argo0 (10422) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 2, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottle): No head atop black syrupy body. Aroma is sweet rich bourbon, coffee, malty, smoky. Taste is sweet, bourbon, vanilla, smoky, finishing with a nice bourbon-alcohol burn. Nice full body.
PumpkinBurger (45) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 18, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
HUGE beer, lot going on and it all works great together.. very thick oily body, can feel the richness... Flavors of vanilla, bourbon, sweet bbq, oak all come through and very well balanced. ABV is high at 15%... so much going on in this beer. Canít say enough about it.
warhawk91 (10) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - JUN 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
10 oz. snifter on draft at Beechland Tavern in West Hartford, CT. Starts off with a brown fluffy head which diminishes quickly after first sip or 2. Color is onyx black like you would expect. Sells really roasty, spicy and chocolatey. Taste is complex and roasty lots of dark chocolate, caramel, not much coffee which I donít mind. I found it to be a bit on the sweet side, especially when it warmed up. Smell of alcohol was present but no alcohol burn going down. Mouth feel was a little disappointing, once the head evaporated it became almost flat. I gave it the snifter swirl and couldnít regain any carbonation. Iíve had this in a bottle before and remember it being better then. I have 5 left in my basement, so I may rate this again in 6 months or so it gets to be a year old.
kcorum10 (116) - Arizona, USA - JUN 17, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2012 vintage. Pours dark black with almost no head what so ever. Aromas of big bourbon with oak, caramel, and mild hint of vanilla. Flavors of medium sweetness with the mild burn on the finish from the booze.
Hoots_Mon (5) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUN 12, 2013 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Really nice deep coloured stout with a small dark brown head that dissipates quickly. The bourbon aroma hits you pretty quickly but you also get a hint of the maltiness in the back ground. On drinking its very smooth with a slight sweetness that turns into the deep bourbon and malt flavours, thereís a slightly salty finish to it too which is quite nice.
jookos (829) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 12, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle, 2012 vintage. strong oak chips, vanilla bourbon nose, signaling the onslaught of flavors to come (and itís still cold!). body very oily, tar like thick. sweet vanilla, wood, roasty bbq sauce, boozy breath. this is a very big, heavy beer.
jimmytalent (80) - New York, USA - JUN 7, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is the best stout that I have had... And I have drank A LOT of beer. BC pours a deep black with a small tan cap. The aroma is bourbon and chocolate. Flavor is amazing. Starts with a bold bourbon kick and then followed with notes of chocolate and espresso. It finishes sweet and with a subtle hit of alcohol. This is exactly why Goose Island is so good at what they do.
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MmmcKay (1021) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - JUN 7, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Iíve had this a number of times and Iím staring at a glass right now. Surprised that I havenít rated it before. The pour is dark black. It does look brownish and a bit transparent towards the rim when you tilt the glass. Not much head but itís there. It lasts too. Carbonation level is perfect on the palate. Smells woody, roasty, and bourbonesque. Dark fruits, chocolate, coffee, and mocha. Tastes strong but heavenly. Begs you to sip it. For 15% it is pretty smooth. The alcohol simmers a bit in my stomach but I donít taste much heat. Great beer. Amongst the best Imperial Stouts in the world hands down.
ghendrix (16) - - JUN 5, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle of 2012 vintage, pours thick and black, no head despite best efforts. Little to no carbonation, in fact no lacing or bubbles at all.
Smell is lovely; raisins, caramel, a little coffee, and boozy! Punchy oak and, of course, bourbon hit immediately. Can taste the 15% moreso than others Iíve had of this strength. Itís nice, very nice, but Iíve had better (and no sign of the íthick foamí from this bottle).
Capellan85 (1) - - JUN 4, 2013 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Amazing, strong, rich taste, dark, just right, I had it too cool witch I then let sit for a while so it warms up
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NikkTwist (965) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 4, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draft at Eulogy. 2012 vintage. Snifter. Poured pitch brown with a dark brown head that quickly reduced to a foamy ring. Flammable dark fruit off the top. Intense Bourbon flavors. Raisins. Dates. Prunes. Molasses. Liquorice. Not a typical stout. Some slight dark chocolate and a bit of smoke but no particular coffee, ashy or leather notes. Mostly deep rich complex brown fruit swimming in Bourbon. High ABV is not hidden. Heady and dizzying at 15%. Keep away from open flame! Need I tell you this is wonderful stuff!