Amady (10) - Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - JUN 2, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a perfect black like used motor oil with no light passing through. Hardly had a head to it. Can smell bourbon and dark fruit. Can taste roasted barley and fruit. One of the best tasting stouts.
AlexanderIII (11) - Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - MAY 29, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Taste delivers a massive dose of coffee with a healthy amount of bourbon, mild oak, tons of chocolate malt and two row. Its a huge beer, but very enjoyable despite its heft. There’s vanilla in there too. Very chewy, my favorite version of bourbon county. Sucks I heard they had an infection this year, but I didn’t even bother, so I haven’t had a compromised one.
kidmartinek (4447) - austin, Texas, USA - APR 4, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark plum/black. Thin head reduces to a ring. Oaky almost charcoal aroma. No alcohol on the nose though. Flavor is ri h cocoa malt overshadowed by the complex apple and fruit flavors. Its smootb on the palate, tingles the tounge and.warms a lot going down. Nice winter beer. Too bad they waited ’til Spring to tap it.
rxeight (2407) - Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
From Notes - Sample at FOBAB 2012, part of the special BC Flight. Said it was Apple Koval. Look and Mouthfeel of bourbon county, but instead of the whiskey it was sweet apples and booze. Tasty stuff.
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Stoutfest. Pours a very lowly carbonated, nearly still black with minimal head overall. Nose is probably the worst BCS nose I’ve smelled. A bit solventy and some buttery notes in the background. Booze and brandy as well. On tasting, it shows similar solventy notes but they fade pretty quick. Nice apple/calvados type notes. Pomme fruit and chocolate, well integrated overall but that initial barrel hit sticks with you. Meh, interesting.
TheAlum (6825) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at FoBAB 10 - 2012 (Chicago, IL). Pours a rich dark deep opaque brown black hue, good aromas offer apple brandy, toffee, toast, and cocoa. Some coffee, gentle vanilla. Richer Apple Brandy, touches of oak, apple, spirit. Initial is apple brandy, roast, toast, gentle fudge. Middle is sweet, thick, toasty and fudgy. Backend shows some tannic vanilla, apple, and gentle spirit. Brandy, vanilla, and toast. Gentle vanilla, toasty marshmellow, and apple. Oak. Finish shows some gentle heat, some toast, vanilla. Solid offering, the Apple Brandy really brings a fun level, a touch of fruit and mellow acidity from the spirit. Good flavors, balance, still a firm thicker body. Nice.. really nice.
hombrepalo (1971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fobab. Dark brown thick pour. Smooth chocolate, hints of brandy, a touch of sweetness. Well balanced bcs. This treatment works well. Loved it.
crossovert (10906) - Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I was happy the apple brandy didn’t overpower the beer. Not too boozy, very nice.
Dfonorow (2039) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 22, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Rattle N Hum. Keg from 08’ is what the menu said. Pours a deep brown/close to black with a thin but noticeable tan head. Leaves a nice mahogany lacing on the glass when swirled. Aroma is almost as sweet as the BCVS with notes of molasses, brown sugar, chocolate, and oak. Flavor is more boozy than the aroma but not overpowering in any way with a nice oak and chocolate finish. Some sweet dark fruit flavors are also present. Fantastic beer.
msojka (457) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 10, 2011
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
’08 Vintage at Rattle N Hum. Of all of them which I’ve had I liked this one the best. By far the best nose, next the vanilla, its very sweet. Taste is very smooth with hints of molasses and brown sugar., with some vanilla and oak hints.