burgy (455) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 20, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2013 2013 Bottle. Just fantastic! Much better this year! Much better fresh!
2012 bottle. Holy aromas! This is a sweet, brown sugar, coffee, vanilla, boozy, forward smelling beer. I love it. Appearance pours a deep dark oil looking brew with wispyead that is gone quick. Taste starts sweet chocolate then moves to bitter cofffe/toffee/chocolate, the roasted malt compliments the coffee very well. Palates is medium to full and provides an awesome feel. Overall, this is one of my favorite beers. Ever. ** on a second go 4 month aging it is weakened...**
Bjshades (156) - Iowa, USA - DEC 20, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark black with strong bourbon flavor with hints of coffee. Little disappointed that it doesn’t have stronger coffee notes but still solid.
BLuke01 (32) - Frederick, Maryland, USA - DEC 19, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz 2012 bottle. Pours a jet black with minimal head that fades really quickly. Aroma has huge bourbon oak vanilla and milk chocolate. Coffee comes through slightly but not as much as I hoped. Taste has deep notes of vanilla and milk chocolate. Finishes with bourbon intertwined with coffee roasted nuts and dark malts. Overall very smooth for the alcohol and big flavors. Can?t wait until I have another 2012 in 2017.
AxlLives (288) - Maryland, USA - DEC 17, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle - 2012 bottling. Pours jet black, viscous, medium head, tan-leather color. Not a lot of lacing or retention. Big aromas of vanilla, coffee, maple, milk chocolate, and roasted sweet nuts. Taste is of creamy cocoa, sweetish coffe, slight nuts and vanilla. Very well balanced and very delicious. No burn. Sweet coffee finish. Yes.
Nickls (1978) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, 2012 vintage. Absolutely jet black pour with a nice finger of dark tan head. Quite bourbon forward in the aroma at first, roasty, dark figgy sweet notes, and the coffee is not actually all that front and center. Pretty similar to the regular bourbon county in bourbon and sweetness profile, but the coffee addition is really nice as it balances it out well and adds a nice drying element. Thicker viscous body with tight carbonation. Good stuff!
ads135 (3357) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - DEC 16, 2012
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bourbon County has never my favorite of the style. The bourbon flavor is overwhelming. This helps it age better than most, but its always a bit too sweet and acidic. This version fixes what in my opinion is the beers weakest characteristics. It has a smoother mouthfeel, the bourbon is tempered by the coffee, and aged at 2 years, it really came into its own. Tried at the Cork and Barrel vertical rare beer tasting in Dec. 2012.
PhillyCraft (3963) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
’12 Bottle shared by Bill. Black pour with coffee colored medium head. Good lacing. Notes were fresh green pepper, coffee was minimal for a "coffee stout". Alot more coffee present in older bottles I have tried. Lots of milk chocolate. Also some oak and sweet malts. Smooth palate. Nice beer but the Rare and Vanilla trump it big time.
JStax (3774) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a bottle thanks to a generous entity at a bottle share. Pours dark brown to black with a khaki colored ring of foam around the edge of the glass. The aroma has loads of coffee and boozy notes. The coffee was center stage while the bourbon just kind of played along. Not too much in the way of burn. Very enjoyable beer.
nsquishee (630) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2011 bottle- Very rich and sweet with a smooth finish. Lots of mellow coffee and chocolate notes with a very smooth bourbon note at the finish. Yum!
mlntroy23 (46) - Iowa, USA - DEC 14, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great mix of coffee, chocolate, and booze! Smells all of 14% abv, but mellows as it warms. Dry finish that warms you up. I’m impressed!