ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Reviewed 12/25/2012. Bottle says 14.3%. 22 oz bottle poured into an adorable little goblet.
A: Pours a pitch black color. Much like regular BCBS, the dark tan head fades away to nothing in little time. Nice alcohol legs.
S: Smells quite similar to BCBS, with bourbon, chocolate, dark fruits, cream, and brown sugar...right up until rich, exquisite black coffee makes itself known. This is such a joy to inhale, even over regular BCBS. Wow.
T: Itís BCBS with coffee. No, that doesnít sound terribly deScriptive, but the coffee used is completely fabulous, and plays perfectly with the big sweetness and decadence of the base beer. Tiny little subleties of cream, vanilla, hazelnut, dark fruits, bourbon, and rare (just kidding about that one) give it real enjoyability factor. A little booze pops up in the finish, but not nearly enough to suggest itís 14.3%. This one will completely wreck me in the morning...
M: This doesnít seem to feature the syrupy heft of the base beer. Rather, itís drier and thinner, featuring carbonation that seems to be a bit more vibrant. Still an amazingly sticky and viscous coffee stout. The flavor intensity and finishing booze still suggests one to ísipí. Actually, I kind of prefer the feel of this over standard BCBS.
O: I didnít think this would be much better than BCBS - but I was wrong. Even though itís quite boozy, itís one of those offerings where the intense flavors render that problem moot. Iíd even say it lives up to the hype. Good luck killing a bomber solo if youíve already had a few drinks tonight, though...my body is saying ínoí but my tastebuds are saying ífuck yes!í
mixmasterob (1004) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 27, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2015 bottle. Menacing black pour with a frothy dark brown head. Standard bonkers BCBS aroma with tons of roast, sweet fruit, vanilla, cream, wood, bourbon, spent coffee grounds. Flavors were mega roasty and followed suit from the aroma. Lots of vanilla, coffee, bourbon, sweet cream, super balanced and smooth to the max. Slick and oily mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. This stuff is so delicate yet extreme at the same time. Its wild. The coffee is there but isnít in the forefront, just playing in the background. World class.
ScipioA (403) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 19, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013 bottle opened November, 2015. Pours out opaque black with a small red/brown head that quickly diminishes Rich aromas of wooden barrel (obvs), black coffee, chocolate, and alcohol. The coffee still comes through pretty strongly for something with two years of age to it. The flavors open up with chocolate, dried fruits, and powerful barrel and wood. Thick and creamy mouthfeel with fairly strong carbonation is pleasant and softens a very powerful beer.
Heather_B (142) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 16, 2015
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2015 on draft at Rare Day 2015. Compared it to 2014. 2015 is better (obviously - itís fresher) so Iíve rated that. Everything about this is coffee. Itís aroma is like sticking your head inside a bag of coffee beans. Flavor is well roasted coffee witha nice balance of bourbon stout still able to be tasted. This is the bomb.
Maakun (2055) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 5, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared, 2014 version. Pitch black with short lasting dark beige head that leaves an oily film. Lots of bourbon up front, sweet fresh coffee beans, dark chocolate, cocoa beans, vanilla, molasses, roasted nuts, licorice, lots of toffee, sweet black berries, burnt toast, marzipan and flowery honey. Over medium sweet with long lasting coffee bitter finish. Full bodied with almost chewy but still slick, oily feel with low carbonation. Massive stuff, very nice and complex.
Gurthnar (3831) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 25, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Black night 10/2015. Really really intense coffee both in aroma and flavour. Even too much for my liking, but the beer is still f-in great. Very rich and complex taste - aside from intense coffee there is lots of caramel, dried and red fruits, chocolate, roasted. Warming mouthfeel. Excellent, could be even better with less coffee - but that is just me.
Cuso (6608) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 25, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at Black night,. Vintage 2013. Almost black color with small white head. Strong coffee aroma with roasted malt, milk chocolate. Taste, chocolate, coffee beans, nuts, caramel, bourbon, wood, alcohol. Tasty.
MisoW (2525) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 25, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Cuso, many thanks. Batch 2013. Pours black color, beige foamy head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt, alcohol. Taste of strong coffee, chocolate, nuts, very sweet, bourbon, sherry, vanilla. Nice bittersweet chocolate finish.
ametras (929) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 5, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
 355ml bottle. Pitch black with a thin foamy tan head. Flavors are roasted cereals, bourbon, coffee, vanilla, caramel and alcohol with fruity notes. Full body, soft carbonation, slick texture.
Alengrin (3675) - BELGIUM - OCT 2, 2015
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
As Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout, 2014 edition, with 12.6% ABV. Deep mocha beige, crackling head, breaking in instants and leaving a thin beige rim on the edge of the glass with some sparse lacing, but completely vanishing in the end; colour is a very dark mahogany brown, near black, but still transparent (and hazy) on the edges. Strong and complex aroma of coffee liqueur, melting milk chocolate bars, bitter chocolate sauce, dry oak, vanilla tannins, high quality bourbon, brown game stock, soy sauce, marmelade, cappuccino, old madera, gingerbread, pear syrup, black pepper, black tea. Candied sweetness in the mouth, candied dates and marmelade, rounded and a bit sticky but with soy sauce-like umami accents and soft, deep, friendly sourishness for balance, refinedly and gently tingling carbonation, thick and oily but still remarkably supple mouthfeel and therefore remarkably high ídrinkabilityí; multi-layered, deep caramelly, nutty and chocolatey maltiness, bittersweet and providing a lot of body. Complex finish of big chocolatey and bitterly roasted malts, which blend in smoothly with the added coffee; the latter gives an extra, tangy spiciness to the whole without becoming obtrusive - in fact, the coffee does not seem to simply lay on top of the dark malts as is often the case in coffee stouts, it is actually built in, in a very clever way; warming, peppery alcohol sensations are present but only in the very end and never becoming astringent; and a dry, tannin-rich woodiness along with some deep, ístructuralí, spicy hops provide enough drought to balance the initial candied sweetness, the way it ought to be. In fact, this drying ending is very much the same as in the other BCBS beers and I still believe this is what makes them so great. Other big, complex and expensive íhypedí stouts are often a bit too cloying, only a minor íflawí in comparison with their great complexity, but this series does not even show this small imperfection. This coffee edition in particular stands at the same gastronomic height as its regular counterpart; both are obviously very close to each other, but this one has a subtle touch of coffee to add to the already baffling complexity of the regular BCBS, yet it also seems a bit sweeter. The first counterbalances the last so Iíll give it the same near-perfect score.
NikkTwist (2138) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2014 vintage draft at Strangelove in late September 2015. Opaque black/brown pour with an impressive dark brown head. Lasting ring. No lace. Silky dark coffee. Strong dark malt flavors. Chocolate souffle. Charcoal grill. Black vinyl. Coffee grounds. Has some slightly harsh acetic notes and a bit of tang (not sure if this is due to its age or not) - still works. Vanilla bean. Liquorice. Marmite. Plums and prunes. Black cherries. Black currants. Molasses. Shoe polish. Vinyl. Complex goodness.