fuertecorn (15) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours a viscous black. lovely bourbon, oak, vanilla and chocolate in the nose but there is also a good amount of alcohol present. I rally like the thick viscous, sticky, chewy yet velvety mouth feel. It in intense in the mouth with flavors of bourbon, vanilla, oak chocolate, roasted malt and a high but not oppressive alcohol presence.
57md (3) - - APR 15, 2014 does not count
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Was able to score just one 12 ouncer of the 2013 batch from my favorite bottle shop - Abeís in Bethlehem, PA. Cracked this baby open for my birthday (8 December) and enjoyed it at cellar temperature.
Pours a deep, dark, dark, dark brown with ruby edges. There was less than a finger of tan head that dissipated pretty quickly and left some lace, but the lace itself was not very thick or sticky. The bourbon notes in the nose are striking. The mouthfeel is creamy and the roast profile is quite hearty, but secondary to the bourbon notes in the flavor profile. The bourbon and roasted notes blend perfectly on the finish.
This is a gem of an offering that lives up to the hype it receives on this and other beer sites.
Scipio (650) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2014 bottle. Pours an oily black with a thin and very dark tan head. The aroma is very powerful. It is big on bourbon along with heavy vanilla. Additionally, there are hints of chocolate and coffee. The taste is mildly sweet. As strong as the nose was the impressions from the taste come across even more. It remains dominated by bourbon while complimented by lots of vanilla. There are oak flavors, some chocolate and espresso coming through at the end. Aftertaste is long and lingering, being bourbon and espresso. Minimal carbonation, very slick in texture, and a heavy body. The alcohol content makes itself known immediately. Despite this fact, it is extremely easy to drink. I could see myself getting carried away quite easily with this one. This is what you look for in a stout, and its pretty close to perfect. If you find this, its an automatic purchase. With very few contenders, it might be the best beer Iíve ever had.
Fancy_Clown (15) - London, Surrey, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2012 vintage bottle, poured into a boston shaker.
No head, but thin lacing around the sides. Thick, oily and totally opaque. Really nice looking beer.
Nose is sweet bourbon and vanilla. Oak notes.
I remember having this in 2012 and it was a lot rougher; the aging has treated it well. Obviously big on the bourbon taste, big hints of vanilla, coffee, dark fruits, even maple syrup. A lingering aftertaste of butter/butterscotch was apparent in this bottle, which I had never experienced with younger bottles.
Feels oily and dense in the mouth, very little carbonation.
Overall a wonderfully complex beer, worth itís rating in every way.
SetauketBrewer (20) - New York, USA - APR 12, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Amazing beer! Jet black pour, very thin tan head. Full bourbon aroma filling the nose followed by dark roasted coffee. Amazing balance of flavor. Prominent bourbon but not overpowering, allowing the roasted malt and coffee of the base stout to be present as well. Wonderfully smooth for a 14% beer. Almost makes me wish for cold nights in front of the fire again.
MichaelAwesome (2956) - Wanne-Eickel, GERMANY - APR 11, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wonderful and thick mixture of the most different aromas. Coffee with malt, some sour moments, a bit of chocolate and sweetish sirup. Very different, very special - good one.
McTapps (2955) - Ruhrgebiet, GERMANY - APR 11, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from trade with BenH - thank you a million for it! The stout pours out of the bottle in a beautiful deep dark black colour with creamy and low head and a smooth body. Wonderful aroma of chocolate, biscuits and coffee. Taste of cake, malt, rye, barley, bread, chocolate, coffee and cream. Very quaffable, smooth and tasty beer - it is a real taste explosion.
arnold931 (177) - Iowa, USA - APR 9, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Bricks. Pours black with reddish brown head. Good lacing. Nose is bourbon, chocolate and caramel. Taste is straight bourbon and a little chocolate.
Hoprider (77) - DENMARK - APR 9, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The barrels must be soaking... So much bourbon booze coming through on the nose along with various roasted and vinous notes, just to balance it out. The mouthfeel is heavy/creamy with so much rosted malt, chocolate, licorice and bourbon flavour. The longer you sit on it the more vinous and oaky it gets is my experience. Long aftertaste.. So glad I can get theese year round in Denmark and Iím happy to pay $12 for a small bottle of this. Now send some BC coffee and such over here too.
niklasdietz (35) - DENMARK - APR 8, 2014
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from Ølbutikken i Copenhagen. Pours a pitch black with little or no brown leather head. Wow, this is a treat. Almost sirupy and oily mouthfeel. Nose is oak, burnt wood, bourbon vanilla and coffee. Taste is like sipping a nice glass of bourbon - warm and soothing - then comes great espresso and dark rich chocolate. Absolutely the best stout I've had till this day.
- with thirst, Niklas
KansaiBeerLvrs (1325) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 8, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
My bootle of Goose Island's BCS 2012 was picked up at a shop in Copenhagen & dragged back to Japan. Opened to celebrate hitting 1300 ratings on ratebeer. Served in a snifter. 15% an inky black viscous pour with ruby highlights & a thin ruddy tan head. Potent aroma of smooth bourbon, vanilla, oakiness & creamy chocolate plus a little bit of sharp booziness. Wow, very smooth body, creamy thick meaty mouthfeel with a ton of warmth as it pleasantly burns it's way down my throat. Meaty, savoury umami flavor, roasty, some cherry syrup candy like notes, bourbon, light oak, vanilla, coconut. One of the smoothest barrel aged beers I've ever had. Aged 2 years it is simply grand, I'd love to try it fresh though to see if it is as smooth!
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