Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 24, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hand bottle in a trade, consumed immediately. Black with a thin lacing. Soy, maple, bourbon, chocolate with a bitter hop roast y ness about it. 3.9 overall, but less for its style.
BrianK (200) - Livingston, New Jersey, USA - MAY 24, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared by Rciesla. Not sure what all the fuss is about this one, as i didnít think this was anything special. I found the finish on this one to be harsh. Tastes like Stone RIS with a hint of bourbon and vanilla.
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - MAY 18, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hand-bottle. Bourbon, oak and chocolate aroma. Full body, no carbonation. Sweet bourbon, molasses and chocolate taste. Iím not sure what to say here. Itís very nice but not the incredible beer I was expecting.
hopdog (8867) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 14, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks Brad for sending this one my way! Poured a dark black color with a thin sized off white head. Aromas of bourbon, vanilla, woody, chocolate, some dark fruits, and I was getting a light smokiness. Tastes of bourbon, vanilla, wood (but lighter than in the aromas), dark fruits, chocolate, and caramel. The bourbon is there but not over powering. Alcohol content overall well hidden.
cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2009
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draft at Back in Black í09 at Brouwerís. Pours a very dark black with dark tan head. Incredible aroma that is dominated by rich caramel and bourbon. The only negative is that this is a bit sweet and rich, but the molasses flavor was balanced incredibly well with the strong bourbon background and a touch of the hops. This is an incredibly smooth beer that goes down far easier than the 10.8% would indicate. An amazing beer. Doesnít get much better than this.
trevor211 (1298) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 9, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Brouwerís "Back in Black" stout night 09. Pours completely black, with a smallish mocha brown head. Holy crap this one has lots of sweet, velvety bourbon in it. It actually takes the Goose Island BCS to the next level. The nose is a ton of boozy bourbon, sweet oak, lots of brown sugar... the burn offsets the crazy sweetness - this one is truly intoxicating. Unbelievably powerful oaky, bourbon flavor. Not as full-bodied as I expected, but plenty thick. Definitely a bit hot, but then again it is 11%. Great stuff, just a tad too sweet.
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 8, 2009
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Sunset Grill. Pour Black with a small light brown ring. Aromas of bourbon and dark fruits. The bourbon really dominates leading to a bitter burnt coffee finish. What a treat. Thanks stone.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 5, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Sunset Grill. Poured an opaque black color with a light brown head. Pleasant aroma of vanilla, whiskey, and raisin. Medium to full bodied and sweet with vanilla, caramel, and bourbon flavors. Mild roasty bitterness emerged at the end.
Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Sunset Grill over the Craft Brewers Conference. This one had just huge bourbon notes in the nose and flavor, blending nicely with the chocolate-y notes that you get from the original RIS. Itís really too bad they donít make this more often. :(
zapprentice (314) - East Setauket, New York, USA - MAY 2, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice brew, nicely mixed bourbon and chocolate aroma. Bourbon hits tongue quickly and leaves chocolate taste with hints of coffee. Very nice.