41cubs (249) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 17, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is the only beer in my experience that comes close to the fullness and intensely luscious aroma of G.I. Bourbon County Stout. Aroma is rounded out green oak with rum and bourbon depth and sweetness, along with a backdrop of soy sauce and yeasty sweet chili sauce. The flavor is more subdued most of the way with the malts dominating in a melange of balanced earthy, sweet, smokey goodness. The finish is purely of the barrel with a singed distilled spirit, alcoholic note drying out the experience but leaving a beautiful lip smacking residue. The body is the lightest thing about the beer and may make it more approachable for some. There is a slickness to the mouthfeel that reinforces the richness of the experience. Excellent. Thank you Port Brewing. 2012 small bottle.
mikeyo1 (462) - Linköping, SWEDEN - OCT 9, 2015
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle @ home. Aged 4 years. Dark brown with no head at all. Sweet and perfectly vinous aroma with chocolate, raisins, dates, bourbon vanilla & oak. Backing cocoa, leather and licorice, warming alcohol. Thick, sweet and big bodied palate with no carbonation. Flavors of cocoa, caramel, scorched sugar, toffee, licorice, dates, oak, vanilla and figs. Warming, well integrated alcohol in mid taste. Nice quite dry finish with coffee like bitterness and lingering licorice, nuts, leather and dried dark fruits. A little astringent banana peel feeling (but no taste of banana) in the aftertaste coupled with alcohol and hints of butterscotch.
martjoobolut (1789) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 29, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours black with brown head. Aroma is intense dark chocolate, fruits, vanilla, bourbon, alcohol, tar. Flavor is intense sweetness, dark chocolate, roast, Bourbon, malt, soy. Finish is dark chocolate bitter with alcohol burn and lingering sweetness. Overall: great brew.
suurjuust (1949) - ESTONIA - SEP 29, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Shared by martjoobolut, thanks. Pitch black beer, small brown head. Nose is vanilla, roast, tar, soy sauce, bourbon, oak. Flavor is smooth roast, oak, soy sauce, vanilla, bourbon. Finishes with soy, roast, booze and bourbon, peat. The finish is really close to drinking actual bourbon and/or scotch because of the alcohol, vanilla and peat. Still, a nice sipper.
Lambister (341) - FINLAND - SEP 4, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
33cl bottle, thanks to k0mpsa. Deep dark brown color with slight white head. Really rich nose with loads of aromas like dirt and spices. Tight rich dry palate. Lenghty finish with loads of flavour.
k0mpsa (1854) - Järvenpää, FINLAND - SEP 4, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black color, brown head. Nice aroma has vanilla, bourbon, oak, chocolate, very balanced. Coffee, roasty, lot of chocolate, vanilla notes.
Bierridder_S (349) - BELGIUM - AUG 28, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22/08/2015 – sample (bottle) @ Gents Bierfestival shared with JorisPPattyn, Sebletitje, 77ships & PriorL
Black colour, no head.Coffee, bourbon, vanilla, some caramel. Oily, smooth.
77ships (5900) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 23, 2015
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
(Thx! for sharing) Sampled 375 ml. bottle @ Gents Bierfestival 2015. Very dark brown with no head, doesn’t appear to be carbonated. Nose is oxidation with big boozy bourbon, thick sweet malt, barrel & oak is huge, vanilla & even more bourbon on top of bourbon with malts. Taste is oxidized bourbon syrup, warming, light leaves, huge oak, vanilla, sugar, caramel syrup, malts,… Flat. Might have been a touch better with a touch less oxidation & some carbonation but a great beer still if you love malts, barrel & a lot of bourbon in your beer.
ElManana (1235) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - AUG 22, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Gents Bierfestival. Very thick, oily, vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, alcohol. Nice but a bit extreme.
IvoR (90) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 19, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a small tan head. Flavor is malty with a strong feel of bourbon. Not a very easy drink with its high alcohol content but very enjoyable nonetheless. Outstanding.
radagast83 (5954) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 15, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured a near pitch black color with a very small head. Aroma was roasted malts, smooth bourbon notes, vanilla. Some coffee and chocolate hides in there. Alcohol is there. Oh it’s there.