Peacehammer (558) - California, USA - APR 14, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2012 2011 Bottle, opened 5/3/2012. pours a dark oily black, with a finger of dark caramel head that dissipates to a quarter finger. Nose is all bourbon. Lots of vanilla and oak. Very full bodies. Finish is all bourbon, chocolatey roasty stout to start. But this is mostly a bourbon monster, complete with burning. Iíll be interested to see how it mellows out.
2008 Bottle, opened 4/7/12: Pours a thick, oil like black, with no head. Tons of bourbon aroma, sweet chocolatey flavor, with oak and bourbon all the way through. Does a decent job masking all the alcohol, with the exception being the bourbon flavors. Sweet, dark chocolate finish. Iím impressed with how well itís aged.
msnelling09 (72) - Beverly, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013 Vintage- The beer pours a midnight black, like motor oil. The beer appears thick and viscous, and forms a very small head of dark, oak-colored bubbles that quickly fizzle away to just a scrim. In body, the beer is opaque and impenetrable to the eye, though presumably free of particles. When swirled against the sides of the glass, the beer leaves a lovely set of legs. On the nose, this beer is boozy with dark chocolate, a touch of dark roast coffee, oak, vanilla, and chocolate covered raisins running across the nostrils. Soft toasted coconut and a touch of pralines and toffee also make it into the rich nose of this beer, but at its base, this beer is all about the boozy bourbon character which comes through beautifully. Iím getting the sense of a boozy, chocolate covered pretzel for some reasonÖ On the tongue, the beer tastes boozy hot, and sweet with a drying boozy finish. The heat begins a little too hot but is smoothed out by the chocolate sweetness, while mild tannins dance at the finish alongside a roast bitterness, and just a hint of hop bitters as well before the booze makes one last hurrah. In flavor, the beer begins briefly as hot fusel alcohol, morphing into rich and boozy bourbon it develops flavors of vanilla and oak and then the stout comes through giving dark chocolate, raisins, molasses, and then chocolate milk flavors. The finish is hot with alcohol while mild tannic wood presses through alongside slight charred smoke, the finish eventually unfolds further stout characteristics, but only after the heat has moved down the gullet. A touch of char comes through in the aftertaste. In the mouth, the beer feels perfect for the style. It is richly full in body, like milk or even heavy cream, with a soft carbonation that is nearly nonexistent. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth and silky with a thick chewiness that completes the beer. After the beer leaves, the mouth is left tingly with alcoholic burn, yet dry with only hints of salivation at the sides of the mouth. Overall, this is BCBS, a classic of the Bourbon Barrel Aged Stouts, and it is a great beer. I personally would sit on my bottle for a little while longer as the heat is a little too hot for me right now. The beer is rich in everything you want from a barrel aged stout, though, and is a damn fine beer. This is a whale worth hunting down.
DrinkinWell (64) - - DEC 10, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours dark black with very little head and virtually no lacing. A beautiful, bold barrel-aged bourbon stout. Aromas are vanilla and oak, hints of caramel. The liquor comes through as it hits your tongue, balanced by slight chocolaty sweetness. For those who love bourbon beers, this is a must have.
kwd1996 (17) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 9, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excellent. One of the best barrel aged stouts Iíve ever had. Do yourself a favor and grab one.
mverity (115) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013 bottle from Proof Bottle Shop. I set the bottle out about an hour before I opened it. Poured into a large snifter. Deep opaque black with a thin chocolate colored head. Head lasted well under a minute. No lacing, but some sticky legs. Lots of vanilla, bourbon and molasses in the aroma. Not much else in the nose. Nice bourbon warmth throughout the taste without it being overpowering. Typically I donít like a ton of bourbon booziness in a stout, but this holds it up extremely well. Bourbon taste without the booziness. Nice vanilla sweetness in the front with some toffee and chocolate up there as well. Mid-palate is some of that molasses with the bourbon and earthy oak at the end. You certainly donít get any of the 14.9% abv in this bad boy. Mouthfeel is nicely viscous without being thick, very low carbonation. Great beer...but I am slightly underwhelmed by all the hype.
Cubatobaco (3) - Virginia, USA - DEC 8, 2013 does not count
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thereís really not much else to say about this that hasnít already been stated. It gets better with time and the new 2013 is off the charts! Do yourself a favor and seek this out if you have never had the chance to drink one.
WillRunForBeer (189) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 8, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Aces and Ales. Assume 2013 vintage. Pours black with a coffee brown head. Aroma of raisin, roasted malt, caramel, licorice, dark chocolate. A powerful brew with flavors of licorice, dark chocolate, raisiin, vanilla. Canít really hide the abv. A big beer!
VIBhunter (14) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 8, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter tasting glass at about room temperature.
Aroma - Over powering smoke and wood smell. Some dark chocolate, leather, vanilla, and licorice.
Appearance - Dark coffee pour with about two finger head. Has some carbonation and very little lacing at the top of glass.
Taste - Bourbon, wood, chocolate, and black licorice.
Palate - Very complex taste but the bourbon and wood stands out with a dry sweet finish.
Overall - Hopefully, overtime it becomes better as some ingredients mellow out and some mixed in more. First time tasting it and I have to say its worth seeking out if you are a bourbon or oak aged beer lover like me.
MrFecesious (656) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 7, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle share taster. 2013. Black body with dark brown edges. Aroma is super hot with bourbon, traces of the dark chocolate fill the sinus cavity after, with licorice. A lot. Taste is very sweet. Dry, tingly finish. Will mellow out nicely over the next few years. Pretty hot right now.
jzzbassman (1414) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - DEC 7, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013 Bottle. Pours a deep black with very little head or lace. Aroma is most noticeably bourbon, with shortbread cookie and caramel. Flavor is richly malty, toffee, caramel, and the wonderful bourbon. Low carbonation helps keep the "spirit" of this one, alcohol well hidden. Fine beer that I think is worthy of the hype.
Oogiee (16) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 7, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
caramel, roasty, coffee, nuts, chocolate, herbs, resin, earthy, leather, licorice, raisin, vanilla, soy sauce, black, brown foam, heavy cloying sweetness, medium bitterness, umami, full body, oily feel, creamy, slick feel, thick feel, soft carbonation, long finish,