BDCS | Ozark Beer Co.

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Average: 4.52 | pDev: 5.75%

Reviews: 95 | Ratings: 486

American Imperial Stout | 10.20% ABV

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Ozark Beer Co.
Arkansas, United States

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Photo of Sandis
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2017 version poured from a 12 oz. can at home. Thanks for the trade Jon! Bourbon and chocolate. Like a bourbon soaked brownie. Exceeded my expectations.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours black with a finger of khaki foam. Head retention is good. Aroma is roasty, toasty, nutty, caramely malts with chocolate, caramel, vanilla, oak and coffee just beyond. It has a sweet onset, and then fades slightly towards bitter. Bourbon adds a kiss of heat on the back of the nose, but is far from over powering. Flavor profile is deep and expressive, hitting notes of caramel, vanilla, oak, chocolate, toffee, and bourbon. Roasty, toasty, caramely malts add a firm foundation for the sugary notes. Dark and expressive. Mouth feel is thick with a velvety, creamy texture that carries just a touch of grittiness. Overall, dark and expressive, and yet far from overly complex or mind numbing.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 12oz can. 2019 version.

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Photo of TheGent
4.61/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Good afternoon, NBS! Some yard work and additional gardening done this morning and now moving onto this one courtesy of

I’ve been shirtless in my backyard for most of the day. Neighbors haven’t complained of blindness yet, so I’m gonna keep this going as long as I can.

This beer is a “want” after seeing it reviewed around these parts. It’s a new state tick and a new brewery for me.

Look: As we approach the low 80’s with a cool breeze, this beer pulled from my 38 degree fridge is sweating. Almost as much as me. The beer should quickly reach my ideal temperature for the style. The frothy, two finger, espresso foam colored head settles down to a finger, leaving thick globs of lacing. As I work my way through the beer the head disappears leaving a thick ring of foam around the edge of my glass and some streaks of foam on the glass. The liquid is absent of color, opaque and devoid of visible carbonation. An appropriate looking stout.

Nose: This beer had a distinctive smooth creaminess on the nose. It’s not the biggest BBA Stout nose I’ve experienced, but it is unique and delightful. Soft oak, vanilla, coffee, milk chocolate. A hint of meaty roast and some fresh pumpkin aroma, followed by a cinnamon spicyness. Zero indication of the ABV.

Taste: Coffee with cream, milk chocolate, caramel, toffee, fudge, vanilla, chocolate covered raisins. Soft and sweet bourbon notes. This beer is sweet, but not cloyingly so.

Mouthfeel: This beer nails the mouthfeel for me. It’s so smooth and creamy. Low carbonation and a full feel that perfectly complements and elevates the flavor profile of a bourbon barrel aged stout done right. A hint of dry toast and bitter oak on the finish. Sticky, residual sweetness on my lips.

Overall: This stout does not have the biggest nose, although it is very nice. The flavor is amazingly smooth and creamy, and the mouthfeel puts this beer over the top for me. The flavor is defined by caramel, toffee and fudge notes for me, and it’s delectable. As stated on the can, this is “honest beer” ad a result off “hard work.” Both of these qualities are obvious. This drink is an example of beer done right, at an ABV that suits the style without being excessive for the sake of excess alone. Hands down one of the best and most drinkable BBA stouts I’ve ever had.

Thank you so much, Bill!

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Photo of micada
4.61/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Uhm, yum. Bourbon up front, bourbon in the nose, with a sweet, not cloying, aftertaste. Mouthfeel is full. Not warming, don’t taste the alcohol, but wow does it smack you in the head! I might revise my rating later when I’m not so smashed!

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Photo of mschrei
4.99/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Given to me by @jvgoor3786, and damn, am I glad for that! This is a real great beer. To quote Monty Python, black as the ace of spades, he was, with slightly brownish/purple thinning edges. Had half a fingertip of quickly dissipating head that left a minimal amount of lacing. Smell is a balanced mixture of bourbon barrel, chocolate, and malt. Well, maybe the barrel is more prevalent than the other two. On taste, however, it’s a lot more balanced between the three, with a little bit of vanilla and a bit of a fruity red wine note in there for good measure. Everything comes together-it’s sweet, roasty, and has a tangy, woodsy burn from the barrel. Feel is maybe where this outstanding beer is most outstanding. It’s big and bold from the barrel, but there’s some subtle silky smoothness from the malt and sweet adjuncts. Mouth watering and a healthy alcohol presence. The only thing I can say about it being ranked in the top 250 beers is that 172 may be too low. Thanks tons for sending me this one, Jason, and thanks to Ozark Beer Company for an awesome beer.

