iamqueensblvd (247) - , Iowa, USA - DEC 26, 2010
Fortunately this beer lived up to its hype. Gorgeous and bountiful nose of bourbon and sweet vanilla upon opening. Pours a gorgeous black with nice tan head. Thick but not off-putting mouthfeel. Initial hints of bourbon transitioning into a slightly burnt coffee taste finally ending with those sweet hints of vanilla. pleasant flavors linger for a minute on the palate. Very delicious beer. cbfobes (2883) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - JAN 6, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2013 Rating #500! Bottle #2533 shared with family over the holidays. Pours jet black with a thin brown head that lingered in the glass the entire I was drinking it, aroma smacks you in the face with bourbon, vanilla, molasses and oak, the flavor is so smooth with touches of chocolate, toffee and vanilla. The bourbon is very noticeable but is so much smoother than BCS. The wood notes really come through in the finish. This is by far the best beer drinking experience I have ever had. tkrjukoff (4335) - SWEDEN - DEC 31, 2011
Bomber from a trade. Pours thick pitch black no head, inviting. Aroma is fullbodied alcohol, sweet, dark fruits, vinous, raisins, fidges, vanilla, bourbon. Flavor is fantastic good, alcohol, fullbodied fruity, raisins, fidges, malty, can’t find the words, just enjoying. Finishes with an aftertaste just like flavor. What a fantastic beer. rlgk (18850) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 2, 2012
Bottle, huge thanks to tkrjukoff. Pitch black beer with a small brown head. Oily whisky aroma, malty, oaky, vanilla, milky notes, figs and raisins, some blanced smoke notes, hops, almond, chocolate and cocoa powder, Malty flavor, oily, roasted, some smoke, chocolate, whiskty, oak, figs, raisins, dades, some hops, some fruits. Some alcohol showing, but in a good way, hay notes, licorice and almond. A beer with a long lovely warming feeling and then it turns into a smooth balanced chocolate finish with whisky oak, and some figs. Huge body and with a perfect mouthfeel. Absolutley wonderful!!! beerisgoodforu (992) - Nørresundby, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2012 100th Imperial Stout rating. Pours a pitch black color with a nice tan head. Aroma is super complex, I get lots of barrel character, lots of bourbon, oak, vanilla, coconut, bourbon soaked raisins, roasted malt, prunes, dark fruits, coffee, dark chocolate, tobacco, cocoa nibs, dark caramel, molasses and fudge. The flavor follows the nose with tons of barrel character, the bourbon, oak, vanilla, coconut, bourbon soaked raisins, prunes, roasted malt, coffee, dark fruits, tobacco, cocoa nibs, dark caramel, fudge, molasses and dark chocolate. Wow this is soooooo complex!! The body is full with a sticky and creamy mouth feel. By far the best Imperial Stout I have had, and probably one of my all time favorite beers!
minorthreat (21) - Parker, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2012
As good as advertised. From notes at BBL Stout tasting in Centennial CO. Tons of vanilla and coconut bourbon notes in the nose with sweet molasses and toffee. Taste is much like the nose, very well integrated notes of caramel, vanilla, boozy bourbon and oak play with the fudge-y base beer. Thick and chewy, coats the mouth. Amazing beer, the best of the night and one of the best I’ve ever had. Brewchacho4 (71) - Vancouver, WA, Washington, USA - MAR 5, 2013
Finally cracked open this legendary brew! 22 oz. bottle #2942 opened on 02/02/13, poured into a snifter. Pours black as night with a thin, tan head that quickly dissipates into a ring around the glass. There’s not as much bourbon in the nose as I’d expected, but it’s definitely there, mixed with sweet vanilla, dark chocolate, and molasses notes. Taste is boozy upfront, but not over-powering. Bourbon, roasty, chocolatey, sweet vanilla notes. Full bodied and rich texture, low-to-medium carbonation. Perfect blend of bite and smoothness. Overall, this beer was great right when it was released. Two years in the cellar really rounded it out into a damn-near perfect beer. Each sip was better than the last, and when it finally got down to the last few drops, I didn’t want it to end. That’s the definition of a great beer, and Goose Island nailed it. This is the best barrel-aged stout I’ve had or ever will have, probably. davey101 (751) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 8, 2013
Quick notes. 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Bottle #2209, bottled on 11/19/2010. Huge thanks to Doug for slaying my number one want by sharing a pour with me!
Appearance wise it is identical to BCBS, no surprise there. Having never had the 2008 vintage which this beer is using, I can say its awfully similar to how the 2009 vintage is drinking now. There is a stronger vanilla presence and it is smoother and mellower than the standard beer. Just loads of chocolate, charred malt, and rich and decadent bourbon. It drinks far too easily, which is sad considering how elusive it is now. A marginal improvement over standard BCBS, but when that is your favorite beer it truly does matter. Such a beautiful beer that I’m glad to have finally tried. timfoolery (1126) - California, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Bottle from a T25 trade last year. Aroma of sweet bourbon, root beer barrels, plum, molasses, and caramel. Flavor really capture the exquisite Pappy bourbon and the root beer barrels. Some might say a hint of licorice. Appearance shows flat, but this one definitely has some hidden carbonation. Palate is wonderful. It's dancing on my tongue. I want to make ice blocks and skate on it, then thaw it in the Winter and drink it. Incredible beer!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone vvesside (256) - California, USA - AUG 20, 2013
Bottle shared with timfoolery. Amazing beer! I did not think that Rare could be that much better than the regular bourbon county stout. Boy was I wrong. It was like having super smooth bourbon, the best chocolate cake you’ve ever had, a couple candy rootbeer barrels, and a regular bourbon county stout somehow transformed into this one amazing beer.. Wow. Thanks Tim!!!