barrelagedluv (89) - Pittsburg, California, USA - DEC 17, 2017
Pours like an Alaskan oil spill in a brandy snifter, pitch black, no fizz with surprisingly sparse lacing for a stout. Scent of vanilla and coconut. Big boozy in yer face flavor, with elements of brownie batter and raisins. Strong, rich decadent bourbon char on the backside to warm yer cockles by the fire. A slow sipper, not for the faint hearted. Simply flawless...Cheers Goose Island! odomosity (6) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 15, 2017 does not count
Thick, complex barrel aged stout. Toffee, caramel, malt, dark fruits and vanilla. Smells great and tastes even better once it has warmed up to around 55-60 degrees. A great staple after Black Friday. Iznogud (4991) - CROATIA - DEC 15, 2017
Bottle, 500 ml from City Beer, SF. 2016. 13.8% Shared with Max, JFK10000, Sandi. Huge bourbon in nose, chocolate, nutty, cocoa, bourbon, bit warming. Some dried and dark fruit. Low carbonation. Oily. Alcohol well hidden. Full bodied.
On tap 2012 at 4th Avenue Pub, NYC. Hmm black, beige head. Chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, smooth, just a bit low on body compared to 2016. 9-4-8-4-17=4.2 Seems 5 years is bit too long to age this. snowcrash000 (153) - Cologne, GERMANY - DEC 12, 2017
Pours a pitch black coloration with a small creamy head. Incredible aroma of bourbon, chocolate and vanilla. Taste follows the nose, with a rich, but not overpowering bourbon flavor backed by lots of chocolate, some vanilla and molasses. There's a very slight boozyness to it, but it's such a nice shade of bourbon that it's not unpleasant at all. Great, creamy, velvety mouthfeel. This is without a doubt the best stout I have ever tasted. rjplumer (1265) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 9, 2017
The aroma is a sweet roasted bourbon malt. The body is a jet black with minimal head. The taste is a warming bourbon influenced roasted malt. It is very palate warming.
tricksta_p (5457) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - DEC 9, 2017
2016 bottle at 13.8% abv. Ink black with a small brown head that disappears quickly. Roasted malt and strong bourbon aroma with creamy dark chocolate, oak, vanilla, raisins, mocha, toffee, bit syrupy, some liquorice, more bourbon and wood in the finish. Flavour is sweet with a mild bitterness and warming booze. Body is full and thick. mouthfeel a bit sticky. Great balance and smoothness, heavy on the bourbon but no sign of sharpness. The definition of fabulous barrel aging. riley1210 (1) - - DEC 8, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2017 pours jet black, nose has strong bourbon vanilla and oak. taste has a smooth bourbon chocolate and oak. very smooth not any booze taste. very well made ffaoe (1051) - Moorestown, New Jersey, USA - DEC 6, 2017
moderate coffee and faint coffee notes. pitch black in color with huge long lasting brown head. full body. taste is richly of chocolate, raisin, plum, faint vanilla and bourbon. BudweiserGuy84 (2) - - DEC 6, 2017 does not count
It pours thickish like a true imperial stout and has the smooth velvety sip as a smooth beer and then the kick of bourbon hits your throat and then the other flavors smack you like a high roller at a strip club and then the smoothness works down your throat and then the alcohol content hits you like your drunk hitting on a dudes wife
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone meccahh69lol (366) - New Haven, Connecticut, USA - DEC 3, 2017
Was pleasantly surprised to find a lone bottle hiding out in my local Whole Foods wannabe market. It pours a luxurious velvet brown black with a medium head that sticks around a bit. The aroma is some strong alcohol, berries, mocha, and toffee. The taste is, as my "garbage water" stout skeptic better half stated, like some great whiskey was dropped in the worlds best stout ever; it has a warming alcohol feel that is well balanced with an almost fruity red wine like body and a typically strong choco coffee stout base. It lives up to the lofty rep for the most part and deserves to be savored (can't imagine chugging this and doing too well). Good for an evening of paper editing, resin mining, and European train cam streaming.