wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 15, 2012CMUBEERMAN (440) - - JUN 19, 2017
Notes from a 6 oz pour at a tasting with jcr. Yes, black pour. Thick brown sticky that lends black oil leaking down through the dense bubbles. Nose is intense and complex - cherries, sweet pleasant vanilla, mellow bourbon, caramel complexities, oaky, raisins, dried dates, and pleasant rich bourbon. Flavor lends smooth bourbon, cherries, vanilla, mellow bourbons. Smooth, rich, and oily. Viscous. Wonderful. We had this with the 2009 regular and 2010 Vanilla and Rare was a huge standout.
Had a bottle in 2012 and was underwhelmed. But recent bottle in 2016 was exceptional. GlasgowTAD (1768) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JAN 28, 2017
Bottle. Pours black with minute brown head which soon recedes. Aroma is fudge, vanilla, oak, bourbon. Taste is fudgey sweet, chocolate sweet, vanilla, strong oak, bourbon heat, dates, some raisins. Slightly airy body and paradoxically syrupy at the same time. ctipping (1944) - Florida, USA - DEC 10, 2016
650 mL bottle. Originally reviewed 3/3/2012.
Inky black and viscous looking. A vigorous pour yields only a slight chocolate head. No retention to speak of.
Smells wonderful. Bourbon, but so well integrated. It’s not a bourbon bomb like regular BCBS. Vanilla and oak blend seamlessly with the chocolate stout flavors. Far less boozy than regular BCBS. Even less boozy than Big John.
Initial tingly bourbon flavor followed by vanilla and caramel malts. The flavor fades to a darker malt roast of chocolate and coffee. Very sweet, but almost forgivable given the flavors at play. The sweetness gives it a slightly fruity flavor that complements the roast nicely. Like chocolate covered cherries.
Regular BCBS tastes like it’s 20% alcohol. This tastes nowhere near 13%. It’s amazing how dramatically it changes the beer. Still immensely sweet and a slow drink. Thick, viscous, and low in carbonation.
It’s a really good stout. Much better than BCBS. Worth the money? Probably not.
Update: Drank my last bottle on 10/3/2016 side-by-side with 2015 Rare and there was no comparison. 2010 was still drinking great and was a far better beer than 2010. Christpuncher (3110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2016
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2016 bottle share at kasers . pours deep brown almost black. no head or carbonation. flavor is not boozy, lots of chocolate, thick pallette, super smooth. this is the best blended bourbon county i have had. incredible. bottle number #4189 kaser (6220) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2016
Had this at a bottle share. Jet black pour with no head at all. Cocoa, carmel, vanilla, and wood aroma. Taste is Vanilla, creamy, chocolate, and maybe a hint of coffee. The booze is WELL hidden, no bite to this at all. Outstanding as expected.
hackobock (4008) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 28, 2016
May 28, 2016. Bottle, received in a trade, thanks! _angst_ (4802) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 28, 2016
Black with a tiny brown head. Aroma is sweet, slight boozy, with toffee, vanilla, bourbon with a very light boozy touch, dark chocolate, light coffee notes, milk chocolate. sherry, dark fruits and prunes.
Taste is sweet, warming alcohol, light bitterness. Finish is warming alcohol, smooth bourbon, some vanilla notes, sweet caramel, prunes, figs. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, oily texture.
Glad to finally try this one.
Bottle courtesy of hackobock. Pours blackish dark brown with a small creamy mocha head that leaves some very sparse trace on the glass while dissipating. Smell is malty and slightly fruity with roasted malts, caramel, cereal, vanilla fudge, charred wood, dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, leather, moist soil, prunes, raisins, dried cherries and bourbon alcohol. Taste is sweet, bitter, malty and fruity. Mouthfeel is viscous, round, tiny roasted astringent, very tiny fruity tart, slightly boozy and medium bodied. Finish is sweet and bitter with dark chocolate malts, oxidized dried dark fruits, coffee and bourbon. Clearly past its prime but still holds up well with it’s rather intriguing dried dark fruit oxidation character. AdmiralVernon (1191) - SWEDEN - MAY 28, 2016
A: Deep dark brown/black! Thin brown lacing. N: Boozy, oak, green peppers T: Milk chocolate, liqourice, coffee, bitter chocolate O: Very nice and complex flavours! A bit boozy, but extremly nice! tderoeck (9491) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 7, 2016
20/II/16 - 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle @ RBBWG V (Ben’s place) - BB: n/a, 2010 vintage (2016-228) Thanks to Tinus for sharing the bottle!Zlotta (3206) - Hagen / Düsseldorf, GERMANY - FEB 21, 2016
Clear dark brown beer, small to no head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: wow, that’s a lot of bourbon, vanilla, bit of green banana, sweet touch. MF: soft carbon, full body. Taste: sweet start, lots of bourbon, sugary, caramel, lots of dark chocolate. Aftertaste: very sweet, lots of vanilla, malty, crème brûlée, bourbon, dark chocolate, caramel. It is lovely shizzle.
Bottle at RBBWG 2016 in Antwerpen, bottled in November 2015, courtesy of Martinus, thanks a lot! Pitch black. Sweetish-malty, slightly fruity aroma of dark chocolate, coffee, licorice and dark ripe fruits. Sweetish-malty, slightly fruity aroma of caramel, dark chocolate, coffee, licorice and dark ripe fruits, followed by a medium long, slightly bitter, warming and moderately alcoholic finish. Medium to full body, creamy to oily mouthfeel. Great!