zdk (1789) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 16, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
this is, simply stated, ambrosia. delicious creamy roast, warm and boozey, licorise, molasses and a touch of prune. thick creamy mouthfeel and some tartness. finishes hot and boozey.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 14, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle generously shared by JCB. Pours dark, dark, dark. Nose is sweet and boozy, and a little less coffee than expected. Chocolate, vanilla, and coffee, and bourbon of course are all on the nose, and the taste shows all of these with an added bit of woodiness. Super sweet and strong, but quite nice.
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - JUL 14, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle, thanks to thirdeye11...If there is a God in Heaven, this is the beer he he is drinking. Pours a Burnt oil black with short lived tan head. Aroma of coffee, dark roasted grain, sweet malt, mocha, hints of whiskey and oak. Flavor is very much the same with added notes of brownie, vanilla and sweet aged oak. Mouth feel is incredibly silky and heavy with low carbonation...Awesome stuff!
nimbleprop (3875) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 13, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle pours an opaque black with a thin, beige head. Nose is a nice blend of coffee grounds, vanilla, nuts, dark toasted breads, oak, bourbon, brown sugar. Flavor is sweet, sugary, vanilla, brown sugar, very sweet coffee, almost like a caramel macchiato from Starbucks, lightly woody. Full bodied, sweet finish and just a touch hot.
jkwood04 (2934) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 12, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2013 Sampled at American Craft Beer Fest 2010. Pours black with a small head. Aroma strong of coffee and chocolate. Strong flavor of chocolate and coffee. One of the thickest beers Iíve had. Oily texture. Incredible beer.
Edit: On tap in 2013. Still black with an oily texture. Still a lot of coffee and a lot of bourbon and roasted malts. The coffee is great and adds a lot to this beer. Still incredible.
Edit: 2013 bottle. Black. Thick texture. Aroma strong of coffee and roasted malts. Los Inmortales works equally as well as the past coffees for this beer.
jumpjet2k (314) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 12, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sample glass at a monthly tasting - huge thanks to Brett for bringing this one out. And itís a happy coincidence that this actually makes up my 250th rating! Black in the glass with a thin tan rim of head and significant lacing. The nose is just plain huge, with coffee, bourbon, vanilla, and roasted malt. The flavor is, again, huge, with big espresso, heavy dark malt, and a big dark bourbon punch. Thick. Amaaaaaaazing. A big huge heavy hell of a beer. Definitely one for the books, and Iím really glad I got to try it.
juiceisloose (1050) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JUL 11, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bomber courtesy pantanap. This one pours a very thick pitch black color and topped by a small, smooth head of khaki colored foam that slowly fades to a thin film leaving sticky lines of lace behind on the glass. The nose is really nice and lets you know that this is an intense brew. Huge amounts of milk and bitter dark chocolate and caramel malts come rushing through follwed by the freshly roasted espresso beans, and smooth bourbon. Vanilla laden oak finishes things off. The barrel is very prominent and smooths out the roasted espresso. The flavor follows with the dark chocolate, fudge, and roasted espresso and then is smoothed over by the oak, vanilla, and boozy bourbon. The earthen roast from the espresso add some needed bitterness to cut through all the rich chocolate sweetness. Full bodied, thick, and coating on the mouthfeel with balanced carbonation leading to a nice warming finish from the boozy bourbon. This is an excellent slow sipper, but one best enjoyed in smaller quantities. This was the 2nd time I had this, and wasnít overly sweet like the 1st bottle I tried. Great beer.
egajdzis (5117) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Opaque black with a medium sized, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, espresso beans, dark chocolate, smoke, light vanilla, and faint bourbon. Taste of bitter espresso beans, roasted malts, dark chocolate, some vanilla, and bourbon, but played a backseat here as opposed to the regular Bourbon County.
boamr (309) - Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Mashmaster. Thanks Tom. Pours jet black with a thin head. Has a huge coffee smell with a little booze in there as well. Has a big coffee taste with some booze on the finish. Needs some time in the bottle but overall itís solid.
callmemickey (1864) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 A: Pitch black, thick motor oil. Large dark tan head. Solid retention, but only the spottiest of lacing. Very nice collar forms once the head settles.
S: Rich chocolate, caramel, espresso, oak, bourbon and vanilla. Not as much coffee as I was expecting, but the nose is complex and enjoyable.
T: Like the nose, not as much coffee as I was expecting, but delicious none the less. I wasnít a fan of the regular BCS, I found it too boozey and abrasive even with age... this was super smooth. It has all the good flavors of BCS plus some coffee all wrapped in a tight, well-crafted package. The bourbon is subtle and serves to accentuate the rich chocolate/caramel malt base.
M: Simply stunning. The weight of the body is ideal... in the medium range of full bodied. Smooth, even carbonation throughout. Nice, light bitterness in the finish.
O: I plowed through my 22oz bottle way too quickly for a 13.00% brew. Very pleased with this offering, I hope it makes a repeat appearance every year. Now lets see if I can sit on my other bottle for at least a year. Its going to be tough.