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Photo of timmy2b
4.34/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Heavy chocolate in the nose. Lighter in the taste with a fair amount of boozyness. That taste is not overtaken by the alcohol, but has a slight boozy feel on the tongue. The chocolate was subtle but tasty. Heavy but wonderful for the 12 ounce size can!

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Photo of eppie82
4.32/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From can. Very dark brown-black color with a good bit of lacing foam upon pour which stuck around as you drank. Deep dark and boozy aroma. Chocolate, coffee, roasty and malty. Softer, medium-thick mouthfeel. Reminds good bit of BA Ten Fidy.

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Photo of Buck89
4.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. Opaque dark chocolate color with a thin tan head. Aroma was chocolate with roasted grain and coffee. Taste was chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, and vanilla. Excellent beer.

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Photo of CanConPhilly
4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L - 1/2 finger dense mocha head atop a motor oil body.

S - bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, molasses, coffee, a hint of nuttiness, just a whiff of booze.

T - tons of chocolate, vanilla, caramel, and coffee. Some barrel booze, wood, char, roast, molasses. Finishes with some smokiness. Low bitterness. Moderate-low sweetness. Moderate-low booziness.

F - medium body and carb.

O - wonderful flavors. If the body was a little heftier this would be a world beater.

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Photo of rudzud
3.83/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Received in a trade and shared with JLindros. 2018 vintage.

A -Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice oily black hue with a thick mocha head that fades to leave a creamy blanket and light legs.

S - Aromas of sweeter malts, super dark roast, nice fudgy chocolate but the barrel isn't super pretend.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with rather sweeter malts. Roasted malts and charred oak, almost briney. The finish is super unpleasant, like campfire minus the smoke with a little soy sauce.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, alcohol hidden but the finish is rubbish.

O - Overall this was a very underwhelming beer. It's decent enough but the finish is super unpleasant.

Serving Type: can

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Photo of jlindros
3.86/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to rudzud
Pours (with a vigorous pour) a large thick frothy creamy 1 fingered darker colored black beer, decent legs, but not a ton of lacing

Nose is super fudge dark chocolate roast, heavy heavy super dark roasted malts, dark fudge and sweet, a touch of dark fruits like a raisin, bit creamy nougaty, very light barrel and vanilla

Taste thick fudgey sweet candy, candy caramel nougat fudge and a little dark chocolate, cookie dough wafer, a touch of vanilla barrel like, little bitter roast, vanilla chocolate creamy ice cream, roasty bitter briny char thing that just destroys the finish, starts OK but ends really bleh, soy sauce like thing?

Mouth is med to fuller bod, light fizzy carb, a touch of booze

Overall this was almost undrinkable, the finish was just soooooo bad

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.88/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2018 can. Thanks Russ.
This was poured into a mini snifter.
The appearance was a fabulous looking dark thick black color. Slight film of a little eggshell white foamy head. Just a little bit of wispy concave lace.
The aroma captured a superb blend of roasty coffee bean, dark chocolate bittersweet character, sweet bourbon smooth woodiness with it's spice, some luscious dark fruits and a light sticky chocolate cake-like quality. Some
The flavor balances all of those prior mentioned aromas together in a semi-sweet fashion noting a sturdy bitterness and a prickling spice yet oh so good leveling to the aftertaste sweetly with a mellowing smooth roast.
The mouthfeel was between medium and full bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. No boozy heat as I thought would occur as many bourbon barrel-ed impy stouts tend to have, however, I don't see any dates other than the year so I'm not worried about it to be honest. Smooth semi-sticky finish with light cocoa powder-like slightly dry with bourbon finish.
Overall, to be able to obtain this beer from a stellar dude tells me wow - if I died tomorrow, I would be okay with that. If not, I may wake up with diabetes.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.72/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours like motor oil. Thick pouring, pitch black. 1 finger tan head, and the retention is amazing. There's some lacing on the glass.
The nose really started hitting as soon as I cracked the can. I got hints of the barrel used to age this beer. Up close I get a deep, rich barrel aroma. Boozy smelling. Caramel, some vanilla.
Taste - Very rich flavored. The flavor has vanilla in it, some caramel. Strong notes from the barrel.
This is one very thick beer. Very rich feeling. Very boozy, but it's not a harsh alcohol at all.
Wow! I've heard about this beer before, and I see why it's so talked up - it is outstanding. This beer rivals all the other big names, and is just one solid beer.

