scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JUN 14, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Too much of the booze and bourbon came out in this beer. I had it next to the 12th anniversary beer and found it to be much more boozy and out of balance.
snakeoilpete (324) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 11, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Brouwer’s Back in Black Stout Fest for SBW. Pours black with a decent tan head. Huge aroma of bourbon, oatmeal, roasty malts, and caramel. Taste is the same, slightly buttery. Very smooth, with warming alcohol and a nice roasty oatmeal/chocolate finish.
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 didn’t 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. I’m not sure what to say here. It’s very nice but not the incredible beer I was expecting.
hopdog (9270) - 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 ’09 at Brouwer’s. 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. Doesn’t get much better than this.
trevor211 (1358) - 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 Brouwer’s "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.