BBB63 (5603) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 11, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
FoBAB 2011: Near opaque with a small frothy head. The aroma has notes black strap molasses, ashy wood, roast, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, raisin, plum, and slight leathery notes. Very faint nose of the chilies and some grassy esters. The taste has a big WOW factor, lush heavy dark malts, big sweet dark fruits and espresso like bitterness is counter balanced by an almost perfect among of heat and spice from the peppers. A party for the palate! The mouth feel is initially oily and lush, goes slightly ashy and warming before that LONG but never overpowering heat last forever and a day. This is simply outstanding but was not even my favorite at FoBAB... that would be the next beer I rate.
deyholla (5385) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 18, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled from the tap at 2011 FOBAB. Poured black with a dark brown head that started and remained at the edges. Aroma had notes of bourbon, vanilla, roasted malt and dark chocolate, with a bit of backing pepper burn. Flavor begins with typical bourbon county flavors, bourbon, roasted malts, dark chocolate ect., but has a really nice amount of heat in the finish that adds a nice complexity. Nice beer.
TheAlum (4986) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled on tap at FoBAB 2011 (Chicago, IL). Pours a pitchblack thick pour with a rich darker brown head, dies to film and laces well. Aromas are rich toffee and roast, touches of earthy and spicy ghost pepper, cocoa, bourbon, molasses, chocolate chip cookies. Vanilla. Initial is full on the palate, cocoa and roast run into sweet caramel and toffee.. They move onto battle a slow earthy pepper burn. Enveloping the palate with flavor, touches of oak and Bourbon, spirit, and gentle silky wonderfulness. Backend is a gentle growing heat, toffee, vanilla, and gentle kisses of barrel. Heat grows slowly but assertively, a bit sweet but a very unique treatment offering a pepper fan’s bounty. Very nice, Laffler and Co.
Pailhead (4236) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - NOV 16, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap (FoBAB 2011) : The flavor consists of chocolate, maple syrup, vanilla, and a touch of spice from the pepper. It pours dark brown with no transparency and small thin tan ring for a head. The flavor starts with chocolate, lighter maple syrup than regular BCS, and vanilla. The finish has bourbon and some pretty good pepper spice/heat. It’s medium to full bodied with mild carbonation and a somewhat sticky mouthfeel. Overall, the pepper heat really compliments the chocolate well and really cut through maple syrup presence. While this was my favorite of the fest, the chocolate and maple syrup combination is why I like BCS so much and the pepper heat took away from that. Though it was very tasty, I wouldn’t choose it over regular BCS. I would also venture to guess that while I can drink a full bottle of BCS, I think a full bottle of this would wear on me.
drewbeerme (3809) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
draft at WLV BBQ. Pours dark brown with no head nose of dark raisin honey ash, vanilla, bourbon. flavors dark raisin, pepper, good heat, chocolate, bourbon and long long pepper heat finish. awesome brew.
jrallen34 (3475) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 16, 2011
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
draft... dark sky black, oily, dark tan head, not much head, thick beer... I like the aroma its balanced for having a ghost pepper, lots of spice you can tell this is going to be hot, but lots of bourbon manages to balance this out mostly... my first sip I’m loving this, smooth, peppers but not hot lots of chocolate, sip 3 I’m struggling, gets hotter as you go, tough to drink a lot of this, fell victim to the 5am heartburn like several others as well... tread lightly on this, ouch
NobleSquirrel (3429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 16, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at FoBAB 9. I was a bit scared at first at what this was going to do to my palate, but it wasn’t bad at all. Pours a deep black with a brown head, like Bourbon County. Nose is lots of barrel, vanilla, green pepper and a fruitiness. Some smokey notes come through as well. On tasting, burly Bourbon County coupled with a smoke ancho note. Fruity pepper notes start to grow and it builds to a slow burn. Definitely plenty of integration and it works phenomenally well. Really great stuff.
nickd717 (3400) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 13, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler thanks to nerd on BA. Black in color with a very small tan head. Roasty and chocolatey aroma with dark fruit and peppery heat. The flavor has roast, dark chocolate, menthol, bourbon, and big chile heat on the finish. Spicy hot palate with full body and low carbonation. Really solid. I’m a fan. Eat it, hot pepper haters.
pantanap (3323) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
had and consumed on two different occasions: 1) kristina’s pig roast courtesty of laffler and then 2) fobab 2011... pours an inky mostly opaque silky black hue, mostly impenetrable, but some reddish brown tints towards the edges of the glass. head was minimal in the pours i had, perhaps a very barely noticeble flimsy light beige film... aroma was cola-like at first chocolates, caramel, and toffee. as the beer warmed, more of the centralized pepper essence began to reveal itself. an underlying bourbon note also meshed well with the aforementioned.... flavors were solid, an improvement from the nose, with a silky yet full mouthfeel filled with bourbon, vanilla, wood, and the peppers which were slow to surface at first but then offered a slow burn through the middle and finish. i enjoyed this one but i tend to enjoy pepper infused brews and this one is no different, at least for me.
Pawola22 (3262) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
FOBAB 2011. Pours a black colored body with a creamy, brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is mostly the Bourbon County base with lots of sweet chocolates, rich toffees, and bourbon with some vanilla and roasts. The pepper is present but light with a touch of heat. Flavor is really nice. Again, lots of the Bourbon County base with chocolate, toffee, bourbon, vanilla, and oak up front with a real nice roast. The pepper heat really comes on at the end and has a bit of a smoke twang to it. The heat grows in prominence, but never becomes too much while blending with the roasts and sweetness of the base nicely. Lengthy aftertaste following a full body and a light-moderate carbonation. Overall, a pretty cool beer. The pepper really adds a nice complexity. Some smokiness to the heat that comes together with the wood and roasts while blending with the sweetness of the base. A highlight of the fest for me.