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Photo of Furlinator
4.69/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black and thick with a thin khaki head that disappears completely. A dominating smell of brownie batter with a hint of bourbon. Thick, deep, dark, decadent chocolate with a hint of roasted malt. Subtle bourbon and vanilla accents on the finish. World class!

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Photo of MTKATL
4.58/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The velvety chocolate and smooth bourbon on the nose and taste are reminiscent of a tootsie roll or double fudge brownies. The mouthfeel is thinner than it appears in the glass and is really the only slight negative. Overall a solid stout I would enjoy over and over again.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.18/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Viscous used motor oil black with a slow to build, super thick soft mocha head that retains well, settling to a thick blanket leaving spotty waves of lace.

Smell is dark chocolate martini with salty pecan, date, spiced rum and a roast that's like a soft brownie.

In flavor, accents of deep, dark charred oak with maple, toasted coconut and peppery bourbon add complexity to a fantastic base stout that exhibits luscious dark chocolate, roasted pecans and black licorice before a warming swallow.

Feel is thinner than it looks, with a slick, lightly sharp carbonation and a chewy dry, boozy finish

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2018 can.

This one pours a very, very dark and motor-oil looking black color, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This smells like heavily roasted malt, marshmallow fluff, toasted oak, sweet bourbon, raisin, and coffee.

This is surprisingly vanilla-forward for having no vanilla actually added to it. It's got a silky and creamy vanilla and marshmallow theme going on, with a big and hefty roast character, some licorice, tobacco, and smoke herbal stout thing going on, and lots of fudgy chocolate. There's a bit of coffee-like character, too. The barrel is well integrated here, with a killer toasty oak warmness, and just a bit of bourbon caramelly sweetness. This is what a barrel-aged stout without added flavorings should aspire to be.

This is medium bodied, certainly not super thick, but definitely not thin. Due to this "middle of the road" body, it's definitely much more drinkable than expected, as I don't get much overt booziness.

This one is definitely worth the praise I've heard for a long time about it- it's an exceptionally and carefully crafted stout that highs so many little flavor notes.

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Photo of rypkr
4.14/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Long time want. Traded a bottle of scotch for a 4 pack making this a ~$30 can after shipping.

2018 can.

L - Teku pour. Very, very thin looking while pouring out of the can. Not what I was hoping. The head, however is is frothy, dense 1 finger milkshake whipped cream. Lacing is a little runny.

S - there was big bourbon as soon as I cracked it. Bringing it in there is vanilla, dark fruits, oak, sweetness. Like bcbs but not as potent. I'm really not hooked yet as why this is so highly rated.

T - bcbs clone but less rich. Finishes more bitter and with heavier whiskey/alcohol. It tastes like 3/4 of a bcbs was mixed with a bb yeti. Ergo the bcbs got thinned out added a touch of roast.

M - disappointingly thin.

Overall - at least that bottle of scotch was a shelfie and I have 3 more of these that seem to trade well.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2018 vintage (first time canned).

A: Pours a thick black with a thick cap of espresso-like tan head. Very good retention and minimal lacing.

S: Vanilla bean, sweet liquid dark chocolate, roastiness, and a bit of bourbon and cola.

T: Moderate roast, vanilla bean, dark dry cocoa, bourbon, a bit of oak and spice, finishing with very light sweetness and a lingering roastiness. Nice complexity. Very well constructed.

M: Medium-full body, chewy, with medium, sharp carbonation that cuts the texture. Alcohol is nearly completely hidden except for a touch of heat.

O: Tasty BA beer, kind of like a BCBS light (less rich but lighter body and alcohol). Flavors are pretty well integrated.

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Photo of maximum12
4.28/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A huge hug out to scarysun for this minimalist silver 12 oz. can (2017). I’ve put up more ISO posts for this bastard than any beer I’ve ever hunted. And it’s here. I’m going to put on some Wang Chung & do a happy dance.

The pour is black with scarce visible carbonation. The nose is roasted & charred chocolate milk framed in soft barrel. Nice.

BDCS (Barrel Aged Double Cream Stout) is softer & lusher than any double-digit stout has a right to be. It’s like Almond Chocolate Milk served in a glass that was quick-dipped in bourbon. Slick & silky smooth, with a massive chocolate hit up front that overwhelms everything else until it begins to warm. Subdued notes of roast, cake batter (I love raw eggs), sharp cocoa before the bourbon comes in & settles in right above my happy place. This should come in slop buckets.

