stumpyiliz (217) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 4, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ok, not great but OK. Predominant smell of Coffee and chocolate married from the wood. Coffee is the dominant flavor with bourbon following close behind. Out of all the variants I have tried this one is on the bottom of the rung for me.
TheHOFF43 (2044) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at portableparty’s tasting. Pours the same viscous black but this time with some definite coffee on the nose and in taste. My least favorite of the variants but still good.
Ericular (965) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 2, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2014 2014 Release Update - Fresh as last time. This is much heavier on coffee. This needs some age. Age this at least a year, or you’re not doing it justice.
2013 Release - Aged 1 month in bottle. Thanks to ryanfolte for the trade! Pours dark brown with short lived brown head. There is a great coffee bean aroma in the forefront while the head is around, but after that it blends perfectly into the mix with oak, vanilla, bourbon, and chocolate. Taste is much of the same, with vanilla, bourbon, roasted malts, and wood. Not being a coffee fan, the amount of coffee in this is ideal. The reason this is better than BCBS is the hint of coffee balances the sweetness inherent in the beer. Palate is amazing - very thick and rich. Aftertaste is the best, with the rich sweetness of the bourbon mixing with the coffee. Way too drinkable for 13%.
2012 Release - Aged 4 months in bottle. Pours jet black with small brown head and decent lacing. Aroma is cocoa, oak, licorice, vanilla, bourbon, malty, sour - it’s intoxicating. Taste follows suit and is sweet roasted malts and vanilla with molasses, alcohol heat, and a lot less coffee than I expected - it’s barely detectable. Palate is creamy and thick, pushing the limits of being just a little too sticky sweet. Overall this is the total package of depth, flavor, and alcohol. The biggest surprise is how this was light years better than the normal BCS, despite having similar characteristics. 10+4+10+4+19 = 4.7
RABinCO (1508) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAR 2, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours viscous black. Barely any head. Big, fresh coffee aroma with big hits of chocolate. Taste is fresh, dark coffee with dark chocolate. Not overly sweet. Blows regular bourbon county away.
MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle gift from SJ. Goose Island is quickly turning into one of my top 5 brewers. Nice , power stout with big coffee, roast, chocolate notes.
A nice sweet and dry finish, mild hop, good blend.
jsquire (4167) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - FEB 24, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2013 2010 bottle. Black beer with thin brown head. Big, joyfull bourbon nose with thick sweet molasses.and some sweetened coffee. Thick mouthfeel with tons of bourbon, butter, oak, vanilla and sweetened coffee. Molasses and caramel sweetness. Big, sweet beer with a warming boozy sense and a little sweetened coffee.
jdskinns (220) - South Roxana, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle - 2012. Pours black with brown head. Aroma is bourbon, coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts. Taste follows the aroma with the perfect amount of coffee and barrel blended in. This is a great beer.
Mittenator (1612) - Michigan, USA - FEB 20, 2013
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
My favorite overall in the bourbon county series. All the deliciousness of the original with just enough coffee to to bak a bit of sweetness. Amazing stuff.
evanlarkin (307) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - FEB 18, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep black with a lining of tan over the top. Smell is super sweet with a whole lot of bourbon. Some coffee, too. Taste is ridiculous. Plenty of sweet malt and coffee up front, giving way to a long bourbon finish. Vanilla makes an appearance as well. Sticks to the palate with a cocoa flavor. Bam.
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jlanning215 (363) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
So intensely a barrel age stout as you could get! Geez. Dark as dark can be. Brown head. Smells of bourbon barrels vanilla and all things BA coffee stout that you could imagine. The body is so full, it is almost like drinking a true hot chocolate. Dark and toasty in flavor. Smooth and creamy. Not a ton of booziness on this. Quite sweet but you end up happy with this black coffee taste
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