HighWine (959) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2009
Such a great beer. I opened my first bottle on Thanksgiving 2008 but didn’t rate it. At the time I thought this was a great beer and could definitely get more interesting with age. Opened my second bottle tonight. Gorgeous black color that looks like dark molases in the glass with a head that looks like a chocolate milkshake. Nose is a delicious bourbon aroma with coffee and semisweet chocolate. Taste is powerful...alcohol, coffee, bourbon, and charred oak. One of the most viscous feels you’ll get on the palate (other than Sam Adams Triple Bock or something like that). I can’t wait to try more of this over the next five years because I think the flavors will realy develop. robforbes (2246) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - APR 8, 2009
pours a jet black with a thin brown head, and some lacing.
smell of alcohol, dark chocolate, a hint of vanilla, woody, and a touch of smoke.
taste is smooth and strong, dark chocolate, slight alcohol comes through, lots of sour malt, some nuts, and wood, end is slightly dry.
taste is more pronounced as it warms. AndyReynolds (1085) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 7, 2009
UPDATED: APR 28, 2014 Bottle. Poured a very dark brown with a thin tan head. The aroma was strong with bourbon, malts, vanilla, and chocolate with notes of coffee and oak. The flavor was really strong. The bourbon really jumps out in the initial taste, but the finish is sweet and smooth. I couldn’t drink it all night, but one is great.
Re-rate: 2009 bomber. Very similar to the 2008, a little less bourbon character, but my palate may be a bit more refined. The biggest difference I pick up on though is that is is sweetier. It is also a bit more chewy as well. I think it is better so, I am changing my rating from a 4.1 to a 4.3.
Just going on some sort of record to state that I will not be drinking this or any Goose Island beer anymore due to the InBev buyout yespr (45710) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - APR 7, 2009
35.5 cL bottle, says bourbon county brand stout 2008. Pours thick and oily, deep dark brown to pitch black with a small and yet dense and deep chocolate brown head. Solid roasted malt, mild smoked, dense dark chocolate and solid bourbon dense aroma. Thick oily and creamy mouthfeel. Flavour is sweet, heavy bitterness showing through and mixing nicely with the solid acidic and hard roasted malt flavours yet also with a smooth vanilla/oak note to briefly attempt a counter balance. Distinct alcohol/bourbon presence going into a distinct alcohol burn in the finish. Sweet, bitter and lasting roasted/chocolate and bourbon finish. Nice yet also overempowering: beer soaked in too much bourbon. tekhna (118) - California, USA - APR 6, 2009
Aroma- Bourbon and vanilla. What more is there to say on that. Actually a much better flavor than scent.
Apperance- As per my housemate: "It looks like gravy!"
Flavor- Sweet vanilla bourbon fading into a coffee chocolate melange. Delicious. Overwhelming. I can’t imagine a fresh bottle.
Palate- Thick, rich.
Overall impression- It’s hard to argue with this beer. It’s also hard to finish one. An amazing creation, but in extreme moderation.
jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2009
Aroma is concentrated vanilla/bourbon with some roasty and sweet notes underneath, very nice if not overpowering... Pours black with a small tan head... Vanilla and bourbon flavors dominate again with notes of roast and a hint of peat, very complex, easy to drink bc of the complexity... very full and quite a bit creamy, amazing beer... gracefullypunk (667) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 4, 2009
Deep deep brown with no head. Delicious smell of vanilla and chocolate. Thick on palate. A little bit of a burn on the throat with the bourbon. Finishes with coffee tastes. Bourbon is present but not overpowering. sigma23 (380) - , Maine, USA - APR 4, 2009
nose is very sweet and heavy with rich coffee. pours oil black with thin creamy head that dissapeared fast. just as black as can be with lots of sweetness and soy coming off upfront with coffee, burbon, chocolate, and a little vanilla. after taste lingers for quite a while. great beer, but a little sweet for me. will be supurb with age! snakeoilpete (324) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 2, 2009
Bottle. Pours BLACK with a very thin layer of light brown bubbles that soon disappears, leaving only a ring. I knew what I was in for upon smelling the incredible black sludge. Complex aroma and taste of smoky bourbon, chocolate, licorice, soy sauce, dark fruit, vanilla, and tobacco. Gloriously thick and warming. Bitter alcohol finish. thefrutigers (105) - , Arizona, USA - APR 1, 2009
Bottle 12oz: Poured pitch black with almost a non existant head. Smelled strong of bourbon and alcohol with a bit of vanilla and malt. Taste was bourbon, roasted malt, and alcohol. Overall, It was not bad by any means, it was pretty good, but just a bit too much Bourbon/alcohol for my personal taste.