Nocturne (2238) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2017
650ml bottle. Dark black. Forms a good brown head. Aroma of tar and velvety chocolate fudge. Taste along similar lines with some faint dark fruit. This has held up really well. I’m not sure it has improved over the years but it doesn’t feel oxidised or deteriorated in any way. BuckeyeBoy (8860) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 2, 2017
22oz bottle pours out black topped with a tan head. Nose is nice big bourbon barrel notes vanilla sweet roast chocolate. Taste is more of the nice bourbon barrel notes vanilla sweet coffee chocolate milk fudge. arone12 (935) - Maryland, USA - SEP 4, 2017
I have had this beer for a long time and figured the day of labors is good enough of a time to crack it open. Smells strongly of bourbon when the bottle is opened. Beer is thick and syrupy on the pour liked used motor oil. Beer is smooth and creamy with strong notes of chocolate and bourbon. DELICIOUS! CMUBEERMAN (458) - - JUN 19, 2017
Had a bottle in 2012 and was underwhelmed. But recent bottle in 2016 was exceptional. GlasgowTAD (2007) - 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 (2268) - 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 (3215) - 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 (6430) - 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 (4073) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 28, 2016
May 28, 2016. Bottle, received in a trade, thanks! _angst_ (5009) - 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.