joeneugs (3555) - Livermore, California, USA - JUN 17, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
2010 bottle. It pours very thick black color with a dark tan shrinking head. The aroma is heavy with booze. Lots of bourbon, chocolate and hints of dark fruit and wood. Most of the coffee seems to be gone now. The flavor is the same. The alcohol is smoother in the flavor than the aroma with big caramel notes, chocolate, wood, nuts and more heat toward the finish. It has a massive body with modest carbonation. The only hint of coffee I get is some light astringency. It seems like it may be past it’s prime a little bit although I never tasted it fresh. Maybe someday I will for comparison, but it’s still a monster of a beer and very satisfying.
jredmond (5738) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JUN 8, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2010 Vintage Bottle shared with Streets and Ben after a 2011, 2010, 2008 vertical of Bourbon County Stout. A nice finish to the night, especially considering the 2 yo westy’s courtesy of Ben. Pours a pitch black with light brown lacing. Aroma is pure, sweet coffee roast, light dark fruit, cinnamon and chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium to creamy with notes of coffee, espresso, oak, and light chocolate.
kazin (207) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 6, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
All of the tasty qualities of the regular BCS, but with stronger coffee presence, which blends in very well!
johnnnniee (2516) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 3, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I was able to sample this for the second time this weekend. Pours a thick dark black with a frothy creamy tan head that sticks around for a bit. The aroma is dominated by the coffee but also has some chocolate and a caramel and hints of barrel to round it out quite nicely. The flavor is thick and sweet with a sugary mix of caramel chocolate and coffee. The addition of coffee seems to round out the bourbon and oak of the regular version quite nicely. Thick body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet creamy sugary mouthfeel. This is a big thick sweet monster of a beer that I thoroughly enjoyed. Too bad these are so hard to get.
pilsnerrogge (2553) - Finspång, SWEDEN - JUN 2, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with a very small head. Aroma is bourbon, licorice, toffee and alcohol. Flavour is licorice, vanilla, toffee, bourbon and alcohol. Where’s the coffee?
maneliquor (3322) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 28, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2013 Bottle. Pours oily black with a very darkly tanned head which slowly disappears. Nose is very coffee without being too over the top. Light coconut mingles with salted cocoa while bourbon plays around it all. Perfect balance to it on the nose and taste. Taste is thick cocoa, almost fudge like, followed by a light bitter-sweet coffee note while the bourbon comes in and out. No note is ever too much in this beer. Balance is spot on. Not too sweet either which is a pleasing thing for a beer like this. Coconut under rides the bourbon nicely as it finishes with a little bit of lingering heat. Palate is full and super lengthy. Fantastic beer and it would have to be one of the best I’ve had to date
HighWine (955) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - MAY 20, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
2011 bottle served at Maple Tree Inn. Jet black pour, very still. Sweet aroma, lots and lots of coffee. Flavor is coffee, licorice, and bourbon. The taste starts off sweet coffee and then the bourbon flavor lingers long after the sip. Big, bold, and chewey in the mouth. This is definitely better than regular BCS (which is a personal fave) and I think I might agree with people who tell me they like it better than BCVS.
Koelschtrinker (11156) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 19, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Alkoholischer, stark malziger Beginn mit karamelligen Noten. Herb, süffig, intensiv schokoladig. Kräftig, röstig, holzig, ausgewogen. Tiefer malzig werdend, auch die Holznoten werden intensiver. Wow! Danke an Grima! /13/12/14//14
VsXsV (2548) - Linköping, SWEDEN - MAY 18, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. 2010 vintage. Opaque, black liquid with small, foamy tan head. Some lacing. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, wood, fresh ground coffee, chocolate, licorice, some butter, caramel and sweet malt. Wow. Really complex and delicious. Taste is light to medium sweet and light to medium bitter with notes of coconut, coffee and wood. Full bodied with soft carbonation. Delicious.
deekyn (1285) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 15, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2014 A - pours deep opaque mahogany brown with almost no head. Small ring of bubbles on the edge. S - the amazing aromas of a BCS! Bourbon, vanilla, coffee, chocolate, graham crackers, marshmallow. A smorgasbord of aromas all wrapped up in the bourbon. M - nice rich palate full bodied brew. Bitter coffee and dry on the palate, that lazily transitions to the nice long malty bourbony end. T - burned malts, molasses, brown sugar up front. Nice drier bitter espresso and toasted caramel on the palate. The end is a long brown sugar, candied sugar, toasted caramel, molasses, graham crackers, marshmallows. Fantastic brew. Complex and rich, subtle and perfectly balanced. 8