merc7186 (2250) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - MAR 10, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma: Dry Berry Flavor, Rye, Mild Boozy
Appearance: Dark Opaque Hue, Passes No Light, Thin Lacing
Taste: Solid Boysenberry, Tart Raspberry, Mild Chocolate Booziness
Mouthfeel: Average Carbonation, Medium to Full Bodied, mildly Sweet, Mildly Boozy
redOaks (8) - - MAR 3, 2014 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thank the heavens InBev hasn’t screwed with this offering. It’s deep and rich, complex is an understatement, lots going on in the aroma and flavor. A FANTASTIC RIS.
tectactoe (2330) - Michigan, USA - MAR 3, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: Mostly full-out black, only a little bit of deep crimson-ruby tinting the edges; the slow forming, tan head fades pretty quickly but is easily brought back nice & creamy with a little swirl of the glass. Lovely aroma... this is how you do a raspberry stout! Very jammy, raspberry, blackberry, maybe even hints of blueberry & black cherry. Large fruit essence evoked inside of a huge, fudge cake & bourbon background. Oak, scorched malt, light vanilla, bittersweet chocolate, brown sugar, & fruit, fruit, fruit! Taste is the same way, a lovely berry flavor right out of the gate. Raspberry jam & purée all over the walls... Very mild tartness that leads into a fruit-based sweetness melding with a molten river of fudge, bourbon, wood, vanilla, sticky burnt brown sugar, timid roast, & mild cola. Long lasting, sweet bourbon, berry, & chocolate finish. Decadent, like a super-rich chocolate cake dessert covered in all sorts of berry compote & drizzled with a vanilla-bourbon sauce. Just delicious, what an amazing stout this has become.
RobertDale (3710) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAR 2, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber at a bottle share. Pours black with a very small tan head. Aroma of fruit, roast, bourbon, and chocolate. Taste is dark berries, roasted malt, bourbon, chocolate, and wood. Very, very good.
jsquire (3561) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark beer with almost no head. Great nose of berries, whiskey and molasses. This is a big, rich beer. Whiskey, black raspberry, oak, molasses, jam, toffee, and vanilla flavors all well balanced. Nice variant of the base beer.
Lukaduke (2374) - Portland, Maine, USA - FEB 18, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep rich burnt umber color with a finger of dark khaki foam. The nose is boozy chocolate, ripe berry and round bourbon sweetness. The palate follows the nose nicely with a creamy raspberry liquor mid palate that is layered with deep rich chocolate brownie, dark bakers chocolate, some nutty bourbon character and ripe berry notes that lends a touch of acidity late palate that balances the deep roasty bitterness on the finish. Really well put together and focused !
Boutip (4868) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 14, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a nice dark brown foamy head with good retention. Aroma of raspberry jam with light roasted malt with quite a bit more residual sugar than I was expecting. Taste is a wonderful mix between a sweet imperial stout based with light roasted malt notes and some raspberry and blackberry jam. All the flavours mix in very well and nothing was off-balance. Body is full with light creamy texture and medium carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Very enjoyable with barrel notes not as discernible as in the regular version.
smitty4657 (10) - - JAN 13, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The most drinkable of the BCBS I had in 2013, this has a wonderful fruit nose and tastes like a blend of BCBS and maraschino cherries.
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 29, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours black, minimal tan head.
Smell raspberry and cream, roast and coco, big raspberry
Taste raspberry tart, roast and light coco, like Lindemann’s with BCBS
LoFi (1595) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 29, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled 12/10/11, but maybe they all are. From trade with tstockstrom, cheers!
Black with a small brown head.
Aroma: lots of blackberries and raspberries, licorice, dark wine gums, chocolate.
Taste: raspberries, blackberries, violet candies, licorice, creamy chocolate, oak, toffee.
Quite different compared to the other Bourbon Counties I’ve had, but definitely a great one.