trevor211 (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 4, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
So stoked to find a 2010 bottle of this at Bierkraft. Pours black, with dark brown edges, and a small tan head. Aroma is, as expected, rich coffee-infused bourbon. A bit of dark fruit makes it sweeter, and the coffee counters that well. Tons of vanilla -- like someone dumped a significant quantity of vanilla extract in. Boozy, even after a couple of years -- seems like it would take forever to kill off the burn in this brew. Bourbon and oak hit you up front, with brown sugar and vanilla (maybe some good rum), and the coffee moves in toward the finish. Totally delicious, but this will definitely knock you back. The coffee is a great addition.
fletchfighters (1200) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 28, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A-- Poured dark cola and settled black. A few gurgles of head here and there but otherwise just some ordinary bubbles that made up a thin collar.
S-- Oak, vanilla, bourbon and soft coffee. Not as big as CBS had. Very sweet nose. Alcohol very present.
T-- Devoured by sweetness and barrel. Waves of sugar just eat this up. More like diabetes on a barrel.
M-- Full, rich and low carbonation. Where is my insulin shot?? Just way above the top in sugar. Coffee is secondary as the sugar just attacks this beer and makes it overly sweet. Alcohol is quite obvious.
O-- Tough to drink and enjoy unless have had several beers already. Just a task to drink and overly massive for the sake of being massive. Will avoid the base beer when possible as too sweet for me.
jbruner (2818) - Athens, Georgia, USA - AUG 25, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared with stevencon. Opaque black, head when swirled that is darker brown than most porters. Aroma is bourbon, and a wood that probably comes from the bourbon aging. Taste still has some coffee after the two plus years it has been cellared. But other notes are sweet vanilla, bitter chocolate, roasted malts, bourbon. The booze is really strong in this, but surprisingly well balanced for it?s intensity.
stevencon (501) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - AUG 24, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2012 bottled? 3/36/10 dark black pour with tan head. aroma of bourbon, wood, booze, roasted grains. not much coffee aroma (atleast for a beer labeled as such.) Taste was smooth bourbon, booze, wood, roasted grain with a slight bitter finish. Taste had both vanilla and grain. exceptionally balanced. Some taste of coffee, surpising for the age and the other additions. Overall even after 2.5 years the beer still had a coffee character, lots of bourbon and high abv stout. This beer is still tasting great but might not have much coffee in a year from now. I saw drink it soon because it is great right now.
DialSquare (3166) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 24, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle courtesy of stevencon - 3 year old. Black pour. Big bourbon aroma. Tastes are chocolate, vanilla, wood, boozy, caramel/toffee. Great. Warm. Leather. Very very good.
kmyers8807 (176) - Ohio, USA - AUG 6, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark as a beer gets. I could really taste the coffee in this one. Surprised on how much it overshadowed the bourbon. Still very tasty. We had the ’10 and ’11, with a mutual agreement of the ’11 being better. No surprise
Chad9976 (1330) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 5, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I’ve always thought Goose Island’s world famous "Bourbon County Brand Stout" was a little overrated and I can name many imperial stouts I consider superior. Well, apparently all this beer was missing was a bunch of coffee added to the recipe because it went from a by-the-book imperial stout to a pretty amazing imperial coffee stout.
I received a 22oz bottle in a trade with a friend (thanks, Joe!). I split it with a friend. We each poured it into tulip glasses.
Appearance: Extremely dark black body, completely opaque (is an understatement). Forms a small, dark brown, fizzy head which evaporates almost as quickly as a soda and leaves no lacing on the glass.
Smell: Strong coffee aroma for sure, like a pot of coffee sitting on the burner. Certain alcohol sweetness as well like a rum or Kahlua.
Taste: There’s two ways to look at this beer: is it an imperial coffee stout or is it an imperial stout plus coffee? It may seem to be splitting hairs but there definitely is a difference. While this beer, GIBCBCS, is indeed robust in pretty much every way, I can honestly say I’ve had other beers with more pronounced coffee flavor - imperial or otherwise. This is more accurately described as Kahlua - the beer. There’s a strong sweetness throughout the entire palate, a simultaneous combination of vanilla extract and baker’s chocolate. Rich sweetness plus noticeable bitterness from coffee and chocolate.
There’s not much to describe in terms of the usual beer attributes of hops and malts. Well there definitely is a prominent roasted malt flavor, especially through the middle. Then as it finishes there’s a strong burst of gentle warmth, slight dryness and additional sweetness. What’s remarkable is how clean the beer finishes with very little aftertaste. The alcohol definitely works with the palate but upstages the genuine imperial stout quality a tad. Not that I mind because in the end you’re left with an absolutely delicious, complex and very satisfying beer. I can only see this improving with age.
Drinkability: I drank GIBCBCS on a hot summer’s night and I have to admit that it was actually a little refreshing for the first moment or two. Much like how an iced coffee would be even though there’s bitterness and sticky sweetness to it. The body is much thinner than I was expecting and quite tepid as well . It goes down extremely smooth and has no cloying aftertaste (I would’ve been okay with a coffee, chocolate or vanilla aftertaste, though).
The 14% does make itself known as there is significant heat on every swig, but it didn’t overwhelm me or fill me up at all. I’d drink this beer all the time if it were reasonably priced and readily available. As a special occasion beer it definitely does the job, though.
BelgBeerGeek (1298) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JUL 31, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
At a tasting , 3 bottles brought 1 Rare by gEUS, 1 coffee and 1 Vanilla by me
Thx Ludvig for trading !
Head: thin, creamy, cappucino
Smell + Taste: more bitter and roasty than the Rare, but more Bourbon flavour than the Vanilla flavour, good beer tough, couldn’t stand up to the Rare / Vanilla tough ...
JorisPPattyn (8227) - Ursel, BELGIUM - JUL 29, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2010 Vintage No head, dark brown beer with ruby reflections. Cold coffee, even stale coffee - nose is a tad disappointing. Coffee, with a good shot of Bourbon, and black chocolate. Indeed Bourbon County Coffee - with a cappucino streak? Very thick-bodied, alcoholheat, warming as none. Better than the sum of its parts - but it just can’t stand up to the Rare...
cbfobes (2618) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by drowland at BCS Vertical tasting, opened up both 2010 and 2011 bottles, pours black with a nice dark brown head, the aroma is a ton of coffee on the nose, which is to be expected. The 2011 was much sharper than the 2010. The flavor has an awesome amount of vanilla, chocolate, bourbon all mixed well with the coffee. Very nice mouthfeel, delicious.