ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Reviewed 12/25/2012. Bottle says 14.3%. 22 oz bottle poured into an adorable little goblet.
A: Pours a pitch black color. Much like regular BCBS, the dark tan head fades away to nothing in little time. Nice alcohol legs.
S: Smells quite similar to BCBS, with bourbon, chocolate, dark fruits, cream, and brown sugar...right up until rich, exquisite black coffee makes itself known. This is such a joy to inhale, even over regular BCBS. Wow.
T: Itís BCBS with coffee. No, that doesnít sound terribly deScriptive, but the coffee used is completely fabulous, and plays perfectly with the big sweetness and decadence of the base beer. Tiny little subleties of cream, vanilla, hazelnut, dark fruits, bourbon, and rare (just kidding about that one) give it real enjoyability factor. A little booze pops up in the finish, but not nearly enough to suggest itís 14.3%. This one will completely wreck me in the morning...
M: This doesnít seem to feature the syrupy heft of the base beer. Rather, itís drier and thinner, featuring carbonation that seems to be a bit more vibrant. Still an amazingly sticky and viscous coffee stout. The flavor intensity and finishing booze still suggests one to ísipí. Actually, I kind of prefer the feel of this over standard BCBS.
O: I didnít think this would be much better than BCBS - but I was wrong. Even though itís quite boozy, itís one of those offerings where the intense flavors render that problem moot. Iíd even say it lives up to the hype. Good luck killing a bomber solo if youíve already had a few drinks tonight, though...my body is saying ínoí but my tastebuds are saying ífuck yes!í
italianjohn (2754) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pitch black pour with a nice tan head ... aroma of fresh grinded coffee, roasted malts and light bourbon/oak with a touch of vanilla .... tastes of roasted coffee, vanilla, licorice, chocolate, bourbon and dry oak with a slight nutty/coconut flavor ... light bitter dry and oak on the back end .... very dry brew and slightly boozy ... definitely a full flavored and full bodied brew
timc100 (314) - Park Ridge, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2013 Pours a midnight black with a fizzy tan head - no retention or lacing, a mahogany hue lines the glass. Hot aroma of rich bakers chocolate, sweet bourbon vanilla and oak, some coconut notes, and slight fresh coffee bitterness. Tastes fantastic - rich vanilla and oak, incredibly rich blend of milk and dark chocolates, slight coffee presence. Pretty viscous and very chewy, notably carbonation but not bad. Overall this is just fantastic, but there is not an incredible difference between this and the regular bourbon county. It is a better version, more balanced and sharper, but not overwhelming coffee-y
dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - DEC 25, 2012
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle at churchkey. Pours black with brown head. Aroma is chocolate and coffee, sweet roast. Itís super thick and delicious, coffee helps to balance the beer better than standard bourbon county; it takes out some of the sweetness and adds some roasty bitterness. Really great beer.
RoyalTenenbaum (6) - USA - DEC 23, 2012 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aromatic with deep notes of bourbon, chocolate, malts. Coffee is subtle but present. Divine mouth feel grows in complexity as it warms. 9 out of 10 for the style. Would bang.
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realaledrinker (35) - Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark with a head that looked thick but disappears fast and no lace. The bourbon is very evident in the nose. The coffee is in the taste more than the aroma. Great bourbon taste with nice coffee background. A great beer all in all.
burgy (456) - 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 doesnít 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.