ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Reviewed 12/23/2012. 12 oz (2012 vintage) bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.
A: Pours a wondrously pitch black color. However, thereís hardly any head. Any vestiges of a tan-colored head fade quickly and leave almost no lacing. Really, weíve got to start talking about alcohol legs when we get to this gravity. And theyíre pretty impressive.
S: Tons of bourbon, augmented by dark fruits and vanilla. Not much in the way of roasted malts; it pretty much hits on the sweeter aspects of a good imperial stout, rather than the more savory ones. Itís really not that boozy for 15%, either. Not the strongest aroma ever (due to the low carbonation), but incredibly evocative.
T: Sweet? Yes. Boozy? Yes. The flavor I notice first are stewed plums, raisins, and figs - this has a hell of a dark fruit note to it. Ultimately, it will finish with its trademark bourbon character and vanilla-infused chocolate. A slight note of smokiness will appear after a while. Itís warm, yes, but given its gravity, the booze could be a lot worse. Basically, it has the hallmark character of a proper boozy beer - an alcohol character that blends with the flavor profile instead of clashing. This definitely bears a passing resemblance to FW Parabola, only with a lot more in the way of finesse and balance. The only thing missing is some complexity; thankfully, whatís there is very enjoyable to savor slowly.
M: The finish is ultra syrupy, wet, and sweet. Very creamy in its palate texture, aided by the subtle (at best) carbonation. Some oak tannins come out in the late aftertaste in an attempt to dry the palate a little, but to no avail. This really is the type of beer that sits indolently on the tongue with massive, thick sweetness. You will NOT drink this quickly, so donít even dare - just veg over it for an hour or two and everything will be peachy keen.
O: Well, what more can be said? Itís a big monster, but with enough deftness and sophistication to help give it a little extra ísomethingí. On the other hand, there is enough harshness to suggest this needs to lay down in the cellar for a bit. Regardless, this is something everyone should try at least once in their life.
LuckyDog (541) - - 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 (1624) - 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 (411) - 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 Iíve 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 (2258) - 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 (365) - 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 (838) - 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.
salvaticas (494) - - MAR 7, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Botte pour at Tørst. Pours like oil. Black and smooth with no head. Strong flavor. Palate is a bit watery. Pretty intense.
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normalbeerguy (6) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 7, 2015 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from 2014 Batch of 13.8% alcohol. Appearance is black, thick, oily. Smell is of bourbon, roast, chocolate, but mostly bourbon. Taste is a blast of bourbon alcohol that transitions into a delicious chocolate, roasted stout. This bottle tasted less boozy than the previous times Iíve had it on tap this year. I donít know if itís this particular batch that tastes smoother than the other which was 14.4% ABV but it sure seemed so. If youíre not a huge fan of bourbon barrel beers steer clear because this brings the barrel front and center. Delicious!
tillmac62 (334) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - MAR 6, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
BOD 8/29/14. Pours dark as a starless night. Almost no head, but being barrel aged, this is acceptable.
Tremendous nose led off by bourbon. Underneath are dark chocolate, vanilla, caramel and hints of dark fruit (plum) and oak.
Heavy full bodied with a texture that goes beyond creamy to the point of being thick. Above normal carbonation with effervescence from the middle on. Palate perfection.
The flavor profile is World Class. This is quite intense in terms of bourbon and alcohol and results in the complexity being slightly muted by these intensities. Balance is reasonable, all things considered, as the other flavors pop in the middle. It begins with bourbon over a rich caramel and chocolate sweetness. As the bourbon fades, alcohol comes to the forefront. In the middle, the alcohol flavor masking effect fades and the complexity of this stout becomes discernible. Waves of vanilla, sweet chocolate and slight plum cascade over an oak background. The finish is a slow fade of sweet caramel and vanilla over a receding oak. The finish leaves that burn at the back of throat, an astringent alcohol pucker and a touch of sweet caramel and chocolate.