AirForceHops (3295) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 12, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle, number 11439. sampled during AdamJacksons huge vertical. Thanks for the chance! Nose is really smooth bourbon with a nice amount of toasted wood. The flavor reflects the oak barrel a bit more then all the other BCBS variants. The complexity is just as fantastic as any BCBS. Great slick, oily texture that just slides down the muzzle. Bourbon flavor is real smooth leaning on subdued. I would say if you have any of this now is the time to drink it. Still wonderful flavor but I feel like it is leaning on the ledge of falling off real soon. I was really happy to have gotten to sample this. No time like the present if you still have a bottle squirreled away.
Smurf2055 (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 4, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black, light tan head, quick dissipation.
Smell is rich. Roast, tobacco, strong bourbon and oak
Taste smooth rich caramel and fudge, still lots of heat, oak and bourbon, smooth, red fruit and charred wood, wonderfully complex
Strong but smooth
Very good, but not earth shattering
mmount2013 (5) - Landenberg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2014 does not count
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Absolutely without a doubt my favorite stout of all time and in my top 10 of beers. Incredible beer. Pours thick black with chocolate, molasses and bourbon aromas. Perfect on a cold fall/winter day. Phenomenal beer!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 9314 bottled on 11/19/2010 and shared by Nimrod & Buckles, thanks!!! Inky black pour with minimal head and minimal carbonation. Aroma of smooth bourbon, molasses, chocolate and some leather. Taste is smooth bourbon, chocolate, tobacco and sweet molasses, not as aggressive as I was hoping for or expecting. An excellent beer, but might have been better a couple of years ago.
harrymel (1503) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Opened with an ’08 next to it (courtesy of Rob, thanks dude!) It is amazing to compare side by side what the barrel and time did in this beer.
Opened on a Wednesday, just because. Pours a nice dark leather with no discernable carbonation - which suits this beer. When I dive into the beer I experience a nose only similar to on other beer I’ve had - ORF 2009. The Pappy 23 barrels DO actually impart a unique nose and it’s minerally, rich, dessert like and difficult for me to describe. Flavor follows and is quite rich. A really fine, nearly empty carbonation allows the medium on heavy beer to roll over the tongue slowly and results in a long finish.
There are some things here that are interesting - no carb really, resulting in a less than desirable mouthfeel and appearance. That’s a standard feeling, but here I am making concessions, as the beer is still lovely and feels very, very nice. I don’t know if it was intentional, but these two characteristics match the personality of the beer outstandingly.
Serving type: bottle
sawbuck (341) - Round Lake, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2013 Thanks uncle Buck for this bottle. Bottled on 11-19-2010 # 6633. Huge aroma of molasses, coffee, bourbon, and you can feel the heat in the aroma from the alcohol. Ebony black with a tiny head. You cannot describe the taste in the space allotted here. Smokey sweet molasses coats your mouth, and then the other flavors melt through. Vanilla, choacolate, hints of bourbon, and bitter sweet chocolate. Finishes with a warming burn from the alcohol and the perfect amount of bitterness. Notes of charcoal also, outstanding, worth the wait.
monkeychugg55 (879) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - DEC 4, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap!! Black with a small ring of light brown head. The aroma is huge on bourbon barrel, with lots of smooth chocolate and vanilla, some alcohol, and faint dark fruit. The flavor is super smooth, with lots of chocolate and residual sugar. Nice mellow whiskey and vanilla, with a bit of cherry on the finish. Incredibly smooth, viscous body reminds me of melted ice cream. Amazing.
Imperial_Scout (363) - Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2013
4.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
pours motor oil with thin tan head from 22oz bottle. Nose is of vanilla, bourbon, coffee. Palate is thick and full, with not much of a linger. Perfect. Sweet coffee, mocha, boubon taste. Little to no burn but there is warmth. Probably the most well blended beer I’ve had. There is no dount that this beer is special.
bnielsen13 (246) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - OCT 28, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
In line @ Darkness Day 2013. Aroma is bourbon, chocolate, coffee, oak, roasted malts. Flavor is vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, coffee. This is one excellent beer.
Marheb (2136) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 25, 2013
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Une version plus onctueuse avec un bourbon plus complexe et mieux intégré que la régulière. Je suis vraiment surpris par leur différence, pas la distance qui les sépare mais plutôt la nature de leur spécificité. Les notes de chocolat sont beaucoup plus profondes, comme si je buvais un mi-cuit de chocolat noir. Je suis encore ému par ce nectar, même quelques semaines plus tard. La bouteille dans mon cellier va couler pour une occasion très spéciale, ai-je vraiment le choix.