jlanning215 (363) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2013
People hate me for giving perfect score but I just cant help it with a select few beers. There isn’t anything to dislike about this beer. Rich and full. Sweet and roasted. Not as boozy as regular BCS. Pours dark with the slightest hue of ruby in there when held thin against a light. jammy sweet almost yet not overbearing. Cherry with just the right amount of bourbon notes. Love it. DoublEE (782) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - APR 9, 2013
Dessert in a bottle. This is definitely one of the best beers I’ve ever drank. It’s insanely drinkable fresh at 13.7 abv. I can only see age doing this well as it will surely get smoother with time, and be even more drinkable, if that’s possible. Without a doubt, I’d have to put this personally in front of regular BCBS and BCBCS. zebra (2212) - Illinois, USA - SEP 13, 2013
on tap @ localoptionbier @ Second Annual Fuckin’ Catalina Wine Mixer. the best of the bunch, the cherry perfectly balancing the BCS-ness. emacgee (4698) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - NOV 4, 2014
Thanks durhambeer for sharing. Another homer from GI. Inky black pour with one finger of tan head. Incredible aroma with notes of blackstrap molasses, dark fruit skins, tart cherry, cured tobacco, vanilla, toasted coconut, and spicy alcohol. Very dense and rich flavor with notes of toasted coconut and burnt wood with cherry and fruit skins. Molasses and chocolate with notes of coffee. No heat or bitterness in the mouthfeel or finish. Viscous body with a low carrbonation and coating finish. Christpuncher (3188) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2017
Aroma of tart cherry and almost no barrel. Flavor is incredibly balanced, 5 years really did this beer well. light tart cherry flavors with some barrel to even it out. absoutely fantastic. had back to back with assassin and this destroys it. possibly the best beer i have ever had.
ryanfolty (2584) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - NOV 23, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2015 November 23, 2012 bottle at GI black friday. Classic BCS look of very dark with limited head that foams up nicely with a swirl. Usual delicious bourbon and chocolate aroma with a light tart cherry in the background. Taste starts like BCS and then moves into some sweetness and finishes with a tart cherry. Smooth and full bodied. Just a great beer and an amazing event, thank you Goose Island! PBAndJ (2) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 17, 2013 does not count
Poured from a mini growler into a water glass.
Amazing aroma of dark cherry, spice, vanilla, oak, and toffee. Taste is of bourbon, fruit, roastiness, and alcohol. This beer drinks a bit like a smooth manhattan. beerbaaron (1998) - Arizona, USA - APR 17, 2013
UPDATED: APR 19, 2013 Pitch black. Quickly disappearing dark brown head with lasting ring and some swirls. Powerful aroma; balanced and complex; smoke, wood, chocolate, roasty. caramel, dark fruit - like the original but all turned down a notch to seemingly make room for the cherry - which is almost like a dark, rich cherry pie. Flavor does much the same with some of the stronger woody and smokiness mellowing out a bit for some smooth "aged" cherry to make an entrance but all coming together in a beautiful package. Would still consider the original to be superior however. trumpetskid (106) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2013
pours like oil. minimal head that is gone in 2 seconds. Aroma of dark chocolate syrup, vanilla, oak, and a very subtle sweet tartness. The taste is incredible. Dark chocolate, vanilla, oak and a very well integrated sweet tartness from the cherry. The cherry is perfectly balanced into the beer. There is no alcohol in the flavor; this is incredibly smooth. Between normal bourbon county, the coffee and this, this is my favorite by a slight margin. All three are great, but this one gets the edge for me. Incredible beer. I’m sad I only got one bottle of it. mnmike (1086) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Scored a limited bar release of this highly sought after beer. I’ve had regular BCBS before and really like that, this is the first variant I’ve had. Overall I really think the cherry aspect adds positively to the base BCBS. Not as overpowering cherry as some other beers, like New Glarus - but well worth it. I acknowledge that my high rating may be somewhat influenced by the rarity - but I do put this one notch above regular BCBS.