The mouthfeel on this is an unadulterated joy. An excellent beer that almost lived up to my endless quest

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.91/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a trade with @gibgink – thanks Dennis!
Undated can, stored at 42 degrees and served at 57 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 3.5.
Body – Dark brown/black, opaque.
Head – Tiny (Maximum eight mm, aggressive center pour), brown, dense, poor retention quickly diminishing to a two mm ring and a very thin partial head.
Lacing – None. Not surprising for a 10.2% ABV drink.
First pour – Dark brown, clear.
Aroma – 3.75 - Roasted malt, dark chocolate, slightly burned coffee
Flavor – 4 - Starts slightly bitter with roast malt, dark chocolate, and, surprisingly, some dark fruit. The bitterness drops around mid-swallow and is replaced by an ethereal whiff of burnt rubber across the olfactory sense. Oddly enough, the burnt rubber is not displeasing but seems the natural end. No hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 4 - Full, almost creamy, lively carbonation.
Impression and summation – 4 - Overall, a decent impy stout. Next trip through Arkansas, I’ll watch for it.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

this is one of those beers of lore ive heard a lot about but thought i might never get the chance to try. thanks to my new homie who brought one out, my fantasy has become reality. i think its rare for beer to live up to crazy hype these days, so many competent producers out there and so much variation on cool themes, theres good beer everywhere and one thats surprisingly good is hard to really find anymore because the quality standard has come up so much across the industry. this definitely did take me by surprise though. shiny obsidian black from the can with a single finger of mocha foam and a huge nose of vanilla bean, sarsaparilla, and brownie batter. its thick for sure in the nose, dense, a lot to unpack. i get char too, lots of it, which introduces the barrel elements really nicely, more vanilla, sweet whiskey, and baking chocolate. the flavor is equally excellent, even more layered, with a lot of chocolate and vanilla to it, almost hard to believe it isnt loaded with adjuncts and that all of this can come from grain and barrel. i get more of the root beer thing, vanilla and like actual roots, a product of the oak im sure, but its awesome. heavy deep dark chocolate, high cacao, the good stuff, cant believe none is actually in here. one thing i love about this is how its still really bitter from the dark barley all the way through, and how it never gets too sweet. so many of these dont taste like stout anymore, and can be diabetic on the residual sugar, but this one actually finishes which is awesome. huge sturdy body, not too boozy even when it warms up, and slick and slippery going down. 2017 vintage drinking awesome right now, huge thanks to my new homie for bringing this one out, it definitely lives up to the hype!

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Photo of Vidblain
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Extremely pleased with BDCS - it was a bit of a precious trade, so my hopes were high. I had just the one 12oz can to share with six or seven friends, so while the pours were small, we all agreed that the chocolate and bourbon notes make this an exceptional beer. I wish it were more easily procured!

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Photo of jhavs
4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Can poured into fluted snifter.

Pours black as night, motor oil viscosity, thin tan foamy head. Head settles into minimal ring around the glass.

Aroma is roasted malts, some burnt toffee, dark fruits, bittersweet cocoa and a bit of booze.

Flavor has alcohol warmth, bitter baking cocoa, roasted malts and dark fruits including figs and dried cherry.

Smooth as silk, heavy body, lower carbonation.

A great brew, complex and layered flavors. Rich and satisfying.

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Photo of kevanb
4.44/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

12oz can, labelled as BDCS 2017, poured into a 14oz snifter glass.

The beer pours an incredibly deep jet black color, oily and inky, incredible viscous with a firm finger of caramel colored head, moderate retention but nice patches of sticky lace cling to the glass. The aroma is very nice, tons of rich, roasted grain, stone fruits, licorice, smooth bourbon barrel, nice charred wood lingers with a light hint of warm booze. The flavors are delicious, super rich chocolate covered stone fruits, cherry, plum, fig, raisin with smooth and rich roasted grains, lightly charred oak, smooth bourbon, light caramel with a hint of vanilla that lingers. The mouthfeel is excellent, sludge in a glass. Heavy full body, tons of body and character, smooth texture, super thick that coats so well yet it finishes with finesse and grace.

Verdict: A really superb barrel aged stout from Ozark Beer Co. A beautiful showcase of chocolate, bourbon barrels and stone fruit flavors, balanced so well and the relatively "lighter' 10.20% ABV really helps the flavors shine without the distraction of a hot alcohol profile. Top notch stuff.

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BDCS from Ozark Beer Co.
Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 486 ratings