Like the classy stlye box and lable - bomber bottle 3581: Absolute black; covered densely with a firm dark tan foam that sifts to about a finger high. Some drippy drops of lacing sits along side an oily skin across the surface of my large Belgian snifter.
WOW! Holy fat whiskey aroma! Lovely, just lovely. Whiskey floats with its warmth with a heavy hand as slaps of vanilla, maple syrup, oats, raisin, fig, chocolate, and sweet bready waffle batter. Exceptional nose and then some.
Taste is unbelievably succulent(see Mouthfeel for more info) and dangerously warmed with its whiskey side poking into the sides of its huge vanilla, chocolate, smaller figgy, raisin base of malty gooeyness. Lots of thick vanilla and much of a chocolate base soaks in underneath as does maple and fig while the warming of the bourbon notes a lengthy marriage of all that is holy in the beery Kingdom of what is all that of Goose Island. The whiskey portion is a bit more unique then what the normal BCS in a indiscernible tangy and warming tingy way. Not sure if I'm quite the whiskey connoisseur to tell the dif between what is and isn't in the barrel aging, but the quality is higher, smoother, and tanged in a fuller warmth.
Body is immaculately smooth, warm, filling, full, creamy, silky, and yes, more warming. Very decadent and lushful with an unimaginable fever of chocolate and vanilla base warmth within a soaking, dripping, if you will, peppy, belly and throat warming coating of silken creamyness.
Rare indeed, as much as I love the good Ol' BCS, this somehow is one very big and crazy yummy step above that. Just what I needed to enjoy after being laid off today! I held on to this long enough...
Served In: Snifter
Thanks much to Bill up at Princeton’s for saving me one of the very few he recieved. And for hooking me up with a great price!! I wanted to drink this on New Year’s Eve ’10 but January 2nd 2011 will have to do. Drank from my Surly Darkness snifter.
Bottle 3,565. Bottled on 11/19/2010
Appearance- Pours a pitch ass black with a fairly surprising half finger dark tan head that quickly bubbles away. What’s left is a small lily pad head and a thin collar with very little lacing.
Smell- Extremely pungent and inviting with an intense caramel nose that I’ve never smelled in a beer before. Fudge and oak waft out of the glass with a dark chocolaty edge that borderlines on burnt. The bourbon definitely shows with a touch of alcohol but all things considered it’s pretty well hidden. The beer definitely doesn’t smell sweet despite the amount of caramel and chocolate in the nose.
Taste- Whew! Like the nose the beer starts insanely intense as it’s loaded with caramel and brown sugar as its ever-so-slightly sweet. Plenty of chocolate and rich fudge joins the party as the beer is literally a brownie in a snifter. There is a touch of bitterness and/or astringency in the flavor as the roast from the dark malt seems more concentrated than usual. A touch of vanilla sneaks in with the barrel as just a trivial amount of bourbon is detectable. The shear intensity of the beer covers the bourbon notes almost entirely. The finish is intense and chocolaty with a ton of lingering caramel.
Mouthfeel- Thick and extremely rich with a velvety rich feel. The carbonation is medium to low and spot on. A bit of warming in the finish but to be expected.
Drinkability- Very good beer and most definitely a once-in-a-lifetime treat (for me anyways). It’s everything you’d want a bourbon barrel aged beer to be. Rich, not to sweet, intense and as drinkable as a 13% beer can get. The real question though, worth $40? No, probably not. Especially considering you can get the regular for 1/4 of the price. A few years of age and a fresh BCS will taste pretty damned close. Cheers to Goose Island for having the foresight to think something like this would work. Cheers to Bill for the generocity!
Price: $40.00 Served In: Snifter
Black Friday insanity... wait in a line, pay, get in another line, drink! Five ounce pours were $10, but some were luckier than others with a couple extra ounces. Thanks to GBVDave and Acme for hooking me up with a little extra.
Dark chocolate mocha foam that had a dark tobacco stained tan hue. Once it parted, the surface was glassy obsidian black. There was little to no lace, and eventually the head faded to nothing, leaving just the oily black liquid.
Sweet bourbon aroma, vanilla, toasted coconut, fudgy dark chocolate, rich toffee. Seems a bit sweeter than standard-issue BCS. Dark syrupy chocolate and sweet vanilla flavors, though not as sweet as the nose lets on. Toasted coconut and tobacco smudges from the barrel, with noticeable oak traces lingering long into the aftertaste. Roasted black malt at it's core lends some bitterness. Very clean, not overly boozy compared to fresh BCS right out of the gate.
Mellow feel, the extra barrel time smoothed out any rough edges. Aged to perfection. Super drinkable, though the price and rarity make it strictly a "special occasion" sipper.
Price: $10.00 Served In: Other
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