours opaque black, brown head dissipates quickly into a thin film. Aroma is faint bourbon, a bit of vanilla and licorice. Black coffee and hints of chocolate. Honestly a bit underwhelmed by the aroma. Taste is milk chocolate and coffee, transitions to mellow bourbon, licorice and a bit of fruit. Semi sweet with a bitter finish. As this warms the bourbon mellows a bit more and more of the barrel complexities come out, oak and vanilla. Palate is thick but silky smooth, a bit of alcohol detectable on the palate. Medium carbonation. This is a fantastic beer, and one of the best barrel aged beers I’ve had. There is quite a bit of hype, and there are definitely better imperial stouts out there but this is one I would drink time and time again. Got another 2014 in the cellar, excited to see how it develops over the next few years!
brnandersen (2599) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 20, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
355 ml bottle, 2012 Vintage, 15 abv. Poured in to a Snifter. Pitch black with a thin, tanned head around the edge of the glass. Roasted aroma with dark malts, caramel, vanilla, bourbon barrel, ripe fruits and liqourice. Taste is sweet and roasted. Full body with an oily texture and a near flat carbonation. Long lasting dry and roasted finish with rich, dark malts and soft vanilla notes, chocolate. No sign of the 15 alcohol. Excellent Stout, really well balanced and a lovely barrel ageing.
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RRistow12 (454) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasted from draft at Hunahpu day. Pours black with dark brown head. Aroma is bourbon, coffee and chocolate. Taste is coffee, dark chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, oak, caramel. Full bodied thick beer with a moderate sweetness and mild bitterness. Had it along with several other bourbon barrel aged and its up there with the best.
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nihtila (1832) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 12, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
30.5.2014. 2012 version. Black, thick, no head. Sweet bourbon aroma with vanilla, oak. Flavour has plenty of roasted malts, coffee, some cigar(?), going towards bourbon, vanilla, oak. Also as can be expected with this abv, alcohol is present and warms a lot. Heavy and delicious stuff, deserves time.